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Zondervan The Mormon Mirage: A Former Member Looks at the Mormon Church, Third Edition

* Thirty years ago, Scott shared her remarkable journey out of Mormonism in her best-selling book. In this updated edition, she reveals the inaccuracies, inconsistencies, and contradictions of Mormon doctrine, and exposes formidable new challenges to its claims and teachings. Discover the new findings about Latter ay Saint history, rise of Mormon apologetics on the Internet, and more. 272 pages, softcover from Zondervan.
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Review 1 for The Mormon Mirage: A Former Member Looks at the Mormon Church, Third Edition
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Date:November 26, 2012
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Thomas
A great read exploring Mormonism. The author did her homework,and exposes the LDS and their doctrinal errors.
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Review 2 for The Mormon Mirage: A Former Member Looks at the Mormon Church, Third Edition
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Date:August 30, 2009
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Debbie from ChristFocus Book Club
"The Mormon Mirage" is thoroughly researched with many links to free online resources for those interested in studying any of the covered topics more deeply. The author briefly described why she, personally, left the LDS church, the deep doubts she had about God and herself afterward, and her journey to becoming a Christian. She carefully covered what Mormons believe (and why she no longer believes it) concerning Joseph Smith and his visions, the Book of Mormon, the Doctrine and Covenants, the Pearl of Great Price, and what they teach about God the Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Ghost, the holy spirit, Satan, etc. She also covered their other main theological ideas (including what Mormons mean when they use terms like "saved" and "hell"). She also briefly described various lesser-known denominations/splinter groups that follow Joseph Smith's teachings.The information was useful and easy for me to understand and remember. The book really helped me understand how Mormons view their teachings and how they make them make sense in their own minds. I now feel confident that I can effectively communicate with my Mormon relatives. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to better understand Mormons and what they believe, especially those with Mormon relatives.
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Review 3 for The Mormon Mirage: A Former Member Looks at the Mormon Church, Third Edition
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Date:July 1, 2009
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Dina
The Mormon Mirage is defiantly an interesting, and shocking book. According to Mrs. Scotts research the majority of Mormon beliefs are very different from traditional Christianity. Before writing this review I had never talked with a Mormon missionary, because of this I went to the LSD website and asked a Mormon missionary some questions. My questions were "What are your views of the Trinity?, Will faithful Mormons attain godhood after death? and does God the Father have a flesh and bone body?" the answers I was given were basically the scholarly version of what I found in Mrs. Scott's book. She encourages the reader to do their own research, and gives multiple references. Many of the references are Mormon books of scripture, such as the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price.
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Review 4 for The Mormon Mirage: A Former Member Looks at the Mormon Church, Third Edition
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Date:May 1, 2009
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Susan Storm Smith
The Mormon Mirage by Latayne C. Scott is not just a book, it is most decisively an encyclopedia of Mormon history and insights. When LaTayne asked me to review this new edition of her massive work I thought, "why not." The depth to which she has gone in finding historical documents is amazing. And for me, a former Mormon it was a look back into a life that I too left with "sadness".Latayne was once an ardent proponent of Mormonism. But a meticulous examination of Latter-day Saint (LDS) doctrines and practices convinced her that she and countless others had believed a lie. In the first edition of The Mormon Mirage, she shared her remarkable journey out of Mormonism as she uncovered shocking inaccuracies, inconsistencies, and contradictions in the faith she had loved and lived.*New to many will be the terms Internet Mormon and Chapel Mormon, quite different views and agreements on the doctrine presentation*There is a wonderful chronology of events from the era of Joseph Smith to the present*Historical statements from the general authorities stating that they were sorry for some of the statements made regarding previous "prophesy" which were now being changed*Exhaustive searches by archeologists and historians for artifacts or confirmation for anything in the Book of Mormon which would confirm that the people, places, and events actually took place*Subtle changes such as the Native American Indian previously was to change to a white(r) skin tone if they remained true to the teachings but was changed to a pure race*Why did large numbers of Japanese members suddenly leave, including leadership?The Book of Mormon and its doctrine is questioned since it states that the Kingdom that Jesus brought to the earth was taken away for over 1,700 years and was re-established under Joseph Smith.This is a book not to be taken lightly, nor is it a book that bashes a religion but gives insights based on Mormon doctrine and changes throughout its history.
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Review 5 for The Mormon Mirage: A Former Member Looks at the Mormon Church, Third Edition
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Date:April 17, 2009
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Ross Anderson
I was impressed by The Mormon Mirage. Latayne Scott is a gifted writer with a thorough, first-hand knowledge of Mormonism. The book is filled not only with excellent information, but keen analysis. (But for more on the Book of Mormon, see my book: Understanding the Book of Mormon, available here on CBD.) Moreover, she demonstrates genuine kindness and empathy toward Latter-day Saints, based on her positive experiences growing up in the LDS Church.<br /><br />You will not find any bitter Mormon-bashing in this book. This newest edition is up to date on all the changes in Mormonism over the last three decades. The additional material provides excellent insight into current trends and problematic issues facing the Mormon world. Ms. Scott is very tuned in to the current climate, and she addresses all of the key issues and debates. As a pastor and former Mormon myself, people often ask me to recommended books about Mormonism. This one has risen to the top of my list.
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Review 6 for The Mormon Mirage: A Former Member Looks at the Mormon Church, Third Edition
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Date:April 7, 2009
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Lisa Arndt
The Mormon Mirage presents an interesting insiders view into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS). Latayne Scott outlines a comprehensive history of the Mormon Church and provides factual information behind its numerous changes and inconsistencies. The book begins with a brief history of Latayness ten years as a member of the Mormon Church and describes what led to her difficult decision to leave the church she once trusted and a community she dearly loved.The author gives a factual, unfiltered account of the life of Joseph Smith, the founder of the Mormon Church, as well as the cleaned-up and unrealistic picture of him that is presented to and accepted by the LDS people.Latayne shares how the teachings of the Book of Mormon contradict not only the teachings of the Bible but also of itself! Throughout her book she cites Bible passages that Mormons take out of context to support the Book of Mormon and other Mormon documents. Latayne also points out the total lack of archaeological support for the Book of Mormon and lists several former LDS supporters who conclude that the Book of Mormon is a fictional product of the mind of Joseph Smith. After reading this amazing book I gained an increased understanding of the fallacies of the Mormon Church. Lataynes arguments are clearly laid out and her abundant sources of factual information are well documented. I highly recommend The Mormon Mirage to anyone who has even the slightest curiosity about Mormonism, is involved in Mormonism, or who has acquaintances, friends, or family members participating in it.
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Review 7 for The Mormon Mirage: A Former Member Looks at the Mormon Church, Third Edition
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Date:March 28, 2009
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Sheryl Thompson
When I began The Mormon Mirage by Latayne Scott, I had very little knowledge of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints: The Mormon Church. I thought they were fellow Christians with some odd quirks. This organization purposely presents the public face that I had seen--one that shares the Christian's language of God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit. Scott's book clears the air of that false image, relates her difficult journey, and reveals the truth. Latayne Scott tells the profound story of her spiritual devotion and life-filling involvement with the Latter Day Saints. She trusted the Mormon doctrine as a source of salvation but finally found that there was no saving reality behind it. Step by step the Mormon revelations and teachings are proven to be scams marketed by con artists. Through years of scholarly research and multiple readings of the Holy Bible, Scott persevered, troubled by a broken heart at the loss of a beloved community, of a way of life, and even of a false god. The layers of lies cannot be conveyed any way other than reading The Mormon Mirage itself.Latayne actually narrates two journeys: her own and then the historic development of the Mormon Church from its founding right into the Twenty First Century. The integrity and the scholarly rigor of her research are impressive. All sources are available to be rechecked by any skeptic. Even after being subjected to lies and vilification, Latayne's generous spiriit extends affection to those left behind, still trusting the mirage. The map that guided her out of the wilderness is recommended to the reader with the intensity of a survivor: The Holy Biblke does not waiver or fade in the light of archeological and linguistic research.
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