I have to applaud Thomas Phillips on two fronts for writing this book. First, he has compiled a thorough, open, honest, and painstakingly detailed exposé of the cold, hard, facts that lie beneath the slick surface that the Mormon cult endeavors to advertise to the world. Consequently, what readers will find in this volume is a succinct summary of the origins and effects of major Mormon doctrines, and how known scientific facts have proven them fraudulent. Make no mistake, the points raised are not the author's mere opinions or beliefs: they are substantiated with documented evidence from Mormon "scriptures" and doctrinal pronouncements by the cult's prophets, apostles, and other general authorities.
Second, I deeply admire the immense courage Phillips has shown to face these facts --let alone share them-- with such unwaivering integrity, all the while being demonized as an outcast by not only the cult and its hierarchy, but also by family, friends, associates. Few people outside of Mormonism have any inkling how extremely difficult it is to escape that cult. The levels of guilt and shame heaped upon apostates are truly pernicious, reinforced with crushing pressures of conformity and obedience to authority. In short, if you cannot accept in good conscience that 2+2=5, as the "brethren" and their apologists claim, then the default condemnation is that there is "something wrong with YOU." It is, ironically, the same ploy used by those who have given this book "one star." Having faced that judgment myself, I empathize with Phillips for having to endure such nefarious treatment.
The bottom line is this: readers who want to know what the likes of Mitt Romney and his ilk really believe need to read this book. They will come away much better informed about the cult's doctrines, but also about the manipulative ways it holds its members hostage to believe in them --despite all the scientific evidence to the contrary.