Book review: 'An American, A Mormon and a Christian' gives Orrin Hatch platform to testify about Christ

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  • JCH San Diego, CA
    Jan. 25, 2013 12:27 p.m.

    I promise to read this book if it contains insight into Sen. Hatch promotion and legislation efforts on behalf of multi-level marketing businesses, with commentary on how those businesses fit into a Mormon, Christian worldview.

  • maboola CALDWELL, ID
    Jan. 21, 2013 11:50 p.m.

    Hatch can write a book.
    Hatch can run for office.

    Don't have to read the book.
    Don't have to vote for him.

    Country still has some freedom left.
    Not all bad.

  • Wayne Rout El Paso, TX
    Jan. 21, 2013 8:06 a.m.

    The Senator "fooled'm" again. He's got another six years to feed off the taxpayers. He is no Republican or conservative. He associates with the most radical Democrats, votes with them, and writes songs about them. He wanted to appear at the Democrat convention. And surprise, he is against term limits.

  • MPeace Provo, Utah
    Jan. 20, 2013 4:53 p.m.

    Senator Orrin Hatch is one of the very few legislators that ever will make a personal effort to answer any questions his constituency has of him. I have found none other than him that will do this. All elected officials should try to communicate, but very few do. With computerized means, it should be far more possible, but it is not, evidently.

  • Guillermo Sepulveda Lafayette, LA
    Jan. 20, 2013 2:12 p.m.

    Sure to cause a stroke amongst our evangelical brothers and sisters with the interchangeable use of Mormon and Christian - that age-old and worn out, and silly debate. Perhaps it wasn't as much for Mitt Romney to win as much as it was to put the church in full spotlight. Good luck, Senator, with your offering.

  • timpClimber Provo, UT
    Jan. 20, 2013 1:49 p.m.

    What shallow comments. When you read the book come back and share some comments based on facts not conjecture. As to the need for another book explaining LDS beliefs those will always be needed for different audiences. On certain occasions I've needed special help to translate my beliefs into the culture I was involved in and there was nothing available.

  • Utah Dem Ogden, UT
    Jan. 19, 2013 8:02 p.m.

    So this is why Orrin didn't want to debate Scott Howell - he was writing a book no one wants to read.

  • Straitpath PROVO, UT
    Jan. 19, 2013 1:17 p.m.

    I think Orrin Hatch has been instrumental in building the America we now live in and I think we are not in a good situation now. I do not admire him. He writes his music and now a book and uses his political position to try to sell them.

  • David King Layton, UT
    Jan. 19, 2013 12:27 p.m.

    I think I would be fine with Senator Hatch writing a book about what it's like to be a Senator, or even what it's like to be a member of the LDS faith and a politician, but is there really a need for another book describing the basic beliefs of the LDS church? Isn't that called the Gospel Principles manual? Can't those curious to learn about the Mormons contact the missionaries or local members with their questions? $18 seems a little steep for a book the article describes as "very elementary" in its discussion about our faith. If the goal that famous Mormons have in writing these sorts of books is to reach as many people as possible, why not make it a blog and thus accessible to a much greater audience? I'm not saying Senator Hatch doesn't have the right to make money by writing books, but I think we should all be careful about the thin line between proselyting our beliefs and monetizing them.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Jan. 19, 2013 9:14 a.m.

    Wonder who the ghost writer was?

    Will this be shelved under Fiction in the library?