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Could I Vote for a Mormon for President? An Election-Year Guide to Mitt Romney's Religion

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Mitt Romney is a Mormon, but does that mean he's a Christian? Does he belong to a cult? Does he wear funny Mormon underwear? These questions and more are answered in this accessible and concise introduction to Mormonism, in which two sociologists of religion take an objective and often humorous look at 2012 presidential candidate Mitt Romney's beliefs. Geared to voters won ...more
Paperback, 144 pages
Published July 1st 2012 by Strange Violin Editions (first published May 31st 2012)
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David Voas
I have a small collection of 'Mormonism Made Simple' books (OK, I admit it, 'Mormonism for Dummies' is one of them), and this book is by far the best. It's intelligent, informative, balanced, and very entertaining. The Romney candidacy makes it topical, but I hope that when the election is behind us the publishers will put out a revised edition: 'Could I be friends with a Mormon?', maybe.

Why is this book so much the best of its kind? Primarily because the authors have a rare combination of auth
Jeff Raymond
There are two things that are annoying about the Presidential coverage regarding Mitt Romney and Mormonism: 1) The way the media treats Mormonism and 2) the lack of good information coming from the media regarding Mormonism. I don't pretend to be an expert on the religion at all - I've read plenty about it, I consider myself informed, but I couldn't tell you much of anything in detail. Could I Vote for a Mormon for President is a solid entry-level reader into the Mormon religion, both in terms o ...more
Soren Narnia
Take away the picture of Mitt Romney on the cover and what you have is a light but thorough (and sometimes witty) explanation of the basic concepts of Mormonism, presented in a very easy-to-read format and useful to anyone who’s not totally sure what the Mormons are all about. The political aspects of the book are presented very even-handedly and make you think not so much about one man’s presidential ambitions and qualifications but what role any religion plays in high office. What stands out m ...more
Publisher's remarks: This is a unique book. Other books to date that have discussed Romney's Mormonism have either come from Mormon apologists or from non-Mormon authors hostile to Mormonism and lacking an insider perspective on the religion. This one, on the other hand, is by two former-Mormon professors of sociology who have the insider knowledge you only get by growing up in the religion, but who can be honest about the less savory facts since they're no longer members. The authors are smart, ...more
Disclosure: I received this as an advance copy from the publisher, and have interviewed Mr. Cragun (to be released at a later date). I am an active, practicing Mormon.

With the focus being on Mitt Romney and his bid for president of the United States, many questions have been brought up concerning his religion. Is it a cult? Do they really read a "Golden Bible"? Does he wear special underwear? And what really goes on in those big temples?

Both Ryan Cragun and Rick Phillips, prominent sociologists,
Tina Roper
I won this through the Goodreads giveaway. I found this book to be witty and full of information that I did not know. Before reading this book, I did not know even 1 thing about the Mormon religion. Now I know that it is somewhat bizarre, amusing and boring. I wasn't planning on voting for Mitt Romney before reading this book and guess what? I am still not planning on voting for him. I am glad that I read this book though so I am now better informed on the beliefs of the man that may be our next ...more
Geoff Kabaservice
My blurb: "Ryan Cragun and Rick Phillips have written a scholarly but highly accessible analysis of Mormonism in politics that is even-handed, educational, enlightening, and even entertaining. It should be read by anyone who's planning to vote for Mitt Romney -- or against him."
Via First Reads. And to some degree, rendered moot now, although the basic primer to Mormonism may be useful for some.
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Ryan T. Cragun (1976-) is a husband, father, and sociologist of religion (in order of importance). Originally from Utah, he now lives in Florida and works at the University of Tampa. His research and writing focuses on religion, with an emphasis on Mormonism and the nonreligious. When he's not working, he's spending time with his wife and son, watching science fiction, hiking, playing soccer, or t ...more
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