Today I received a new book in the mail from Zondervan. I have joined Latayne Scott’s “blog tour” set for June 30 and will be reading the book between now and then and commenting on it on June 30. My initial impressions are positive. The book is hefty and seems to be well researched judging from the endnotes (pp 305-345). There are three indexes: subject, Mormon scriptures, Bible references.
Latayne C. Scott, The Mormon Mirage: A Former Member Looks at the Mormon Church Today. 3rd ed. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2009. 0310291534, 9780310291534. 363pp. $17.99.
I also note from the adverts in the back that this book is also available in an electronic form which contains an extra 150 pages. I’m not sure how you can buy it in this format though because the ISBN for the kindle edition doesn’t even work on Amazon.com. If you want to buy the paperback edition Chapters has it in stock for $16.59 after discount.
I have more experience with JWs than Mormons so I am looking forward to reading this book. During my first encounter with Mormon missionaries I noticed a big difference between the two groups. This pair of young men were willing to visit my Bible College and share with a class. In contrast, JWs are taught that Christians churches and schools are inhabited by demons and they should be avoided at all times. When I invited some JWs to the citywide Easter service held at my school they apologised and made excuses. They recognised that it didn’t seem fair for me to enter their space when they were unwilling to enter mine but there was nothing they could do about it. Mormon missionaries do not seem to be prevalent here although I saw a pair last month at Superstore and Bryan’s used books in Ladner was always well stocked with the Book of Mormon for $4.
For those interested, all three Mormon “scriptures” are availble for download via http://www.archive.org. They are the Book or Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price.