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The Restoration began in the spring of 1820, when Joseph Smith saw God the Father and Jesus Christ in a grove of trees in upstate New York. Joseph had questions, and Jesus had answers.

That was 200 years ago. As the Restoration enters its third century, the world has new questions. A loving God has answers. In Restoration, scholar and author Patrick Mason reflects on what it means for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to participate in the ongoing Restoration.

Every generation must rediscover the gospel anew, and this audiobook breathes new life into well-worn terms and phrases. What does it mean to restore Israel? How can a church with less than one percent of the world's population be true? What baggage have we picked up these past two centuries, and how do we move forward with confidence, relevance, and impact?

The Restoration was intended to bless all of our heavenly parents children, especially the marginalized and vulnerable among us. This audiobook will inspire and challenge you to rethink, recommit, and respond to God s call to the 21st-century world.

©2020 Faith Matters Publishing (P)2020 Faith Matters Publishing

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The Woke Gospel According to Patrick Q. Mason

Mr. Mason's pedagogical approach in this work is fine, if you enjoy being preached to like a freshman in Sociology 101.

The authors critique of church history and gospel theology is done through the lens of post-modern literary criticism and ideology. For most readers, they are totally unaware of how they are being manipulated and exploited in this process.

For the reader, it's like showing up to a gun fight with a butter knife.

I find it not altogether coincidental that Mr. Mason fails to disclose his underlying political and philosophical agendas embedded in his critiques of the church, all while sprinkling in gospel references when it suits his arguments and simultaneously disclosing historical facts which don't line up with the woke narrative of our social justice warrior ethos in order to shame readers into submission to his ideas.

For Mr. Mason, Heavenly Father is Woke and you better get with it too - you sexist, colonist, white nationalist! Think of it like critical race theory for Mormons.

In post-modernist philosophy, there is no place for the Church at all. Most academics, like Mr. Mason, are proponents of this recent philosophical trend acknowledge there is no "ultimate truth." His undisclosed philosophy promulgates, "an attitude of skepticism, irony, or rejection toward what it describes as the grand narratives and ideologies associated with modernism, often criticizing Enlightenment rationality and focusing on the role of ideology in maintaining political or economic power."

Without disclosing the philosophic underpinnings of Mr. Mason's arguments, most LDS members will read or listen to the book have no clue of the underlying intent, which is antithetical to the Gospel, leading away from wholeness to the nihilistic dead-end of all non-believers.

It is sad that rather than finding the power and truth contained within the restored gospel and how it answers contemporary personal and societal challenges, Mr. Mason offers a brave new world, where the church plays a marginalized role in the vineyard of competing narratives and groups grabbing for influence and power.

Mr Mason and academics of his ilk want to "reimagine" a new theology for us while they solidify their power within the political, ideological and culture wars within our country - a war which they created. They depend on your ignorance and good will in order to manipulate and exploit your sense of justice in order to reach their desired outcome of control.

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Excellent and important read!

This book discusses the need for progress within the Church and beautifully aligns with scripture and doctrine. It is a wonderful reminder that God loves the world and that the Church is global. Most members do not live in Utah, where the Church is headquartered. The need to focus on what God has asked of us far exceeds what we think of as culturally correct within the state or even US boundaries. This book discusses how we must set aside our prejudices, including racist and misogynistic beliefs and practices, to do the work of shaping a young Church in the ways our Heavenly parents have called upon us to do - with and for love.

Excellent, thought provoking book.

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Thoughtful and insightful

The concepts in this book are a younger generations cry for help. They are a breath of fresh air for those who want to stay members of the church but are confused by antiquated ways of thinking. Grateful to have thinkers like the author.

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great insight!

this came highly recommended to me and I'm glad I spent the time to read it. I especially liked his ideas on finding Gospel light in other religions and how other religions have contributed to the word of god. many of them are much better at specific tasks than we are. the author also speaks about helping bring about the restoration by helping your fellow man. he gave specific examples of helping refugees. how can we just help others like us and ignore the plight of the rest of the world?

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I’ve listened 5+ times now!

I love this man’s teachings and perspective. It’s everything I’ve ever believed all in one book.. so insightful and a definite must read!

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Post modern inclusive fluff

A latter day saint friend of mine recommended this book because it resonated with him and his struggle with the exclusivity claims of the church/"Christianity". Full disclosure, I am not a latter day saint and my protestant upbringing places me firmly in believing "the exclusive claims that Christianity is the only means of obtaining salvation" side of the debate (if you can say there is a debate). I believe my friend and the author seem to not understand the foundational principles of the truth claims of Christianity.

The author takes a concept of multiple people tending a vineyard and each contributing to its development and abstracts that this is a representation of the different religions of the world each having a role to play, a piece of the ultimate truth - something he calls particularism. The issue is that none of these religions are compatible in their truth claims and some are downright hostile with each other. Another metaphor used is that of climbing a mountain but having different starting points. The idea is that ultimately all paths up the mountain converge so it doesn't matter where you start. It is not a new concept, but the author does place it in the context of this moment in history (as noted by the references to covid).

The entire book just felt empty. A post modern ideal, pandering to people who struggle with God's justice in an embarrassing attempt to remain relevant with a religion struggling to survive in its adolescence. It reads like an unapologetic pledge to give everyone a trophy even if they aren't playing the sport. I also don't believe it adheres to the central tenants of Mormonism though I'm sure a latter day saint could argue that I don't fully understand their perspective. Read this book if you want to understand someone whose foundation is built on sand and not rock. The call for a new kind of evangelism and new priorities in the church is based on coming to the scriptures with a preconceived notion of who God is and what he and we "should" do. There is no attempt at proper exegesis and I suspect the Mormon culture of personal revelation has a lot to do with this bad hermeneutic approach to the word of God.

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Disappointing

Some excellent concepts and insights, as usual from this author, I usually love his writings. However I found the spiritual and political mix of this book, and the device of Mason speaking as if he were God at the end very off putting. I’ll hope for better efforts from him in the future.

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It is very well written and offers faithful guidance and inspiration for the future.

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Ten stars!

Everyone who wants to know her or his place in the world, or in the universe, or in eternity should read this book, and then read it again! It is exactly what we should all be doing! I want to stand up and cheer right now! God loves us because we are his children! And so does our Mother in Heaven! YES! our Mother in Heaven! We are their children! They love us and want to see us succeed. And I love them!

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Life changing

I want everyone I know to have this book. It is so powerful and mandates soul searching.