The Book of Mormon Girl

The Book of Mormon Girl

eBook - 2012
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From her days of feeling like a root beer among the CokesCoca-Cola being a forbidden fruit for Mormon girls like herJoanna Brooks always understood that being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints set her apart from others. But, in her eyes, that made her special; the devout LDS home she grew up in was filled with love, spirituality, and an emphasis on service. With Marie Osmond as her celebrity role model and plenty of Sunday School teachers to fill in the rest of the details, Joanna felt warmly embraced by the community that was such an integral part of her family. But as she grew older, Joanna began to wrestle with some tenets of her religion, including the Churchs stance on womens rights and homosexuality. In 1993, when the Church excommunicated a group of feminists for speaking out about an LDS controversy, Joanna found herself searching for a way to live by the leadings of her heart and the faith she loved. The Book of Mormon Girl is a story about leaving behind the innocence of childhood belief and embracing the complications and heartbreaks that come to every adult life of faith. Joannas journey through her faith explores a side of the religion that is rarely put on display: its humanity, its tenderness, its humor, its internal struggles. In Joannas hands, the everyday experience of being a Mormonwithout polygamy, without fundamentalismunfolds in fascinating detail. With its revelations about a faith so often misunderstood and characterized by secrecy, The Book of Mormon Girl is a welcome advocate and necessary guide.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Free Press, 2012.
ISBN: 9781451699692
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Aandrews19
Jul 17, 2014

I picked up this book to learn more about Mormonism, but the author's story is about so much more than the tenets of her religion. This is a great read for anyone who has ever felt out of place in their community or cultural tradition, ever felt like they couldn't reconcile childhood lessons with emerging beliefs as adults. Brooks describes her personal evolution beautifully and her stories capture her childhood perspective in ways that tug at the heart.

VanessaCCL Nov 27, 2012

"Describes how the author struggled with her Mormon faith in spite of a loving childhood when she came to disagree with many of its tenets, recounting her adult pursuit of an honest life that balanced the beliefs of her heart and her faith." Biography and Memoir Newsletter November 2012 http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=571059

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