Reason #171: An Open Letter to the Mormon Church

Dear Mormon Church: I don’t know whether to slap you, or to thank you for launching my publishing career. Sincerely, Latayne 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 devices.

The Roots of Creativity, Seen Through a Three-Inch Frame

A fellow author’s challenge,  to write what you can see through a one-inch frame about your childhood, led me to a photograph of myself. It’s an old Brownie camera photo, about three inches by three inches, but it’s a good, tight frame. And it’s filled with details. In my nonfiction book, The Hinge of Your History: The Phases of Faith, I wrote about the fact that our lives have hinge points at which everything changes. For Sarah in the Old Testament, living a life where everyone saw her as a childless old maid, the hinge was the miraculous birth of Isaac. For me, one of those significant changes occurred at the point of this photograph. Take a tour of this photo with me. The setting is Northeast Elementary School in Farmington, New Mexico, at the...