The Book of Mormon Girl A Memoir of an American Faith

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  • Edition: Original
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-08-07
  • Publisher: Free Press

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In her sweet, funny, and impassioned memoir The Book of Mormon Girl, Joanna Brooks sheds light onto one of America's most fascinating but least understood religious traditions. From her days of feeling like "a root beer amongst the coca-colas" (a reference to the tricks she used to avoid forbidden foods at birthday parties as a child), Joanna always understood that being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints set her apart from others. But in her eyes, that made her special; the devout LDS home she grew up in was filled with love, faith, and an emphasis on service. With Marie Osmond as her only celebrity role model and plenty of Sunday School teachers to fill in the rest of the details, Joanna felt warmly embraced by the faith that was such an integral part of her family. But as she grew older, Joanna began to wrestle with certain tenets of her faith. She was challenged by the Church's stance on homosexuality, on women's rights, and other issues that she felt passionately about. In 1993, when the Church excommunicated a group of feminists for speaking out about an LDS controversy, Joanna found herself on a search for how to live honestly by the leadings of her heart and the faith she loved. The Book of Mormon Girl is a story about leaving behind the innocence of childhood belief and embracing the complications and heartbreaks that come to every adult life of faith. Today, Joanna is again a practicing Mormon, and she is also an outspoken advocate for causes that she believes in. Her journey through her faith explores a side of the religion that is rarely put on display; in Joanna's hands, the experience of being a Mormonwithout polygamy, without fundamentalismunfolds in fascinating detail. For a faith so often characterized by its secrecy, Joanna Brooks is a welcome and necessary advocate and guide.

Author Biography

Joanna Brooks is a national voice on Mormon life and polities, an award-winning scholar of religion and American culture, and the author or editor of five books. She has been featured on American Public Media's On Being, NPR's All Things Considered, NPR's Talk of the Nation, Interfaith Voices, Radio West, and BBC's Americana, and in the New York Times, the Washing-ton Post, the CNN Belief Blog, and the Huffington Post. She is a columnist for the online magazine ReligionDispatches and offers answers to seekers of all stripes at her own website, Askmormongirl.com. Follow @askmormongirl on Twitter or visit her at joannabrooks.org.

Table of Contents

plan of salvationp. 1
sparkling differencep. 13
signs of the timesp. 29
marie osmond's guide to beauty, health & stylep. 47
mormons vs. born-agains-dance-off, rose bowl, 1985p. 67
sister williamsĘs tamponsp. 83
object lessonsp. 99
filesp. 113
sealed portionp. 143
pioneer dayp. 145
protect marriagep. 161
gathering the tribesp. 181
the book of mormon girlp. 199
acknowledgmentsp. 205
reading group guidep. 211
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