Read The Crucible of Doubt: Reflections On the Quest for Faith Online Free - Faith is the first principle of the gospel of Jesus Christ. So what happens when a person has doubts? Questioning is not the problem, according to authors Terryl and Fiona Givens. After all, they write, the Restoration unfolded because a young man asked questions. The difficulty arises when questions are based on flawed assumptions or incorrect perceptions, which can point us in the wrong direction, misdirect our attention, or constrain the answers we are capable of hearing. This insightful book offers a careful, intelligent look at doubt at some of its common sources, the challenges it presents, and the opportunities it may open up in a person's quest for faith. Whether you struggle with your own doubts or mostly want to understand loved ones who question, you will appreciate this candid discussion. You'll come away feeling more certain than ever of the Lord's love for all of His children.
|Title||:||The Crucible of Doubt: Reflections On the Quest for Faith|
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March 13, 2015
I honestly wish that this book would become its own Sunday school class in my church. I wish that there were a class at BYU that was focused purely on the ideas in this book. I wish that all my friends and family would read it. There are a lot of books that I give 5 stars to which I have recommen...
October 02, 2014
I first encountered Terryl Givens when he spoke at BYU. At the end of his talk he said, "But [Joseph Smith's] message also flamed forth because millions of men and women have freely chosen to believe. They assayed the opinions of doubters, and they gave a hearing to the critics. Like Brigham Youn...
September 12, 2014
This review is going to get a little personal, but this book helped me so much. I have such a great respect for the Givens. I attended college at BYU-Idaho and had the opportunity to listen to Terrel speak at an English Pre-professional conference. I wish the self that I am now could go and speak...
July 22, 2015
This is possibly the best book on LDS belief that I've read, outside of the canon and the writings of modern apostles and prophets. It offers some very important perspectives and reminders—for believers, doubters, and everyone in between.
I had one small beef with the book, and that was from the l...
October 16, 2014
I may be biased, because the Givens’ understanding of and approach to Mormonism is on almost all accounts identical to my own. It should come as no surprise, then, that I find their book almost perfect. (Even the Givens can't escape the occasional proof text, it seems.) I truly hope many a Mormon...
June 24, 2017
After finishing this book the first time, I began to write my review, but found myself having to research and dig deeper. I eventually read it a again, taking notes and pondering as I went. These notes, made mainly for my personal use, are below. I go chapter by chapter, summarizing, writing expl...
February 14, 2015
My mother-in-law always gives me a thought-provoking book for my birthday each year, and this was the book I received this year. The authors echoed many of the thoughts I have had myself, and also provided new perspectives to questions I have encountered. As a convert, I had many, many questions...
December 30, 2014
An insightful little book that could bring about big change in a struggling believer. The authors have a real gift for speaking reasonably to skeptics about faith positions. The wide net of propositions the authors cast is a virtue but I would have liked to see a little more elaboration on some o...
April 03, 2016
This book put into words many of my thoughts and feelings in a much more literary (and sometimes too flowery) way than I ever could.
September 06, 2017
Mormonism is in an undeniable state of flux and transition. This book presents a utilitarian and pragmatic approach to faith within Mormonism that I think will likely become more mainstream over time, although I have to think that if Bruce R. McConkie or Joseph F. Smith were alive to read it, the...