Indiana Pastor’s Wife
One Family’s Journey Out of Mormonism
Few times do you hear a family’s story as compelling as that of Lynn Wilder’s family. In her book Unveiling Grace: The Story of How We Found Our Way Out of the Mormon Church, Lynn shows how the truth of the grace of Jesus, the cross, reached her (and her husband, three boys, and one daughter) even as they had been well-established in Mormonism for over 30 years.
I have studied many other religions before, and even the beliefs of the Latter-day Saints, but I am always left wondering, what does this religion look like to the average follower. Lynn shares a truly “insider” perspective having served with her husband, Michael, in a number of positions within the church and Lynn herself worked as a professor at BYU in Utah. If anyone can be an authoritative source, it is this family. Plus, Lynn and Michael did not grow up in Mormonism, but rather were converted as well-educated adults.
The book itself is broken up into three sections: Mormon Bliss, Cracks in the Façade, and Starting Over with an appendix in the back that charts the differences between Mormonism and the Bible. The Wilder’s 3rd son, Micah, was passionate about Mormonism until he started reading the New Testament while on his missions assignment in Orlando, Florida. As he read, he began to understand, and he encouraged the rest of his family and friends to read the New Testament, “as a child would read it.” In this way, the truth of God’s Word changed their lives forever.
As a final note, I have to mention how thankful I am to Lynn Wilder for being brave enough to even write this book. Some would like to portray Mormons as being the same as anyone else in mainstream Christianity, but after reading this book, there is absolutely no way you can maintain that view. She very clearly outlined the differences both in theology and practice so that the reader is left to consider a lot of things. I was encouraged to read my Bible more to truly know what I believe and not just rest on what others have told me. Everyone could use that reminder.
5 out of 5 stars
I received a free copy of this book from Zondervan through the Booksneeze program in exchange for a fair and honest review.