- Paperback: 576 pages
- Publisher: Utah Lighthouse Ministry; Fifth Edition (1987); Reformatted (2008) edition (1987)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9993074438
- ISBN-13: 978-9993074434
- Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,133,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Mormonism - Shadow or Reality? Paperback – 1987
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There are many excellent books on Mormonism, but for the sheer amount of information, this or their excellent work The Changing World of Mormonism (a condensed version of this book) should be a standard resource.
While praising this book for its content, readers should be aware that the Tanner's writing style can be less than scintillating and occasionally very annoying, what with all the capitalisations, putting text in bold, and copious underlining. However, their research doesn't lie. After the Mark Hoffman forgeries, their credibility has been strengthened. While Mormon historians were defending the notorious Salamander Letter, the Tanners were alone in their skepticism of the letter's authenticity.
The book is broken down into several catagories of Mormon doctrines and history. The Tanner's offer both a biblical and historical view of the various Mormon doctrines and practices. However, the greatest aspect of SHADOW OR REALITY is the way that the Tanner's expose Joseph Smith as both a crook and a false prophet. How anyone could have followed Smith is beyond my own understanding? How do Mormons today continue to accept Smith as a prophet and the one sent to restore the Church? Surely Mormons are living in a shadow world.
A great book and a great read for all true disciples of Jesus.
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Very accurate account of Mormonism ! I was LDS for 60 years. My 4th gen Grandfather was Thomas Bullock Early Church Historian. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kristi White
All the psudo - accurate tellings about Mormonism are interesting, but most subject to rebuttal;
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This book seems to be more than it is. It takes things out of context. Not as well researched as appears.Published on September 20, 2013 by JanaC
I like it alot, but it tells half trues about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints ie on polygamy as contained in the Book of Mormon.Published on July 9, 2013 by WELLINGTON thomson WEBB II
This was one of the first books out on the beliefs of the LDS church. It is a good reference book.Published on February 3, 2013 by ES
Wow! What a comprehensive view of Mormonism from those who lived it. I definitely liked this book. Read morePublished on November 21, 2012 by Sharron Magrun
This is a semi-autobiographical documentation of the history of the Mormon church with attention given to research and extreme detailed comparisons of things others don't publish. Read morePublished on September 7, 2012 by Amazon Customer