I pull an amorphous issue forward until it resolves into its face. Then I put my face right up against it and talk to it. I take all comers: the monolith of Mormonism, the challenge of writing truthful fiction, the bittersweet contradictions of faith in a mysterious and terrifying God of love. I look them all straight in the eye. –Latayne C. Scott
Latayne C. Scott short bio
Latayne C. Scott is the award-winning author of over a dozen books, published by major Christian publishers such as Zondervan, Moody, Baker, Word and others. In addition, she has published poems, radio plays, and hundreds of articles in magazines such as Today’s Christian Woman, Guideposts, Writer’s Digest, The Upper Room, Christian Research Journal, Christian Retailing, and Military Officer. A full-time writer, she also speaks at seminars, retreats, and on television and radio programs. She is the recipient of Pepperdine University’s Distinguished Christian Service Award for Creative Christian Writing, and makes her home in her native New Mexico.
“More profound than you can imagine,” says award-winning author Philip Yancey of the concept of the Phases of Faith that this book explores. Using the lives of Abraham (who the New Testament calls the father of our faith) and his often-reluctant wife Sarah as foundation, The Hinge of Your History: The Phases of Faith confronts modern, rubber-meets-the-road issues of faith for today’s Christian who must live within the challenges of the second phase, the stark real-life contradictions to the promises of God.
In Latter-Day Cipher, wordsmith and writer extraordinaire Latayne C. Scott dazzles the senses with her poetic prose, bang on descriptions and hold your breath suspense. . .Scott stays balanced by blending the bizarre with a healthy dose of compassion and empathy – uncovering, but not judging. –Bonnie Grove, author of Talking to the Dead and Your Best You
From the surrealistically tranquil opening scene in which the reader scans the body of a killer’s first victim, to an explosive final chapter delivered with the rhythm of a quickened pulse, Latter Day Cipher is a masterwork of riveting story-craft and elegant prose. . .Her compassion shows in fully-dimensioned characters caught in crises of faith and loyalty as questions are asked and secrets exposed. –Kathleen Popa, author of To Dance in the Desert and The Feast of Saint Bertie
Award winning author Latayne C. Scott has another hit with the suspense thriller Latter-Day Cipher. . .This is definitely a page turner all the way to the surprising end. –Susan Storm Smith, former Mormon
Here is one of those books that is so interesting that the mystery becomes almost secondary to what you are learning from the book, Latter Day Cipher. … This is a good story and the action continues all the way to the end. –Chris Jager – Baker Book House fiction buyer
I was impressed by The Mormon Mirage. Latayne Scott is a gifted writer with a thorough, first-hand knowledge of Mormonism. The book is filled not only with excellent information, but keen analysis. . .Ms. Scott is very tuned in to the current climate, and she addresses all of the key issues and debates. As a pastor and former Mormon myself, people often ask me to recommended books about Mormonism. This one has risen to the top of my list. –Ross J. Anderson, author of Understanding the Book of Mormon
Her book presents one of the most complete treatments of Mormon theology that I’ve read in some time. It is thorough, historically accurate, well researched and documented with up to date evidence that substantiates even further the falseness and deceptiveness of Mormonism. Her presentation of the errors of Mormonism is admirably balanced by her honest portrayal of not only the positive values of the Mormon Church, but in sharing her soul-wrenching resolve to leave the religion she had so loved.—Janis Hutchinson, author of The Mormon Missionaries
Latayne actually narrates two journeys: her own and then the historic development and changes of the Mormon Church from its founding right up to the Twenty First Century. The integrity and rigor of the research and scholarship are impressive. All sources are available to be rechecked by any skeptic. Even after being subjected to lies and vilification, Latayne’s generous spirit extends affection to those left behind, still trusting the mirage. –Barnes & Noble reader review
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Suggested Interview Questions for Latayne C. Scott —The Hinge of Your History: The Phases of Faith
Why do Christians of today feel “ambushed” by crisis?
What are the three phases of faith, and where are they found in Scripture?
Did Jesus teach about the phases of faith?
Did Jesus face contradictions to the promises of God?
What are the marks of a contradiction, in phase two?
What can a person do in Phase Two in order to preserve faith in God?
What is the Hinge?
What are the layers beneath the hinge on the cover of the book?
What is a Phase One promise? Does it always have to be a specific promise?
Why do you say that the life of Abraham shows that the Phases of Faith are cyclical in our lives?
Suggested Interview Questions for Latayne C. Scott on Mormonism
How did you become a Mormon, and what did you find satisfying about that religion?
What were the circumstances that led to your leaving the LDS Church?
What changes led to your decision to write a new edition of The Mormon Mirage?
What other books have you written about Mormonism and cults?
What doctrinal differences are there between Mormonism and traditional Christianity?
What are the biggest factors facing Mormons in the 21st century?
What is your advice for someone who wants to have a dialogue with a Mormon?
Why, after publishing non-fiction, did you decide to write a novel about Mormonism?
What is unique about your novel, Latter-day Cipher?
What are the greatest struggles faced by the characters in Latter-day Cipher?
What is your next writing project?
Find Latayne C. Scott on the Internet:
Latayne’s Web site: http://www.latayne.com
Novelmatters (upmarket Christian fiction blog): http://novelmatters.blogspot.com
Representational Resources: http://www.representationalresources.com
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