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Out of Mormonism: A Woman's True Story Paperback – August 1, 2001

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Editorial Reviews


"Balanced and nonoffensive... recommend it as a conversation starter with Mormon women as well as a ready reference for readers." -- CBA Marketplace, Aug. 2001

"thorough analysis of Mormon teachings versus Christian truths…useful resource for witnessing to others in need of guidance." -- Christian Retailing, Aug. 20, 2001

About the Author

Judy Roberston is an author, speaker, teacher, and cofounder of Concerned Christians, an outreach ministry to Mormons and an equipping arm to the body of Christ. She and her husband live in Arizona.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House (August 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764226045
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764226045
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,206,270 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on March 13, 2004
Format: Paperback
I feel like I have a very legitimate perspective from which to post this review. I was born a Mormon woman to extremely orthodox and true believing Mormon parents. The Mormon church was my life. I married in a Mormon temple, bore children very quickly and participated in every way a Mormon woman can. I held almost as high a position in the Mormon church that a woman can.
I related to this book so much. It helped me re-examine my life as a Mormon woman and the feelings of inadequacy I had. I felt controlled, put down, patronized, etc. However, I kept smiling and playing the game. I eventually began to study and see things for what they really were. I made a very hard and gut-wrenching decision to leave the church. I lost my family. I lost my friends. But as I made the transition, the light started to come on. The sun came out. The beauty of life that I'd missed for 40 years came through.
I've seen it from both sides, a place most of the reviewers of this book have never been. I remember the persecution complexes I had when I perceived people as "bashing" the Mormon church who were only trying to point people in the right direction.
Please read this book if you are really interested in what it is like to be a Mormon woman.
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I picked this book up last night, and was not able to put it back down until I had read it cover to cover.

I was raised Mormon, and my mother before me was raised Mormon, too. Her parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents were raised Mormon as well. So it was with piqued interest that I opened this book, with the intention of a casual glance, not reading the whole thing in one sitting. The accounts of Judy Robertson's life in the Mormon church were hauntingly familiar to me though, and I found myself reliving my childhood as I read the common, cookie-cutter phrases that all Mormons hear on a regular basis.

I am closer to the ages of the author's children, so I can't quite identify with all of her personal experiences, but I can empathize with the viewpoint of her kids, and I saw my parents go through a lot of the same trials and tribulations when they started asking questions.

This book is an easy read, and doesn't delve into every aspect of Mormonism, yet it provides enough information to be considered 'dangerous' by those church leaders who don't want the blinders removed from their members' eyes. If you want a true depiction of life in the Mormon church, and the reality of how 'questions' are handled, I highly recommend you read this book.
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This is an interesting personal story of a woman's experience entering and then leaving the Church of Latter-Day Saints. It is not hate-filled or anti-Mormon, though I suppose some Saints will inevitably view it this way. I would say the tone is more one of sadness, as Robinson has become an evangelical Christian who believes that the LDS Church is seriously wrong. Some readers will find Robinson's current religious beliefs unnecessarily intrusive or "preachy," though they play an important role in her personal journey.

Other authors do a better job talking about Mormon history or theology, so I wouldn't read this book as an "expose" or as an analysis of LDS doctrine. Instead, read it as a valuable first-person account of an experience with the church and its members. Robinson is only one person, so her experience may or may not be typical.

First, Robinson provides a very interesting narrative of how she was attracted to Mormonism in the first place. It's interesting to see a first-hand account of how the LDS Church moves in on people who express interest in their faith, and who share the kind of family values that the church emphasizes.

Second, Robinson provides an interesting introduction to the LDS Church as experienced by a new member. One of her legitimate frustrations, and the start of her doubt, was the extensive use of secret rites. As a result, she felt that she was subject to social pressure to go along with beliefs that were first presented as part of a "public" (in the temple) rite. She also describes some Mormon rites that I found theologically shocking; some of these rites have since been changed, though it's not clear from this book whether the underlying doctrines have been changed.
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By mj on September 5, 2001
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OUT OF MORMONISM tells the autobiographical story of Judy Robertson's experience in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The book exists to lend a personal face to the plethora of Mormonism resources that are out there.
Robertson's story is worth reading. She grew up in the (orthodox) Christian church but because of a lack of Biblical grounding she found herself drawn into Mormonism with her family, thanks to the LDS's emphasis on family and morals. At first it was a blissful life, but things began to sour when some of the deeper truths about Mormon doctrine were learned, and when her and her husband were sealed in the temple ceremony (an experience that shocked her to her core). Eventually she became so disillusioned with the discrepancies between Mormon doctrine and the Bible that she found the courage to leave the church, and she now runs and outreach to Mormons with her husband.
If you know someone who is struggling with some of Mormonism's teachings, this might be a good resource to give them. It's pretty even-handed and not antagonistic (unlike some other books on this church). The only issues I take with it are literary. Robertson isn't the best writer and as a result her story, which should've been profoundly moving, seems a little forced and impersonal. It's a powerful testimony, but it could've been told better if a different writer would've handled it. A similar book, BEYOND MORMONISM, by James Spencer, I found to be much more effective, personal, and moving. I would look for BEYOND MORMONISM first, if pursuing a book of this nature, but OUT OF MORMONISM is not a bad choice by any means. It speaks the truth and does so in a straight-foreword and loving manner, and hopefully it will be a powerful tool to reach the lost for Christ. THREE 1/2 STARS.
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