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No Man Knows My History by Fawn M. Brodie
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Mar 13, 2011

bookshelves: to-read

Said to contain many of the same historical facts as Bushman's Rough Stone Rolling... but the point of view is that of an unbeliever. My initial opinion is that this book has been given more of a "bad rap" than it deserves. I think it can be a good thing to work to understand people who are "former members" of the LDS community. I'll offer more commentary after I read it.

My position before reading the book is that Joseph Smith was a prophet called by God to do a significant work... that of restoring Christ's church and bringing to light The Book of Mormon... a tall order for a mere mortal. So he was a prophet and also a human being. I think a deeper look into church history doesn't have to damage a testimony. If anything, it can strengthen our belief that nothing and no one can really thwart eternal purpose... and that WE, MERE MORTALS, can do great things in spite of our human weaknesses.
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