This month was a big month of reading for me. If you’re subscribed to my newsletter or following me on Instagram, then you already know that we are expecting a new baby. I’ve spent a lot of time curled up on the couch reading or watching TV while my two little boys romp around me.
Here’s the list I read in October:
Out of Mormonism: A Woman’s True Story –
I confess that I know very little about other religions, but this is something I am seeking to know more about. [For too long, I have buried my head in the sand and not taken time to learn the history of Christianity let alone other world religions. I’m still very green in my understanding. However, I have been on a quest for wisdom over the last couple of years, and I’m grateful for books and resources that are so readily available to help me dig out of my ignorant state and into the knowledge of the truth.] Reading this book was a real eye opener for me. It’s an account from one woman and her family of a controversial religion, but it was helpful in getting my mind [further] wrapped around what I consider a very dangerous movement of religion that is ever-growing around us.
This book was full of details and information I had not been aware of previously [from my research], and now that I have opened Pandora’s box [further], I’m seeking to learn more and more. We must know our Bibles and we must know what people around us are teaching others. Mormonism is a dangerous religion.
They are not Christians. It’s not even remotely the same as Christianity. [Mormonism is not a sect of Christianity because we cannot alter the historical definition of Christianity which is my basis of belief.] As Christians, We [all] need to educate ourselves and pray about how to combat false religion, [decipher false religion, and uphold the inerrant Word of God] that circles around us in love, truth, and grace. [I’m not advocating a harsh stance against Mormons. I am advocating speaking the truth in love. I’m advocating to sound the gong of truth, to KNOW what we BELIEVE and WHY.] For me, getting educated is a start, [and I believe this book gave a look into Mormonism out of a sincere love for the people within this movement who have been deceived. This was not a disillusioned church member out to destroy lives. This family has staked their life and ministry on bringing the discrepancies between the Latter Day Saints beliefs and historical Christianity to light.]
However, after reading this book, I grew in my understanding a little more of the Hatmakers heart and ministry. They aren’t perfect (and have never claimed to be), but this book could have very easily been written by Mark and me. Of course, our details are so different, but this book came at a time when we needed the encouragement of really crazy, radical, Jesus loving, sell out and trust Him in all of it family. A lot of their journey has paralleled our journey and we didn’t have a clue until I read this book, which probably the one book everyone should read by Jen. She and I might differ on some minor, non-Gospel related points (or we may not, I really don’t know), but this book is a must read book. I found myself reading much of it aloud to my husband, and by the time we were done reading … well, that’s for another post.
What did you read in October? What were your favorite reads?
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