Our book review section features reviews from Rational Faiths as well as guest reviewers. The reviews are opinion-based and hopefully will spark curiosity and conversation about the books that are chosen. We are always looking for guest reviewers. This is not limited to Mormons – all faiths are welcome. We appreciate diversity and seeing things through filters other than our own. Additionally, if you are a publisher or author that would like your book reviewed on our blog, please contact us.

For the Cause of Righteousness: A Global History of Blacks and Mormonism 1830-2013

by Mike Barker Ah, yes. Race. We’ve all heard the aphorism, “Two things you never want to discuss are religion and politics.”  For many whites, we want to add a third thing, “Don’t talk about issues of race.”  But to be honest, we must. Especially those of us born into white privilege. It’s...

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Introverts in an Extrovert’s World: A Review of “Quiet”

Sometimes I actually read books that are not Mormon History Books believe it or not and the latest one is about introverts. It is a book about people like me! The fact that Susan Cain‘s Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking has become so popular (NYT best seller) is a great thing. It is clear...

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One Believer’s Reactions to the CES Letter

“If the CES Letter has added value to your life, please pay it forward. Your support will allow us to continue to help the honest in heart seekers.” Such loaded language from the CES letter website gets my hackles up, but I’ll suppress them long enough to respond to some friends’ queries of “Have you read the entire CES Letter?”. I...

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Review: Royal Skousen and Robin Scott Jensen, eds., The Joseph Smith Papers, Revelations and Translations, Volume 3: Parts 1-2, Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon

Review: Royal Skousen and Robin Scott Jensen, eds., The Joseph Smith Papers, Revelations and Translations, Volume 3: Parts 1-2, Printer’s Manuscript of the Book of Mormon (Salt Lake City: The Church Historian’s Press, 2015), Part 1, xxxvi+539 pp.; Part 2, 437 pp.   The newest volume in the Revelations and Translations series...

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69: Top Ten Books on Mormon History – Religion of a Different Color

http://media.blubrry.com/rationalfaiths/p/rationalfaiths.com/podcast/69TopTenBooks-DifferentColor.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS The only book dealing directly and only with the concept of race and racism in the list is a work published this year by Oxford University Press and written...

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68: Best Two Years Review and Sunstone Highlights

http://media.blubrry.com/rationalfaiths/p/rationalfaiths.com/podcast/68BestTwoYearsReviewandSunstone.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS I’ve never been to Sunstone and sometimes I would like to be able to say that I have never watched Mormon movies like The Singles Ward and others (I...

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65: Top Ten Books on Mormon History – More Wives Than One

http://media.blubrry.com/rationalfaiths/p/rationalfaiths.com/podcast/65TopTenBooks-MoreWives.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS Polygamy, polygamy, polygamy! We can’t get enough of polygamy! Nohing has captured the attention of the world about Mormons more than the practice of...

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Review of Religion of a Different Color

Jul 09, 15 Review of Religion of a Different Color

Posted by in Book Reviews, Featured

When J. Kameron Carter, one of the more compelling theologians of black spirituality today, was asked about the shooting of Trayvon Martin, he argued that Christianity must “reckon with the fact of how our churches in many ways reproduces the very social structures that created the conditions for what happened.” The world in which...

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The Politics of American Religious Identity: The Seating of Senator Reed Smoot, Mormon Apostle – Reviewed

Jun 08, 15 The Politics of American Religious Identity: The Seating of Senator Reed Smoot, Mormon Apostle – Reviewed

Posted by in Book Reviews, Featured, Politics, Reviews

A turning point for the LDS church and American religious liberty is recorded and analyzed in Kathleen Flakes’ The Politics of American Religious Identity and was the 4 years of public scrutiny of Apostle/Senator Reed Smoot and more importantly the LDS church. This account marks a shift in practice and preaching within the...

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Going to See Mad Max is Like Going to the Temple

And I don’t really mean that in a good way. It’s not that the movie was bad.  It was a bit absurd for me, but still a great action flick. I’ve decided they just had an excellent PR team.  Because they knew that if you say something enough times, and give it enough buzz, people will believe it.  Like telling a child that a red drink...

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