to Mormons, with LOVE by Chrisy Ross
Published: October 5th 2011 by American Fork Arts Council Press, 145 pages
Description: When Chrisy Ross and her family moved to a small-town LDS community--one she affectionately refers to as Mayberry--she underestimated her readiness as a nonmember for what turned out to be a cultural immersion. Sure, she knew Mormons didn't drink caffeine (cough), and they never swore (double cough), but life with family-centered folks would be cozy and wonderful. She could smell the fresh-baked bread just thinking about it. Join her as she honestly, humorously, and lovingly describes her quest to find someone with a real panty line problem, requests her LDS friends baptize her-after she dies-and considers her dad's suggestion to become a Jack Mormon. Although not a convert, Chrisy develops an understanding and respect for a widely misunderstood religion and has found a comfortable spot in her town, the community and the culture.
My Review: I'm a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I really appreciated this view on what it's like for someone who is not a member of my church to move into an area that is pretty much all Mormons. I thought the author did a great job in describing her feelings in a real, yet humorous way. I love how comfortable she is with her situation and how gracefully she handles her neighbors and life.
Content: a couple of mild expletives; no violence; no romance; a lot of religious talk, but nothing at all preachy.