For all its beneficial advances, our secular age has also weakened some people’s ties to religious belief and affiliation. Latter-day Saints have not been immune to this trend. In recent years, many faithful Church members have encountered challenging aspects of Church history, belief, or practice. Feeling isolated, alienated, or misled, some struggle to stay. Some simply leave. Many search for a reliable and faithful place to work through their questions.
Deseret Book and the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship offer such a place in Planted: Belief and Belonging in an Age of Doubt. This book gives people who struggle with questions—and people who love those who wonder—practical ways to stay planted in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Rather than attempting to answer every possible question or doubt, Planted presents an empathetic, practical, and candid dialog about the relationship of doubt and faith.
“An entirely honest and entirely affirming treatment of the challenges facing LDS believers. Mason brings a historian’s training and sophistication together with a disciple’s compassion and sensitivity to bear on an urgent topic. The result is a provocative and inspiring framework for faith.”
—Fiona and Terryl Givens, authors of The Crucible of Doubt: Reflections on the Quest for Faith
“Patrick Mason has carefully listened to the diverse community of Latter-day Saints. He has heard the love and the faith as well as the bewilderment and the pain. This book is his moving response. His deeply intelligent call to mutual understanding and his compelling invitation to faith and fellowship have had a transformative effect on me.”
—David Holland, Associate Professor of North American Religious History, Harvard Divinity School
“A remarkable and unmatched resource for preserving faith and restoring empathy in a secular world. For Latter-day Saints who experience pressing doubts, isolation, or even disaffection, Planted is a healing balm that liberates people to engage with difficult, legitimate questions about LDS history and theology. And for those who live with more certainty, this book teaches how to empathize with others in their faith transitions. Patrick Mason’s narrative is humble and nurturing, never dismissive or condescending. He reminds us that the very difficult process of creating communities where doubt, faith, and differences coexist is an important means of developing Christlike character.”
—Andrea G. Radke-Moss, Author of Bright Epoch: Women and Coeducation in the American West
About the Author
Patrick Q. Mason is the Howard W. Hunter Chair in Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University. He is author of The Mormon Menace: Violence and Anti-Mormonism in the Postbellum South (Oxford University Press, 2011), which examined anti-Mormon prejudice against 19th century LDS missionaries. He is a nationally recognized authority on Mormonism with regular appearances in media outlets including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, ABC News, National Public Radio, and PBS.
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- Mormon Matters podcast (part 1), January 7, 2016.
- Mormon Matters podcast (part 2), February 5, 2016.
- By Common Consent, January 9, 2016.
- Flunking Sainthood, January 15, 2016.
- Miller Eccles/Dialogue podcast, January 15, 2016.
- Mormon Discussion podcast with Bill Reel, June 21, 2016.