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Leaving the Saints: How I Lost the Mormons and Found My Faith

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11 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

One who studies other faiths besides his own

I found Martha Beck¿s account of her religious experience to be fascinating. Her wit and writing style make for an outstanding read. The outrage concerning this book comes from one segment of American society... people associated with the LDS church. Although I am no...
I found Martha Beck¿s account of her religious experience to be fascinating. Her wit and writing style make for an outstanding read. The outrage concerning this book comes from one segment of American society... people associated with the LDS church. Although I am not Mormon, I have conversed with Elders of the Mormon Church and studied the Mormon religion. Ms. Beck has not revealed anything that has not already been disclosed. A person with an open mind will see how painful it was for the author to separate from family and friends due to the tenants for the LDS Church. Ms. Beck does express rather well her issues with the LDS Church and its leadership as well as her admiration and love for her Mormon friends and family. Some say that what she has written is derogatory and an attempt to defame a religion. Lamentably, the most incensed are the ones who need to consider what Martha Beck has written and explore for themselves the possibility that her points may have merit.

posted by Anonymous on January 28, 2008

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9 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

A church still persecuted

It is okay to write your story and I am not saying Martha Beck isn't telling the truth about what happened to her. There is molestation going on in every religion. The LDS church that I know is a family oriented, loving, christain church. It is definitely not a cult....
It is okay to write your story and I am not saying Martha Beck isn't telling the truth about what happened to her. There is molestation going on in every religion. The LDS church that I know is a family oriented, loving, christain church. It is definitely not a cult. That is absurd. It is 12 million members strong and growing rapidly all over the world. This church is perfect in its beliefs but the members are not perfect and there are wrongs done every day in any religion. I was not born into the LDS church but into a Pentecostal home. I suffered physical and sexual abuse for 17 years. This doesn't mean that the Pentecostal religion is a cult or the members all monsters. As an LDS member, I believe in Jesus Christ and the Bible. Also the Book of Mormon as a second witness to the Bible. There is nothing sinister or cultish about this church. It is a great, magnificent following of people dedicated to serving and following Jesus Christ and living our lives to one day return to our Heavenly Father. What happened to Martha was not the LDS churches fault, it was the fault of her Fatehr who was wrong and what he did was horrific, but he doesn't stand for this great church.

posted by Anonymous on December 29, 2006

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2006

    A church still persecuted

    It is okay to write your story and I am not saying Martha Beck isn't telling the truth about what happened to her. There is molestation going on in every religion. The LDS church that I know is a family oriented, loving, christain church. It is definitely not a cult. That is absurd. It is 12 million members strong and growing rapidly all over the world. This church is perfect in its beliefs but the members are not perfect and there are wrongs done every day in any religion. I was not born into the LDS church but into a Pentecostal home. I suffered physical and sexual abuse for 17 years. This doesn't mean that the Pentecostal religion is a cult or the members all monsters. As an LDS member, I believe in Jesus Christ and the Bible. Also the Book of Mormon as a second witness to the Bible. There is nothing sinister or cultish about this church. It is a great, magnificent following of people dedicated to serving and following Jesus Christ and living our lives to one day return to our Heavenly Father. What happened to Martha was not the LDS churches fault, it was the fault of her Fatehr who was wrong and what he did was horrific, but he doesn't stand for this great church.

    9 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2006

    Nagging Doubt

    I can't deny that Beck's story is well written and entertaining but while reading it I couldn't shake the feeling that it was bunk. On the other hand, perhaps the story is true but Beck gives the reader no way to confirm any of it.

    1 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted December 15, 2008

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