“What Is It About Mormons?”

THE MORMON PEOPLE by Matthew Bowman

The New York Times is hosting an interesting conversation in its “Room for Debate” section entitled “What Is It About Mormons?”  At the center of the debate is the notion that while Mormons typically embody traditional American ideals, such as: cherishing family, demonstrating a dedication to hard work and thrift, and showing devotion to a higher power, many Americans remain uncomfortable with Mormonism and, by extension, the possibility of a Mormon president.

A timely new book published just last week, Matthew Bowman’s The Mormon People: The Making of an American Faith, tells the history considered in the debate.  Richard Lyman Bushman, author of the definitive biography Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling, praised the book as “…[A] quick, lively, and informative trip into the heart of Mormonism. All who are concerned or just curious will learn a lot about the making of modern Mormons from this book.”    

With his new book, Bowman offers us a singular, concise and accessible history of a people and a faith that will help provide much-needed background as voters and students alike consider this American faith.

Consider adding your voice to the discussion by posting a comment below.  The first five posters will receive a free copy of the new book The Mormon People.

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2 responses to ““What Is It About Mormons?”

  1. Michael Byber

    With so many doctrinally sound books available on the market that are written by qualified Mormon scholars and historianas, in addition to the vast fact based, truthful information that any reader can glean for free via LDS.org, why would anybody choose to read a book such as this book that is “timely” published merely to make money by capitalizing its publication during the tremendous wake of the Mitt Romney successful presidential campaign?

  2. Gary R. Peterson

    I teach Freshman Composition in a Christian college. I used the NY imes review of this book in my class as an example of clever, witty reviewing. It also opened up some discussion of the type that Bowman seems eager to provoke. many people simply do not understand what Mormons believe.

    Interestingly, not a one of these freshman–eighteen and nioneteen year olds all–was familiar with the Osmonds, named in the headline.

    Here’s wishing the book great success.

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