Random thoughts by a guy named Barnes.
Lynn Wilder, a former professor at Brigham Young University, writes of her life as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and after over 30 years as a devoted follower she discovers the true Jesus of the Bible in the book Unveiling Grace. She tells of how she was raised in a traditional Christian home, and attended a Methodist church as a child. Later when she and her husband were college students they were visited by Mormon missionaries and were soon converted and began attending a Mormon church. The story she tells of the way in which the church soon became the central focus of her life and how she and her husband became more active, assuming additional leadership roles in the church, is fascinating.
She reveals the many temple rituals she and her husband undertook and some of the unusual practices she accepts without question. Throughout her life as a Mormon she writes of how the Holy Spirit continued to guide her and protect her. She relates how through the power of prayer she was able to have four healthy children, after having multiple miscarriages. The Holy Spirit, through strange dreams and events, prompts her to return to school to earn a doctorate degree, and later accept a position as a professor at the prestigious Mormon owned university. The writing of her story is vivid. I grew to know and understand the writer and her family, and empathized as she relates her struggles. The way in which God reveals the truth to her and her family is amazing, and makes reading this book worthwhile. This book has the potential to change the life of any Mormon who has the strength to read it. For Christians, this book provides a practical guide to understanding what the Mormon religion teaches, and the methods it uses to convert and retain members. Additionally, the book provides a guide showing what Mormonism teaches and what the Bible teaches. Even after years living in Idaho surrounded by the Mormon church and working and going to school with many church members I had no idea of the degree and the power the church plays in the life of its followers.
I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Posted 23rd June by Out of Barnes