Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Crucible of Doubt by Terryl Givens {Written by Tiffany}

Have you heard about this book, 
The Crucible of Doubt by Terryl Givens?

On September 9th, Deseret Book released this title for all to enjoy...Wait till you read my review.


Faith is the first principle of the gospel of Jesus Christ. So what happens when a person has doubts? 

Questioning is not the problem, according to authors Terryl and Fiona Givens. “After all,” they write, “the Restoration unfolded because a young man asked questions.” The difficulty arises when questions are based on flawed assumptions or incorrect perceptions, which can “point us in the wrong direction, misdirect our attention, or constrain the answers we are capable of hearing.” 

This insightful book offers a careful, intelligent look at doubt—at some of its common sources, the challenges it presents, and the opportunities it may open up in a person’s quest for faith. Whether you struggle with your own doubts or mostly want to understand loved ones who question, you will appreciate this candid discussion. You’ll come away feeling more certain than ever of the Lord’s love for all of His children.

About the Authors:

TERYL GIVENS holds the James A. Bostwick chair of English and is Professor of Literature and Religion at the University of Richmond and the author of several books. His writing has been praised by the New York Times as “provocative reading” and includes, most recently, When Souls Had Wings, a history of the idea of premortal life in Western thought; a biography (with Matthew Grow) of Parley Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism (winner of the 2012 Best Book Award from the Mormon History Association); and Wrestling the Angel: The Foundations of Mormon Thought.

FIONA GIVENS is a retired modern language teacher with undergraduate degrees in French and German and a graduate degree in European History. She is now an independent scholar who has published in several journals and reviews in Mormon studies, including Journal of Mormon History, Exponent II, and LDS Living. Along with Terryl, she is the author of The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life. Terryl and Fiona are the grandparents of five—fonts of delight; and the parents of six—sources of intellectual challenge and inspiration.
In my opinion:
When I first looked at the cover of “The Crucible of Doubt,” I noticed the quote, “The body of Christ needs its full complement of members – the devout, the wayward, the uncomfortable, the struggling.” I had a desire to read this book, knowing that members of our faith are all in different stages in life, and we need to learn to accept and love all (even those struggling or weighed down with concerns and doubt.).

            The authors present great counsel regarding what to do with doubts and how to approach questions many people struggle with. They examine difficult historical events, confusing gospel doctrines, and asking questions from within an incorrect paradigm. They do so in a comforting and loving way. Whether one is struggling with questions, or knows someone personally struggling – this is the book to read!

            Personally, I know a few people who have or are currently struggling with their faith. The authors truly address concerns that I have heard voiced. This book is thought provoking, readable and compelling to both the believer and the skeptic.

Disclaimer: I received one or more of the products or services for free in the hope that I would mention them on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

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