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Product details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (25 Feb. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764571958
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764571954
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 2 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 608,012 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

Get the facts on temples, tithing, missions, and caffeine

Mormon doctrines, rituals, and history, demystified at last!

Mormonism, or the LDS Church, is one of the world′s fastest growing religions. But unless you were raised a Mormon, you probably don′t have a clear picture of LDS beliefs and practices. Covering everything from Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon to tithing and family home evening, this friendly guide will get you up to speed in no time.

THE DUMMIES WAY®
Explanations in plain English
"Get in, get out" information
Icons and other navigational aids
Top ten lists
A dash of humor and fun

Discover
How the LDS Church differs from other Christian churches
What Mormons believe
What happens in Mormon temples and meetinghouses
The history of the LDS Church
LDS debates on race, women, and polygamy

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About the Author

Jana Riess, PhD, has a doctorate in American religious history and is religion book review editor at Publishers Weekly. Christopher Kimball Bigelow is a writer and editor. Both are Mormons.

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As a non-Mormon attracted to Mormonism, I had until now been puzzled by a number of the faith's characteristics, despite having attended Mormon services for four months and having read various books on the subject. Not only is 'Mormonism for Dummies' very easy to read, but it is also thorough and open in the topics considered. The authors are Latter-day Saints (Mormons), but they do not shy away from controversial aspects of the faith such as polygamy, the historical reliability of the Book of Mormon, and the Mountain Meadows Massacre. Often I don't complete non-fiction books as I get bored or irritated, but I found this book so well-written and balanced that I had no trouble getting through it. I also felt that I gained some insights into the lives of Latter-Day Saints. I remember meeting two 20-year old missionaries at the local chapel and wondered what their lives were like and why they were spending two years in a foreign country away from their families. It was also strange for a 55 year old man (me) to be addressing 20 year olds as 'Elder'! Now I understand what motivates them and have an idea of what they go through. On having completed the book, I have increased my admiration for the Mormons, and would be in a good position to counter any ill-informed criticism I may come across. If you want to find out about this family-oriented faith, this is an excellent introduction.
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as with most of the For Dummies books, this one is written in a very clear and concise way. it covers pretty much all areas of the LDS faith in an open and honest way.
i have read a lot of books on this subject and i think this is definitely the best introduction to the subject i have come across. highly recommended.
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I bought this book because i was thinking of going back to church. I wanted something that would lead me through the doctrine and thought that this might help me come to terms with it.

I am stunned by how useful this book is. I would recommend it to any one who is thinking about being a member or who has already become one.

The book is full of sterling facts presented in a manner that is quite exciting. Details of some of the themes are thought provoking, challenging, controversial and the book never misses a beat. There are details here that I was in the dark about. This book has brought them to the surface and gems they are too!

I could not put the book down for very long. It was on and off the shelf and will be because the book I think should have been made an essential buy by the church!! I will reread it again and again.

I learnt more here than I did in one year of investigators classes (sunday school at a meeting house). BUY IT you will not regret it. Would make a remarkable gift.
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Very easy to understand and informative introduction to Mormonism. A interesting read for someone who wants a basic understanding of what Mormons believe and practice.
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Clearly explains and demystifies what "Mormonism" really is, and with humour!
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