Thursday, June 16, 2016
Book Review - UNVEILING GRACE by Lynn K. Wilder
To say I loved this book would be a wild exaggeration. I did find it really interesting and informative. I have so many beloved relatives and friends who are Mormons that I have to say I also found it disturbing.
I'm a gung ho Christian, and I love that people are getting to know that the Lord is waiting patiently for them to come around to His way of thinking--that He alone is "THE way, THE truth, and THE life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me (Jesus)" (John 14:6) I don't think the Mormon religion itself can be classified as Christian, but I'm not to the point of condemning the people.
When a BYU professor and her husband are challenged by their youngest son, Micah, at that time on an LDS mission in Florida, to read the New Testament, they're skeptical. After all, they've been through New Testament classes, and they read the Book of Mormon, Doctrines and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price daily. Still, their son wants them to reread the New Testament as a child would.
Rumblings occur. Micah is in trouble. He's brought home from his mission a week early. He's called before the Stake President. He goes back to Florida and stays, much to his parents bewilderment and horror.
It takes some severe family and church earthquakes to convince Lynn and Michael Wilder, but after soul-searching and study and all four of their children questioning and telling, they finally decided to resign from the Mormon church. It was a gut-wrenching choice, not one they made easily or lived with without regrets.
As I said above, you have to make your own decisions about this book, just as the Wilders made their own decisions about leaving the church they'd spent thirty years serving. It's available from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and Christian Book Distributors, as well as on a lot of bookstore shelves nationwide.