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The Introduction to the New Book: The Token of the Bow

The Introduction to the New Book,
The Token of the Bow is presented here:


Since the time we were little children, we have heard the story of Noah and the Ark.  We loved hearing of the great flood, and in particular about all the animals coming to Noah in twos and threes.  Perhaps our fascination is that part of little children that loves animals, and water.  We also love rainbows.  This story has all the makings of a Grimm Fairy Tale.  The seemingly innocuous story, with its beautiful images, and pretty pictures, somehow belying the dread and sorrow hiding just beneath the surface.  While this may be perfectly fine for a children’s fable, it does great injustice to a story as compelling and insightful as the story of Noah, and the great deluge, and the promise.

The most significant difference, is hopefully the most obvious: this story is true.  As we will see in chapters to come, the epic tale of Noah and his splendid ark did in fact happen.  More importantly, the message it conveys to us is every bit as important today as it was to a persecuted prophet thousands of years ago.

In Genesis, the Lord says; “This is the token of the covenant which I make between me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth.”[1]

Isn’t it interesting that the Lord is specific in his granting this covenant to “perpetual generations”?  This sign was not just given for Noah, or those with him, or even those who knew him, but for everyone, even in the furthest reaches of time.  It is a sign for us.  It is a story for us.

But, how much of your time is consumed with worrying about a flood?  I happen to live along the Mississippi River, and there are times when I do worry about a flood.  It might inconvenience me, it might cause my basement to flood, it might even prevent me from getting where I want to go if roads are washed out.  But, I do not worry that it will cover my house, or that it will cause me or my loved ones to be in danger, and I certainly do not worry that it will cover the earth.  So, this promise seems a little foreign to me.  Does it to you?

There are other floods I do worry about. Psalms 18:4 says “The sorrows of death compassed me, and the floods of ungodly men made me afraid.”  Psalms 69:2 reads: “I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing’ I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.”  I can relate to these floods, they are very real to me.  They trouble me, and those I love.

The Savior himself made reference to these spiritual floods in Luke 6:48 when he spoke about the man building his house upon the rock: “He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.”

The promise of the bow then, is also a reminder to us that the Lord has promised us, that by keeping his commandments, by being obedient, by building our house upon the rock, he will remember his promise and never allow us to perish.

The story of the bow is important because it is our story.  The bow is a promise made to us and our families.  We must understand it to take advantage of this amazing covenant.

And once we understand it, we must stand for it. In a world intent on drowning out a still, small voice with a cacophony of misinformation and misrepresentation, we are warned to remember, to stand, and to defend.

While others may be encouraged by evil forces to adopt the bow as a symbol of their own choices, we can be the guardians. As you will see, it is not simply a beautiful, colorful symbol, it is a token. A token of something important and valuable.


R. Lane Wright

[1] Genesis 9:12-13

Reclaim the Rainbow

R. Lane Wright’s new book, the Token of the Bow, will arrive on May 1st, 2018.  Learn of the amazing science of light and rainbows, the true nature of Noah’s flood, and the significance of the flood and the token given by God.

It’s time to reclaim this meaningful token, and remember!

Order your copy today!

R. Lane Wright to Speak at Untold Nauvoo Stories

customLogoSaturday, February 7th at 4:00pm R. Lane Wright will present “Nauvoo’s Methodist Stone Church” as part of the Untold Nauvoo Stories Symposium.  The Symposium lectures are presented at the Joseph Smith Historic Site Visitors’ Center, 865 Water Street, in Nauvoo.

NOSC_thumbnailNauvoo’s English Methodist Church building is a microcosm of Nauvoo’s history.  Built by German immigrant Michael Baumert using Nauvoo Temple stone, then used by the American Legion, and finally by other local groups and businesses, it is an untold piece of Nauvoo’s varied past.

Registration information for the Symposium is available at

Exciting Utah News!

The Nauvoo Press will now be available in Utah’s best bookstores.  Benchmark Books, Confetti Books and Eborn Books will all carry original titles (such as Testament in Stone and Most Glorious of All), as well as titles in our reprint catalog.

We’re excited to add these quality book sellers to our list.

Look for author events at these locations in 2015.