Wow, does this book cover a lot of bases. Statistics, logic, religious history, quantum physics, politics, bigotry, sexuality, not to mention the origin of the universe. The author juggles all of this in an entertaining and enlightening fashion with considerable and obvious affection for his Mormon upbringing. It’s long and requires old fashioned concentration but it’s worth every minute. I’ve read a lot of accounts of the journey from believer to skeptic and this is one of the best.
Funny, moving, inspiring, infuriating — every word of this book rings true. Rawlins alternates between his youth and mission experiences and powerful, well-documented arguments for the compassionate integrity of secular humanism. (If you’re reading the Kindle edition, there are extensive Lincoln-Douglas debate flowcharts in an early chapter that you will want to view on a bigger screen.) Along his path are so many hilarious and maddeningly familiar touchstones, yet this work is brimming with doctrinal and historical information that I was never exposed to as an LDS girl (i.e., non-priesthood holder who never went through the Temple) in Salt Lake City in the ’70s. If you’re a jack-Mormon, ex-Mormon, questioning, wondering why your loved ones are any of the above, or just want to know what’s up with all the funny-underwear, White-Horse-Prophecy stuff you’ve heard about — read this book!
As the last page states,” I would encourage you to be bold and honest when you judge me as when you judge yourselves”.
I am going to be bold and honest, when I commend you for your work, and courage in writing such a book.
While I wont write a review nearly as long as your book deserves, I will say simply that you “broke my shelf” and set me free.
Beautifully written account of one missionary’s journey out of mormonism. An answer to what it takes intellectually to leave the religion that divides family’s. There is no shortage of historical doctrine with well documented sources.
Excellent read! Could not put it down! Sometimes heartfelt and sincere and sometimes hilarious and surprising.