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Baring Witness

Author : Holly Welker
ISBN : 0252040341
Genre : Religion
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In Baring Witness, Welker and thirty-six Mormon women write about devotion and love and luck, about the wonder of discovery, and about the journeys, both thorny and magical, to humor, grace, and contentment. They speak to a diversity of life experiences: what happens when one partner rejects Church teachings; marrying outside one's faith; the pain of divorce and widowhood; the horrors of spousal abuse; the hard journey from visions of an idealized marriage to the everyday truth; sexuality within Mormon marriage; how the pressure to find a husband shapes young women's actions and sense of self; and the ways Mormon belief and culture can influence second marriages and same-sex unions. The result is an unflinching look at the earthly realities of an institution central to Mormon life.

The Next Mormons

Author : Jana Riess
ISBN : 9780190885229
Genre : Religion
File Size : 76. 71 MB
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American Millennials--the generation born in the 1980s and 1990s--have been leaving organized religion in unprecedented numbers. For a long time, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was an exception: nearly three-quarters of people who grew up Mormon stayed that way into adulthood. In The Next Mormons, Jana Riess demonstrates that things are starting to change. Drawing on a large-scale national study of four generations of current and former Mormons as well as dozens of in-depth personal interviews, Riess explores the religious beliefs and behaviors of young adult Mormons, finding that while their levels of belief remain strong, their institutional loyalties are less certain than their parents' and grandparents'. For a growing number of Millennials, the tensions between the Church's conservative ideals and their generation's commitment to individualism and pluralism prove too high, causing them to leave the faith-often experiencing deep personal anguish in the process. Those who remain within the fold are attempting to carefully balance the Church's strong emphasis on the traditional family with their generation's more inclusive definition that celebrates same-sex couples and women's equality. Mormon families are changing too. More Mormons are remaining single, parents are having fewer children, and more women are working outside the home than a generation ago. The Next Mormons offers a portrait of a generation navigating between traditional religion and a rapidly changing culture.

Struggle And Strength

Author : Sharon A. Kennedy
ISBN : 9781627876667
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
File Size : 40. 15 MB
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"The true wisdom of life consists in seeing the extraordinary in the ordinary." -- Pearl Buck From Motown to moo towns to Menominee and Mormon country, Struggle and Strength: Eight Ordinary Women with Lives Most Unusual explores universal themes that define the American experience. Author Sharon Kennedy has spent a lifetime seeking out colorful characters in unexpected places. Here she focuses on eight remarkable women who have experienced unimaginable tragedy, struggle, and ultimately their own form of reconciliation. They represent generations of Americans and reveal profound truths about race, family, class, immigration -- and what it means to live life to the fullest in the face of adversity. Kennedy deftly weaves the profiles of these women with her own personal reflections on why their stories resonate with her. She shines a spotlight on the many ways universal truths are lived throughout ordinary lives. The profiled women in these pages are truly extraordinary -- and ordinary -- in their own particular ways. Their lives speak of resilience, relationships, and overcoming hardships. It is a powerful reminder of the strength of the human spirit and the indomitable American spirit.

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