From a rare insider's point of view, Unveiling Grace looks at how Latter-day Saints are 'wooing our country' with their religion, lifestyle, and culture. It is also a gripping story of how an entire family, deeply enmeshed in Mormonism, found their way out and what they can tell others about their lives as faithful Mormons.
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I only got through the first few minutes. Most ExMormons become atheists - unwilling to join another church after escaping such a high-control religion. I have no interest in hearing about a conversion from Mormonism to Evangelical Christianity. That's not victory, that's switching drugs.
I am somewhat Catholic and somewhat Buddhist. I do not subscirbe to any particular religion as I feel that it keeps me from the real truth. I think a super Christian (not really a Catholic) would enjoy this. Or someone who really dislikes the Mormon church.
Seven Years in Tibet --- I need a break from Christianity.
Yes! I thought the performance was good. It was the writing that I took issue with.
Jesus. I wanted to hear about an escape from Mormonism in an intellectual light. This focused to much on super religious stuff that I just don't get behind. By the end of the book I really wanted to punch someone every time I heard "the dancer of grace". It annoyed me to no end.
This book was okay. It was interesting that they left the Mormon church and found Jesus, but I thought it would be much different than it was. I guess I should have done more research before hand.
I was interested in an academic approach to explaining the flaws in Mormonism and the fact that there is zero historical basis for many of their teachings. I also thought I would be getting more of an insiders opinion. Since she and her husband joined Mormonism it seemed like less of a deal that they left. I would have been more interested to hear from her son Michas point of view, since he had been indoctrinated into the faith since birth.
My other issues is that the book became to preachy at the end. I have no problem with the fact that they left to join another church, but it really was not why I read the book. I also would have liked more facts and sources on certain information regarding Joseph Smith. Also there was a lot of scripture quoting but no quoting of documents of intellectual standing.
Lastly, reading this book as a semi- Catholic and not a super christian there was a lot of phraseology that came off as ridiculous to me and there were certain things that I just thought were over the top and / or hypocritical. She speaks about how when converting to Christianity she learned things were not all about her but then everything she goes on about is her and how things affected her and why she cares.
Overall it came off amateurish and over-the-top preachy.
Although I am not LDS (I was raised Catholic), I live in Utah and have many LDS friends. I've been to church a couple times and we love having the missionaries over. Although I have no desire to "become a member" I thought this book would bring up interesting questions to pose to friends and missionaries. Nope. After listening to this book I still can't figure out how she thought the Book of Mormon was untrue after reading the New Testament. I asked my friends about the paranoia she had wearing a cross on a necklace and they all laughed.
Although she tells a familiar story of how the church has its grip on every second of your life, she spends way too much time telling unbelievable miracle stories. Seems a little too much like the pot calling the kettle black. I do like the message that Jesus is enough. But again there is way too many born again miracle stories that had me rolling me eyes just like all the other Mormon stuff I had to live through my whole life. When she claims that God planted a checker at a Super Target just to ask her if she was LDS, then returned the next day to see if he was really there or if he worked there, I had to stop the book. No thanks.
No comparison really.
The discussion of what it's like to live in Happy Valley ran very true to my experience.
At first, I found it uncanny that the author's experience as a Mormon woman, raising a Mormon family in Utah, was so like my own - even in the details. But then I realized: she is describing every Mormon woman who eventually comes to think outside the conditioned box. Her writing is easy and enjoyable, and as a narrator she is very good, too.
This book will fool everyone who doesn't have knowledge of the LDS religion, those who do and are looking for some genuine answers will be left with a sour taste, can not one tell the truth these days with out just writing to make a buck?
The problem with so many narrators is that they read like a robot, Siri like, with out a soul. The tone is so predictable and boring, is clear yes, but for 90's yr olds... people who is dynamic and fast would not tolerate this monotonous style. If you are going to narrate a book, you have to pretend you are the characters, not only narrate to narrate, listen to the Martian, he does a Fantastic job.
Every character has its place.
Dear Lynn K. Wilder, it is clear that something happened to you during your venture into the LDS religion, I'm looking myself into answering some questions about it too, I'm LDS or whatever is left, The main points of discussion can be set in about 3 topics (that I wont mention since you probably get to make another book and make a dollar, I better write about them my self and get the dollar for myself), your book is full of lies and insinuations that are in any way true to the Mormon Church, I have my doubts and questions too, but not because of it I'm going to bash with lies any religion, example, I'm not saying that Baptist, Christian or any other religion is the right one or not, just that your personal book is misleading and full or errors specially when referring to the most basic LDS doctrine, 20 Yrs temple recommended holder? that doesn't mean anything, anything, do you think than that make any person a saint? no, can anyone lie about it and get a recommendation? yes, does having a temple recommendation makes you somehow better than others? no. You see, I may not be back to the LDS religion for VERY specific and intelligent reasons, but to bash it like you do? if this is your thinking then I renounce to your religions too, what is left?
This book was a remarkable book that was very well written and kept my attention through out the entire book. the personal testimony of the author was more a story form as well as educational.
When Mica came back after his mission and faced the church board.
I don't think, but her performance was very good and kept my attention throughout the entire book.
The moments between Lynn and Mica.
Recommend this book highly for those seeking to understand Mormonism. This is particularly good if you thought that Mormons understood Grace and the truth of their beliefs that they have to work and live by the Mormon guidelines in order to enter into eternity and become gods. They do not believe that the Grace of God and Jesus dying paid the entire price for our salvation.
First-hand account of a thoughtful, intelligent (PhD, BYU Professor) and deeply compassionate mother of four, who learned, the hard way, exactly how and why the LDS church is most certainly a cult of the worst kind i.e. it is all based on unbelievable lies and misinterpretations of the true Christ.
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