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.
©2013 Zondervan (P)2013 Zondervan
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"Out of the frying pan, into the fire?"
I have such mixed emotions about this book. On the plus side, I loved hearing more about the inner workings of the LDS church, some of the "secret" rules and traditions... I have good Mormon friends and like knowing more about what they believe and why. The whole thing is so very strange. BUT... moving from LDS to evangelical Christianity was not a big improvement in my mind. Just as cultish, just as exclusionary, the whole I'm-right-and-you're-wrong mentality. Witness the misogynistic, racist, and prejudiced views the Christian right maintains. Just as many crackpots. So I don't see her "conversion" as any improvement. As one of the previous reviewers noted so correctly, its like an addict just changing drugs. As a recovered evangelical, I know that my truth is inside, not in an antiquated book, and that truth can change over time. Our goal should not be to proselytize but to search for our own inner truth which will bring us to a calmer, gentler world.
I had to skip a lot of the end, too preachy for me. There were some inaccurate descriptions (the one that comes to mind was Wilder delivering a baby when she had been previously told she had placenta previa.... it must have been a partial previa that resolved, because a true previa mandates an operative delivery) which made me question a lot of her narrative.
And the narrator needs to slow down. There are obviously breaks in the story with subtitles, but she rushed thru them at record speed, often leaving a bit of confusion in her wake.
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 family is amazing"
The Wilder family story has true insight of what it is like to be a faithful Mormon living in Utah. Lynn Wilder's new love for Jesus is truly an inspiration.
I'm so greatful for this book it helped me heal from the pain Mormonism has caused me
This book was such a great book to read about Mormonism! It was exactly what I wanted to hear. It was someone's detailed testimony of how the person got out of Mormonism. If you were searching for answers about Mormonism, this is a fairly good book to read.
"Best book I have read."
I chose this rating because the book had a good story line. I would recommend this to all of my friends.
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.
"Excellent in-depth look at the real Mormon charade"
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.
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.
"Conversion from Mormonism to Evangelical Christian"
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.
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