Letters to a Young Mormon

Letters to a Young Mormon

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"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

"...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


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, March 24, 2014

" 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 , author of Women At Church, neylanmcbaine.com , January 9, 2014

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 , January 7, 2014

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, March 4, 2014

My parents warned me that delving too deeply into things could 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, Millennial Star, January 16, 2014

After almost every chapter I had a deep urge to cry at the beauty of what I read. It's a great feast for thinkers. It eases my anxiety that the marriage of intellect and belief in my head will never be reconciled. This book was like a mediator between the two. And when my intellect and my beliefs get along I feel deep joy.

C. Jane Kendrick, cjanekendrick.com , July 16, 2014

Reading it, I felt less tired and more awakened to the climbs and depths of my life and faith, which am beginning to recognize are not separate, but one. I whole-hardheartedly love this very small and not so simple book; I’ve passed it on to so many others and now I recommend it to you.

Sandra, Segullah, July 23, 2014


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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