Zondervan, who published by book Understanding the Book of Mormon in April of this year, also released another book on Mormonism this spring. The Mormon Mirage, by Latayne Scott, is an excellent resource for understanding contemporary Mormonism.
One of the critiques of evangelical books on Mormonism is that they respond largely to outdated issues in the LDS world. In The Mormon Mirage, Latayne shows a great familiarity with the issues that define Mormonism in the 21st century. She is up to date on all the latest debates and evidence on the key issues.
Another critique of some of the books in print about Mormonism is that convey a derogatory tone. Latayne’s book, on the other hand, is suffused with compassion. Unlike some writers, she is able to appreciate the good elements within Mormonism – based on her own positive experience as a Latter-day Saint. Sometimes when former Latter-day Saints write about Mormonism, their anger and bitterness comes through. Not so with Latayne.
The best part of the book, in my opinion, is its analysis of current and future trends in Mormonism. The author gives an insightful look at where Mormon life is heading, and helps the reader to know how to respond to contemporary changes.
If you want to buy one single book on Mormonism this year, please buy mine! But if you want two, go get The Mormon Mirage as well.