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Who's at the Door?: A Memoir of Me and the Missionaries

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  15 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Experience the gospel in a new perspective while witnessing Dan Harrington's spiritual journey. Not just another tale of conversion, Dan reverently reveals the Mormon religion through a non-member's eyes as he reflects upon his experiences with missionaries and Church members, forges new friendships, and finds an unexpected common ground of faith. Find out who's at the doo ...more
Paperback, 151 pages
Published November 8th 2010 by Cedar Fort (first published January 1st 2010)
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Anne Wingate
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting and Different

Different and interesting.
As a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, often called the Mormons, I read this book expecting it to be a conversion story. Those of us who were adult converts love to tell our conversion stories.
But this is different.
Whether or not you are a member, whether or not you are even interested, you will find this an interesting and fair book.
Emphasis on fair.
Steve
Jan 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Who’s At The Door? is a classic “Stranger Comes to Town” master plot. In this case the “Stranger” is the full time missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Dan is the hero of his own story and as is always the case, the “Stranger” enters the scene and provides a disruption, which is the basis of this page-turning memoir.

To start out, I have a couple of confessions to make. 1- I have never read a memoir before, 2- Because I am such a slow reader, I really don’t read all
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Maggie Fechner
Jan 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Okay, so when you read the title, what's your best guess at the story-line? Guy meets missionaries and gets converted, right? That's what I thought. But don't let the title trick you, this isn't a run of the mill conversion story.
A reporter from Maine, Harrington met the missionaries with the hopes of writing a human interest story on them. But what he got from the experience was more than he bargained for. Throughout his journey with the missionaries Dan learns much about the Mormon faith but a
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Anne
Dec 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing
"Who's at the Door?" by Dan Harrington isn't your usual conversion story, nor is it a doctrinal thesis, although doctrine does creep in here and there in an unobtrusive yet well-researched manner. For sure, the book is about one man's (Dan's) experience with the missionaries, but told in such a unique and fascinating way that it drew me right in and I found myself eagerly turning the pages with almost the same anxiety I feel when reading a suspense novel!

Does Dan eventually join the LDS Church?
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Sheila
Dec 16, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I really wasn't sure what to expect when I read this book. Would this book be the typical conversion story that so many others have already written? I have to tell you, that no, this is not your typical conversion story. In fact, this is not a conversion story at all. This instead is a story of gaining knowledge of other religions, acceptance of differences in thought and beliefs and friendships made from people from varied upbringings.

This book is very well written. Dan is a professional freela
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Susan Emmet
Sep 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
Was curious about Harrington's memoir having read his columns in the Capitol Weekly over time. He often writes about religion and professional wrestling.
While his account of contact with young Morman missionaries or "elders" struck me as somewhat naive, it was also touching. He and the elders spend alot of time eating at joints like the Red Robin and the Red Barn, as well as attending LDS services and talking doctrine and faith and belief. Harrington was raised Catholic and finds his faith susta
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Linnae
Harrington's experiences with several sets of Mormon missionaries. It was good and enlightening. Different than I expected, but still worth reading. ...more
Jennie
Jan 18, 2011 rated it it was ok
Harrington writes well, but his message is pointless because he isn't honest with himself. ...more
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