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An Insider's View of Mormon Origins Paperback – November 15, 2002
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The first thing I noticed about this book is that the writing style is very simple and direct. As an aspiring writer myself, I felt that my writing style was improving as I read this book. Palmer doesn't throw around unnecessarily large words or sentences. He stays away from giving personal opinions. He just presents the history. I was also impressed by how well-researched this book was. Every claim is backed up with quote after quote after quote, all with easy-to-find references. The quoting actually got a little bit tedious at times, but it was very reassuring to know that the author wasn't just making things up.
This book addresses several of the historical difficulties with early Mormonism, including the Kinderhook plates, the Book of Abraham, the gold plates and their translation, the "money digger" stories, etc. Each of these topics is treated thoroughly. He states in the introduction that he is not writing to new converts but to people who come from pioneer stock- people well grounded in the church. I feel that this book would be helpful to anyone, convert or not, who wants to know the truth and not build on a shaky foundation that will eventually be subject to crumbling. "If a faith will not bear to be investigated; if its preachers and professors are afraid to have it examined, their foundation must be very weak." -George Albert Smith.
God isn't a liar, and there is no reason for testimony to be built on anything but truth, or for any Mormon to shy away from the truth. This book is an excellent resource for anyone who values getting a better idea of what really happened in the early Mormon church.