by David B. Ostler

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"Even in a culture of the religiously disaffected, the toll on Latter-day Saint faithful is alarming. David Ostler's book does not aim to stem the tide, but to lessen the pain of those on both sides of the faith divide. It is a deeply Christian book that calls upon us all to seek understanding and minister to the wounded." —Terryl Givens, co-author of The Crucible of Doubt: Reflections on the Quest for Faith

"One of the most important books I have read in the past decade. Unlike other good books written primarily to those experiencing a crisis of faith, Bridges is written to those who have been called as leaders, fellow saints, and family members to minister to those who once were included in our circle of fellowship and love but who no longer are." —Robert A. Rees, Co-founder and Vice-President, Bountiful Children's Foundation

With the advancement of the internet, changing worldviews, and the rising generation of millennials, Latter-day Saints today face unique challenges to faith on an unprecedented scale. Unlike most books written to help those struggling with their testimonies, Bridges: Ministering to Those Who Question is written to help local leaders and family members better understand the sources of these challenges and how to minister to those affected by them. This ministering is done through building bridges of love, empathy, and trust regardless of whether or not someone retains their belief or continues to participate. Author David B. Ostler, a former mission president, utilizes surveys with local leaders and disaffected members, research from social science and religious studies, and teachings from Church leaders to show how Latter-day Saints can work to better support those who have questions and create church environments where all can feel welcome.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940161401866
Publisher: Greg Kofford Books
Publication date: 08/07/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 367,431
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

David B. Ostler has lived and served on four continents as a bishop, stake president, mission president, and director of a Church historical site and visitors' center. He has a BUS from the University of Utah and an MBA from Dartmouth College. He is retired from a thirty-year career as a business executive managing domestic and international businesses focused on improving health care through data analytics, consulting, software, and business services. With his wife, they have six wonderful children—some of whom no longer hold basic Latter-day Saint beliefs.

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