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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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"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
Dawn Hamsher
"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
Slava Bouz
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
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
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
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
"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.

Steve Penner
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
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
Heather Brickey
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
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,
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Malin Friess
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
Dottie Parish
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
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
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.
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
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
Tina Wilson
A really helpful read. As a Christian attending a Mormon book club this book really helped me understand more of the inner workings of Mormonism, their doctrine of works, and both the draw of and the deceptiveness of the Mormom faith. I appreciated that it was the true story of a real couple who converted to Mormonism and then, after raising their family in the church, became Christians and left the Mormon church. I feel like I understand more about the LDS church, can have more meaningful conve ...more
Alyssum Phillips
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
Lynn Wilder and her husband grew up in nominal Christian homes, but when a couple of missionary boys knocked on their door in 1977, they enthusiastically embraced all things LDS. After decades in the Mormon church and Lynn on faculty at BYU, they were needless to say living in a Mormon bubble. When their son, Micah was sent home early from his mission, they discovered he'd been doing a little reading and it wasn't the Book of Mormon! Micah had been reading the New Testament, a book the Mormons c ...more
Unveiling Grace by Lynn K. Wilder

In Unveiling Grace: The Story of How We Found Our Way Out of the Mormon Church, Lynn Wilder tells her story of joining the Mormon church, becoming enmeshed in the Mormon culture, and eventually leaving the Mormon church and becoming a born-again Christian. This is not only her story but the story of her entire family.

Having grown up in a Christian home, my knowledge of other religions covers the basics and is enough to get me by. So, I was quite intrigued to pic
Tremayne Moore
If I could give this book 10 stars, I would. Unveiling Grace is Lynn Wilder's testimony out of the Mormon Church. I'll be the first to say that I went through many emotions reading this book (as I have visited Salt Lake City a few times - and those times caused a heavy heart to come upon me). With that said, this book touched me to the core.

What I found amazing about Lynn's story was that she and her husband Michael joined the Mormon church when they didn't have any children. But it took the you
This is an in depth look at the conversion of the Wilder family to Mormonism and how they in time came to know the true Saviour. Micah Wilder is Lynn's son, and it was his questions and searching that started the whole family on the path to a big change. It's neat how Lynn can now look back and see how God by His grace was protecting and gently prodding them even when they weren't searching.

They were all very involved and enmeshed in the LDS church, doing everything they needed to in order to g
This was a fascinating look at the Mormon church and an inspiring account of how God worked in the lives of the Wilder family. Having been active members of the Mormon church for over 30 years (Lynn Wilder was even a professor at Brigham Young University), it took many events, big and small, to open their eyes to the true Gospel. One of the Wilder sons took it upon himself to actually read through the New Testament, and, one by one, the other members of the family followed, noting all the incons ...more
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