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Robert A. Rees, Editor. Salt Lake City, Utah: Signature Books, 2011. Hardbound, 5.25x9.25", 216 pages.
The question of why people stay in the LDS church implies a consideration of what conditions might have to exist for them to consider leaving. For some the authors in this important anthology, those conditions were met long ago, and yet they remain. Why is that?
As former University of Utah President Chase Peterson writes, perhaps it is not a matter of adding up pros and cons and doing the math because these are matters of the heart - spiritual experiences , emotional ties, and doing what's right - even though one also experiences periodic conflict or alienation.
Others have a different perspective. For example, author Karen Rosenbaum stays hoping a bolt of lightning may finally persuade her that the Holy Ghost has spoken to her personally, "Perhaps....because I am there, I will be touched in that way. Perhaps I will be able to brush off my warty little soul," she writes, and become the princess the Church promises as the transformational reward for faithfulness.
The twenty contributors to this book are:
Lavina Fielding Anderson, Molly Bennion, Mary Bradford, William Bradshaw, D. Jeff Burton, Claudia L. Bushman, Fred Christensen, Charlotte England, Lael Littke, Armand Mauss, Chase Peterson, Grethe Peterson, J. Frederick “Toby” Pingree, Gregory Prince, Robert A. Rees, Thomas Rogers, Karen Rosenbaum, William D. Russell, Cherry Bushman Silver, and Morris Thurston.
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