Two Book Reviews

I don’t review books much anymore. When I had my own book review column for Release and Release Ink magazines, and when I freelanced for Christian Retailing, Bookstore Journal, A Closer Look and elsewhere, it was very time consuming because I am the most rare species of the book reviewer genus – I read every book all the way through before reviewing it. One book that has come across my desk recently is a modest, gentle-spirited book of short stories entitled The Best of Faith, Fiction, Fun, and Fanciful by Lynn Squire.  These are diverse stories about people in situations where they must make life-changing decisions, even by small acts.  It’s the kind of book you read when you want a “bite-sized” tale to think about....

New Amazon Editorial Review of The Mormon Mirage

Even though it is only available as pre-order (as is Latter-day Cipher), Amazon has this editorial review of The Mormon Mirage : Product Description Three decades after leaving the Mormon faith, Latayne Colvett Scott looks back to her original journey out of Mormonism and the reasons why she left. Revised and updated, this third edition of The Mormon Mirage presents both a fascinating inside look at Mormonism and new and formidable evidence against its claims and teachings.  From the Back Cover In the first edition of The Mormon Mirage, Latayne C. Scott shared her remarkable journey out of Mormonism as she uncovered shocking inaccuracies, inconsistencies, and contradictions in the faith she had loved and lived. Thirty years later, Mormonism and Mormon scholarship...

Interview by Steve Bonenberger

I always enjoy interviews with radio personalities, like the one below with Steve Bonenberger on The Common Bond of Common Sense. And thank you to all who have told me they listened to and enjoyed the Zondervan interview! Click here to listen to the interview   For more information, see The Mormon Mirage 3rd Edition:  A Former Member Looks at the Mormon Church Today (Zondervan, 2009). Also available as an audiobook and as an expanded-text E-book for Nook, Kindle and other reading...

No, I’m married to the same man for 35 years

A recently-published book had a wonderful quote from me in it on page 16, In Coming to Terms With Jesus Christ: Athletes, Celebrities and Everyday People’s Theology and Testimony About Reconciliation With God, by author and research analyst Gregory S. Spaulding.  My quote, Spaulding says, “speaks volumes about the mirage that every false religion offers its adherents:” “This is the tragedy of Mormonism.  It has substituted man for God and cheated its people out of confidence in the Savior. It has denied the free gift of God and made its people work at the impossible task of saving themselves.” Gee, I wish I’d said that.  But Spalding said that Latayne Colvett Smith did.  Boy, does she ever have a way with words.

Male – Female Leadership Roles

A college student who heard me speak recently in Texas wrote a kind letter asking me about my thinking on male/female leadership in the Churches of Christ.  There are many reasons I attend a church in which women do not take an active leadership role, but here’s one of them in my response to her: I have indeed had to mentally process this for years. Many, many people have tried to nudge me to take a more visible role of leadership. (You may have noticed that men who have heard me speak usually just crash the classes I’m teaching — and they’re usually older men, daring anyone to stop them.) They come because I have something to say, not because I’m such a hot speaker, I know. But having gifts and abilities doesn’t mean that I...