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3.0 out of 5 stars Factual but not written from an insider's perspective..., March 7, 2001
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This review is from: Mormonism Unmasked (Paperback)
I am now a Catholic after being a life-long Mormon. This book hits the major inconsistencies between Mormonism and Christianity and points out the serious changes to doctrines found in the Book of Mormon and early recorded revelations as compared with what Joseph Smith was preaching and living at the time of his death. The book could have made a better case about the Mormon view of Adam and Eve using quotes and sources tied back to Brigham Young. The book has a strong Protestant flavor which is unfortunate since much of Mormonism can be best understood in the light of Roman Catholicism including the Mormon temple, the importance of works, purgatory, works by the living to benefit the dead, church authority and hierarchy, and the necessary nature of the Fall just to name a few. Most of the "Witnessing Points" at the end of each chapter, while a good summarization, provide very little that can be effectively used in witnessing to a Mormon. This book would be best given to someone investigating Mormonism rather than to a person who has already been deceived.
Also recommended: Emma Smith, a Mormon Enigma and From Mission to Madness: concerning the life David Hyrum Smith, Joseph Smith, Jr's youngest son.
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Initial post: Aug 28, 2013 5:02:45 PM PDT
Terrific review. But I think you went a little too easy on the authors. The book was simply an attack on Mormonism by "conservative?" christians from beginning to end. I was looking for information on Mormonism, and got some here and there, but digging through another holier-than-thou screed to get it was not worth the trouble. I am certain there must be better books on the Mormons.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 28, 2013 5:13:10 PM PDT
Owen West says:
The book is factual even if it has a strong Protestant bias. There are of course other books about Mormonism written by those both in and out of the church. I liked "Mormon Doctrine" by Elder Bruce R. McConkie when I was growing up within the church and would recommend you get this authoritative book written by one of the past leaders of the modern church.
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