About the Author: Lynn Wilder
About the Book: Unveiling Grace
Film presentation of the book
For those of you who read my book reviews and blog, you already know that I enjoy reading conversion autobiographies. If this is your first time, I enjoy reading conversion stories. Personal stories are hard to ignore. When I read about the struggles and fears of others I become vividly aware of the devil’s presence in this world and his efforts to turn people away from Jesus. During the process of coming to the truth, and it is a process for people to leave their religion and turn to Christ, there is a period of grieving and loss. This reality seems consistent with every testimony that I have read or heard. Sure, there is rejoicing and freedom in Christ, but there is also sense of loss. For those of us who have never been involved in a false religion or cult, we will never understand the full extant of suffering that is involved. We must be thankful for such a reality. I don’t post these reviews because I have a lot of time to waste. I post them because they are meaningful. We are reading and learning about other people’s lives and how they were blinded by satan, then touched by our Savior. I hope that these reviews will help all of us to recognize the urgency of sharing Jesus with others and empathize with those we read about. This review should compel us to immediately pray for Mormons who are currently blinded, and pray with those who have been delivered.
Disclaimer: In the book and in the video Mormonism is referred to as a church. This is just a matter of semantics, but I need to share this. By biblical definition, Mormonism is not a church. Mormonism is a heretical teaching founded upon man’s (14 year old boy, initially) word. I am going to take the risk of criticism (since my blog and my review is public), Mormonism is not, and has never been anything remotely close to traditional Christianity, and it is not a Christian religion. I don’t want to spend to much time writing about Mormonism because this is a book review. I want to thank Lynn Wilder for giving me insight into Mormonism.
Lynn Wilder writes with transparency. It is probable that readers assume this is easy for her to do. I assure you it is not. Because of this book she has probably become an enemy of many people. People, who were her friends for many years, people she loves. Briefly, I want to acknowledge Micah, Lynn’s youngest son, the first to reject Joseph Smith and accept Christ. He was a brave and bold young man, still is. His testimony was instrumental in the conversion of the Wilder family. The irony, he accepted Jesus while he was on Mormon mission. Go figure. God works in mysterious ways.
In the book Lynn writes about the time that she and Michael became Mormons. She shares the account of difficult and successful pregnancies, and other difficult surreal moments that led her to believe that Mormonism was the answer. Her and Michael were heavily involved in Mormonism; they were faithful. Both Michael and Lynn filled leadership roles. She writes many examples of the laborious and tedious ceremonies and practices that were necessary for one to be a good Mormon. But they loved their lives and they loved Mormonism. However, there were times that she became skeptical about matters, but brushed them aside. Eventually she became a BYU professor. All three of her sons participated in Mormon mission.
After speaking with a Pastor, Micah was the first to know Jesus. Then, one by one the Wilder family rejected Mormonism and accepted Christ. The book tells the story from Lynn’s point of view. But, she does take the time to share the perspectives of the rest of the family. Micah told his parents, “read the New Testament.” Excellent advice, and if you are reading this review and you are Mormon (or not), “read the New Testament.” Within a few pages Lynn shares a lifetime of events that point her to God, reveal God’s drawing, and His grace. You can read about Mormon life and tradition. Most importantly you can read about the grace of God and transformation that take’s place once you know Jesus.
The Wilder family is doing well. Obviously, Lynn no longer teaches at BYU. Lynn’s children work at a bed and breakfast style inn (Edgewater) near Orlando. They have also started a band (Adam’s Road) and they minister the Bible in song.
The book concludes with a detailed list of Christian ministries with information on Mormonism, side-by-side comparisons of the Bible and the Book of Mormon, and a glossary of terms. The book was easy to read. I was engaged and read the book in two sittings (352 pages)