Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Mormon Diaries

I've found that when I anger one person in a public setting, at least one other comes out of the wooodwork to express appreciation or shared opinions. That is how I met the author of this book. I was irritating her cousin, a guy I knew freshman year at BYU, on Facebook and she friended me. She's written a book called Mormon Diaries that is coming out this month. It is a series of essays sharing her experiences as a Mormon and leaving the church. It is incredibly well-written, and explores, in a respectful and real way, the difficulty in leaving the church you dedicated your life to for years.

"Brought up in a religious home, Sophia believes the only way to have a forever family is by following church leaders and obediently choosing the right. She goes to the right school, marries the right man in the right place, and does the right thing by staying home to raise her children. But when she starts asking questions about grace, love, and the nature of God, she realizes her spiritual struggles could rip her family apart. 'Sophia Stone has a fine eye and a searching heart. Her story of growing up in and reaching through her Mormonism for a deeper, more authentic spirituality reflects all the ways that religion can both keep us satisfied with easy answers and push us to more difficult and complicated realizations. We need a hundred more books like this one . . .' –Joanna Brooks, author of The Book of Mormon Girl

'Sophia Stone captured my attention from the beginning. This collection of personal essays, about questioning the legitimacy of Mormonism after having faith in the religion for the first 30-something years of her life, is not just a controversial quake to a reader’s heart and soul. Stone’s voice is brave, bold and intriguing. And surprisingly relatable to someone who is not religious.'-Jessica Bell, author of String Bridge"

Mormon Diaries comes out this month; keep an eye out for it! It is available from Amazon and Barnes and Noble.