by Lynn K. Wilder
Trade Paperback: 368 pages
Released: August 20, 2013
Source: Review copy from the publisher through Booksneeze.
Book Description, Modified from Booksneeze:
A rare insider’s point of view into what it actually means to live as a Mormon--what the lifestyle is like, what its pressures are, and what its culture is like. This is the gripping story of the Michael and Lynn Wilder family - of how an entire family, deeply enmeshed in Mormonism for 30 years, found faith in Jesus Christ alone and left the Mormon Church.
It started with Lynn's son, Micah, who was challenged by someone he was trying to covert to read the New Testament like a child would. What he found surprised him. He urged his family to also read the New Testament. Eventually, they did, and they discovered grace. As Lynn tells her own story, she shows why the contrasts between Mormonism and Christianity make all the difference in the world.
Unveiling Grace is the story of how Lynn Wilder's family joined the Mormon Church and, many years later, left the Mormon Church. It's primarily the story of her life, and it's an easy, interesting read that kept my attention.
She assumed the reader had some familiarity with the Mormon Church and used "Mormon jargon," but she also gave short explanations of the Mormon terms when new terms came up. Later in the book, she gave more details about Mormon beliefs and about what the jargon meant.
This book primarily focused on what life as a dedicated Mormon is like and what caused one family to leave the Mormon Church after years of devoted service. There is a lot of information about Mormon beliefs, but this is not primarily an apologetics book.
I found the book very interesting, and I feel that I better understand some things about my Mormon aunt and uncle. I'd highly recommend this book, especially to those who want to better understand the viewpoint that Mormons are coming from.
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