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Unveiling Grace: The Story of How We Found Our Way out of the Mormon Church

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From a rare insider's point of view, Unveiling Grace looks at how Latter-day Saints are 'wooing our country' with their religion, lifestyle, and culture. It is also a gripping story of how an entire family, deeply enmeshed in Mormonism, found their way out and what they can tell others about their lives as faithful Mormons.
Paperback, 367 pages
Published August 25th 2013 by Zondervan (first published August 20th 2013)
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Susan
Jul 23, 2013 Susan rated it really liked it
"Unveiling Grace: The Story of How We Found Our Way out of the Mormon Church" was a fascinating look at a family’s journey out of Mormonism. I’ve always been fascinated by different religions, and the LDS church is particularly interesting to me, since it’s “American-made.”

Lynn Wilder tells the tale of how she and her husband joined the Mormon Church, and got totally “into it,” serving in various church offices, doing baptisms for the dead, and sending their three sons on two-year missions. Lynn
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Slava Bouz
Jul 15, 2013 Slava Bouz rated it it was amazing
A fascinating and truly gripping story, Unveiling Grace, allows a rare glimpse into the Mormon church. Lynn K. Wilder writes about her family, how they converted too, and from Mormonism, and all the other stuff in between. I personally have a heart for Mormon people, seeing how sincere they are, I always wondered what goes on inside their world and how do I introduce the TRUE gospel to them. This book equipped me with what I was looking for.

It’s a unique perspective because it allowed me to see
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Juanita
Jul 22, 2013 Juanita rated it it was amazing
Lynn gives an in depth account of her and her family's experiences in the Mormon faith, as well as their journey out of it and into the true worship of our Savior and King Jesus Christ and Almighty God our Father.

The journey and accounts of Lynn's experiences have definitely been eye-opening. It was hard for me to believe that there were so many differences in following the Word of God and the beliefs of the Mormon faith, as portrayed in Lynn's detail accounts.

The idea of twisting scripture , re
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Dawn Hamsher
Jul 01, 2013 Dawn Hamsher rated it it was amazing
"Unveiling Grace" by Lynn K. Wilder not only opens the eyes of Christians to what Mormonism is all about, but it helps Mormons find the truth in the Bible and in Jesus!

I read an advance copy from BookSneeze in exchange for my honest review.

Ms. Wilder shares her own family story. She shares personal experiences in wonderful detail from her entire life, to include thirty years as a Mormon. I didn't want to put the book down. I loved hearing about her life, her religion, her choices, and how Jesus
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Richard
Oct 03, 2013 Richard rated it it was amazing
An inside look at the workings and behavior of Mormons.

Lynn Wilder is no longer a Mormon. Her son played a large role in her and her family's conversion.

This book pulls the curtain back from a very secretive religion. Make no mistake, there is plenty to be said about the positive family life and community culture of Mormonism. Lynn helps the reader understand exactly what things are like and why they believe what they believe.

She also does well at expressing her turmoil when conflicting beliefs
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Sara
Nov 11, 2014 Sara rated it it was amazing
I recommend this book to all my friends, Mormon & Christian. I say this with a little fear of offending those family members and friends that I love who are of the Mormon faith, but also feel very convicted to share truth. I recommend this book with love and pray over all of you who read it to find truth in it's words.

I was raised Latter Day Saint (Mormon) and became a Christian at 30 after years of unbelief and searching for God. I'm very thankful for Lynn Wilder's courage in investigating
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Rae
Dec 11, 2013 Rae rated it it was ok
Shelves: religiosity, 2013
I read Lynn's book from the point of view of a faithful and spiritually satisfied member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon). Although my opinion of my faith and my own experiences are different than hers, I do agree with some of her criticisms of the church:

Jesus to be spoken of more frequently in all of our meetings and curriculum.

Grace to be spoken of and emphasized more often.

Members to be less concerned with long-standing traditions and cultural mores that are not ac
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Jim Hale
Jan 17, 2014 Jim Hale rated it it was ok
Shelves: christian
Revealing story of how a devout Mormon family left the church. But, it is also one weary read, and one of the worst edited books I've read in a very long time. Wilder's chattiness grows tiresome quickly. I can't remember reading a book that I found so annoying so many times! It read like a transcribed oral interview with far too many digressions. I was also disappointed in the form of Christianity that Wilder embraces. It is unfortunate that she left Mormonism for a shallow Christianity, complet ...more
Alyssum Phillips
Jul 06, 2014 Alyssum Phillips rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. As a Christian, I have many questions about the Mormon church, especially after talking with some of the Mormon missionaries who come through every year. This book gave me great insight into the lives and religion of Mormons, as well as where their doctrine differs from Christianity. The author gave a vivid picture of the struggles that she and her family went through when getting out of Mormonism. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who has questions or is exploring ei ...more
Jennifer Hale
Jan 16, 2016 Jennifer Hale rated it really liked it
Shelves: spiritual-growth
If you are interested in learning more about Mormonism and how it is different from Evangelical Christianity, this book is for you. Wilder tells the story of her family's journey into and out of Mormonism-- spanning 30 years, while using Biblical scripture to reveal the truth about Jesus and the lies perpetuated by the LDS church. This book is very insightful and really explains many of the traditions and rituals of the LDS church. While the writing can get a bit repetitive, the book is so educa ...more
Heather Brickey
Jun 26, 2014 Heather Brickey rated it it was amazing
WOW! As a former LDS member I was very interested in this book and I couldn't put it down. The discrepancies she brought up as she learned them were sometimes astounding and I was sitting there thinking how can people still believe these things? But I was one of them and there are still many that believe. There is some charismatic about that religion that draws people to it, but there are so many untruths to it as well. I feel similar to Lynn in that I hadn't really done my research and until I ...more
Debbie
Jul 14, 2013 Debbie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christian, memoir
"Unveiling Grace" is the story of how Lynn Wilder's family joined the Mormon Church and, many years later, left the Mormon Church. It's primarily the story of her life, and it's an easy, interesting read that kept my attention.

She assumed the reader had some familiarity with the Mormon Church and used "Mormon jargon," but she also gave short explanations of the Mormon terms when new terms came up. Later in the book, she gave more details about Mormon beliefs and about what the jargon meant.

This
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Steve Penner
Jun 07, 2014 Steve Penner rated it really liked it
This is a fascinating read. The author and her husband joined the LDS church as adults and raised their family in its beliefs and rituals. After 25+ years things begin to unravel and the whole family learns, in a variety of ways, the difference between the Jesus of the Bible and the Jesus of Joseph Smith's writings. After teaching at BYU for several years and experiencing the inner "secrets" of the Mormon faith, Lynn Wilder leaves the church and becomes an apostate.

For my LDS friends who are 100
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Ksorb
Dec 03, 2013 Ksorb rated it really liked it
Having spent many years in an abusive personality cult, with Christian doctrine, though twisted subtly, I was fascinated by Lynn Wilder's and her family's experience as their eyes open to the more secret Mormon doctrines, the excommunications, the shunnings, the fear of questioning or disagreeing. It was written with a lot of grace and love for the Mormon people, and great fondness for some of the experiences and positive aspects of Mormonism. At the same time, she reveals all the very odd doctr ...more
Kyle Cook
Feb 06, 2016 Kyle Cook rated it really liked it
As I write this review, there are tears on my laptop keyboard.

No, I'm totally kidding. I will admit this was a book that got an emotional charge out of me -- however it was not one of disappointment. Instead, some of what Wilder had to go through as a Latter-day Saint was outraging to me. I don't want to post spoilers, but Wilder's story was very, very fascinating, and I'm thankful to God to have the opportunity to read this story. We share similar tales. Like Wilder, the missionaries approached
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Elysha
Mar 27, 2014 Elysha rated it really liked it
The good: The book was well written and easy to read and fascinating. I read it in about 12 hours in one fell swoop, and I was mostly interested because where I live I am surrounded by a lot of Mormons and I wanted to understand their faith better.
This book was a memoir of how one family left the Mormon church and documented their interest in the faith, their move to Utah (so the writer could work at BYU), and their eventual leaving of their church, and because they did leave the church, it is,
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Rick
May 02, 2014 Rick rated it really liked it
The story of how former BYU professor Lynn Wilder and her family came to understand the truth about Mormonism and subsequently leave the LDS church could have been my story. The similarities in how God brought them to an understanding of the falsehoods contained in the church that they had been devoted members of for 30 years are both astonishing and yet unsurprising. Wilder describes her discomfort with the rituals of the temple endowment ceremony, baptism for the dead, racism against African A ...more
Sheila Pritchard
Nov 28, 2014 Sheila Pritchard rated it really liked it
This is a really eye-opening inside look at Mormonism. It gives the perspective of a couple who were drawn into Mormonism as adults and committed to it for 30 years, bringing up their children in the Mormon way of life and faith. Then when one of their sons, during his missionary stint, discovered "the real Jesus" and the Christian gospel the whole family gradually began to see that the Mormon beliefs and practices were not in any way consistent with Christianity. I found the book gripping to re ...more
Erin
Oct 24, 2013 Erin rated it liked it
I was mostly interested to read this for an insiders view of LDS doctrine and practice, and I think she handled it pretty neutrally. Didn't find the conversion narrative particularly striking. Last two chapters are pretty tedious.

I wasn't provided a copy of this book by the publisher, I checked it out of the library like a regular schmo.
Sara
Nov 11, 2014 Sara rated it it was amazing
This book is about the Wilder family’s life as Mormons—all-out, full-fledged, upstanding Mormons—along with the story of how God led them out again many years later. Lynn gives an intimate portrait of their daily lives as Mormons, with eye-opening insight into official LDS beliefs and religious practices. She also gives a real sense of “Mormon culture” and how it influences members.

Unveiling Grace helped me better understand those I know who have converted to Mormonism. It’s also a valuable too
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Newell
Jul 06, 2014 Newell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was a well written and well researched book about a married couple's experiences from being attracted to and joining the Mormon church at a young age, to their many years immersed in the Mormon culture and church practices, to finding their way back to Traditional Christianity through the leadership of one of their sons. They were both in leadership roles in the Mormon Church, including a Brigham Young University Professor role for Ms Wilder, and her erudition shows in the way the book ...more
Grace
Jul 06, 2014 Grace rated it liked it
Wilder gives an honest and engaging conversion story that is truly engrossing. The transition she and her family go through - full immersion in Utah Mormon culture to evangelical Christianity - is incredibly interesting and at times, very moving. I was eager to read more with each new step. Yet despite her academic credentials, Wilder is not a mature writer and her narrative structure can often get weak as she jumps from focus to focus. Her characterization of others is also often one-dimensiona ...more
Cindy
Jan 25, 2015 Cindy rated it really liked it
After spending 3 months in a NICU in Utah, and talking with many of my son's nurses, I was left with more questions than answers about their Mormon faith. I have been looking for a resource that would help me understand my new friends. From many I heard discontent and oppression in the way they discussed their beliefs but yet most would never consider anything else. One, in particular, talked at length about the high rate of depression in Utah, linked to Mormonism. I just wanted to understand. T ...more
Malin Friess
Feb 21, 2014 Malin Friess rated it it was amazing
An interesting account of one woman (mother, devout Mormon, professor at BYU) Lynn Wilder's conversion from Mormonism to evangelical Christianity.

Deeply emeshed in mormon culture Wilder and her husband knew their decision to leave the LDS faith would profoundly change their live-- loss of friends, loss of a job, and ultimatly leaving Utah altogether and moving to Florida. Wilder claims she was lead by her heart and gripped by this idea of "grace" she found radically offered only in evangelical C
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Emily
Jan 14, 2015 Emily rated it really liked it
Reading Lynn's story was so valuable to me, and I appreciate her family's courage and vulnerability in putting their story on paper. Lynn not only tells the story of her family's many years inside of and transition out of the Mormon church, but the process that led up to them finding truth outside of Mormonism. She is also adamant about the strong differences between Mormonism and Christianity, namely their completely different interpretations of Jesus and grace.

The book is poorly edited, and a
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Dottie Parish
Jan 07, 2014 Dottie Parish rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing true story of one family’s life as faithful Mormons for thirty years followed by the gradual realization that Mormonism is a false gospel built on an authoritarian structure that demands complete obedience and steadfast works to gain eternal rewards.

The author, a tenured professor at Brigham Young University at that time, describes in detail the life they enjoyed as Mormons, how and why they were deceived by Mormon teaching and beliefs, and the tremendous struggle each member
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Russ
Aug 21, 2014 Russ rated it liked it
Why three stars? Well, I give Lynn and the rest of the Wilders five stars for their testimony and for the Lord's work in bringing them out of the darkness of Mormonism into the light if the true Gospel. I give it the book four stars for her presentation of Scripture that shows the falsehood of Mormon teaching, and four stars of her respectful treatment of individual Mormons and her avoidance of bitterness. I give the book three stars for lack of a good editor and generally mediocre writing. I gi ...more
Christine Johnson
Sep 10, 2013 Christine Johnson rated it it was ok
good message; but not a well-written book... needed a great deal of editing. appreciated the focus on grace, the uniqueness of Christ and the centrality of the cross.
Emily
Mar 11, 2014 Emily rated it it was amazing
I read this book in three days. A total page turner. I love books that educate me about a different world, and this one certainly did. This book not only opened my eyes to Mormonism but softened my heart and humbled me toward Mormons. I began to think of the Mormon missionaries I see on the streets as guys who are probably away from their families and are devoting their time and energy to a cause they may believe in very much. This book made me want to love Mormons. I loved the reminder that dis ...more
Brynna
Apr 06, 2014 Brynna rated it it was amazing
Read this book in 2 days. Have read similar stories, but I really appreciated Lynn's thorough explanations of the doctrine of the LDS church, and how Biblically grounded she is when she compares them to truth- the teachings and the Jesus of the Bible. Many of the other personal stories I've read have seemed very anger-filled, but Unveiling Grace was a wonderful, encouraging and honest testimony. I loved how the entire family of 6 AND their spouses were saved. And I thought it was awesome that th ...more
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