To say I loved this book would be a wild exaggeration. I did find it really interesting and informative. I have so many beloved relatives and friends who are Mormons that I have to say I also found it disturbing.
I'm a gung ho Christian, and I love that people are getting to know that the Lord is waiting patiently for them to come around to His way of thinking--that He alone is "THE way, THE truth, and THE life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me (Jesus)" (John 14:6) I don't think the Mormon religion itself can be classified as Christian, but I'm not to the point of likewise classifying the people.
When a BYU professor and her husband are challenged by their youngest son, Micah, at that time on an LDS mission in Florida, to read the New Testament, they're skeptical. After all, they've been through New Testament classes, and they read the Book of Mormon, Doctrines and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price daily. Still, their son wants them to reread the New Testament as a child would.
Rumblings occur. Micah is in trouble. He's brought home from his mission a week early. He's called before the Stake President. He goes back to Florida and stays, much to his parents bewilderment and horror.
It takes some severe family and church earthquakes to convince Lynn and Michael Wilder, but after soul-searching and study and all four of their children questioning and telling, they finally decided to resign from the Mormon church. It was a gut-wrenching choice, not one they made easily or lived with without regrets.
As I said above, you have to make your own decisions about this book, just as the Wilders made their own decisions about leaving the church they'd spent thirty years serving.
I have witnessed to many Mormons. When I was first saved back in 1992, I was zealous to reach my LDS friends with the gospel. I would follow the Mormon missionaries around and try to talk to them about Christ. My heart longed to see them saved. I never witnessed with my own eyes a Mormon come to faith in Christ. I pray that the seeds I planted have produced salvation (1 Corinthians 3:5-9).
In this story, Lynn Wilder tells the powerful story of her own "conversion" to Mormonism from nominal Christianity to finally truly repenting and embracing the true Jesus. She went from an Indiana family to a BYU professor to a born again disciple of Jesus. While I don't want to give away too much of her story, her son Micah was saved while on his own Mormon mission in Florida. His conversion to Christ of the Bible shook her entire foundation and her family. As she refers to the Lord as "the Dancer of grace," God truly was reaching out to the Wilder family with His grace and mercy.
I praise God for this book. I pray that it is used to help true disciples see our efforts for Christ are not in vein. God is the one who saves (Jonah 2:9; John 6:44) and He saves people by His grace (Ephesians 2:8-9). Along the way, while reading this book, you'll learn much about Mormonism and about what it means to truly know Christ Jesus as Lord and be saved. I highly recommend this book.
Lynn Wilder begins her story in 1977 when Mormon missionaries arrival at their home. Her husband Michael invites them back and both he and Lynn begin to believe what they are being told, because it "sounded reasonable" and not having a solid biblical foundation they were easily swayed.
So begins their decent in the secret world of the Latter Day Saints.
Step by step the family's story is laid bare. She recounts very personal experiences, from their baptism in the church, to the many miscarriages she experienced to the terrifying nightmares that their daughter Katie suffered most of her life.
Throughout her story, Lynn includes how God was reveling Himself to her even though her eyes were closed to the real truth. Little by little, God began to crack the wall that had caged her mind for so long. The first major crack came when their son Micah who on a Mormon missionary trip in Florida, came to understand the real Jesus and salvation through the cross and encourages his parents to read the New Testament apart from the book of Mormon. As she begins to compare what she has been taught and what the Bible teaches, God begins to lift the veil that has shrouded her mind for thirty years.
As you read you can see God's bigger picture for this family and how he orchestrated events in this family's life's. There were times while reading I was moved to tears reading about Lynn's passion for the Lord. There were also some very funny moments that made me laugh out loud.
Biographies are not my first choice for reading material. This one however, is by far one of the better written. Lynn Wilder writes a spellbinding account that keeps the reader turning the page. I believe anyone looking for insight into what a Mormon believes or maybe has someone on the fringes, this could be a useful tool. It cut's no corners, or attempt to justify as some might do. The family puts it all out there. The good, the bad and the ugly.
The author also includes some great material in the back. A glossary of Mormon terms, as well as what they believe and how it contradicts what the Bible teaches. Very useful items. I would not hesitate to recommend this book.
Living in southeast Idaho as a born again believer, it often seems that there is no hope for a LDS person to come to Christ. This book gives hope as to how God works in His way and it is not our job to change hearts. We pray and God moves.