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.

Reflections on Faith and Freetown

“Is Faith Supposed to be this Exhausting?”  Bro Abubakar asks. It’s one of many favorite quotes I took away from the movie Freetown.  I remember when I first saw a promotional video for Freetown.  I was leaving the movie “Selma” in January. I had watched it with a group of friends, most of whom are also Black...

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55: Top Ten Books on Mormon History – Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling

http://media.blubrry.com/rationalfaiths/p/rationalfaiths.com/podcast/55TopTenBooks-RSR.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | RSS Okay so this one breaks the criteria a little bit, well let’s just say it bends the rules by being on the longer side of things. Rough Stone Rolling is a hefty little...

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The End of Apologetics: Christian Witness in a Postmodern Context

In The End of Apologetics: Christian Witness in a Postmodern Context, author Myron Bradley Penner presents a vivid anecdote pertaining to the kind of Christian witness he would like to see ended. He recounts the story of John, a “self-described atheist-Roman Catholic” and philosophy professor who regarded his loss of faith as a...

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Lest They Be Converted: Mark’s Messianic Secret

While we are studying the New Testament in Gospel Doctrines; get ready! This is not your typical Gospel Doctrines lesson… While teaching a New Testament class last year at the community college where I work, I stumbled upon the following verse in Mark: “That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear,...

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50: Top Ten Books on Mormon History – The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith

http://media.blubrry.com/rationalfaiths/p/rationalfaiths.com/podcast/50TopTenBooks-MormonPeople.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download Subscribe: iTunes | RSS Where did Mormonism come from? What is it’s purpose? Where is it going? We don’t have the answers to the second and third questions due to a discernment and...

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Grace is Not God’s Backup Plan — A Review

It’s tempting at first to pass off Adam Miller’s new book as simply an attempt – much like the New International Version of the Bible – at making Paul’s writing to the Romans more understandable. Despite the fact that it does that, a deeper dive into his latest work (which also represents Adam’s first foray into...

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American Temples

Feb 25, 15 American Temples

Posted by in art, Book Reviews, Featured, Mormonism, Reviews, Temple

American Temples by Scott Jarvie is a beautiful tribute to LDS Temples built in the United States. Scott spent more than a year living on the road out of an Airstream, traveling more than 40,000 miles from the west coast to the east and back again five times, photographing each LDS temple as he went. Some people might him crazy at...

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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 Council...

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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 time, I...

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