Adam S. Miller’s new book, Letters to a Young Mormon, available now

01.06.2014 | The Maxwell Institute

Adam S. Miller spends his days teaching philosophy to students at Collin College in McKinney, Texas, but the most important lessons he’s ever prepared have been for his own children. He distilled many of those lessons into his new book, Letters to a Young MormonMiller’s letters are meant for a young Mormon who is familiar with Mormon life but green in their faith. In simple but profound prose, Miller addresses the real beauty and real costs of trying to live a Mormon life in today’s world. He encourages Mormons young and old to live in a way that refuses to abandon either life or Mormonism. Most importantly, even while dispensing wisdom, Miller wonders alongside the reader. Letters to a Young Mormon is unlike anything ever written for a young Latter-day Saint audience.

Letters—the first of the Maxwell Institute’s new “Living Faith” book series—is now available on Amazon.

Adam S. Miller is a professor of philosophy at Collin College in McKinney, Texas. He and his wife, Gwen, have three children. He is the author of five books, including Rube Goldberg Machines: Essays in Mormon Theology, and he serves as the director of the Mormon Theology Seminar.

Advance praise for Letters to a Young Mormon:

“Letters to a Young Mormon frustrated me. Not that I didn’t like it, because I enjoyed it immensely. No, it frustrated me because I only wish I had had such a book to read when I was a 1960s teenager with racing mind and hormones. And perhaps more poignantly, I wish it had been available when my children were passing through those difficult and impressionable years. Letters to a Young Mormon is both tender and gentle, and at the same time provocative and intellectually stimulating. Its disarming honesty is only surpassed by the significance of its messages. I recommend it wholeheartedly, for young and old.”
–Robert L. Millet, Professor of Religious Education, Brigham Young University</strong

Miller’s letters read not like missives from a great distance or from lofty heights, but like the words of a friend who is just a little further along the road, sending back words of warning, encouragement, and the happy reminder to look at all the wonders along the path. No trail of breadcrumbs—these are small bright jewels to mark the way home.”
—Kristine Haglund, Editor, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought

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