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Dawn's Recommendation: 5 of 5 Stars
Overview: From a rare insider's point of view, Unveiling Grace looks at how Latter-day Saints are "wooing our country" with their religion, lifestyle, and culture. It is also a gripping story of how an entire family, deeply enmeshed in Mormonism, found their way out and what they can tell others about their lives as faithful Mormons. (from book's back cover)
What I liked: The story is Ms. Wilder's own family story. She shares personal experiences in wonderful detail from her entire life, to include thirty years as a Mormon. I didn't want to put the book down. I loved hearing about her life, her religion, her choices, and how Jesus worked through her family.
I learned so much about The Mormon Church (aka Church of Latter-Day Saints, or LDS). I knew before reading that LDS strayed from the Bible, but I had no idea that most of the religion is based on Joseph Smith's teachings and therefore conflicts with many things in the Bible. Our family was once approached by LDS missionaries who asked us if we had a church, which we replied we did, but then they said, "but family is most important" and they wanted to tell us more. We declined and thought, "So, they don't think other churches find family important?". Well, after reading, "Unveiling Grace", I understand why they said that (to find out why -- read the book!).
Throughout, Ms. Wilder shares Mormon terms and wording from The Book of Mormon and other Mormon publication and compares it to what is in the Bible (there is also a comparison chart at the back of the book). I found it very interesting.
I love Ms. Wilder's courage in writing this book, standing up for Jesus, and sharing her story with Mormons, Ex-Mormons, and Christians. Her story does unveil the grace God has shown to her and it gives hope to all who are seeking (or have found) the truth in Jesus.
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