If you've read Rough Stone Rolling, as I have, 3/4 of this book were a bore.
It's more a history of the mormon church rather than an expose on how it currently fits into the modern American landscape. I was hoping for the latter.
If you've ever been to Utah or know a lot of Mormons or read Rough Stone Rolling (I have done both), this book is not worth your time.
Enjoyable Easy Read
It was great to hear about the passion and zeal of the Prophet Joseph Smith. With all his human frailties, he accomplished a lot in his short time as leader of the LDS Church.
Hearing about the translation of the Book of Mormon in two months was amazing.
Bowman takes a holistic approach to outlining the doctrine of the LDS church and explains the core beliefs in an even way. It is a refreshing and historical view of the Mormons, as opposed to most contemporary critiques of the LDS church that isolate specific historical practices or quotes and/or focus on one or two experiences of unhappy former members, when the vast majority of those associated with the Mormons are living happy, fruitful lives.
I was very excited to read this title and was very disapointed with the first third where Romney discussed his foreign policy ideas and bashed Obama but I had hope that the book would improve and it did. I was very intrigued as he discussed economic, health care and education issues and felt that he elaborated much better on these issues than on foreign policy where I feel he bombed.
I just wish the book would have had less Obama bashing as I'm tired of the same old rhetoric from conservatives.
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