• The Mormon Mirage

  • A Former Member Looks at the Mormon Church Today
  • By: Latayne C. Scott
  • Narrated by: Tamara Marston
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (137 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Three decades after leaving the Mormon faith, Latayne Colvett Scott looks back to her original journey out of Mormonism and the reasons why she left. Revised and updated, this third edition of The Mormon Mirage presents both a fascinating inside look at Mormonism and new and formidable evidence against its claims and teachings.
©2009 Latayne C. Scott (P)2009 Zondervan

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Keep away from it. Hate-Literature.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

I bought this book as a way to understand Mormonism, in case it will become a subject in the upcoming presidential elections. I was terribly disappointed to discover that this is not a book explaining in a neutral prospective the Mormon believes, but instead, it's trying to explain why Christianity is better than Mormonism. In the process, it's also trashing Judaism. In the worst case of cultural annihilation, the author translates the most important historical saying of the Jewish people, "Shma Israel," as saying "His name is Joshua".

It's a shame Audible.com represents this book as a non-fiction. It should be placed in the "Hate-Literature" section.

Would you ever listen to anything by Latayne C. Scott again?

Never again!

How could the performance have been better?

Remove this book from Audible.com

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No redeeming qualities. It's a Con Job.

Any additional comments?

Can I get my money back, please?

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Informative and interesting

Would you listen to The Mormon Mirage again? Why?

yes, this book gives a good understanding of what Mormonism truly believes from a Christian perspective.I disagree with the previous review in calling this book, "hate speech." it is giving an analysis of one religion through the eyes of another, and a well documented and researched one at that.

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Amazing!

I have listened to, or read, a number of books by ex-Mormons. This one is by far the best. She narrates a clear history of the LDS church and many of its changing beliefs. She gives solid and verifiable facts as to why LDS beliefs are a mirage, but she does so with great charity. She enabled me to understand the mind of a Mormon by speaking about her tremendous love for the LDS church and how difficult it was for her, and for other ex-Mormons, to leave the LDS church. I have learned much from this book. Extremely enlightening.

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Interesting, but annoying at the same time.

It would be an interesting book, except the author spends the whole thing trying to get you out of the frying pan, into the fire. I enjoyed hearing the background of the history or Mormonism, and the conflicting historical accounts, but didn’t need her constant attempt to push her version of Christianity into the story, and onto the listener. It’s no better than what a Mormon would be doing to get you to believe their version.

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A Christian's View of Leaving Mormonism

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I left the Mormon church 3 years ago now after being a faithful Mormon for 28 years. I love that the author used a lot of correct information to hold their case that Mormon doctrine is incorrect. However, I dislike that the author insinuates anyone who doesn't believe in the bible or Christianity is ignorant. I'm not a Christian. I don't believe in it. Every point the author attempted to passionately make was belittling and assumptive "Obviously, Mormons are insane if they don't believe what Christians believe because God is amazing and blah blah blah! Praise Jesus." It's nauseating! Please make it stop! Not all ex-Mormons continue to believe in Christianity because we allow ourselves the extend our objective nature towards all doctrine, including Christianity. I would have enjoyed this book more if the author left this to a historical account as they otherwise do to prove points. Most of the book is written like a historical account. It's only when they are passionate about something or want to drive home a point that they break into the evangelical Christian soap box.

Would you recommend The Mormon Mirage to your friends? Why or why not?

Probably not because the author is very close minded to anything other than Christianity. This book would have been a lot better if they stuck to the facts about how the LDS church was wrong and why they were wrong instead of trying to convert the listener to Christianity.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Tamara Marston?

Yes. Calm voice and inflection on the correct points.

Could you see The Mormon Mirage being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

I could see it as a TV series.

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A must read!

If you could sum up The Mormon Mirage in three words, what would they be?

Enlightening must read

What other book might you compare The Mormon Mirage to and why?

The God Makers and To Moroni with Love.
In The Mormon Mirage the author shares her growing disillusion with the prophet and the religion in a personal manner. It has very good information for anyone seeking to understand Mormonism. I recommend this book to Mormons.

What does Tamara Marston bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I get very caught up in the audio, more so that just reading..

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

A woman's journey from cult to true faith.

Any additional comments?

I suspect this book is on the Mormon church's do not read list. True faith does not discourage examination..

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The Title is Somewhat Misleading

Is there anything you would change about this book?

Yes, the title. It suggests this book is predominantly about Mormonism. However, it was more like dissing Mormonism and pitching Christianity.

Have you listened to any of Tamara Marston’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I haven't listened to any other titles narrated by Tamara. However, she nailed the tone for the Pollyanna prose in the book. Can be nauseating at times if you don't have a strong stomach for this sort of thing.

Was The Mormon Mirage worth the listening time?

Yes and no. There are a lot of interesting things discussed about the Mormon religion and its history. However, I could of done without the sales pitch for Christianity. Also at times this book can become very tedious when passages from the Book of Mormon and Bible are being quoted or when details are discussed ad nauseum. In summary some good stuff about Mormonism, but its buried among a lot of unpleasantries.

Any additional comments?

I applaud the author for for her step toward increased awareness and breaking free from the mental constraints she willingly submitted to while she was a Mormon. However, I find it almost comical that she would so quickly jump to conclusions and adopt another set of mental constraints in Christianty after discovering inconsistencies with Mormonism. Both the Book of Mormon and the Bible were written by men and to believe either one has a connection to a supernatural being requires a giant leap of faith. It is obvious from her book that she is resentful for being duped by Mormonism, which makes it hard for me to give her judgement about Christianity any credibility. I suppose when you really want to believe something you find ways to make it happen no matter how far fetched they are. It is obvious from the books content that the author has spent a great deal of time researching Mormonism and reading the Bible. For those looking for a 30,000 foot view of Mormonism this book will likely have far too many tedious details. If you have a weak stomach for "God this, God that" talk then this also may not be your cup of tea.

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Good overview of factual issues, but also preachy

Liked the more factual side but the book comes from a more heavy handed Christian preachy perspective.

Also a bit presumptuous about the contention that if Mormons don't wake up that they are going to hell.

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Great read

Very well written! I've lived in Utah for many years and some of the content I have seen with my own eyes!

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Loved it until the last chapter...

I loved the factual structure to this assessment of the Mormon church and doctrine....that was until the last chapter. I was very disappointed that the author chose to use some of the similar and previously refuted tactics to claim " facts " about God and the Bible. Facts about history are important but in no way prove the Bible or God.

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  • BlindAlley
  • 02-21-19

Goes off piste

The ways in which LDS ideas trip themselves up, all over the place, is adequately explained. Sometimes to the point of being overly exhaustive. I cannot help but be puzzled why the author chooses to contest LDS ideas, by comparing them with Christianity and after the fashion that this represents irrefutable truth. Thus, the author stands seemingly endlessBiblical quotation up against LDS scripture/doctrine, when it serves no other apparent purpose than to provide the reader with an alternative to LDS ideas. If you listen to this book and you are a Christian, it's possible that nothing will seem amiss. Listen to it as someone from outside of Christianity and it is an incongruous inclusion, visited far too often.