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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Books (August 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801065224
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801065224
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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There are a growing number of books dedicated to the discussion of the many facets of Mormonism. Some are great, while others tend to be the same recycled material. There is something different about this book and its approach to Mormonism. Instead of taking the hard-line, doctrinal approach, it focuses 90% of its pages on the LDS culture which is the driving force behind its teachings, how they are put into practice and the subsequent impact on members lives. In short...it is woven into EVERYTHING.

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.
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This book is perfect for those living in, around, or near Mormons. It dispels many misbeliefs about the Mormon religion and it takes the outsider into the religion without bashing, hating, or belittling them. It explains the differences between a evangelical Christian and a Mormon instead of just laying into Mormonism as if they were the most evil of people. Having moved to Utah myself with very little previous Mormon interaction I found this book as a life saver in terms of getting a grasp on everything culture to vocabulary to history. It is a must read for any Christian or non-Christian, in other words, everyone should read it. It is a very easy read as well.
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I was fully prepared to study up on the various problems with Mormon theology and lovingly lay them on a friend of mine, expecting that he'd see his mistake and hopefully change his mind. This book showed me that my idea was clearly wrong. It's not the way to approach Mormons. In fact there is no secret or special way at all. You approach them as you would anybody that you love, with respect and care, and without condescension.
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.
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An awesome book about how to love someone who has a different view, faith, or culture than you. I got as much out of this book about me as I did about how to understand some dear Mormon friends. Thanks!
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As several others have noted, this book takes a very different LOVING approach. I recommend it for education on beliefs, as well as the knowledge and understanding of the tremendous difficulty in one leaving the culture and life of the LDS church. Great book for teaching others on LDS and evangelizing.
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This book shows us an example of how to respect and honor one's religion by not arguing each other's belief, but by understanding their culture and way of life and loving them the way they are as the The Lord Jesus Christ taught His Disciples.
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.
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This is the best book out there on the LDS if your interest is in following the call of Christ on your life (the great commission). This is not the book for you if you would rather simply judge others as heretics or feel good about yourself for witnessing on someone. The "unique methodology" in this book has proven over the last couple of centuries to be effective -- whether you are in China or Utah. Oh, and it was also the methodology of the Master.
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Living in the UK, I have no contact with Mormons except online and in books - I've never knowingly spoken to a member of the LDS church in "real life", and certainly never talked about religion with one. My knowledge of LDS is therefore second hand, and I won't try to praise or critique this book on the grounds of how well it portrays Mormonism - I simply don't have the knowledge to do so.

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.
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