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Posted July 7, 2012
This book is exactly what the title claims: An Open Book. I have read other books on Mormonism that have attempted to explain the beliefs of the church but have missed the mark in terms of clarifying the reasons for certain practices and traditions. This one is far above the rest. Firstly, the quality of the paper, the graphics and layout of the book, and the eye-appealing photographs make it a delight to hold and peruse. The "Mormyths" boxes on pages throughout the book address specific "myths" about the religion that most people have wondered about at times. The information is accurate and presented candidly and humorously with no apology for the doctrines that others may view as different from mainstream Christianity. It gives references from the Bible that tie these seeming oddities to the Judeo-Christian tradition and help to make sense of why Mormons participate in practices that seem odd to mainstream Western Christians. If you are a non-Mormon with honest questions or curiosity about the faith (but don't want to commit to asking missionaries about it because you are perfectly happy with your own religion, thank you very much) this is the book for you! It details clearly and concisely everything you want to know from the viewpoint of an insider who is a practicing member of the faith without being preachy or trying to convert. If you are a Mormon who has tried to explain your faith to friends with different beliefs (but feel like they were more confused after your explanation than they were before) this is the book for you!
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