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An Insider's View of Mormon Origins Paperback – November 15, 2002
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- ASIN : 1560851570
- Publisher : Signature Books; First Edition (November 15, 2002)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 296 pages
- ISBN-10 : 9781560851578
- ISBN-13 : 978-1560851578
- Item Weight : 1.1 pounds
- Dimensions : 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #75,711 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Another book that was recommended to me in this arena was Rough Stone Rolling. To compare the two, in case you are wondering which to read... Rough Stone Rolling is a very very long read, and it is very difficult to determine what is fact and what is opinion, as the author writes as if his opinions are fact. Insider's View is a pretty quick read, and I feel is quite neutral in the way information is presented (it is very clear what is opinion, and opinion is sparse.) Rough stone rolling is very very very opinionated in the positive towards Mormonism. It points out a lot of the crazy stuff that went on in the Mormon churches beginnings, but stays clear of the really disturbing stuff. Not that it is good or bad, it just depends on what you are looking for. Insider's View in my opinion was exponentially more beneficial. Especially for the amount of time I spent reading. Rough Stone rolling is so full of opinion and conjecture and fluff that I felt like I had to read other sources to get to the meat. Speaking of sources, that is my biggest beef with Rough Stone Rolling. The sources and references were not easy to follow at all. I gave up on trying to find sources for his arguments, and was left to trust that he was interpreting the original sources correctly...
As a disclaimer though, if you love Mormonism and don't want to have any doubts about your religion I would probably not read either. Take the "blue pill" and just forget about it. The religion is harder to love when the fairy tail dissipates and the reality of its beginnings set in. If you want to know some of the crap that went down, and try to NOT let it bother you, read Rough Stone Rolling because it has apologetic justifications that help you deal with what went down. Some of them a severe stretch, but none the less it helps you cope. If you want cold hard information about the early beginnings of the church, and its key doctrinal, foundational beginnings... if you want to know how it really went down... read An Insider's View of Mormon Origins. This was by far the best book I have read, of the thousands and thousands of pages I have poured through trying to understand what the true origins of my religion really were. A little bit tough to digest at first, but I want the truth, not half truths buffered with fluffy justifications.
I liked Grant and enjoyed watching his interviews with the likes of John Dehlin etc. I was raised LDS and left when I was about 16 or 17 always feeling like I was the crazy one who didn't get it...and yet here I am all of these years later knowing it wasn't me, it was simply group think...mind control of a narrative that doesn't wash with the true facts. I never believed we were a cult and yet...we were/are. As much as I appreciate the culture it created around us, the church just isn't what it claims to be. Hopefully this information will save lots of people a lot of time, money, and heartache over something that's provably false. Or...I guess they can bury their heads in the sand and help pay for that 5 billion dollar shopping mail in SLC if they want. I guess it's up to them. Feelings are not facts. Just be warned...if you are LDS...and you want to stay LDS...you can't read this book and find out the truth and stay. Period.
When Grant Palmer wrote this book, he was still an active member of the church. He has excellent credentials, and the book is well-sourced. When he received threats of excommunication for his honest presentation of this information, he chose to remove his name from the records. I think it is useful for members of the church to know this, because they often refuse to read anything written by a non-member because it threatens their faith. They should know that most people challenging the Church are well-intended, feeling troubled, and coming from inside the church now, seeking answers. Palmer was one such individual. I was another.
I highly recommend this book for anyone willing and desirous to face the claims of the Church head on, or for anyone who wants to continue their study of the robust, often inaccurately presented, story of Mormon origins. It is such a fantastic story.
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It doesn't really approach another central question - was Joseph Smith an out-and-out con artist? Or what? Deranged? Initially well-meaning and seduced by the possibilities offered by his congregation? For this, I guess I'll need another book. I wasn't sure if this question was avoided out of fear of offending his community.
The first reviewer finished his copy in four days. Why so long? This is a very hard book to put down!