- File Size: 314 KB
- Print Length: 196 pages
- Publisher: Pioneer Press (September 4, 2012)
- Publication Date: September 4, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0096BFE5K
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #960,305 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I come from a very different religious upbringing, so it was fascinating for me to read how someone raised in the Mormon faith viewed the world growing up and then worked to align what they were taught with what they discovered as an adult. This was the best explanation of Mormonism that I've read.
It helped that Sophia's writing is clear, compelling, and, in places, lyrical. Her compassion for everyone, even those who question her questioning, is inspiring.
Mormonism is an enigma. So much good comes out of it that is is extremely difficult to find fault. However, the sad reality is that the doctrine is entirely made up. Studying the history of the church and the facts surrounding its development reveals that it is really man made, not from God. That realization is devastating to the believer.
As the momentum of church membership resignation accelerates, I pray for those who have the courage to leave.
Thank you, Sophia, for sharing.
Stone details her life growing up in a Mormon family; the challenges and comforts of growing up in a religion that provides a complete road map to life. As she writes "Everything important was drawn out for me through living prophets. All I had to do was use the thick, black marker of my choices to trace the lightly penciled sentences that were written by those with authority, who'd lived longer and knew better about my life's purpose."
Stone details the realities of life as a Mormon woman in a way that is very intimate and real. She relates her anxiety surrounding her baptism and testimony, the challenges of finding the right husband, as well as the manner in which her identity became wrapped up in being the nurturer, at the cost of her own needs and desires. There is a list of Mormon "Thou shalts" - starting with "Thou shalt keep the Sabbath day holy" and ending with "Thou shalt not doubt, ever" - that spans a full four pages and serves as a brilliant reminder of the realities of living a Mormon life.
The author also tackle the thorny issue of leaving the Mormon Church - the dismay and confusion of loved ones, the strain that her journey left on her marriage, the delicate navigation of religion with her children. There is a deep thoughtfulness in this book, along with a lot of love for family and friends. Towards the end, the author bears her new and expanded testimony:
"I believe God loves me and that he can save everyone. I believe there's light and goodness in all religions, in all traditions, and in all people."
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