The God Makers: A Shocking Expose of What the Mormon Church Really Believes
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The God Makers: A Shocking Expose of What the Mormon Church Really Believes

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This book is dynamite! The most powerful thing I've read on the subject. Get your Mormon friends to read it. --Dr. John MacArthur Pastor-Teacher, Grace Community Church, CAMormons claim to follow the same God and the same Jesus as Christians. They also state that their gospel comes from the Bible. But are they telling the truth? The God Makers, one of the most powerful boo...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published November 15th 1997 by Harvest House Publishers (first published November 30th 1983)
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Darth
This book was AWFUL...
I am no particular fan of the Mormons, neither am I a particular detractor. They have their faith and others have theirs, and I can respect that, even if I think the particulars of any of them are dubious at best.
But this book - The God Makers - was so badly written as to actually do less to discredit the Mormons, than to rally people to them. It was basically a few anecdotal accounts that are rehashed and drug out to the point of redundancy. And then capped off with a seri...more
Wendy Seles Shelton
Jul 28, 2007 Wendy Seles Shelton rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: skeptics
The God Makers is an older book, but the subject matter hasn't changed, so it's worth your time if you're curious as to how the Mormon Church operates. I first read this book many years ago because I was working with someone sho practiced the Mormon faith and I was curious about Joseph Smith and his, umm, interesting, ideas. This book easily explains the theology, secret rituals and goals of the Mormon Church.
Rod
This is the harshest and nastiest book about Mormonism I have ever read. "I loved it!" Sometimes the truth hurts.

I've probably read at least 20 books dealing with Mormonism and it's claims. They all say pretty much the same thing: Joseph Smith was a typical cult leader who wanted to be God, or next to God, or more important than God...he ended up being more important to Jesus in the eyes of many Mormons. Although I think Joseph just really like women.
That polygamy thing just never gets old doe...more
Patrik
Just before Jesus was crucified he was questioned by the high priest. The high priest wanted to know what Jesus had been teaching. His response was, “I spake openly to the world; I ever taught in the synagogue, and in the temple, whither the Jews always resort; and in secret have I said nothing.” (John 18:19,20 KJV)

Jesus conducted his entire ministry in public. He did not teach in secret. Yet, Mormonism is a religion full of secrecy. If Jesus taught in public and held no secrets then why is Mor...more
David Ellis
The book was written to sell, not to reveal truth.
Mark
Sep 08, 2008 Mark rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Nobody
Shelves: fiction
"Religious Pornography" is one of the phrases used to describe the original edition of this book. It is meant to stir up the fears and misconceptions that many uninformed people have of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It does not, however, provide any insight as to the true nature of the Church, it's doctrine or its members. This book belongs in the fiction section or better yet, in the dumpster. The authors attempt to twist and pervert some of the most sacred aspects of the fai...more
Susan
The premise of the book was to convince the reader that Mormonism isn't Christianity, using chapter after chapter of arguments like "Mormons believe X, but the Bible says Y!!! OMG!!! They are going to burn in hell!!!" Interesting for some, perhaps, but I wanted something more... scholarly.
Jill
Very intresting somewhat complex look at the mormon religion and chruch. Anyone who knows or is friends with people of the mormon faith would be intrested in understanding what they base their beliefs on.
Joy Sterrantino
This was a lousy book with poor support. It based solely on emotional appeal, and I found almost all of their claims to be false or twisted into a half-truth.
Enriquez
If you have ever or will ever deal with LDS/Mormons in defending your faith and/or ministering/witnessing, you need to read this book!!!
Melissa
Good intro into the history, intricacies and inner workings (read: bizarro rituals/beliefs) of the Mormon church.
Jill Crosby
More of a book on Christian apologetics than an in-depth analysis of the theology of mainstream Mormonism, this book is a repetitive collection of unconnected bits and pieces of LDS dogma, arranged in a sensationalistic manner in order to tie Mormonism to the occult. I was hoping for a more thoughtful and academic discussion of the origin of Mormon beliefs and mythology; what I got instead was a laundry list of Joseph Smith's foibles and the rickety foundation upon which his church is built. Lot...more
Annette
I've only gotten about a quarter of the way through this book so far, but I'm shocked and appalled at the arrogance and audacity of the leaders of the Mormon "church". It's going to take me a long time to finish this one because it's not easy reading. However, I do think it is worth reading to know what a scam this "religion" really is. Very disturbing.

Have read a little more, and I think I need to stop! It just makes me angry. The Mormon leaders are leading people astray, all in the name of Jes...more
Marianne
This book was very informative, however I already knew most of what this book was about. The link between the Mormon Church and the Free Masons is interesting.
Joshua
I found this book to be most helpful in understanding the Mormon cult, the only thing that prevents me from rating it five stars is the fact that I found the writing style to be a bit hard to follow and I wish Decker and Hunt provided more material on how to talk to Mormons about Christianity.
Regardless, this book is still a must read for everyone to understand Mormonism.
Leisha Wharfield
What is funniest about this book is the writers, portraying themselves as Christians and Mormons as non-Christians, blasting Mormons for believing wacky stories about Jesus Christ coming to North America and burying gold plates for Joseph Smith to find. Like that's less plausible than the Red Sea parting.
Claire Wessel
full of histrionics. While there is a little bit of fact in this book, most of it is quotes taken completely out of context and overly dramatic prose. Definitely not the book to read to learn about what Mormons believe as compared to mainline protestant Christianity.
Roger
Have in friends who are Mormon and watching the new show on tv about polygamy USA, a friend told me about this book, this book is about what the Mormon church really believes. Let me say I was shocked an could not put it down, a must read....
Laura
An expose that shed light on the more secret aspects of the Mormon faith. It may be a bit abbrasive and has a definite adgenda anyone interested in the ceremonies and temple ritual things this is a good book to start with.
Ernie
Aug 02, 2008 Ernie rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People critical of Mormonism
Much better than the second book God Makers II. It had a lot more specific facts about the Mormon Church. It fell down like the other follow up book in that it preached too much to the point of irritating me.
Ana Paula
Beins one of the books that are forbidden for LDS to read, I read it while I was leaving that church. It was a deception. I still don't remember why mormons can'r read it...
Sherry Kilpatrick
This is a great read. I think anyone who belongs to this faith or prehapshs thinking about it should read this book. I could not put it down
Jay
If you are curious about Mormonism, this is a must read. Great book to have on hand when the missionaries stop by.
Jessica Cammarano
EYE OPENING, a factual account of the birth of the Mormon "religion" and how it intends to spread around the globe.
Brad
Pure bullshit!
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