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This is the story of the Latter-day Saints, the story of when God came back to earth and started things over-in person. It may be the most confident message of God in centuries.Free of proselytory pretense, yet written with the non-Latter-day Saint reader firmly in mind, Latter Days goes right to the mind and heart of this religion, exploring an utterly unique catalogue ofThis is the story of the Latter-day Saints, the story of when God came back to earth and started things over-in person. It may be the most confident message of God in centuries.Free of proselytory pretense, yet written with the non-Latter-day Saint reader firmly in mind, Latter Days goes right to the mind and heart of this religion, exploring an utterly unique catalogue of Christian doctrine on the purpose of human existence and destiny. It presents the Mormon story of the creation of this world and lays out what Mormons believe is the divine plan for mankind, from Adam, Noah, and Christ to Joseph Smith and Brigham Young. It relates the astonishing story of the great Mormon Exodus, explaining how they were driven from the supposedly civilized United States to the wilderness of the Salt Lake-a truly remarkable story that few of us learned in our high school history classes....

Title : Latter Days: An Insider's Guide to Mormonism, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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ISBN : 9780312280437
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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Latter Days: An Insider's Guide to Mormonism, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Reviews

  • Scott
    2019-03-05 16:08

    This was given to me by my father-in-law in about 2002. I was surprised by how well it handled controversial subjects, and that it presented our history and beliefs clearly and without apology, but at the same time without seeming pushy or off-putting. I would feel comfortable handing this to any friend or business associate who is curious about the LDS Church, and that is really saying something. I would not trust A Marvelous Work and a Wonder, for example, in most close acquaintances' hands, because it is at times too in-your-face about our confidence in our unique correctness. Coke Newell doesn't leave any question that we believe we are the only true Church, but presents it with enough grace and finesse as to draw in the reader rather than raise defenses.

  • Raynee Schneider
    2019-03-05 14:55

    I felt smart reading this book!  It's the perfect overview of Mormonism. I would recomend it to anyone who was interested in the gospel.

  • Darin Stewart
    2019-02-21 13:07

    It is interesting to have read this book from the perspective of and insider bracketed with the perspective of an outsider. Newell has written an engaging survey of Mormon history and doctrine that manages to remain fairly even handled while retaining the flavor of being written by a committed believer. Recountings of miraculous happenings are kept to a minimum throughout the historical narrative, but Newell doesn't shy away from presenting most of the more uniquely Mormon doctrines. This book is not written as an apologetic but simply as a presentation of beliefs and origins of the Faith. Newell is a PR executive for the LDS Church and this comes through in the writing. Most of the dodgier parts of the Mormon record are omitted from the story. Those that are addressed, such as polygamy, are only mentioned in passing and are dismissed with a shrug. Newell explains these with "God commanded it. We did it. We don't know why." If you accept some fundamental assumptions, that all of history is a single unified narrative, view the bible with a certain selective literalism, and that the origin events of the LDS church happened as claimed, then the entire unfolding of the mormon story and doctrine makes perfect sense. If you do not accept those basic premises, then Newell's book is an enjoyable if glossed telling of an odd and ongoing aspect of the American story.

  • Catharine
    2019-02-27 09:00

    I thought this book was very well written. The author tried to tell the history of the Mormons with as unbiased a slant as possible. As a convert to the LDS church, he felt that he could tell their story fairly, having been an outsider, and now belonging as an insider. He said that when he began to study the history of the church, he was totally surprised at the amount of persecution that the members had gone through in the 1800s. And totally surprised to find that it was his ancestors that had caused much of the persecution. He says that this is a part of American History that is not taught in the schools and has largely been ignored, which is why he knew nothing about it. The best parts of the book are the parts where the authors personal life and personality come out. The story of his own conversion and his experience with the LDS missionaries, for example. The book covers the church's history from about the time of Joseph Smith and his first vision, until the Saints arrive in the Salt Lake Valley. To those born in the church, there probably won't be anything new, but it's interesting never-the-less.

  • Granny
    2019-03-12 15:19

    Excellent review of the entire plan of salvation (pre-existence, mortality, and post-mortality), and history of the LDS church from a convert's perspective. I love the cover blurb: "A Guided Tour Through Six Billion Years of Mormonism." Steven R. Covey says, "This is an astonishing story, told incredibly well. Coke Newell has helped lift the Latter-day Saints into the forefront of Christian discourse and relevance." Richard Paul Evans says, "Among the most intimate, accurate, and impressive tellings of this story I have read." I can only add that I agree wholeheartedly with these quotes. I was amazed at the amount that I was reminded of and the knowledge I had reaffirmed by this telling of the plan of salvation, and all that it took to restore that knowledge to the earth in these latter days. What a blessing to belong to the LDS church and to be led by a living prophet. This convert, Coke Newell, says it all with heart-felt clarity and knowledge, well researched, and with inspiring words to give hope to all. It is not a big, burdensome book, but tells so much in a short space.

  • Jen
    2019-02-23 17:09

    I can't help it . . . Mormonism fascinates me, and I just can't look away. (Kind of like staring at a car-crash that you know you shouldn't.) (Uh . . . no offense to my Mormon friends. You probably think MY beliefs are crazy, too. And that's ok.)-------------------ok, now that I've finished it . . . the writing was very conversational and the book was easy to read. I feel like he glossed over or just plain left out some parts that the story isn't complete without, but it was nice to get some clarity on different things I've heard for years about the LDS religion. And this book has the most information about the early years of the religions and the trek out west that I've read.

  • Jessica
    2019-02-23 13:55

    Wonderfully reader-friendly. Takes you from the pre-existence to judgement day and beyond in a very clear manner. This is written, presumably for people who are not of the LDS faith, but I recommend it to members as well (or perhaps especially). If you have teens, this is a fantastic book to help them gain perspective. It is written in a very easy, almost conversational pace that emphasizes the simplicity and beauty of the gospel. If daily life has its hooks in you, this book may reawaken your vision and sense of who you are and why you're here.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-05 14:07

    I read this book right before my mission and felt that it helped build my testimony imensely. It was written for non-members and others of course. Newell is a convert with an amazing experience. He wrote this book to be able to give others the opportunity to see how LDS people are and what they believe. He did a great job.

  • Michael Foley
    2019-03-11 14:07

    This was a very intriguing take on Mormon Church history that I would recommend to anyone who is sick of dry facts and cutesy antidotes. It lays out some doctrine that is odd, but is completely unabashed in it's explanations. I really enjoyed this book and this is one that originally sparked my passion for learning more of LDS history.

  • Firefly
    2019-03-11 15:01

    An absolutely great read for church members, and those without a clue about this faith. Newell puts it all out on the table in an easy-to-understand form even I (dyslexic and extremely ADHD) can grasp with ease. Most books tend to be pro or con; this is simply, "here it is" allowing the reader to glean for themselves.

  • Eric
    2019-03-05 11:01

    While there were a few minor points I disagreed with (as in things he stated were obvious as part of church doctrine and then didn't back up), overall, this is a wonderfully written overview of Church doctrine, with some great points distinguishing between the doctrine and the derived (Utah) Mormon culture.

  • Rae
    2019-03-19 12:16

    Coke Newell (what a great name), a convert to the Mormon church, presents a history of the earth within the context of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He begins with the premortal world, moves on to the mortal, and ends up with the post-mortal destiny of man and the planet. I found this quite enlightening and think it would be good for any member to read.

  • Catherine
    2019-03-08 12:12

    this election year brought up a lot of interesting questions about the lds church. this is the best introduction to their beliefs and history that I have read. it presents some pretty controversial doctrines honestly and i really enjoyed the history section towards the end.

  • Sharman Wilson
    2019-03-11 13:14

    An interesting take on Mormonism. I don't always agree with his doctrinal statements (some sources aren't authoritative), but it's a good read, even for an insider like me.

  • Sally
    2019-02-17 14:54

    What a novel idea: a history of the LDS church for people outside the church. I really enjoyed this book, and have to admit to learning lots from it. Liked his writing style.

  • Ellie
    2019-03-02 13:10

    I only recommend this if you want to read about Mormonism from somebody who believes in Mormonism. I did want to read this perspective and it was helpful.