It seams we have been hearing more and more everyday about Mormons in American politics, pop culture or history. So when I was presented wit the opportunity to read and review a book that presents the Mormon religion from their beginning to modern day America. I recently finished reading “The Mormonizing of America: How the Mormon Religion Became Became a Dominant Force in Politics, Entertainment, and Pop Culture” by Stephen Mansfield and have come away with a better understanding of the history of the Mormon religion and a healthy respect for their beliefs thanks to an honest author.
I want to say that I gained a great respect of the author after only reading the introduction. He informs the reading up front that he is not a Mormon and that the views of the Mormon church are not his own. With that said he then tells the reader that he will present the beliefs of the Mormon church from their point of view as fact, and he did so. All though he presents opposition views and information he never presents the Mormon views and history in a belittling manner.
I learned about the prophet Joseph Smith and his family, where he grew up and the family structure he was raised in. I also learned about the early days of the Mormon church and the persecution that they went through. I learned about their core beliefs and how it effects the saints of the church. If you are interested in learning about the Mormon religion then this is the book for you.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”