the book is great. it’s exceptionally written. it’s timely. it’s an important read, especially for Americans.
i’m at somewhat of a disadvantage reviewing this book: i’m Canadian and i live in Canada. i do, however, like to think i’ve got enough of a handle on a few things to review this book and comment on few of its implications.
like Mansfield, i’m not passing judgment on Mormonism. i’m simply reviewing a book, stating the facts reported and recorded in said book, and reflecting on a few of the topics. Mansfield’s work is excellent. his other books, including spiritual biographies of President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama, are wonderful. anything he’s written is worth reading.
Mansfield immersed himself in the history and culture of Mormonism. he interviewed and spoke with scholars and historians, both apologists and critics of the LDS. he presents the facts and stories and allows readers to come to their own conclusions.
the Mormon faith is a home-grown, American religion. it has spread to other countries around the world. but if there were no US of A, there would be no Mormonism. Mormonism, in the hands of its founder Joseph Smith, made American divine and reshaped elements of Christianity in America’s image.
included in the book is a timeline of significant LDS dates. as well as a section entitled “Mormon Beliefs in Plain Language.” these two sections are very helpful.
this book will be helpful to people who want a clear, honest picture of Mormonism.
The Mormonizing of America is an excellent book. i highly recommend it.
Note: Worthy Publishing provided me with a free copy of this book for review on my blog. For more information on this or other books see their website, www.worthypublishing.com.