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I Love Mormons: A New Way to Share Christ with Latter-day Saints Paperback – August 1, 2005
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From the Back Cover
How can Christians speak the Good News to Mormons so that it really sounds like good news?
Wrestling with this and other questions has led Salt Lake City resident David Rowe to a new way of sharing Christ with Latter-day Saints. "Mormons are three-dimensional human beings with their own culture, lingo, and worldview," Rowe explains. In evangelism, our words will be more effective if we start by learning and respecting LDS culture. Rowe's keen insights, helpful illustrations, and practical discussion questions will help readers to build bridges to Mormon friends and neighbors.
About the Author
David L. Rowe (M.S., Ph.D., M.Div.) is a professor and the dean of spiritual life at Salt Lake Theological Seminary. He teaches courses in homiletics and communication, spiritual formation, cross cultural ministry, worship theology, and biblical studies. He lives in Utah.
Top Customer Reviews
The book's premise is simple. Due to the influence of the LDS church in every part of the believer's life, opening their eyes to the truth of the Bible and how Mormonism contradicts it is better done once certain nuances of how they think and act are understood. He proposes "A new way to share Christ with Latter-day Saints" as the sub-title reads. Let's take a closer look at his proposed way of evangelizing to them.
One of the reoccurring themes Rowe talks about is the LDS Persecution Complex. This is the tendency for Mormons to see most (if not all) questions about their belief system and way of living as an attack. The origin of this deeply ingrained perspective has its roots in the very early days of the church's existence. LDS history often teaches that the early Latter-day Saints (as they will call themselves) were heavily persecuted by those living around them. It is a common belief that these persecutions were un-provoked, and some were. But a closer, more thorough look at the historical accounts show that the Mormons were not the innocent victims being portrayed today. Some examples of this are briefly outlined in chapter 3.Read more ›
This books deals with the core theological issues but not before explaining real Mormons for who they are- wonderful people with real lives and a strong commitment to their culture and country (and others who aren't so devout- like some Christians).
The book also explains what the approach I was ready to take actually results in- walls going up so thick that the clearest, most well explained and lovingly presented argument will never penetrate them.
The author has lived as an evangelical Christian in the Mormon capital of the world for many years. He knows what happens when you challenge Mormons on their faith, and explains in detail what an improper attitude does to any chance of being taken seriously by them.
Please, please read this book before talking theology with any Mormon, or suggest it to another person you know that will be.
This experience coming from a Pastor of the Protestant Sect, is very credible and worth of emulation on how to live with people who are not of our faith.
However, I felt that the book has some great ideas that are very helpful, both in witness and also in simply living everyday life in a way that bears witness to our faith and our Saviour, regardless of who we are talking to. There are some things which are specific to the LDS church and Mormon culture, but there is so much here that makes sense regardless of the beliefs or lack of belief of the people with whom we are in relationship.
A good summation is a sentence I highlighted as I read:
"It's easier to become a "Bible answer man" than a Bible-based man (or woman), it's easier to be correct than contrite, easier to master content than character, easier to be informed about Christ than formed by Christ."
Rowe appeals to us all to become "full-bodied, whole souled Christians" - and to witness to and love both believers and non-believers alike from this centre. I found it thought provoking and helpful, not only in terms of witness, but also as a challenge to myself to allow God to change me and become that kind of whole souled Christian myself.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really enjoyed this book. It had a nice balance of stories and doctrine. It also encouraged me as someone who loves to share the gospel to refine what I do through the lens of... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Andrew Werley
Very good insight into the Mormon culture without the Mormon bashing you find in other books.Published 19 months ago by L. Henrickson
Good things to take from it, but take everything with a grain of salt. There isn't an exact formula or method.Published 20 months ago by Joel Smith
If you want to better understand your LDS neighbor, this is the book to read. This book is brief, easy to understand and is written by one who knows. . . . Read morePublished on September 17, 2014 by jsprout3
I am very impressed by the detail and insight that Dr. Rowe has to share. He writes in a way that anyone can understand, and offers practical advice for sharing Jesus with Mormons.Published on May 14, 2013 by Colin
Mr. Rowe's book I heart Mormons, is more subtly antagonistic to Latter-day Saints theology than most people are used to, which is nice, but this book is still a "how can we prove... Read morePublished on October 9, 2012 by Paigemaster
This book gives me a different method of sharing my faith in Jesus in a nonjudgemental manner that starts others to think for themselves.Published on May 11, 2012 by james street