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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2002
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Dr. Tice, in this easy to read essay on Mormonism, manages to convey how devoutly she once believed in the religion, and also how much she loves her family and respects their beliefs. The fact that she felt this way and was still able to leave the church shows incredible courage on her part. The book seems to be a fair and balanced accounting rather than a "hate" piece, which probably would have been the easier path to take after finally leaving the fold.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on April 16, 2001
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Inside the Mormon Mind by Elizabeth Tice is, by far, the most interesting work that I have read in this area. Dr. Tice provides information with a personal flavor that makes the work more than just academic. It becomes a journey into the history and the psyche of those who follow this faith. While this book is written by a woman who has left the 'folds' of the Mormon church, it is clear that there is no criticism of those who continue to choose to follow it. I highly recommend this book.
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21 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on May 2, 2002
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This book is well written and hugely informative. It provides insight into the Mormon culture that can be generalized to the greater human condition. I am writing this review to point out the fact that the dichotomy in this list of reviews really proves Dr. Tice's point in the book. Reality is subjective, and when one is invested in a belief system, that investment filters one's perception. What Dr. Abu Ameenah Bilal Philips (assumed to be non-Mormon) perceived the work as " a remarkable book" that provides "a personal as well as an educational view," the reader from Salt Lake City (more than likely a Mormon) perceived as a "THIN pamphlet" that doesn't follow through on its promise to provide a "peak" (sic- did the writer mean peek?) into the Mormon mind. I have to side with the reader from Shawano: Astounding! Read this book to decide for yourself.
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on April 9, 2001
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This book provides an interesting and intriguing look into the Mormon mindset. Tice maintains an objective stance by careful citing of sources. However, she gives the book its special flair by sharing her own story as a daughter of a Mormon official and member of a Mormon family. The insights Tice provides would be transferable to any structured religious group. For those who would like to know more about this religious group and about the people who subscribe to it, I heartily recommend this highly readable book.
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16 of 24 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2002
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Why does an intelligent person hang on to a particular company's stock until it goes to zero? The same reason an intelligent person will ignore "bad news" concerning their religion. Astounding! Ms. Tice in this slim book has illuminated the human beings great wish for apple-pie order in their lives. This leads to some pretty interestng behavior. A wonderful book, please read it. You will better understand your parents, siblings, yourself, and one of the most fascinating religions around today.
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17 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on April 17, 2001
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During the past week, I have had the unique opportunity to read, "Inside the Mormon Mind" by Dr. Elizabeth Tice. The book was sent to me as a gift. The study of religion is a favorite topic for me. This book provided a personal as well educational view of the religion. It answers the most 'common' questions and some of those I might not have thought to ask. In all of this, Dr. Tice is never critical of those who adhere to the religion - and this is a quality I find most admirable. It afforts both the personal and the academic view to be unobstructed. It is my intent to personally thank Dr. Tice for her remarkable book - but also to let readers, in general, know what a valuable book this is.
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9 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on May 3, 2001
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To a reader who knows very little about the Mormon faith, this book provided both a basic understanding as well as insight. Highly recommended.
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8 of 23 people found the following review helpful
on April 27, 2002
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This is a very thin book, both from the perspective of the number of pages and from the ideas presented. There are many references to Dr. Tice's scholerly PhD work, but this book (pamphlet) only alludes to the depth of her research and her writing and thoughts. Dr. Tice also seems to have a hard time deciding if she wants an emotional, "Why I left Mormonism" book, or if she wants a true peek "Inside the Mormon Mind" like she promises. In the end, both objectives come up short--or THIN.
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16 of 45 people found the following review helpful
on May 30, 2002
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This, to me, seemed to be a hasty generalization declaring some falsities against the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. While this author may have had certain experiences that led her to her conclusions, she failed to see the big picture. It seemed to me that she was assuming because a few members of the LDS Church acted in one way, that the other 11 million members all around the world were the same. I find it hard to believe that a Church teaching its members to be clean, honest, kind, and trustworthy would have members acting with such behavior.
Though I am not a member of the LDS Church myself, I find it unfair to these people who have been known for their genuine happiness. As another reviewer said, this book seems to be more condescending than informative.
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7 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on October 29, 2002
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What exactly is her point here? With so much 'research' why is this such a thin book? It took me like a few hours to read. This women needs an editor fast! With so many run-on sentences, wordiness, and fragments I found this book equally boring as well as disappointing. She could have done so much more with this concept. Got some miledge out of her research--adding some repetition in the process. But she didn't. Instead she wrote herself in circles basically stating it was okay to think 'mormonism' and also to believe what one wants. Yet somehow the underlining tone [leave the Mormon church] is present throughout. I bet she wrote this book in hopes of persuading us to go against Mormonism. She accomplished it in the tone, but not in her initial agrument. There's so much more to the Mormon mind and she only covered 1/8 of it here. I hope Tice never writes anything about Mormons ever again. I don't blame non-Mormons, Mormons or exMos for disliking this book. I wish she had written something we don't already know. Instead of denying her true feelings of the Mormon church, she should have come out and just told us how much she disaproves of their belief system. Instead of saying it's okay to be Mormon and think Mormon. It only gives Mormons another reason to be Mormon when there's some agreement on their side. All I can say is: Tice had an unstable argument.
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