In The MTC: Set Apart, four elders from very different backgrounds are thrown together in the pressure cooker of the Missionary Training Center in Provo. There they struggle to learn the language, overcome themselves, and love each other, and each manages small miracles. The MTC seemed almost a mission in miniature, and the four, standing on the rainy platform waiting for the Bordeaux train, feel transformed and eager. But the stakes are higher now with their "real" missions beginning, and Elders Wilberg, Rignell, Anthon, and Jeppsen are about to learn just how complete their transformation has been.
In Into the Field, Benson Parkinson continues his exploration of missionary life, which since President Kimball's call for every worthy young man to serve a mission has become the defining experience for a generation. Into the Field takes the reader there with rich, evocative language and vivid characterization, with special attention to the minute-by-minute of spiritual life. Parkinson, in his missionary cycle, combines the spiritual and literary in a way that readers will find uniquely satisfying. [from back cover]