Latter Days : An Insider's Guide to Mormonism, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Author(s): Clayton Newell
This is the story of the Latter-day Saints, the story of when God came back to earth and started things over-in person. It may be the most confident message of God in centuries.
Free of proselytory pretense, yet written with the non-Latter-day Saint reader firmly in mind, Latter Days goes right to the mind and heart of this religion, exploring an utterly unique catalogue of Christian doctrine on the purpose of human existence and destiny. It presents the Mormon story of the creation of this world and lays out what Mormons believe is the divine plan for mankind, from Adam, Noah, and Christ to Joseph Smith and Brigham Young. It relates the astonishing story of the great Mormon Exodus, explaining how they were driven from the supposedly civilized United States to the wilderness of the Salt Lake-a truly remarkable story that few of us learned in our high school history classes.
“This is an astonishing story, told incredibly well. Coke Newell has helped lift the Latter-day Saints into the forefront of Christian discourse and relevance.” —Stephen R. Covey, internationally bestselling author of 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
“This engaging introduction to Mormon history and doctrine from the viewpoint of a convert gives a good idea of why Mormonism attracts and holds so many modern Americans. Along with the facts of history, one gets a feeling for the unconquerable spirit of the Mormon people.” —Richard L. Bushman, Gouverneur Morris Professor of History at Columbia University, author of Joseph Smith and the Beginnings of Mormonism and The Refinement of America: Person, Houses, Cities
“A 'tiny sect' in Utah 150 years ago has grown into an 11-million-member church found around the globe. This makes Latter Days a most welcome volume. False and flawed opinions about Mormon beliefs and practices abound. Coke Newell's forthright, clearly written, even fascinating account of Latter-day Saint doctrine and history should help clear the air.” —Allan Carlson, president of the Howard Center for Family, Religion and Society and publisher of The Family in America