- Publisher: Deseret Book (December 28, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1629721816
- ISBN-13: 978-1629721811
- Package Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.8 x 0.7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 107 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,149 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Planted: Belief and Belonging in an Age of Doubt Paperback – December 28, 2015
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About the Author
Patrick Q. Mason is the Howard W. Hunter Chair in Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University. He is author of The Mormon Menace: Violence and Anti-Mormonism in the Postbellum South, which examined anti-Mormon prejudice against nineteenth-century LDS missionaries. He is a nationally recognized authority on Mormonism, with appearances in media outlets including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, ABC News, National Public Radio, and PBS.
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All in all it was still good, the faithful spouse really enjoyed it, and it got us talking about the topic which was something I had struggled to do in the early stages of my faith transition. So if you are doubting, this won't come off as a hit piece to get you to remain 100% faithful according to the church's terms. If you are faithful, this won't seem like a hit piece to make you doubt or heap various issues on you all at once. Anyone should be comfortable reading this and it will improve your mutual understanding of one another.
Of course if the doubting spouse is looking for a way out, this probably won't be a good use of your time. As one who doubts but wants to remain, just on my own terms I'm comfortable with, this was a useful book. I imagine it could be helpful to anyone struggling with their church activity as well as anyone acquainted with such a person, but I think it will be especially helpful to spouses who are trying to figure out a compromise that works for the family.
Patrick Mason unapologetically takes on several thorny issues in the LDS Church and helps to bring compassion and understanding to these issues. He also challenges believers to accept the hard reality that God works on us through paradoxes which at times can be confusing and sometimes down right maddening. For instance, we grow spiritually as we balance the dictates of our own consciences with our desire to be obedient to fallible Church leaders who may at times say or do things that cause us to pause. The author also strongly argues that as we participate in the Christian Church we need not just "faith" but also a healthy dose of "patience" as we serve together.
After reading this book, I came to realize that my road to discipleship requires that I develop and extend the same patience to my fellow Saints (including the Church and its leaders) as God has so graciously given to me over the years.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who is struggling and maybe more importantly to the leaders at all levels who are called as shepherds to these souls.