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- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1438947445
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- Publisher: AuthorHouse (March 25, 2009)
- Publication Date: March 25, 2009
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- Language: English
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Standing For Something More: The Excommunication of Lyndon Lamborn Kindle Edition
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The Mormon books written by former members have really been lacking a psychological examination of why intelligent people remain in the LDS Church after finding out many things that indicate that the church may not be what it claims to be. I found it particularly useful as I am an active Latter-day Saint.
I like that he alternates chapters detailing the psychology implications of church membership with his own personal story. I haven't seen the emotional and psychological aspects of membership in the Mormon Church presented in a simple, clear, concise manner before as Lyndon does.
Also it's not written in a critical manner but Lyndon is very honest and not hiding anything that he did or that the church has done. The book does list some serious problems with Mormonism which he describes in a very intelligent manner that may make a believer rethink his beliefs. Mainstream Christianity is also touched on in a constructive manner as he explored that option when he left Mormonism. Basically it's just not the same old ex-Mormon stuff. It's a needed fresh look into Mormonism in the 21st Century.
One reason it resonated with me is I too am a Mormon High Priests instructor like the author who has loved the church and the people in it for 35 years. Hoping to be ever more knowledgeable about the church that I have encouraged so many people to join, I thought I was doing a great thing by really digging in to church history.
But like the author, I'm stunned to learn facts that are very hard to reconcile with a desire to be open, honest and virtuous. Yikes. So what do you do when you learn the facts Lyndon so clearly describes? I'd love it if he were somehow misled, because I don't want to believe these things, but it's not as if they're in dispute except among a few church apologists, whose rebuttals I want to believe but come across as damage control and spin. Double yikes. These difficult facts are taboo to speak about in the church, so none of my friends and heroes in the church know much about them, or want to talk about it.
For example, after teaching a class of very experienced church members and leaders, the author wrote: "I asked, by show of hand, how many were aware that Smith had wives other than Emma in his mortal life. Three raised their hand (out of about 25 present). I then asked, by show of hand, how many were aware that Smith had married women who were already married to living men. There were no hands. I asked how many knew that Smith had married a fourteen year old, Helen Mar Kimball. There were no hands."
In the author's case, the church decided to excommunicate him and create a public spectacle, which broke his mother's heart.Read more ›
This book is by no means anti- anything. It simply explains how religion affects us as a society and individually. Also, the narrative of Lamborn's disaffection and excommunication are very interesting and an important illustration of the concepts in the book.
It's an easy read, but lots of thought-provoking information. Especially if you are in a stage of discovery or know someone dealing with these issues. highly recommend.
- The faulty premise that "warm fuzzy feelings" and other psychological phenomena experienced when contemplating the church are the final arbiters of truth in the universe (but only if they match the church's foregone conclusions);
- Threatening prophesies (both in the here and now and in the alleged afterlife);
- The fostering of a strong social network and interdependency;
- Public ritual affirmations (a.k.a. testimony meetings);
- Heavy demands for sacrifice (time and money) that keeps adherents busy and creates a formidable 'sunk cost' incentive to continue keeping the faith;
- Copious guilt and shame tactics;
- Whitewash of church teaching material and fostering of self-censorship in LDS adherents;
- Cultivating a culture of mystique around the leadership and championing complete obedience to them;
- Promoting negative stereotypes about apostates;
- Intense and overt indoctrination of the young, culminating in the full time missionary program for the boys.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very well writen. Immaculate research. A few typos, but very cohesive and easy to read. Brilliant perspective on human nature and our desire to fit on and be accepted at all... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Carrie B. Allen
Its an ok book, some things were really doubtful....Published 5 months ago by Catharina Santos Miller
This book excellently points out issues with the LDS Church that are causing thousands of its members to leave its ranks. Very well-written and insightful.Published 10 months ago by NickFury
The author seemed to present a clear picture of the Mormon religion with all of its false beliefs and silly practices. Read morePublished 12 months ago by "Winnie"
Lamborn's "Standing for Something More" should be required reading for every member of the Mormon church, or any other religious, political, or sales force that deludes its... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Richard K. Davis
Great blow by blow account about how the Mormon church treats those who publicly disagree with their doctrine.Published 13 months ago by abram farr
Homer the dumber was rendered dumb by forced induction into the Mormon religion. Lyndon's very well written and researched book inspired me to " stand for something more". Read morePublished 15 months ago by homer the dumber
This was a really great read. His logical explanations were very clear and relate to the reader. I really appreciate Lyndon's experiences and background and would recommend this... Read morePublished 17 months ago by kwoodson