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Out of Mormonism: A Woman's True Story

3.38  ·  Rating Details ·  774 Ratings  ·  104 Reviews
When Judy and Jim Robertson felt a spiritual void in their lives, they found ""the finest people in the world"" to embrace them and a beautifully packaged religion to entice them. Once drawn into Mormonism, they quickly climbed to leadership positions and became worthy temple Mormons, only to become disillusioned with the teaching and demands of the LDS church. From her ...more
Paperback, 215 pages
Published August 1st 2001 by Bethany House Publishers
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Kaye
Sep 19, 2007 Kaye rated it did not like it
Shelves: religion
Ultra Christian lit, bagging on ultra Mormon lifestyles. Typical of Bethany House publishing.
Lee
Mar 07, 2012 Lee rated it liked it
Not sure what to say about this book. The writing has no serious flaws; it's adequate if a bit bland. This is not a meaty book about Mormonism; there is very little really about the religion or the people. There is far more Jesus-pushing and talk about the rightness of non-Mormon Christianity.

Rather than address issues like how women are treated by the LDS church, or how it's tenants may harm families, or any real criticism of the Mormon faith, the author instead decides to go with "the Church
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Carolyn Ann Howard
Mar 16, 2012 Carolyn Ann Howard rated it it was ok
This book mostly was about their organization called "Concerned Christians." As a Christian myself, I did not need the endless flow of scripture that "proves" Mormonism wrong, nor do I care that much about what their organization is doing. I would've rather read more about their lives before they converted to Mormon and while they were practicing Mormonism. I felt the book was written a bit defensively, as a proof to other Mormons that Mormonism is wrong. I was fairly disappointed in what this ...more
Reed
Sep 02, 2008 Reed rated it did not like it
This is a shallow, thinly veiled attempt at anti-mormon propaganda. The author seems to have missed the point of what it means to be "Christian". While I have serious issues with LDS Doctrine, if it is true that, "By the fruits of their labors ye shall know them", then few religions today compare to the service and sacrfice offered up in Christ's (not Joseph Smith's) name.
Anytime somebody finds happiness, it's a positive and a wonderful thing. I just find it curious that the author feels oblig
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Khadijah
Ok, so now I see why Christians say Mormons aren't Christians. But as a non-Christian, I find mainstream Christianity strange as well (although a lot less than Mormanism). I suppose when you grow up with a religion, it's not so strange as it seems to outsiders.

The book is biased from the beginning (which is to be expected given the title of the book). I would have preferred a little more neutral introduction to how the author found herself drawn to Mormonism in the first place and choice of chap
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Cory
May 02, 2008 Cory rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2007
A good account of leaving a church that supports its congregation until questions are asked, then quickly and heartlessly turns its back on the asker. Gives a thorough personal insight into the author's experience.
Kristina Seleshanko
Dec 31, 2012 Kristina Seleshanko rated it liked it
This book isn't what I expected, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have value. I expected it to be a detailed and personal account of living the Mormon life. Instead, it's a very brief account of why a woman (and her family) became Mormons, her feelings about that life (which are brief), and a handful of specifics about that religion.

What this book is good for, however, is teaching Christians how Mormonism is greatly different from Christianity (even though many - but not all - Mormons will tell
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Kate Canan Rizzo
Sep 03, 2012 Kate Canan Rizzo rated it really liked it
Shelves: eye-openers
Robertson spills the beans on all thing Mormon in her book, detailing the top secret rituals and beliefs of the Mormons, as she details her seven years in the religion she now calls a cult. While Robertson can be long-winded in her explanations, she uses the scripture to prove that Mormonism is no more Christian than the Jehovah's Witnesses.

While Mormons do believe in God and Jesus, they also believe that God has a wife, that Satan is Jesus' brother, that there are three heavens and no hell, an
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Katherine Coble
May 08, 2012 Katherine Coble rated it it was ok
I seriously question Bethany House's decision to release this as a free Kindle book.

The title implies one sort of book. The actual text is another sort of book altogether and one that is not well-written.

I am myself a devout Christian, but as I read this book I found myself thinking "anybody reading this outside the faith has EXCELLENT cause for thinking we are equally bonkers."

As ridiculous as Robertson makes Mormonism sound, her Christianity seems equally unbalanced. Her narration makes it
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Karen
Aug 26, 2007 Karen rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: if you want to know more about the Mormon faith & what really goes on
This is a great book. It doesn't go into a lot of the history of the Mormon church, but it gives a "behind the scenes" look at the church and what it was like for the author's family. I had the chance to hear her speak at a local bookstore and she was very interesting.
Jackie
Mar 04, 2012 Jackie rated it it was amazing
Glad to hear the final outcome. So many people are caught up in traditions and working their way to heaven. It's through faith, by grace in Jesus Christ ONLY. Gives a little insight of what goes on in the Mormon (church)
Kate T. Bug
Jan 07, 2008 Kate T. Bug rated it really liked it
Although the author doesn't have the best writing skills, she has a very interesting and important story to tell. A worthwhile read!!!
Kelly
Apr 04, 2008 Kelly rated it really liked it
Wow. All I have to say is wow!
Anastacia
Oct 14, 2012 Anastacia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian, e-books, 2012
I picked this book up on amazon when it was available for free. For the last few years, I've been interested in reading about the Mormon lifestyle (lifestyle, not so much the religion itself) & about how people have escaped the life.

I couldn't have been more disappointed with the book.

The book begins with her life pre-Mormonism, but the author, Judy, only gives the most basic explanation of why & how they converted to Mormonism. Something as life changing as CHANGING YOUR RELIGION isn't
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Wendy
May 28, 2014 Wendy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books-i-read
BACK OF THE BOOK BLURB
"You'll be back." The Bishop walked slowly to the door and held it open, dismissing them like children.

As the door clicked shut behind them, Jim took a deep breath and looked at Judy. They were leaving everything behind. And they never looked back....

When Judy and Jim Robertson felt a spiritual void in their lives, they found "the finest people in the world" to embrace them and a beautifully packaged religion to entice them. Once drawn into Mormonism, they quickly climbed t
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Steven
May 19, 2008 Steven rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone curious about Mormonism
Recommended to Steven by: Judy Robertson (the author)
Shelves: mormons
This exposes the secret Mormon teachings which the neatly--dressed Brighamite missionaries will not tell you about. They're instructed "meat before milk" so, they won't tell you the surreal teachings, which diverge wildly from traditional Christianity, such as (1)the idea that a man may become Exalted and get to be a God ruling his own planet, while he and his wife or wives get to crank out Spirit Children to inhabit the human bodies on the planet. Nor (2)the idea that God was once such a man. ...more
Linore
Nov 04, 2014 Linore rated it liked it
The strongest aspect of this book is what it reveals about the mysticism and cultic nature of Mormonism. Temple rituals are shown for what they are: unbiblical, cultic, and just plain eerie. What bothered me about the book is the lack of character development of the author or her husband. (Add the right organ music and you'd have a perfect episode of "Unshackled," that gospel radio show that's been on the air forever. That is to say, the story has value and deserves telling, but don't expect a ...more
Angie
May 07, 2012 Angie rated it liked it
So, this isn't quite the scandalous expose I was hoping for, but it was a quick and interesting skim over someone's choice to join and then leave the LDS church. But, quick skim is all it was. It's basically part memoir, part witness to the 'true' or 'historical' Christianity to which the author returns.

I would've liked more details of the duties she had as a Mormon woman, and I want to verify her description of the LDS baptism/final conversion process. It sounds pretty interesting, but she hers
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Kate Scott
Jul 27, 2011 Kate Scott rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review-books, memoir
Out of Mormonism was first published in 1997 under the title No Regrets: How I Found My Way Out of Mormonism. In 2001 it was republished under its current title and now, ten years later, it has been revised and redesigned by Bethany House. Robertson’s story has remained unedited, but twenty-three pages of testimony by four other ex-Mormons has been added. There are also four appendices (these were also in the old edition) which explain how Mormon doctrine contradicts Christianity and provide ...more
Becky
Apr 11, 2011 Becky added it
I chose this book from our Church library after having two mormons come to my door. I didn't feel like I had a good understanding of their beliefs in order to properly share my own. I love a memoir, and so I really enjoyed the story of the author, Judy, and her family and their journey through mormonism. It was fascinating and challenging to me that two people raised in the Christian faith could choose the mormon beliefs simply because they didn't know their bibles well enough to see the lies ...more
Michelle
Mar 02, 2011 Michelle rated it did not like it
Wow...I read this because a friend of mine read it and had some questions about whether or not parts of descriptions of Mormonism were exaggerations in the book. Well, yes. Some exaggerations, some half truths, and some definite oversimplifying and stereotyping going on. Interesting to read her perspective, but hard to take seriously. This is certainly a far cry from a true description of Mormonism, but of her experience of failing to find and accept Christ while a member of the LDS chuch.
Caitlin
Mar 18, 2012 Caitlin rated it did not like it
I downloaded this book for free on my kindle because I thought it would be an interesting look into the specifics of Mormonism... I now know why it was free. It quickly became apparent that what I was reading was just Mormon-bashing propaganda. It was melodramatic and hateful, and had it been any longer I wouldn't have finished it.
Olivia
May 09, 2011 Olivia rated it liked it
Shelves: memoir
Robertson writes about first converting to, and then leaving, the Mormon faith. I found her insider's account of Mormon temple rituals fascinating, especially given her new-found fundamentalist Christian perspective. The writing isn't great by any stretch, but I did find myself mouth agape at more than a few points in the text. At only 160 pages, it's an easy read.
Ruth
Mar 08, 2012 Ruth rated it did not like it
I am not sure what astounds me more: that reviews tout this as "balanced" and "thorough" (it is neither) or that a ghostwriter wasn't hired to overhaul the manuscript before it went to print. There's no doubt that the Robertson family has a story to tell, but the low quality of the writing and the melodramatic style are severe detractions.
Amy
May 10, 2016 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well written. Very fascinating and convicting

Well written. Very fascinating and convicting. I was curious about the Mormon religion and this book answered a lot of my questions and made me want to research even more!
Doug
Aug 09, 2010 Doug rated it it was ok
Shelves: history-religion
My rating reflects the fact that the author is, well.....not an author. It does a good job of exposing facts about Mormons. Then it quickly becomes a propaganda campaign by fundamentalist Christians who are equally as scary.
Drew J
Mar 02, 2008 Drew J rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Mormons! Get out!
Shocking!
Lisa
Feb 02, 2016 Lisa rated it did not like it
Manages to be both boring and bizarre.
Eustacia Tan
Jan 17, 2014 Eustacia Tan rated it it was amazing
A while ago, I reviewed My Name Used to Be Muhammad: The True Story of a Muslim Who Became a Christian and mentioned that I didn't agree with Mormon theology. A while later, I found this book. It's a personal account of one woman's conversion to (and away) from Mormonism, and I found it fascinating.

Of course, like the title indicates, the author left Mormonism after a while. You see, Judy and her husband were initially attracted to the Mormon lifestyle. They thought that these were Christ-feari
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Alxandra
Jul 21, 2013 Alxandra rated it it was ok
This is the true story of a woman and her family joining and then subsequently leaving the Mormon faith. It is written from an evangelical Christian stance(faith based salvation and the bible is infallible) and includes appendices detailing how to leave Mormonism and how to respond to Mormon missionary efforts from their Christian perspective.

The book is preachy from page one. And it's not the preachiness that has you on the edge of your seat; rather, it's the preachiness that has you trying to
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