Item description for Mormon America - Revised and Updated Edition: The Power and the Promise by Richard Ostling & Joan K. Ostling...
Overview A look at the Mormon Church in America discusses the history, beliefs, and goals of an institution that has ten million members throughout the world and continues to grow and expand.
Who Are the Mormons?
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints:
Has over 12.5 million members worldwide and is one of the fastest-growing and most centrally controlled U.S.-based religions
Is by far the richest religion in the United States per capita, with $25 to $30 billion in estimated assets and $5 to $6 billion more in estimated annual income
Boasts such influential members as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and presidential candidate Mitt Romney
Citations And Professional Reviews Mormon America - Revised and Updated Edition: The Power and the Promise by Richard Ostling & Joan K. Ostling has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Wilson Public Library Catalog - 12/31/2008 page 121
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 1.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 8.75" Weight: 1.2 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2007
Publisher Harper Collins Publishers
ISBN 0061432954 ISBN13 9780061432958
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More About Richard Ostling & Joan K. Ostling
Richard N. Ostling, a religion writer for the Associated Press, was formerly senior correspondent for Time magazine, where he wrote twenty-three cover stories and was the religion writer for many years. He has also covered religion for the CBS Radio Network and the NewsHour with Jim Lehrer on PBS-TV.
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Almost everything you want to know about Mormonism May 11, 2010
This book discusses the history of the Mormons and their tortured travels to Utah. Their philosophy and beliefs are presented in a very objective manner and the reader is left to draw their own conclusions about some of the issues raised. This is a very good read and I really learned so much. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in the religion.
Perfectly Unbiased for the the Mormon and Non-Mormon Alike Apr 21, 2010
I read this book and loved it. Having a thirst for knowledge on the subject I have read several books on the subject ranging from both spectrums of "Anti" and "church approved" material.
The authors of this book present the information in a very non biased, purely informational, manner. Yet they don't hold back anything. If you are mormon, this book will not cause you to forsake your religion like other "anti" books will. However, you will find yourself knowing more than 80% of mormons out there in terms of how the church is structured.
If you aren't mormon you will find this to be a very modern and up to date source of information concerning the subject.
Good look from the outside in Dec 2, 2009
If you want to learn about Latter-Day Saints, without really learning about Latter-day Saints, this is a great book. The author tries to give both sides to the LDS story. I found the chapter on the Book of Abraham VERY lacking in facts, and the last chapter talks about a new convert that doesn't believe the Jesus Christ is a God (I am not sure how she got baptized) but these are the 2 biggest problems. Otherwise, it is just a look at the LDS Church from someone that is trying to get the story straight without really knowing the whole story. I really wish more books by non-Latter-Day Christians tried as hard to be accurate.
Mormon America Sep 25, 2009
This Book shows us how the LDS Church members are highly educated, and they should be admired, very smart and what ever they touch turns out to be excellent. They are very well to do, because education is number one. America could learn something from this Religion.
Excellent book Aug 3, 2009
This book contains a treasure trove of information about the Mormon Church -- the beliefs, practices, business organization, recruitment, history, etc. I learned quite a lot and I also found the authors' treatment fairly balanced, although they don't shy away from the controversial topics such as racism, polygamy, the Mountain Meadows Massacre, status of women, academic freedom at BYU, etc. I'm not entirely sure why Mormons would find this book offensive because it seems to me that they've already decided that religious dogma (and the community that's been formed around it) is more important than striving after truth. For many, this trade off appears to be an easy one to make, particularly since, as the authors point out, the Mormon community is a very tight one and they take good care of each other.
I interviewed several ex-Mormons for my own book and found their experiences to be fairly represented here (even the sacred underwear!). The people I spoke with, however, weren't willing to blindly accept Mormon dogma, even though they risked estrangement from their loved ones. This represents a small percentage of Mormons to be sure, but it does highlight the effectiveness of childhood indoctrination, Mormon or otherwise. Paul Gehrman, Author, Kaleidoscope