MORMONISM continues to be a challenge to many families. Two new books have come out which will be helpful to people having questions about Mormonism and what it teaches. Both books are by ex-Mormons who have good knowledge of the Mormon religion and its cultish qualities. Since this ministry deals with cults and beliefs that destroy faith, we bring these two books to your attention.

Understanging the Book of Mormon
by Ross Anderson
Zondervan, 2009, 116 pages, $14.99
(paperback), ISBN-13: 978-0-310-28321-8

This book is billed as a guide for Christians to the Mormon Holy Book. It explains the origin of the Mormon writings and books considered to be sacred and explains how to talk with Mormons about their faith and their scriptures. The author goes out of his way to be fair and kind, but since he has a background in the LDS church, his treatment is an exposé of what he has rejected. In this reviewer’s opinion Anderson is accurate and does a good job of giving a reasonable treatment.

The book has discussion questions and an index. It is 5 x 7 inches in size, 116 pages, and yet sells for $14.99 for a paperback, so it is a little overpriced, but if you need concise information about the Book of Mormon, it is very useful. Reviewed by JNC.

The Mormon Mirage
by Latayne C. Scott
Zondervan, 2009, 364 pages, $16.99
(paperback), ISBN-13: 978-0-310-29153-4

This is the third edition of this book, and we did review the first edition many years ago. Latayne Scott is a Christian woman who left the Mormon Church for a variety of biblical, philosophical, and theological reasons which part one of this book restates. False prophecies, suppressed history, and changes in doctrine are discussed and explained. Her story is amazing and revealing and well worth reading. The second part of the book is new and details new challenges and issues which the LDS church currently faces as well as a personal challenge from the author about the dangers and biblical problems with Mormonism. New historical and archeological challenges are discussed. There are exhaustive notes on each chapter with good documentation, a topical index, and both a Book of Mormon index and a biblical index.

This book is a bargain at $16.99. If you want a strong challenge to Mormonism, we recommend this book highly. Reviewed by JNC.


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