We are pleased to announce that Emily W. Jensen and Tracy McKay-Lamb, editors of the new compilation A Book of Mormons: Latter-day Saints on a Modern-Day Zion (published by White Cloud Press), will be here on Tuesday, Jan 19th, to discuss the book. They will be here from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.—speaking at 6:00—and will answer questions and sign books before and after that time. We hope you will be able to make it that night but, if not, we can mail signed copies or hold them here at the store for pick-up.
Mormonism is at a crossroads, having been under the microscopic lens of the media for the past five years, even as Mormons young and old grapple with the openness and accessibility of The Information Age. Both the institutional church and its lay members are working to better define the faith for outsiders as well as within. This collection of essays from a broad swath of Mormons—some who live their faith quietly, others who wrestle with how it colors their professional endeavors—is an attempt to broaden perspectives about Mormons and demystify stereotypes.
Contributors include: Paul Reeve, Julie Smith, Patrick Mason, Kate Kelly, Jacob Baker, Kathryn Lynard Soper, John Hamer, Camille Fronk Olsen, Courtney Kendrick, Stephen Carter, Molly Bennion, Adam Miller, Nate Oman, Heather Oman and Neylan McBaine.
“A Book of Mormons is a refreshing collection of brief essays from people of various stripes who relate their present or former encounters with Mormonism (and, in one instance, its sister tradition), not as it is preached from the pulpit or written in manuals and books, but as it is lived in the mundane world that most of us populate. Written neither to convert nor defend, and void of the truth claims that largely monopolized the first century-and-a-half of Mormon literature, the essays take us on a gentle journey that explores the simple, and yet increasingly relevant mantra of the modern Latter-day Saint: ‘If it works, I stay.’”
– Gregory Prince, scholar and author of David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism
Emily W. Jensen writes, edits, and mothers five children, often simultaneously. For five years, Emily covered the online world of Mormonism for the Deseret News and currently webedits Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought. She blogs for By Common Consent.
Tracy McKay-Lamb is an adult convert to the church, raised in California by wonderful and loving atheist flower children who may still be mourning her assimilation into the Mormon collective. Her essays appear at the blogs By Common Consent and Dandelion Mama.
A Book of Mormons: Latter-day Saints on a Modern-Day Zion ed. by Emily W. Jensen and Tracy McKay-Lamb. White Cloud Press, 2015. Paperback. 197pp. $17.95. From the “I Speak for Myself” series. Foreword by Janan Graham-Russell.
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