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Lynn K. Wilder is a wife, mother, grandmother, scholar, and author with a doctorate in education. In her 12 years as a professor and researcher, and 20 years as a teacher, she has mentored thousands of students and has produced more than 50 scholarly publications, including two books on positive behavior support and a book comparing Mormon and Bible doctrines, 7 Reasons We Left Mormonism. Once a tenured faculty member at Brigham Young University, Dr. Wilder left in 2008 when she experienced a crisis of faith.
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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; 7/26/13 edition (August 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310331129
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310331124
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (319 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #17,642 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By James A. Barnes on August 20, 2013
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Lynn Wilder, a former professor at Brigham Young University, writes of her life as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and after over 30 years as a devoted follower she discovers the true Jesus of the Bible in the book Unveiling Grace. She tells of how she was raised in a traditional Christian home, and attended a Methodist church as a child. Later when she and her husband were college students they were visited by Mormon missionaries and were soon converted and began attending a Mormon church. The story she tells of the way in which the church soon became the central focus of her life and how she and her husband became more active, assuming additional leadership roles in the church, is fascinating.

She reveals the many temple rituals she and her husband undertook and some of the unusual practices she accepts without question. Throughout her life as a Mormon she writes of how the Holy Spirit continued to guide her and protect her. She relates how through the power of prayer she was able to have four healthy children, after having multiple miscarriages. The Holy Spirit, through strange dreams and events, prompts her to return to school to earn a doctorate degree, and later accept a position as a professor at the prestigious Mormon owned university. The writing of her story is vivid. I grew to know and understand the writer and her family, and empathized as she relates her struggles. The way in which God reveals the truth to her and her family is amazing, and makes reading this book worthwhile. This book has the potential to change the life of any Mormon who has the strength to read it. For Christians, this book provides a practical guide to understanding what the Mormon religion teaches, and the methods it uses to convert and retain members.
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Matt Wilder in Unveiling Grace is quoted as saying he "prefer[s] to dwell on the positive aspects that brought [him] closer to Christ rather than the negative things that drew [him] away from Mormonism. But for [him] to fully come to Christ, [he] first had to realize and accept that [he] had been deceived" (220). The balance between learning positive Christian truth and seeing lifelong deception is the knife-edge that must be walked when anyone comes to Christ out of Mormonism. To keep this scale from teetering too far in either direction it takes the master plan of a sovereign God working through His "Dancer of grace" (314) and speaking through His Word the Bible. Lynn Wilder has written a tremendous testimony of God's power to do exactly that; save her and her family, extended family, and friends out of the deception of Mormonism by the Blood of Christ as revealed in the Bible. This book is Lynn's personal testimony of the way in which God has kept the scale in balance, unveiling truth through his word where needed and opening Lynn's eyes to deception when appropriate; all this over a five year process of coming out of Mormonism to a saving faith in Christ.

As I began Lynn's book, I was skeptical of where it might go or what her message might be. Many books about Mormonism tend to land very heavily in the apologetics side of the scale, leaving the reader with a negative, almost sterile feeling in their heart about the way people are saved from Mormonism. In fact, after reading most books concerning Mormonism, all you want to do is just stay away from its deception at all costs! Lynn however has been able to skillfully reveal apologetic differences between Mormonism and Christianity by weaving what she learned into her story of salvation.
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I normally avoid what could be construed as anti-Mormon literature because it often contains inaccuracies, is frequently motivated by vindictiveness, and speaks openly of things held sacred to Mormons (aka LDS Church) in a derogatory, condescending way. However, the person that referred me to Dr. Wilder's book was highly credible and deeply cultured. I was immediately intrigued. Like Lynn Wilder I was deeply entrenched in Mormonism and speak fluent Mormonese.

I stopped short of giving the book five stars for a few reasons that will be clear to anyone who reads the entire book: 1) It belabors certain points and it should be obvious what those are. 2) There is a fair amount of redundancy of concepts (Mormon Jesus, false religion, etc). 3) Anyone familiar with Mormon culture-isms AND modern Protestant congregation culture-isms will note that Mormons have not cornered the market in peculiar cultural norms and cliché behavior. Visit the campus of a typical Bible college, Christian University or megachurch and be witness to some very cliché AND cliquish behavior. For example, I was literally escorted, by the arm, out of a very prominent Baptist Church in Birmingham, AL. The associate pastor and the security staffer intercepted me on my way to find a seat. Why? Because I was "at the wrong church." You see, that body of believers were all white and I was (am), uh....black. I didn't fit their established demographic profile. So I would simply urge caution when negatively characterizing one group's cultural failings, as Dr. Wilder has done, against what is being presented as the model. In the case of this book an insular Mormon culture with all of it's Wasatch Front-isms VS Christ-led mainstream Christianity.
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