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How can Christians speak the Good News to Mormons so that it really sounds like good news?

Wrestling with this and other questions has led Salt Lake City resident David Rowe to a new way of sharing Christ with Latter-day Saints. "Mormons are three-dimensional human beings with their own culture, lingo, and worldview," Rowe explains. In evangelism, our words will be more effective if we start by learning and respecting LDS culture. Rowe's keen insights, helpful illustrations, and practical discussion questions will help readers to build bridges to Mormon friends and neighbors.

About the Author

David L. Rowe (M.S., Ph.D., M.Div.) is a professor and the dean of spiritual life at Salt Lake Theological Seminary. He teaches courses in homiletics and communication, spiritual formation, cross cultural ministry, worship theology, and biblical studies. He lives in Utah.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801065224
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801065224
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Doug P on September 20, 2011
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There are a growing number of books dedicated to the discussion of the many facets of Mormonism. Some are great, while others tend to be the same recycled material. There is something different about this book and its approach to Mormonism. Instead of taking the hard-line, doctrinal approach, it focuses 90% of its pages on the LDS culture which is the driving force behind its teachings, how they are put into practice and the subsequent impact on members lives. In short...it is woven into EVERYTHING.

The book's premise is simple. Due to the influence of the LDS church in every part of the believer's life, opening their eyes to the truth of the Bible and how Mormonism contradicts it is better done once certain nuances of how they think and act are understood. He proposes "A new way to share Christ with Latter-day Saints" as the sub-title reads. Let's take a closer look at his proposed way of evangelizing to them.

One of the reoccurring themes Rowe talks about is the LDS Persecution Complex. This is the tendency for Mormons to see most (if not all) questions about their belief system and way of living as an attack. The origin of this deeply ingrained perspective has its roots in the very early days of the church's existence. LDS history often teaches that the early Latter-day Saints (as they will call themselves) were heavily persecuted by those living around them. It is a common belief that these persecutions were un-provoked, and some were. But a closer, more thorough look at the historical accounts show that the Mormons were not the innocent victims being portrayed today. Some examples of this are briefly outlined in chapter 3.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Hunt on August 11, 2008
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This book is perfect for those living in, around, or near Mormons. It dispels many misbeliefs about the Mormon religion and it takes the outsider into the religion without bashing, hating, or belittling them. It explains the differences between a evangelical Christian and a Mormon instead of just laying into Mormonism as if they were the most evil of people. Having moved to Utah myself with very little previous Mormon interaction I found this book as a life saver in terms of getting a grasp on everything culture to vocabulary to history. It is a must read for any Christian or non-Christian, in other words, everyone should read it. It is a very easy read as well.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By jape55 on March 22, 2008
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I was fully prepared to study up on the various problems with Mormon theology and lovingly lay them on a friend of mine, expecting that he'd see his mistake and hopefully change his mind. This book showed me that my idea was clearly wrong. It's not the way to approach Mormons. In fact there is no secret or special way at all. You approach them as you would anybody that you love, with respect and care, and without condescension.
This books deals with the core theological issues but not before explaining real Mormons for who they are- wonderful people with real lives and a strong commitment to their culture and country (and others who aren't so devout- like some Christians).
The book also explains what the approach I was ready to take actually results in- walls going up so thick that the clearest, most well explained and lovingly presented argument will never penetrate them.
The author has lived as an evangelical Christian in the Mormon capital of the world for many years. He knows what happens when you challenge Mormons on their faith, and explains in detail what an improper attitude does to any chance of being taken seriously by them.
Please, please read this book before talking theology with any Mormon, or suggest it to another person you know that will be.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By David Mark Brown on February 22, 2008
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This is the best book out there on the LDS if your interest is in following the call of Christ on your life (the great commission). This is not the book for you if you would rather simply judge others as heretics or feel good about yourself for witnessing on someone. The "unique methodology" in this book has proven over the last couple of centuries to be effective -- whether you are in China or Utah. Oh, and it was also the methodology of the Master.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Pam from Arkansas on May 31, 2012
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As several others have noted, this book takes a very different LOVING approach. I recommend it for education on beliefs, as well as the knowledge and understanding of the tremendous difficulty in one leaving the culture and life of the LDS church. Great book for teaching others on LDS and evangelizing.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By james street on May 11, 2012
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This book gives me a different method of sharing my faith in Jesus in a nonjudgemental manner that starts others to think for themselves.
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31 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Christian Book Previews on December 29, 2005
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Getting past the title and the cover was the greatest hurdle to reaching the treasure inside David L. Rowe's book, I Love Mormons: A New Way to Share Christ with Latter-day Saints. Rowe claims to know the best way to communicate the gospel to LDS people. He says that until now, most Christians have tried to prove that Mormon doctrine is wrong. Problem was, no one was listening. Mormons are less into intellectualizing their faith and more into feeling it. Mormons "know" truth by experiencing it, so Christians can improve their presentation by learning how to speak effectively about the redemption experience. Rowe is passionate about helping Christians live out their faith in a way both transparent and deliberate. He and his family have resided in Salt Lake City for thirty years, giving him plenty of time to interact with the locals. He discovered first-hand the Mormon subculture-ethnicity-that makes a non-Mormon in Utah feel like a foreigner. Bumping against that invisible barrier over and over again helped Rowe define it. He writes as a professor and the dean of spiritual life at Salt Lake Theological Seminary (a non-LDS institution), where he teaches cross-cultural ministries.

Rowe is candid in sharing the mistakes he made and insights he gained, insights that would be useful in many cross-cultural settings--reaching the youth of our own society comes to mind. For example, Rowe stresses that in witnessing to Mormons, theology is not usually a good starting point. Most LDS people are unreflective regarding doctrinal or theological issues, so doctrinal knowledge should be used humbly and gently. The book first recounts various types of experiences in relating to LDS people.
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