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Standing For Something More: The Excommunication of Lyndon Lamborn [Kindle Edition]

Lyndon Lamborn
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After a highly publicized and controversial exit from Mormonism, Lamborn intertwines the story of his awakening with psychological aspects of religious belief.


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  • File Size: 500 KB
  • Print Length: 301 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1438947445
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse (March 25, 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004R1PYEK
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78 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Mormon book of 2009 April 23, 2009
Format:Paperback
I just finished reading Lyndon Lamborn's book 'Standing for Something More'. I really liked the book. The author has a very nice tone in his writings. This is not an `anti-Mormon' book by someone with an axe to grind against Mormonism but rather tells the true story of one man's very interesting experiences with the Mormon Church.

The Mormon books written by former members have really been lacking a psychological examination of why intelligent people remain in the LDS Church after finding out many things that indicate that the church may not be what it claims to be. I found it particularly useful as I am an active Latter-day Saint.

I like that he alternates chapters detailing the psychology implications of church membership with his own personal story. I haven't seen the emotional and psychological aspects of membership in the Mormon Church presented in a simple, clear, concise manner before as Lyndon does.

Also it's not written in a critical manner but Lyndon is very honest and not hiding anything that he did or that the church has done. The book does list some serious problems with Mormonism which he describes in a very intelligent manner that may make a believer rethink his beliefs. Mainstream Christianity is also touched on in a constructive manner as he explored that option when he left Mormonism. Basically it's just not the same old ex-Mormon stuff. It's a needed fresh look into Mormonism in the 21st Century.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this book May 12, 2009
Format:Paperback
This book does a great job explaining the emotional and psychological progression of someone who has had the religious "rug" pulled out from under them. It's a devastating event when you discover the things that you were lead to believe as truth and fact are not so.

This book is by no means anti- anything. It simply explains how religion affects us as a society and individually. Also, the narrative of Lamborn's disaffection and excommunication are very interesting and an important illustration of the concepts in the book.

It's an easy read, but lots of thought-provoking information. Especially if you are in a stage of discovery or know someone dealing with these issues. highly recommend.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down December 28, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I expected this book to help me drift off to sleep by 10, but it was so fascinating I couldn't put it down until 2:30 a.m. Then I awoke at 5:30 and re-read several chapters aloud to my wife.

One reason it resonated with me is I too am a Mormon High Priests instructor like the author who has loved the church and the people in it for 35 years. Hoping to be ever more knowledgeable about the church that I have encouraged so many people to join, I thought I was doing a great thing by really digging in to church history.

But like the author, I'm stunned to learn facts that are very hard to reconcile with a desire to be open, honest and virtuous. Yikes. So what do you do when you learn the facts Lyndon so clearly describes? I'd love it if he were somehow misled, because I don't want to believe these things, but it's not as if they're in dispute except among a few church apologists, whose rebuttals I want to believe but come across as damage control and spin. Double yikes. These difficult facts are taboo to speak about in the church, so none of my friends and heroes in the church know much about them, or want to talk about it.

For example, after teaching a class of very experienced church members and leaders, the author wrote: "I asked, by show of hand, how many were aware that Smith had wives other than Emma in his mortal life. Three raised their hand (out of about 25 present). I then asked, by show of hand, how many were aware that Smith had married women who were already married to living men. There were no hands. I asked how many knew that Smith had married a fourteen year old, Helen Mar Kimball. There were no hands."

In the author's case, the church decided to excommunicate him and create a public spectacle, which broke his mother's heart.
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57 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stop the Madness!! January 29, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This book is an excellent secular attempt to explain the methods and success of the LDS church. The facts that falsify the LDS doctrinal cache are well documented elsewhere. The real question (in my view) is how so many smart people can be so blind to such a transparent fraud, or how morally upright people can excuse (church founder) Joseph Smith's sexual predations and other sordid skeletons in the closet. Borrowing heavily from ex-Moonie Steve Hassan, Lamborn does a wonderful job explaining how the LDS meme/virus is so effective, including discussions of the following:

- The faulty premise that "warm fuzzy feelings" and other psychological phenomena experienced when contemplating the church are the final arbiters of truth in the universe (but only if they match the church's foregone conclusions);
- Threatening prophesies (both in the here and now and in the alleged afterlife);
- The fostering of a strong social network and interdependency;
- Public ritual affirmations (a.k.a. testimony meetings);
- Heavy demands for sacrifice (time and money) that keeps adherents busy and creates a formidable 'sunk cost' incentive to continue keeping the faith;
- Copious guilt and shame tactics;
- Whitewash of church teaching material and fostering of self-censorship in LDS adherents;
- Cultivating a culture of mystique around the leadership and championing complete obedience to them;
- Promoting negative stereotypes about apostates;
- Intense and overt indoctrination of the young, culminating in the full time missionary program for the boys.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars I learned some good stuff. Really
It's OK. Needs some editing as it doesn't flow very well. And it seems that chapter after chapter repeats a lot of the same stuff just under a different heading. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bryce Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars speedy delivery
the book was delivered in a speedy manner and was not torn however it was filled with crumbs. other than that it was okay but i dis agree with the writer
Published 1 month ago by Sharon Prickett
3.0 out of 5 stars I would like to have seen more explicit descriptions illustrating...
I found his life story more interesting than his thoughts on religion and psychology. I would have found his thoughts on the later topics more interesting if the chapters he... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Grant
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed reading it as a 'recovering Mormon' myself
Very well thought and researched book! I enjoyed reading it as a 'recovering Mormon' myself, it helped to clarify things I had been taught as a young child in a way I had not yet... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Verla Jackson
3.0 out of 5 stars Some great concepts about the fallacy of deriving truth from having...
Some great concepts about the fallacy of deriving truth from having an emotion. Also he's good on the social, emotional, and intellectual bubble that the LDS church is. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Wendy Palmer
5.0 out of 5 stars MUST READ for all members of the church==past, present, and potential.
I started this book and did not put it down until it was finished. This book tied together every loose end, every question, every piece of half truth, innuendo, and outright... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Reviews by Mark
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful
Lyndon did an amazing job of putting his experience and information together in an understandable and coherent fashion. Loved this book!
Published 3 months ago by Guy
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book, extremely enlightening
I really enjoyed reading this book. There was a lot of information that I didn't know of (being a member for most of my life) that would have helped seal my conviction that I was... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Corbin Slate
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good review of what is wrong with the Mormon Church, by a source...
I have been reading about Lyndon Lamborn's book "Standing For Something More" for a couple of years. Read more
Published 4 months ago by schleppenheimer
5.0 out of 5 stars What I Find Interesting
Is it not interesting that no hardcore mormons are arguing with any of the reviewers.
I wonder if the LDS church has not told their followers not to try to debunk the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by W. James
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