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Unveiling Grace is a personal account written by Lynn Wilder about how the Lord drew her deeply involved family out of the tentacles of the Mormon church and into a close communion with Him. The book contains her story, as well as a glossary of Mormon jargon, a brief comparison of LDS versus Biblical doctrine and information on ministries that reach out to the LDS population.
I was captivated by this book. As I do not have the best self-discipline, I usually try to avoid books (aka fiction) that will cause me to neglect my motherly duties, and I didn't figure this would be one of them- but it was. I ended up using a precious nap time and a couple late nights to read through this book. Wilder writes with raw honesty and descriptive passion, as she retells a brief summary of her childhood and how she became thoroughly enmeshed in the LDS church with her husband before the Holy Spirit called them to a true relationship with Jesus Christ. She wrote that their conversion to Christianity came through truly reading the New Testament and seeking truth from the words of Jesus, not what we are told by mere men and human authorities; I believe that not only Mormons, but all Christians, should take this to heart! We need to focus on the Word as the only source of truth, look to it as confirmation for all our actions, so that we can speak it, live it, breathe it. I loved that the book was filled with Scripture references (it is a testimony to her knowledge of the Word that she has tried to apply to her life). I loved that you could see how the Holy Spirit (referred by Wilder as the Dancer of grace) worked within her life to draw her one step at a time to recognition that no matter her status, she was indeed depraved like Saul before his conversion, and no amount of good works, temple recommends or esoteric exaltations would bring her into the presence of the Almighty. I loved that she kept the focus and glory upon God and though pointing out the errors within the LDS church, she maintained respect for the individual. I loved how the book showed the transformation of the Wilder family from a testimony of what they had done for God, to what God had done for them.
I would definitely recommend this book to friends. I agreed to review it hoping to learn what makes some of our dear LDS friends click, and finished with a heart grieving from all the deception and half-truths, and a passion for the deliverance of their souls from the only One worthy of praise.
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