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 Share Ware--Book Recommendations

Share Ware is a catalog of resources for those who want to sharpen their understanding of classic LDS and/or evangelical doctrine and current issues of debate.  The plethora of information that is available on the market and Internet today is overwhelming.  For this reason Mike Ghiglia has included the resources he has found to be particularly valuable in his ministry to Latter-day Saints. 

 

 

Unveiling Grace (2013) 

Author: Dr. Lynn K. Wilder (former professor at Brigham Young University)

Comment: From a rare insider's point of view, Unveiling Grace looks at how Latter-day Saints are 'wooing our country' with their religion, lifestyle, and culture. It is also a gripping story of how an entire family, deeply enmeshed in Mormonism, found their way out and what they can tell others about their lives as faithful Mormons.  

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Table of Contents:

Part One - Mormon Bliss

  1. Our Beloved Faith
  2. Growing up Christian
  3. Mormons Come Calling
  4. Forever Family
  5. The Perfect Mormon Life
  6. A Working Mormon Mother?
  7. Moving to God’s Country
  8. BYU Blue in Happy Valley

Part Two - Cracks in the Façade

  1. Teaching Diversity in a White-Bread Land
  2. Something is Rotten in the State of Deseret
  3. “Things Will Never Be Normal Again”
  4. Home Sweet Horror
  5. “Just Read the New Testament”
  6. The Point of No Return

Part Three - Starting Over

  1. The Extrication
  2. Biggie-Size Your God
  3. God Provides
  4. Breaking the Pharisee
  5. A Lot to Give Up
  6. Binding and Healing
  7. Unveiling Grace

Epilogue

Acknowledgements

Appendix 1: Christian Ministries With Information on Mormonism

Appendix 2: Quick Doctrinal Comparison of Mormonism and the Bible

Glossary

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Mormonism 101

Compiled by:  Bill McKeever

Comment:  Is Mormonism a Protestant denomination? This handbook details Mormon belief and reveals how it diverges significantly from Christian orthodoxy.

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Table of Contents:

            I.        Examining the LDS Concept of God

1.    God the Father

2.    Jesus

3.    The Trinity

Witnessing Tip:  Who is God?

          II.        Examining the LDS Concept of Humankind

4.    Preexistence and the Second Estate

5.    The Fall

6.    Apostasy

Witnessing Tip:  Does the LDS Church Have a Role in Christianity Today?

        III.        Examining the LDS Concept of Scripture

7.    The Bible

8.    The Book of Mormon

9.    The Doctrine and Covenants and the Pearl of Great Price

Witnessing Tip:  Why Should I Accept the Book of Mormon as Coming from God?

         IV.        Examining the LDS Concept of Salvation

10.  The Atonement

11.  Grace and Works

12.  Heaven and Hell

 Witnessing Tip:  Are You Keeping Celestial Law?

           V.        Examining the LDS Concept of Ordinances

13.  Communion and Baptism

14.  The Word of Wisdom

15.  The Temple

 Witnessing Tip:  Is the Temple Really Necessary?

         VI.        Examining the LDS Concept of Revelation

16.  Lamanites, the Seed of Cain, and Polygamy

17.  Joseph Smith

18.  The Church and Its Leadership

      Witnessing Tip:  Applying Pascal’s Wager to Mormonism

Appendices

A.    Past and Present Important Leaders in the LDS Church

B.    The Top 101 Events in the History of Mormonism

 

Reasoning from the Scriptures with the Mormons (1995) 

Authors: Dr. Ron Rhodes and Marian Bodine 

Comment: This resource is well suited for the reader who desires a more concrete comparison and analysis of primary LDS and evangelical doctrines as represented in biblical Scripture.  It prompts Evangelicals to ask specific leading questions of Latter-day Saints and anticipates "possible comebacks."  As with all of the volumes in Dr. Rhodes' Reasoning from the Scriptures series, it is written for the express purpose of witnessing. 

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Table of Contents:

  1. Where did Mormonism Come From?
  2. Witnessing to Mormons.
  3. The Mormon Church: The Restored Church?
  4. Mormon Leaders: The True Prophets of God?
  5. The Book of Mormon-Part 1: Is It Another Testament of Jesus Christ?
  6. The Book of Mormon-Part 2: Insurmountable Problems.
  7. What Mormons Say About the Bible.
  8. The Inspiration, Inerrancy, and Authority of the Bible.
  9. Manuscript Support for the Bible's Reliability.
  10. Rightly Interpreting the Bible.
  11. The Alleged Migration to Ancient America.
  12. The "Restoration" of the Aaronic and Melchizedek Priesthoods.
  13. The Mormon Doctrine of God-Part 1: Does God Have a Human-like Body?
  14. The Mormon Doctrine of God-Part 2: The Plurality of Gods.
  15. The Person of Jesus Christ in Mormonism.
  16. The Mormon Doctrine of Man: Were Humans Premortal Spirits?
  17. Salvation in Mormonism-Part 1: Understanding Mormon Terminology.
  18. Salvation in Mormonism-Part 2: Premortality, Mortality, and Postmortality.
  19. Salvation in Mormonism-Part 3: Sin, Atonement, and Forgiveness.
  20. Salvation in Mormonism-Part 4: The Three Kingdoms.
  21. Evangelism Among Mormons. 
 
Is the Mormon My Brother? (1997) 

Author: Dr. James R. White 

Comment: This resource is particularly suited for the reader whose primary interest is a comparison of the LDS and evangelical doctrines of God.  Dr. White also intends this volume to serve as his response to some of the arguments set forth by LDS scholar, Dr. Stephen Robinson, in How Wide the Divide (1997).   If you are looking for a wealth of the hard-to-find teachings of LDS General Authorities on this topic, then look no further.  

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Table of Contents:

  1. What is a Mormon?
  2. What Do Mormons Believe?
  3. Christian Orthodoxy.
  4. The Mormon Doctrine of God: First Level Statements.
  5. The Mormon Doctrine of God: Second Level Statements.
  6. The Mormon Doctrine of God: Third Level Statements.
  7. The Mormon Doctrine of God: Fourth Level Statements.
  8. The God Christians Worship.
  9. Answers to Commonly Cited Passages.
  10. The Divide is Very Wide.
  11. How Wide the Divide?
  12. A Mormon Doctrine or Mere Speculation?
 

Fast Facts on Mormonism (2003)

Authors: Dr. John Ankerberg and Dr. John Weldon

Comment: This resource is targeted at the layperson who desires a Reader's Digest version of Mormonism, Evangelicalism, and current issues of debate. 

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Table of Contents:

  1. Why is Mormonism Important?
  2. How Influential is Mormonism?
  3. How Did Mormonism Begin?
  4. Was the Book of Mormon Produced by Occult Methods?
  5. Do Human Sources in the Book of Mormon Disqualify Its Claims to Divine Revelation?
  6. Does the Science of Archaeology Support the Book of Mormon?
  7. How Credible is the Manuscript Evidence for the Book of Mormon?
  8. Does the Book of Mormon Teach Mormon Doctrines?
  9. Are There Contradictions in Mormon Doctrine?
  10. Are There Contradictions Between the Bible's Teachings and Mormon Doctrine?
  11. Was Joseph Smith a True Prophet of God?
  12. Does Mormonism Believe in One God?
  13. What Does Mormonism Believe About the Biblical Trinity?
  14. Was God Once a Man?
  15. What Does Mormonism Teach About Jesus Christ?
  16. What Does Mormonism Teach About Salvation by Grace?
  17. What Does the Bible Teach About Salvation by Grace?
  18. What Does Mormonism Teach About the Atonement of Christ?
  19. Is Mormonism an Occult Religion?
  20. Is the Mormon Claim to Be Christian an Unintentional Misinforming?
  21. What Have Others Said About Mormonism Being a Christian Religion?
  22. What are the Real Mormon Beliefs About Christianity?
  23. What are Some Helps on Talking with Mormons?
  24. What is the Fruit of Mormonism?
  25. What is FARMS?
  26. Do the New LDS Scholarship, Evangelical Responses, and LDS/Evangelical Dialogue Need Work?
  27. How Credible is LDS Scholarship?
  28. Who Defines LDS Faith?

In Their Own Words - A Collection of Mormon Quotations (2009) 

Compiled by: Bill McKeever 

Comment: This resource is now my "go-to" book to find the most clear and authoritative explanations and interpretations of LDS terms and doctrines.  The topics are listed in alphabetical order and the subheadings are arranged beginning with the Standard Works, the prophets/presidents of the Church, the First Presidency, the Twelve Apostles, the Seventies, church manuals and "other sources."  McKeever notes: "I offer no personal commentary on any quotation."  In Their Own Words is indispensable when it comes to demonstrating the disparity between what many Latter-day Saints believe today and what LDS Church leaders actually teach and have taught. 

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Where Does It Say That? 

Compiled by: Bob Witte

Comment:  This resource is quite useful because in most instances it provides photocopies of the original documents it cites.  Therefore, the reader may better establish the context in which a given quote was made and adduce evidence that it was reliably recorded.

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Table of Contents:

  1. Adam-god Doctrine.
  2. False Prophecies.
  3. Changes in LDS "Scriptures."
  4. Mormon Godhead Doctrines.
  5. Individual Blood Atonement.
  6. First Vision.
  7. Claims of Mormonism.
  8. Authority in Mormonism.
  9. Some Contradictions.
  10. Polygamy.
  11. Strange Teachings.
  12. 14 Fundamentals Speech.
  13. Definition of Mormon Terms.
  14. Speakers and Sources Cited.
  15. Topical and Reference Index. 

 

 

The Prodigal God (2008)

Author: Pastor Timothy Keller of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in Manhattan, NY. 

Comment: This compact, 133-page resource may prove to be one of the most effective books Evangelicals can share with Latter-day Saints with hopes of manifesting the prodigality (i.e. "recklessly extravagant") love of God and exposing the lostness that results from "religious moralism."  Using Jesus' parable of the prodigal son in Luke 15 as the launching point, Pastor Tim brilliantly redefines lostness by helping readers to understand that Jesus was primarily addressing "the Pharisees and the teachers of the law" (NIV) and associating their lostness NOT with the prodigal son, but with "the older brother"!  All spiritual and doctrinal implications are derived strictly from a biblical perspective without any reference to the LDS Church, which makes it particularly well-suited for ministry to LDS. 

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Table of Contents: 

1.  The People Around Jesus

“All gathering around to hear Him.”

Two Kinds of People

Why People Like Jesus but Not the Church

2.  The Two Lost Sons:

“There was a man who had two sons.”

The Lost Younger Brother

The Younger Brother’s Plan

The Lost Elder Brother

3.  Redefining Sin

“All these years I’ve been slaving for you.”

Two Ways to Find Happiness

Two Lost Sons

A Deeper Understanding of Sin

Both Wrong; Both Loved

4.  Redefining Lostness:

“The older brother became angry and refused to go in.”

Anger and Superiority

Slavishness and Emptiness

Who Needs to Know This?

5.  The True Elder Brother:

“My son, everything I have is yours.”

What We Need

Who We Need

6.  Redefining Hope:

“He set off for a far country.”

Our Longing for Home

The Difficulty of Return

The Feast at the End of History

7.  The Feast of the Father:

”He heard music and dancing.”

Salvation is Experiential

Salvation is Material

Salvation is Individual

Salvation is Communal

Babette's Feast

 

Joseph Smith's "New Translation" of the Bible (1970)  

Edited by: Paul Wellington 

Comment: This resource is particularly suited for those who are interested in Joseph Smith's Inspired Version of the Holy Scriptures, also referred to as the Joseph Smith Translation (JST) of the Bible.  This volume provides a complete parallel column comparison of the Inspired Version of the Holy Scriptures and the King James Authorized Version (KJV).  The value of this format is the ease with which the reader may identify Joseph's alterations of and additions to the KJV. The Introduction, which was written by a former member of the First Presidency of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (RLDS), provides a valuable historical background to the JST.  

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Joseph Smith Begins His Work - Vol. 1 (1958)

Author: Wilford C. Wood

Comment: This is a valuable resource for anyone studying the changes that have been made to the Book of Mormon.  In this first of two volumes, Wilford Wood reproduces "from uncut sheets" the first edition of the Book of Mormon published in 1830.

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The New Mormon Challenge (2002) 

Editors: Dr. Francis Beckwith, Carl Mosser, and Dr. Paul Owen 

Comment: This resource is written for the theologian, apologist, or philosopher.  The strength of this volume lies in its interaction with LDS scholars whose world views have essentially gone unchallenged by Evangelicals.  Its examination of the Book of Mormon on the scientific grounds of ancient history and translation is not to be overlooked.     

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Table of Contents:  

  1. The Apologetic Impulse in Early Mormonism: The Historical Roots of the New Mormon Challenge.
  2. And the Saints Go Marching on: The New Challenge for World Missions, Apologetics, and Theology.
  3. Craftsman or Creator?  An Examination of the Mormon Doctrine of Creation and a Defense of Creatio ex Nihilo.
  4. The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Joseph Smith?  God, Creation, and Humanity in the Old Testament and Mormonism.
  5. A Tale of Two Theisms: The Philosophical Usefulness of the Classical Christian and Mormon Concepts of God.
  6. Moral Law, the Mormon Universe, and the Nature of the Right We Ought to Choose.
  7. The Absurdities of Mormon Materialism: A Reply to the Neglected Orson Pratt.
  8. Monotheism, Mormonism, and the New Testament Witness.
  9. Is Mormonism Christian?
  10. Does the Book of Mormon Reflect an Ancient Near East Background?
  11. Rendering Fiction: Translation, Pseudotranslation, and the Book of Mormon.
 

Creation ex Nihilo or ex Materia? (2005)

Author: Dr. Paul Copan

Published by: The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, KY 

Comment: This resource is helpful for the theologian, apologist, or philosopher.  Presented in PDF format on The Southern Baptist Journal of Theology website (Vol. 9, No. 2, Summer 2005, p. 32), Dr. Copan expands on his co-effort with Dr. William Lane Craig in The New Mormon Challenge (2002) by fleshing out the evangelical and LDS doctrines of creation from an evangelical point of view.  Of paramount importance is the realization that both doctrines are critically and inextricably linked to the nature of God.

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Reinventing Jesus–How Contemporary Skeptics Miss the Real Jesus and Mislead Popular Culture (2006) 

Authors:  J. Ed Komoszewski, Dr. M. James Sawyer and Dr. Daniel B. Wallace

Comment: This resource is targeted at the theologian, pastor and apologist.  Mormonism's fierce discrediting of God's Word in the Bible and orthodox Christology in many ways parallels the arguments marshaled by postmodern critics the likes of The Jesus Seminar, Dan Brown (author of The Da Vinci Code) and Dr. Bart Ehrman (author of The Orthodox Corruption of Scripture and Misquoting Jesus).  The evidence and rebuttals presented by Komoszewski, Dr. Sawyer and Dr. Wallace ably answer biblical critics of all stripes 

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Table of Contents:

  1. The Gospel Behind the Gospels.
  2. Oral Tradition and a Memorizing Culture.
  3. An Eccentric Jesus and the Criteria of Authenticity.
  4. Can We Trust the New Testament?  The Quantity and Quality of Textual Variants.
  5. Myths About Manuscripts.
  6. An Embarrassment of Riches:  Recovering the Wording of the Original New Testament Text, Part 1.
  7. The Methods of Textual Criticism:  Recovering the Wording of the Original New Testament Text, Part 2.
  8. Is What We Have Now What They Wrote Then?
  9. The Range of the Canon.
  10. What Did the Ancient Church Think of Forgeries?
  11. What Did the Ancient Forgers Think of Christ?
  12. Divine Portraits:  Jesus in the Gospels.
  13. Supreme Devotion:  Jesus in the Larger New Testament.
  14. From the Pens of Fathers and Foes:  Jesus Outside the New Testament.
  15. Simply Divine?  The Real Issue at Nicea.
  16. Parallelomania:  Supposed Links Between Christianity and Pagan Religions.
  17. The Virgin Birth of Alexander the Great?
  18. Osiris, Frankenstein, and Jesus Christ.

    But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.  (1 Peter 3:15 NIV)

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