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Unveiling Grace

The Story of How We Found Our Way Out of the Mormon Church
Narrated by: Julie Lyles Carr
Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
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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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A great insight into Mormonism

A great testimony of how one family were delivered from the Mormon Cult.
A must listen/read by all Christians.

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  • JoMom
  • 03-01-16

KINDRED SPIRIT

Where does Unveiling Grace rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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What other book might you compare Unveiling Grace to and why?

No comparison really.

Which scene was your favorite?

The discussion of what it's like to live in Happy Valley ran very true to my experience.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Melissa
  • 27-06-18

The Truth

My dad’s side of the family are majority Morman. My parents are not very religious and never pushed or encouraged my siblings and I one way or the other. I became a Christian at 13 years old, attended a Christian University, and continue to walk with the Lord. This book has created such amazing understanding and knowledge for future conversation with Morman family members. Such a blessing to read.

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  • Junette Nebelski
  • 11-03-18

Interesting perspective

I am a lifetime member of the Mormon church but became disillusioned many years ago and never attend church now. Several doctrinal issues have plagued me as they did with the author. It was nice to hear my own thought and opinions voiced from someone else who has way more education than I do. I enjoyed reading (listening) to this book.

The narration was way too fast, like she was trying to break a speed reading record. I had to rewind frequently to listen to sections again

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  • Joy Kath
  • 14-01-18

Very Enlightening...

I love her story. It’s quite entertaining and keeps my attention, but most of all i love this book because before i read it, i thought Mormonism and Christianity were basically the same. Boy was i wrong! I recommend this book mostly to my fellow Christian brothers and sisters, as it is quite useful to become more understanding towards mormons, and useful to gain the knowledge of the gospel, necessary to show any mormons, why what we (Christians) believe, is different from what they Mormons believe. Get. This. Book!

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  • Jeff
  • 04-01-18

Informative

This book was well written and easy to listen to.

I thought the author did an excellent job in relaying their personal journey, but also providing details on how the Mormon church is out of sync with true Christianity. I would highly recommend the book for anyone who is interested in investigating Mormonism.

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  • JMom
  • 12-01-15

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.

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  • S. Herzog
  • 19-08-14

Enlightening information

Where does Unveiling Grace rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Unveiling Grace?

When Mica came back after his mission and faced the church board.

Have you listened to any of Julie Lyles Carr’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't think, but her performance was very good and kept my attention throughout the entire book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The moments between Lynn and Mica.

Any additional comments?

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.

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  • Jennifer Klappich
  • 16-06-15

Interesting but annoying

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

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.

What do you think your next listen will be?

Seven Years in Tibet --- I need a break from Christianity.

Would you be willing to try another one of Julie Lyles Carr’s performances?

Yes! I thought the performance was good. It was the writing that I took issue with.

What character would you cut from Unveiling Grace?

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.

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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.

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  • Karen D. Phillips, MD
  • 11-06-14

Not convinced

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.

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  • J
  • 11-01-20

super informative!

I learned so much about mormonism and also found the authors journey to Christ very encouraging. At times her family seemed a bit too perfect, but maybe that is my own issue! Over all, a very well written and informative book!