Ok, this is an email I received, and I thought it sounded quite interesting. Zelph, I couldn’t help but think of you when I read this. I think it sounds interesting to read myself, and I think others may find it interesting.
The Foundation for Apologetic Information and Research (FAIR) would like to announce the publication of Shaken Faith Syndrome (www.ShakenFaithSyndrome.com) by Michael R. Ash.
This publication is really two books in one. In the first part Mike addresses the feelings and frustration that often emerge when members think they’ve discovered some new information that seems to falsify the Book of Mormon or undermine the prophetic calling of Joseph Smith.
Mike examines the emotions, confusion, and frustration that may surface when we encounter anti-Mormon literature as well as the unconscious options we sometimes choose when dealing with competing paradigms. He explores ways for believers to strengthen their testimonies by developing a more mature appreciation of the role of prophets, revelation, and scripture, as well as a greater understanding of the inherent limitations of science, history, and even the scriptures. Finally Mike points out that there is evidentiary support for the Book of Mormon. As Mike explains, LDS scholars— although disdained by many critics— are esteemed among their peers as competent scholars and continue to shed favorable light on the prophetic abilities of Joseph Smith.
The second half of the book applies the principles of the first half of the book to common anti-LDS issues. Among these issues are: the Kinderhook Plates, the Journal of Discourses, the First Vision, Book of Mormon anachronisms, the Joseph Smith Papyri, Plural Marriage, DNA, Joseph’s treasure digging years, and more.
This is a book that every LDS apologist should own and recommend to any member or investigator who has encountered anti-LDS propaganda (or who has a friend or family member who has encountered LDS-critical material). Quite frankly, if every member of the Church would read this book is seems likely that we might lose fewer members to the arguments of detractors.
The book sells for $19.95 and is available at Deseret Book stores (SKU#5011606) as well as the FAIR bookstore (http://store.fairlds.org/prod/p1893036081.html– you can click directly to FAIR’s bookstore via www.ShakenFaithSyndrome.com). You will want to have this book in your library and we hope you’ll share the announcement of this book with your friends, family, neighbors and associates, as well as on blogs, chat rooms, message boards, etc.