Sharing the Good News with Mormons Book Review
by Ryan Leasure
Started in 1830 by Joseph Smith, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) has grown to over 16 million members. More popularly known as Mormonism, the church has spread primarily through its robust missionary program. Chances are, you’ve encountered a Mormon missionary on your door step at some point in your life. If you live in the western United States in places like Utah, Arizona, or Idaho, you probably see them often.
Due to the LDS Church’s rapid growth and expanding influence, Christians must be ready to navigate conversations with Mormons. Now, more than ever before, Mormons claim to be Christians and use much of the same terminology as them to describe their faith. Yet, as Josh McDowell states in the forward, “The stark reality is that the gospel of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is different than the gospel of the historic Christian faith” (11).
The purpose is not to win arguments. It’s about loving Mormons. Mormons need the Gospel of Jesus Christ just like everyone else. But if Christians are to share the Gospel with Mormons effectively, they need to be equipped. For this reason, every Christian should read, Sharing the Good News with Mormons.
Edited by Eric Johnson and Sean McDowell, this invaluable resource contains contributions by twenty-four Christians who have extensive experience sharing the Gospel with Mormons. Their collective goal is to equip Christians to have fruitful conversations with Mormons so that they will eventually trust in Jesus alone for their salvation. To give you an idea of the book’s contents, I’ve highlighted three major themes…
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