Letters to a Young Mormon

Letters to a Young Mormon

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"Too often we paint the gospel as a set of easy answers, a plan of guaranteed happiness. In fact, life can be very tough. 'I will tell you of the wrestle which I had before God, before I received a remission of my sins' (Enos 1:2). This book prepares young Mormons to do that wrestling." —Dave Banack, Times & Seasons

Letters to a Young Mormon frustrated me. Not that I didn't like it, because I enjoyed it immensely. No, it frustrated me because I only wish I had had such a book to read when I was a 1960s teenager with racing mind and hormones. And perhaps more poignantly, I wish it had been available when my children were passing through those difficult and impressionable years. Letters to a Young Mormon is both tender and gentle, and at the same time provocative and intellectually stimulating. Its disarming honesty is only surpassed by the significance of its messages. I recommend it wholeheartedly, for young and old.” —Robert L. Millet, Professor of Religious Education, Brigham Young University

“Miller’s letters read not like missives from a great distance or from lofty heights, but like the words of a friend who is just a little further along the road, sending back words of warning, encouragement, and the happy reminder to look at all the wonders along the path. No trail of breadcrumbs—these are small bright jewels to mark the way home.” —Kristine Haglund, Editor, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought

This book "is faithful, smart, witty, well-written, and accessible—the perfect book for any thoughtful LDS young person," —James E. Faulconer, Richard L. Evans Professor of Religious Understanding, Brigham Young University

"When I returned to my vegging children [after reading Letters], they were no longer the constantly hungry/hot/cold/tired/not tired kids I had just shared a cramped hotel room with for a week; the book had utterly transformed them in my eyes to spiritual creatures on an earthly journey. To fellow sisters in Christ. To partakers of God's mysterious grace and coauthors of His glorious story." —Neylan McBaine, neylanmcbaine.com

"Reading this book has helped build up my testimony. I am pretty sure that I do not count as a young Mormon anymore. But I am young in learning. Especially compared to God." —Chris Henrichsen, Approaching Justice

Miller writes with a directness and depth that will challenge youth and adult readers to delve a bit more deeply into their own thoughts and beliefs." —Jaymie Reynolds, Association for Mormon Letters

"My parents warned me about delving to deep into things may lead me away from the Church. With Miller's book, I found that the deeper I went, the more there was for me to believe." —Gerald Smith, blogger.


Title: Letters to a Young Mormon

Author(s): Adam S. Miller


Publication Information

Publication Date: 2014

ISBN 13: 978-0-8425-2856-6

Page Count: 78

Binding: Paperback

Price: $9.95

Imprint: Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

Adam S. Miller

Adam S. Miller is a professor of philosophy at Collin College in McKinney, Texas. He and his wife, Gwen, have three children. He is the author of five books, including Rube Goldberg Machines: Essays in Mormon Theology (Draper: Greg Kofford Books, 2012) and Speculative Grace: Bruno Latour and Object-Oriented Theology (New York: Fordham University Press, 2013). He also serves as the director of the Mormon Theology Seminar.

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