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.

Dark Times

Jan 23, 15 Dark Times

Posted by in Book Reviews, Featured, Humanity, Theology

The LDS apostasy narrative, of the truth being lost and priesthood authority being taken from the earth after the death of the New Testament apostles, has been a fundamental part of the Mormon story. For some investigators and many chapel Mormons the narrative makes sense, and therefore must be true, because of the many...

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The Council of YTFIF (50): The Embryo Kingdom of God

The Council of Fifty, A Documentary History edited by Jedediah S. Rogers is a veritable treasure trove of quotes and references regarding the Council of 50 currently outside of the LDS Church’s closed archives. It includes many of the writings of my Great-Great-Great-Great-Grandfather William Clayton who was admitted to the...

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Book Review: Richard Davis’s The Liberal Soul

Dec 27, 14 Book Review: Richard Davis’s The Liberal Soul

Posted by in Book Reviews, Featured, Politics

As my dad drove me home from some activity or other when I was a teenager, I asked him a question that had been weighing on my mind: “can Mormons be Democrats?” I didn’t really follow the news very carefully and I certainly didn’t follow politics. On this car ride, though, I was honestly curious. I went to church all the...

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The Answer to All the Hard Questions: Um…Maybe Not.

by Michael Barker The December 2014 issue of the Ensign has an article by R. Val Johnson entitled, “The Answer to All the Hard Questions.”  It’s intended audience seems to be those in faith transition, but the author attempts a reductionistic-like answer to “all the hard questions.”  It’s...

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33: Way Below The Angels

Way Below the Angels: The Pretty Clearly Troubled but Not Even Close to Tragic Confessions of a Real Live Mormon Missionary is BYU History professor Craig Harline‘s most recent published personal history. It is a memoir of Craig’s mission years, leaving from Fresno California to the Mission Home in Salt Lake followed by...

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29: Steve Peck The Author

Come meet Steve Peck. He is a Professor of Biology at BYU teaching courses in bioethics and researching evolutionary biology from several different dimensions. In addition to his academic work Steve writes. He writes a lot. The works that we discuss with Steve in this episode include the award winning The Scholar of Moab, the...

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28: Meet The Mormons – A Rational Faiths Review

Oct 15, 14 28: Meet The Mormons – A Rational Faiths Review

Posted by in Featured, Podcast, Reviews

If you have been participating in the Bloggernacle, or even in many wards and stakes in the United States, you have probably heard of the Church’s new film “Meet the Mormons,” which was released in the theaters on 10/10/2014. Due to the controversy surrounding the film, as well as the fact that this is the first time the...

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Mormons, Meet Your Fellow Mormons* – A Movie Review

Oct 12, 14 Mormons, Meet Your Fellow Mormons*  – A Movie Review

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MORMONS, MEET YOUR FELLOW MORMONS – A MOVIE REVIEW   by Michael Barker I saw the much-hyped movie (of course this is a tongue-in-cheek comment, because it’s only hyped-up by Mormons), Meet the Mormons, with my twelve year old daughter.   Based upon speaking with those who saw its screening in Utah, I was not...

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By Goddess, I Will Not Be Left Behind!

by Michelle Wiener Recently I found out that Nicholas Cage will be starring in the remake of Left Behind to be released in theatres this October. This came as a total shock to me, considering what a great actor he is. I was equally appalled that he would even consider taking part in a B-grade evangelical film about – of all...

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Book Review: Ezra and Hadassah: A Portrait of American Royalty

Ezra and Hadassah: A Portrait of American Royalty is the gripping account of author Heather Young’s tumultuous childhood at the abusive hands of those into whose care she was entrusted, both her foster and Latter-day Saint adoptive parents. With remarkable courage, wit, and honesty, Heather tells of how she and her special-needs...

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