The Book Of Mormon Girl

Author: Joanna Brooks
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781451699692
Size: 16.74 MB
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From her days of feeling like “a root beer among the Cokes”—Coca-Cola being a forbidden fruit for Mormon girls like her—Joanna Brooks always understood that being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints set her apart from others. But, in her eyes, that made her special; the devout LDS home she grew up in was filled with love, spirituality, and an emphasis on service. With Marie Osmond as her celebrity role model and plenty of Sunday School teachers to fill in the rest of the details, Joanna felt warmly embraced by the community that was such an integral part of her family. But as she grew older, Joanna began to wrestle with some tenets of her religion, including the Church’s stance on women’s rights and homosexuality. In 1993, when the Church excommunicated a group of feminists for speaking out about an LDS controversy, Joanna found herself searching for a way to live by the leadings of her heart and the faith she loved. The Book of Mormon Girl is a story about leaving behind the innocence of childhood belief and embracing the complications and heartbreaks that come to every adult life of faith. Joanna’s journey through her faith explores a side of the religion that is rarely put on display: its humanity, its tenderness, its humor, its internal struggles. In Joanna’s hands, the everyday experience of being a Mormon—without polygamy, without fundamentalism—unfolds in fascinating detail. With its revelations about a faith so often misunderstood and characterized by secrecy, The Book of Mormon Girl is a welcome advocate and necessary guide.

The Book Of Mormon Girl

Author: Joanna Brooks
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781451699685
Size: 19.58 MB
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Story about leaving behind the innocence of childhood belief and embracing the complications and heartbreaks that come to every adult life of faith. Explores the author's journey through her faith, and the experience of being a Mormon.

The Garden Of Enid

Author: Scott Hales
Publisher:
ISBN: 1589585623
Size: 11.83 MB
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This edition of The Garden of Enid: Adventures of a Weird Mormon Girl recasts the award-winning webcomic as a two-part graphic novel. With revised and previously unpublished comics, it features the familiar story that captivated thousands online, yet offers new glimpses into Enid's year-long odyssey.

Burned

Author: Ellen Hopkins
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781439106570
Size: 17.73 MB
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I do know things really began to spin out of control after my first sex dream. It all started with a dream. Nothing exceptional, just a typical fantasy about a boy, the kind of dream that most teen girls experience. But Pattyn Von Stratten is not like most teen girls. Raised in a religious -- yet abusive -- family, a simple dream may not be exactly a sin, but it could be the first step toward hell and eternal damnation. This dream is a first step for Pattyn. But is it to hell or to a better life? For the first time Pattyn starts asking questions. Questions seemingly without answers -- about God, a woman's role, sex, love -- mostly love. What is it? Where is it? Will she ever experience it? Is she deserving of it? It's with a real boy that Pattyn gets into real trouble. After Pattyn's father catches her in a compromising position, events spiral out of control until Pattyn ends up suspended from school and sent to live with an aunt she doesn't know. Pattyn is supposed to find salvation and redemption during her exile to the wilds of rural Nevada. Yet what she finds instead is love and acceptance. And for the first time she feels worthy of both -- until she realizes her old demons will not let her go. Pattyn begins down a path that will lead her to a hell -- a hell that may not be the one she learned about in sacrament meetings, but it is hell all the same. In this riveting and masterful novel told in verse, Ellen Hopkins takes readers on an emotional roller-coaster ride. From the highs of true love to the lows of abuse, Pattyn's story will have readers engrossed until the very last word.

Under A Leafless Tree

Author: Helga Meyer; Lark Evans Galli
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 9781475982794
Size: 12.57 MB
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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“Nobody was there. Nobody had time.... We know how it is when the bombs are falling, and something is burning, and somebody dies.” Excerpt from Under a Leafless Tree I felt like I was eavesdropping on an exciting and intimate conversation and I didn’t want to stop listening! Werner Bell You will feel like you are living Helga’s adventures. You will enter her thoughts and gain insights into your own challenges. AJM A wonderfully crafted and engaging narrative! Helga Meyer captivated us with her story. A remarkable life, punctuated with marvelous photographs. Jill Mulvay Derr Former President of the Mormon History Association Professor of History This book is an incredible find. What’s most extraordinary is that she does not dwell on the negative or morose elements of her story. An easy and engrossing read. James Marsh Her story leaves you thinking that maybe goodness and resilience aren’t quite as rare as we thought, and perhaps we’re all a little stronger than we know. Anne Woolstenhulme

The Book Of Mormon

Author: Paul C. Gutjahr
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9780691144801
Size: 11.87 MB
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"Paul Gutjahr has written the perfect book on the "Book of Mormon" fascinating, forthright, empathetic, critical, and discerning. Gutjahr employs his sheer intellectual curiosity to produce a lively, enlightening history that deftly circles among Joseph Smith, Mormons, and critics as though they were themselves engaged in an intelligent civil conversation. The result is an ideal guide to the life of a now-iconic American religious text."--Jon Butler, Yale University "There can be no doubt that the "Book of Mormon" is among the most influential books in American history. Gutjahr's clear, compelling narrative traces this influence from the book's American beginnings through translations, migrations, and cultural adaptations into its global twenty-first century. Gutjahr treats his subject with respect, thoughtfulness, appreciation, scholarly rigor, and intellectual curiosity. Mormons and non-Mormons alike will find his book fascinating, freshly informative, and a pleasure to read."--Joanna Brooks, author of "The Book of Mormon Girl" "With impressive command of detail rendered in lucid, accessible prose, Paul Gutjahr has produced a marvelously informative account of the "Book of Mormon" from its origins to the present. This is a very useful book for understanding American religious history."--Randall Balmer, author of "The Making of Evangelicalism: From Revivalism to Politics and Beyond" "This probing and engaging study surveys the history, use, translation, and adaptation into other media of the "Book of Mormon." I know of nothing else quite like it. Religious traditions change over time, and controlling a sacred text plays an important role in the self-identity of the community. Gutjahr explains not simply how changes in the text took place, but why."--Laurie F. Maffly-Kipp, editor of "American Scriptures: An Anthology of Sacred Writings" "Paul Gutjahr's book offers a well-written, balanced summary of much of the scholarship on the "Book of Mormon," and presents new insights and lesser-known information as well."--Richard Lyman Bushman, author of "Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling"