Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
Trim: 6 x 9
978-0-7425-6238-7 • Paperback • January 2008 • $44.00 • (£34.00)
Claudia L. Bushman is professor of American studies at Columbia University and the author of Mormons in America and Building the Kingdom: A History of Mormons in America.
1 Chapter 1. Encountering the Mormons
2 Chapter 2. Identity, Beliefs, and Organization
3 Chapter 3. Families
4 Chapter 4. The Missionary Experience and the International Church
5 Chapter 5. Templates and Genealogy
Chapter 6. Race, Ethnicity, and Class
7 Chapter 7. Gender and Orientation
8 Chapter 8. The Public Faces of Mormonism
9 Chapter 9. The Intellectual Activities of Recent Years
10 Chapter 10. The City of Zion
11 Chapter 11. The Church at One Hundred Seventy-Five
This book is a welcome addition to a growing list of solid introductory works on the Latter-day Saints....Claudia Bushman is among the most productive and knowledgeable scholars in the field of Mormon studies today....This is a truly engaging introduction to real life among today's Mormons in the United States. It deserves widespread adoption in college classes, and it will inform general readers from a grassroots perspective.
— BYU Studies Quarterly
Written by a leading Mormon historian, this book provides insight into attitudes, policies, and beliefs of members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The text is readable, and the chapters cover almost everything that one would want to know about contemporary Mormonism....Overall this is an excellent book for someone trying to gain a balanced understanding of Mormonism as it is today.
— Catholic Library World
A Mormon herself, Bushman describes contemporary practices in the religion through her own experiences, the experiences of others, and church documents. She explains the organization of the church, its services, beliefs, ideas about family structure, missionary endeavors, temples, genealogical activities, and issues of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and sexual orientation. She also discusses the church in public life, its intellectual activities, and Salt Lake City.
— Reference and Research Book News
Claudia Bushman allows Mormons themselves to speak as she looks at such topics as identity, families, missionary experience, temples, race, gender and sexual orientation, and intellectual activities. In treating such commonplace worship as 'fast-and-testimony meeting,' Bushman brings a refreshingly straightforward style.
— Deseret Morning News
Bushman offers a usable, essentially popular introduction to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with unique attention to the character of the church today. Bushman covers familiar historical and theological ground (dealt with more completely in other books), but uses interviews with church members and very recent news items to retain a focus on today's church throughout the book. Few books are as able to contextualize aspects (mundane, practical, political) of the contemporary church against the historical/theological backdrop in a way that is accessible and fair to the uninitiated. Bushman is a believing Mormon and aspects of the book are perhaps informed by this fact; the diversity of the church she emphasizes is real, for example, but her 'typical' congregations would likely appear quite unusual to the average American Mormon and basically parallel the church's public relations materials. However, she manages to deal with a wide variety of often controversial subjects in an honest way....Recommended.
— Choice Reviews
In this most recent of her many accessible works on Mormonism, Bushman offers insight into LDS views on race and gender and portrays the religion's everday practice.
— Library Journal