Thank you Susan, for sharing your inspiring story. I am an inactive member that
recently made the decision to try and return to my faith. During a recent visit
to my parents, I came across your book on my mom's table. The front cover
caught my eye and after reading the prologue, I felt I needed to read it. I was
raised in the church, but left after high school. I have been through many of
the same struggles you outlined in the book. I can appreciate all that you
experienced. While I am not extremely proud of the life I have had since leaving
the church, I can relate to your statement "Would I go back...and choose my
trials? No. But would I change the person overcoming those challenges had helped
me become? Never." I may not have lived according to His teachings, but I
will use my experiences to strengthen my faith and the faith of those around me.
While I truly appreciate lifelong church members, I deeply admire those that
willingly endure the oftentimes difficult challenge of altering their lifestyle
toward the gospel. Especially when that change is coupled with ridicule from
friends and family.
I will read the book. I am curious to find what drew her back. Studying the
Bible vis-a-vis LDS doctrines and prophecies obviously were not part of
Swann's journey. For those of us who have made honest, thorough research
and found the Jesus of the Bible, the Church leaders and members always remain
at odds with our born-again experiences. There is only one answer:Different Christs, Gospel and Salvations, just as the Apostle Paul warned
about. While fellowship, support and charity are important, you can get that in
many religions and organizations. You can only have one Son. And "He who
has the Son has life; he who does not have the Son does not have life.".
The ultimate search must be for Truth; otherwise the counterfeit is a temporary
bandaid. No guarantee for Eternity. I should write my book....
"The author explains that her journey away led her to break temple
covenants, but she does not describe any of the thought processes, confusion,
justifications and tough choices that led her into temptation. Detailing sin is
counterproductive, but it would have been helpful for readers to have a general
sense of what Swann dealt with." I haven't read the book, so I'm
shooting in the dark here...but this passage almost seems like a veiled
complaint that the author did not "detail" her sins, thus leaving the
readers curious. And I agree with the previous comment in which the commenter
thought the author of the article might have a chop on his shoulder toward
non-LDS publishers. And, the article was not proofread very well. These three
items make me question the journalist's credibility and to not much of
value away from the book review. I may read the book, but my decision will be
independent of any influence, one way or the other, from this article.
She came back because she found herself alone in the world. So what?
Congratulations Susan. I think many can only envy of the newly enhanced
relationship you have with our Savior. Sometimes it takes such bold steps to
attempt to "find" the truth, only to discover that you already had it.
I pray that you are closer than ever before to Him and that your example will be
a light of hope to others to others. It is truly difficult to leave pride and
embarrassment behind and follow that up by doing the things you know is right.
Thank you much for sharing your story.
Good for Susan Swann, and I hope this helps others who are open to a return to
their faith. I do wonder about the first sentence of the last paragraph, and
why it was necessary. Why would anyone assume that the book would be
disrespectful toward the Church because it was produced by a non-LDS publisher?
Given the purpose of the book, why would anyone think Ms. Swann would have a
publisher who would somehow change the contents to disrespect the Church? It
makes no sense, and just looks like the writer has a chip on his shoulder.