• Unveiling Grace

  • The Story of How We Found Our Way Out of the Mormon Church
  • By: Lynn K. Wilder
  • Narrated by: Julie Lyles Carr
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (445 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A gripping story of how an entire family, deeply enmeshed in Mormonism for 30 years, found their way out and found faith in Jesus Christ.

For 30 years, Lynn Wilder, once a tenured faculty member at Brigham Young University, and her family lived in, loved, and promoted the Mormon Church. Then, their son Micah, serving his Mormon mission in Florida, had a revelation: God knew him personally. God loved him. And the Mormon Church did not offer the true gospel.

Micah's conversion to Christ put the family in a tailspin. They wondered, Have we believed the wrong thing for decades? If we leave Mormonism, what does this mean for our safety, jobs, and relationships? Is Christianity all that different from Mormonism, anyway?

As Lynn tells her story of abandoning the deception of Mormonism to receive God's grace, she gives a rare look into Mormon culture, what it means to grow up Mormon, and why the contrasts between Mormonism and Christianity make all the difference in the world.

Whether you are in the Mormon Church, are curious about Mormonism, or simply are looking for a gripping story, Unveiling Grace will strengthen your faith in the true God who loves you no matter what.

©2013 Zondervan (P)2013 Zondervan

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Enlightening information

Where does Unveiling Grace rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This book was a remarkable book that was very well written and kept my attention through out the entire book. the personal testimony of the author was more a story form as well as educational.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Unveiling Grace?

When Mica came back after his mission and faced the church board.

Have you listened to any of Julie Lyles Carr’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I don't think, but her performance was very good and kept my attention throughout the entire book.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The moments between Lynn and Mica.

Any additional comments?

Recommend this book highly for those seeking to understand Mormonism. This is particularly good if you thought that Mormons understood Grace and the truth of their beliefs that they have to work and live by the Mormon guidelines in order to enter into eternity and become gods. They do not believe that the Grace of God and Jesus dying paid the entire price for our salvation.

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Not convinced

Although I am not LDS (I was raised Catholic), I live in Utah and have many LDS friends. I've been to church a couple times and we love having the missionaries over. Although I have no desire to "become a member" I thought this book would bring up interesting questions to pose to friends and missionaries. Nope. After listening to this book I still can't figure out how she thought the Book of Mormon was untrue after reading the New Testament. I asked my friends about the paranoia she had wearing a cross on a necklace and they all laughed.

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Out of the frying pan, into the fire?

I have such mixed emotions about this book. On the plus side, I loved hearing more about the inner workings of the LDS church, some of the "secret" rules and traditions... I have good Mormon friends and like knowing more about what they believe and why. The whole thing is so very strange. BUT... moving from LDS to evangelical Christianity was not a big improvement in my mind. Just as cultish, just as exclusionary, the whole I'm-right-and-you're-wrong mentality. Witness the misogynistic, racist, and prejudiced views the Christian right maintains. Just as many crackpots. So I don't see her "conversion" as any improvement. As one of the previous reviewers noted so correctly, its like an addict just changing drugs. As a recovered evangelical, I know that my truth is inside, not in an antiquated book, and that truth can change over time. Our goal should not be to proselytize but to search for our own inner truth which will bring us to a calmer, gentler world.
I had to skip a lot of the end, too preachy for me. There were some inaccurate descriptions (the one that comes to mind was Wilder delivering a baby when she had been previously told she had placenta previa.... it must have been a partial previa that resolved, because a true previa mandates an operative delivery) which made me question a lot of her narrative.
And the narrator needs to slow down. There are obviously breaks in the story with subtitles, but she rushed thru them at record speed, often leaving a bit of confusion in her wake.

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Interesting perspective

I am a lifetime member of the Mormon church but became disillusioned many years ago and never attend church now. Several doctrinal issues have plagued me as they did with the author. It was nice to hear my own thought and opinions voiced from someone else who has way more education than I do. I enjoyed reading (listening) to this book.

The narration was way too fast, like she was trying to break a speed reading record. I had to rewind frequently to listen to sections again

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Excellent in-depth look at the real Mormon charade

What did you love best about Unveiling Grace?

First-hand account of a thoughtful, intelligent (PhD, BYU Professor) and deeply compassionate mother of four, who learned, the hard way, exactly how and why the LDS church is most certainly a cult of the worst kind i.e. it is all based on unbelievable lies and misinterpretations of the true Christ.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Micah.

Have you listened to any of Julie Lyles Carr’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No.

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Very Enlightening...

I love her story. It’s quite entertaining and keeps my attention, but most of all i love this book because before i read it, i thought Mormonism and Christianity were basically the same. Boy was i wrong! I recommend this book mostly to my fellow Christian brothers and sisters, as it is quite useful to become more understanding towards mormons, and useful to gain the knowledge of the gospel, necessary to show any mormons, why what we (Christians) believe, is different from what they Mormons believe. Get. This. Book!

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Where does Unveiling Grace rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

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What other book might you compare Unveiling Grace to and why?

No comparison really.

Which scene was your favorite?

The discussion of what it's like to live in Happy Valley ran very true to my experience.

Any additional comments?

At first, I found it uncanny that the author's experience as a Mormon woman, raising a Mormon family in Utah, was so like my own - even in the details. But then I realized: she is describing every Mormon woman who eventually comes to think outside the conditioned box. Her writing is easy and enjoyable, and as a narrator she is very good, too.

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  • 12-17-15

95% lies 5% true

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

This book will fool everyone who doesn't have knowledge of the LDS religion, those who do and are looking for some genuine answers will be left with a sour taste, can not one tell the truth these days with out just writing to make a buck?

Would you ever listen to anything by Lynn K. Wilder again?

Nope

What didn’t you like about Julie Lyles Carr’s performance?

The problem with so many narrators is that they read like a robot, Siri like, with out a soul. The tone is so predictable and boring, is clear yes, but for 90's yr olds... people who is dynamic and fast would not tolerate this monotonous style. If you are going to narrate a book, you have to pretend you are the characters, not only narrate to narrate, listen to the Martian, he does a Fantastic job.

What character would you cut from Unveiling Grace?

Every character has its place.

Any additional comments?

Dear Lynn K. Wilder, it is clear that something happened to you during your venture into the LDS religion, I'm looking myself into answering some questions about it too, I'm LDS or whatever is left, The main points of discussion can be set in about 3 topics (that I wont mention since you probably get to make another book and make a dollar, I better write about them my self and get the dollar for myself), your book is full of lies and insinuations that are in any way true to the Mormon Church, I have my doubts and questions too, but not because of it I'm going to bash with lies any religion, example, I'm not saying that Baptist, Christian or any other religion is the right one or not, just that your personal book is misleading and full or errors specially when referring to the most basic LDS doctrine, 20 Yrs temple recommended holder? that doesn't mean anything, anything, do you think than that make any person a saint? no, can anyone lie about it and get a recommendation? yes, does having a temple recommendation makes you somehow better than others? no. You see, I may not be back to the LDS religion for VERY specific and intelligent reasons, but to bash it like you do? if this is your thinking then I renounce to your religions too, what is left?

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This family is amazing

The Wilder family story has true insight of what it is like to be a faithful Mormon living in Utah. Lynn Wilder's new love for Jesus is truly an inspiration.

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Conversion from Mormonism to Evangelical Christian

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I only got through the first few minutes. Most ExMormons become atheists - unwilling to join another church after escaping such a high-control religion. I have no interest in hearing about a conversion from Mormonism to Evangelical Christianity. That's not victory, that's switching drugs.

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  • Starwarssteve
  • 12-19-18

A great insight into Mormonism

A great testimony of how one family were delivered from the Mormon Cult.
A must listen/read by all Christians.

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  • Philippa
  • 03-09-21

Only for those who are really into Jesus

Narrator is a speed reader. This book is sooo wordy and is really just the authors analysis of different religious dogma. So if you want to hear about why Mormons are right and christians are right this is the book for you. If you want to hear about anything other than bible stuff it is a hard pass. Also there is a lot of talk about their sons Christian band. So if you are into god rock you will probably like it.