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A Rascal by Nature, A Christian by Yearning: A Mormon Autobiography

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I will introduce myself with a few facts. I was born and raised in Snowflake, a Mormon town in northern Arizona. I have lived most of my adult life in the cities of the American West. Although I consider myself a religious person, I know very little about God. At first I intended this book to be about wilderness, but as I wrote it, it became an autobiography with many them ...more
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published June 15th 2006 by University of Utah Press (first published 2006)
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Callie
Jun 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
I do love Levi S Peterson for writing a literary Mormon novel. 'Backslider' is a treasure. Peterson's autobiography has been an absorbing and satisfying read for me. He seems to be very thorough and methodical in trying to cover the important events of his life and he is also willing to share with his readers some very personal things about his relationship to his mother, his 'pathology' (his term) regarding her, and his religious leanings or lack thereof. I love that he is willing to dissect th ...more
Deja
Aug 16, 2010 rated it liked it
Halfway through I realized this was an autobiography and not a memoir and began to forgive him for putting in so many unneeded details, but still. I started every paragraph being pretty interested, but wondering if the story he was telling would end up being significant or not. Mostly, not.

That said, it was fascinating to hear an inside scoop on the world of Dialogue and Sunstone and the liberal Mormon crew of the 70s and 80s. And I was also totally interested in hearing the ins and outs of his
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Sandy
Jul 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Have read Levi in Sunstone and Dialogue and even heard him read at a writers conference. His autobiography is very candid and reflective. In addition to life details, he writes about his thought processes before and during his writing, which was interesting to me. He considered audience to be mostly Mormon liberals. He lived his life as an educator, scholar and Mormon family man. He struggled with Mormon doctrine like many of his characters, but has maintained deep emotional ties. He also examin ...more
Bob
Nov 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Mormons and Fans of Fine Writing
How to survive as a Mormon and turn life into art.
The self-education of a writer.
Tyler
Mar 07, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Excellent - very honest. I didn't know Levi had such deep thoughts so much of the time.
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