Very thorough for those who want to know the truth
September 26, 2013
California City Ca.
This book is an excellent read. The author is very thorough and tells it like it is. We are getting an inside account of the false teachings of Mormanism. The book towards the end show the wonders of Christ and the deceptions of the Mormon teachings and how they directly go against the Bible. I would reccomend this to anyone who wants to know the truth. I have gotten a couple copies and have loaned them out so that the secrets of that organized religion can be exposed.
When young marrieds, Mormon missionaries came to the Wilder home. Michael and Lynn did not know the Bible well enough to even know what questions to ask. Mormons know how to do relationships well, Lynn says, and that was effective in drawing them in. They came to Mormon faith in 1977.
Lynn shares the culture and society of a Mormon community, such as people having status based on their church calling. They experienced the attitude of being second class Mormons since they were not born into the church. She talks about her reaction to male blacks no longer being excluded from the priesthood in 1978 due to a revelation from a changing God. She records her dismay at finding out the reality of modern polygamy. She writes about her teaching position at BYU and how she and her husband were dedicated to their Mormon faith.
Lynn then reveals how she began seeing discrepancies in Mormon faith and practice. Events began to crack the Mormon facade, especially involving their sons. One son, while on his mission, challenged them to read the New Testament. He had found a Savior different from that of Mormonism. The truth began to build to the point they knew they must leave Mormonism.
Wilder shares the difficulty of sorting out the lies, absorbing the truth, and finding solid ground. It took her nearly five years. She also writes about the difficulty of leaving the church, the church that had been their life and their culture for thirty years.
What comes across clearly is that Mormons do not follow the same Jesus that Christians do, as the most recent LDS prophet, Gordon B. Hinckley stated. (315) Wilder writes, "So what Mormon scripture says and what the Bible says are polar opposites." (315) She outlines many significant inconsistencies and problems with the Mormon faith in her last chapter.
This is a very "chatty" book in that Lynn tells scores of stories about her own experiences and those of her children. While this may not be the most succinct book on a family leaving Mormonism, it does tell the complete story, event by event.
This book is significant because the Wilders were very active LDS and Lynn was tenured faculty at BYU. They know the doctrine and church culture well. Theirs was a profound change in belief.
Resources are listed at the end of the book, as is a comparison of biblical and Mormon doctrine.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher for the purpose of this review.
I have to admit that I was a little unsure on how I would like the book, but I really wanted to read it because I have no idea abut anything the Mormons believe.
The book Unveiling Grace, is about a woman and her family who join the Mormon church, living their lives as Mormons for around (was it thirty years or so?).
It shows how they went from Mormons to Christians, along with explaining the Mormon faith.
I really enjoyed the book, though sometimes got bored, I had to remind myself that this story wasn't fiction, but a true story - something that really happened. I passed the book along to my Grandmother, then my parents want to read it, and I'm happy on how this book shares about one family, who lived as Mormons. It really gave a an in-depth look, and I loved how the author was positive, and never spoke in a harsh way toward the Mormon faith!
"Unveiling Grace" by Lynn Wilder, a former Mormon and tenured professor at Brigham Young University, is an enlightening look at why she and her family left the Mormon Church.
I have had experiences with Mormons (my Professor of Aerospace Studies in college, missionaries, fellow students, etc.) and found them to be pleasant people, although I have serious theological differences with them. I say this because I do not have an ax to grind with Mormons - I just degree with many aspects of their theology.
The book is around around 360 pages and covers such topics as:
1. Early upbringing and how she became involved in the Mormon Church.
2. Career - teaching at other schools before becoming tenured at BYU.
3. The adjustments she and her family had to make while moving to Utah from the midwest.
4. Numerous activities of the Mormon Church she and her family were involved in.
5. Mormon beliefs and how they conflict with the Bible.
6. Events that led to her family leaving the church (issues with theology - racial, for example; busy activities that made it difficult to spend quality time with her family and other interests, ways Mormon officials dealt with her sons when they struggled spiritually - appeared to treat them with legalism instead of grace, and other reasons).
7. How she and her family came to know the biblical Lord Jesus Christ and how He differs from the Mormon Jesus.
8. The personal and professional cost to her and family for leaving the church and eventual move to Florida and how the Lord provided for them.
The narrative flows smoothly as the author describes her various life experiences before, during, and after her membership in the Mormon church. There are some helpful appendices at the end contrasting biblical Christianity with Mormonism.
A good read for anyone wanting to know more about Mormonism/Latter Day Saints.