20 March 2007

Sojourner in the Promised Land

I finally read Jan Shipps' Sojourner in the Promised Land: Forty Years Among the Mormons and very much enjoyed it. I read a review of the book several years ago in the paper sometime when I was visiting Utah and put it on my list then. But I pretty much had to be living in Utah to find it at the library.

Anyway, it's not as autobiographical as the title would lead you to believe. Instead it's mostly a collection of papers and essays Shipps has written about various topics regarding Mormonism, from others' perceptions of Mormonism to feminism within Mormonism. She also has a few more personal sections to lead into groups of essays. And some of her personal asides were delightful.

Altogether a recommended read, whether you're Mormon or not.

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