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A former tree-hugging, Zen-spouting, vegetarian Colorado mountain hippie, the author later worked for more than a decade as an LDS Church media relations officer at world headquarters in Salt Lake City.
His byline or citation on the topic of Mormonism has appeared in more than a thousand North American periodicals, including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the Los Angeles Times. Newell's award-winning journalism and fiction have appeared in such publications as Columbia Journalism Review, Grit, Ensign, True West, Irreantum, and the Rocky Mountain News. He lives with his wife and children in rural northern Utah.
on Aug. 14, 2014 :
I gave it 5 stars because I thought it was very genuine. I am personally not interested in joining the Mormon religion (or any other religion, for that matter) however I learned a lot about the people of the Mormon religion from this book. Regarding LSD, about which the author writes, I think it is a fact that it can give rise to authentic religious experiences, and I think that this happened with the author even while he had a "bad trip."
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)