Mormon Diariesby Sophia L. Stone
Brought up in a religious home, Sophia believes the only way to have a forever family is by following church leaders and obediently choosing the right. She goes to the right school, marries the right man in the right place, and does the right thing by staying home to raise her children. But when she starts asking questions about grace, love, and the nature of God, she realizes her spiritual struggles could rip her family apart.
"This book is an incredibly honest portrayal of one person's struggle to find God."~Pastor John Bradford
"Sophia Stone has a fine eye and a searching heart. Her story of growing up in and reaching through her Mormonism for a deeper, more authentic spirituality reflects all the ways that religion can both keep us satisfied with easy answers and push us to more difficult and complicated realizations. We need a hundred more books like this one, telling the truths of Mormon women's lives." ~Joanna Brooks, author of The Book of Mormon Girl
"Sophia Stone captured my attention from the beginning. This collection of personal essays, about questioning the legitimacy of Mormonism after having faith in the religion for the first 30-something years of her life, is not just a controversial quake to a reader's heart and soul. Stone's voice is brave, bold and intriguing. And surprisingly relatable to someone who is not religious."~Jessica Bell, author of String Bridge
- CreateSpace Publishing
- Publication date:
- Product dimensions:
- 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.45(d)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
See all customer reviews
I was completely riveted by Sophia Stone's moving spiritual memoir about growing up--and away from--her Mormon faith. It's an intensely personal, never polemical story of her struggles to grasp promised spiritual rewards that remain always out of reach. Her quick mind and sensitive heart shine through this well-paced, beautifully written narrative. As she awakens to the abuses in her church, which ties one's eternal destiny to one's earthly family, her whole world shifts. It's deeply satisying to watch Stone change from timid pleaser to a brave voice in the wilderness who won't be silenced any longer. And yet her abiding desire to truly know God remains a steady pulse throughout. I'd highly recommend this book to anyone who's ever struggled to be "good enough" for God's love.
First, the writing is gorgeous. In perfectly chosen language and passages, Stone describes her early feelings of doubt. Then as she matures, we experience her fear at questioning her faith, her struggles to be more devoted to her family and deny herself, and ultimately her break. The tale of her journey is so evocative, despite my not knowing much about Mormonism, I had tears in my eyes reading. For the uninitiated, she explains what certain practices mean and why they're significant. Religion can be so entwined in every aspect of our lives that change can be a huge risk. In Stone's case, her decision might ultimately cost her everything--mother, father, siblings... husband, children... I won't give away the ending, but I will say you're left rooting for her. More importantly, you're rooting for all of us to find a place where it's safe to question entrenched belief systems. Where it's acceptable to have an experience with God that's different from your parents' or even your spouse's. I highly recommend this book. Despite the title, it's more than a Mormon story. It's a story of how true devotion and true seeking can ultimately lead to real and lasting faith. It's a story of encouragement for anyone looking for answers.
I was rooting for this sincere lady.
Stone tells an important story of wrestling with the faith tradition of her family and coming to terms with a difficult reality. She captures her own story in a way that invites the reader in while at the same time capturing a glimpse into her experience of Mormonism with all its gifts and challenges. She captures well a profound experience of discovering God's grace. A good read that takes you along on her emotional journey.