The Howard W. Hunter Foundation and the Claremont Mormon Studies program hosted a packed house for a book launch event for Planted: Belief and Belonging in an Age of Doubt by Patrick Mason.
Fiona Givens, co-author of The God Who Weeps and The Crucible of Doubt
Bradley Tharpe, former Protestant chaplain at the Claremont Colleges
Patrick Mason is currently the Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies at Claremont, and has established himself as a leading voice on Mormonism through his teaching, writing and media interviews. His new book entitled, Planted: Belief and Belonging in an Age of Doubt, is co-published by Deseret Book and BYU’s Neal A. Maxwell Institute and provides a helpful framework for strengthening faith, especially the faith of those who may be struggling with (i) newly discovered information about the LDS Church or (ii) fitting into the (sometimes unique) LDS Church culture.
Summary and reviews for Planted:
For all its advances, our secular age has also weakened ties to religious belief and affiliation, and Latter-day Saints have not been immune. In recent years, many faithful Church members have encountered challenging aspects of Church history, belief, or practice. Feeling isolated, alienated, or misled, some struggle to stay. Some simply leave. Many search for a reliable and faithful place to work through their questions. The abundance of information online can leave them frustrated. Planted offers those who struggle—and those who love them—practical ways to stay planted in the gospel of Jesus Christ.
“An entirely honest and entirely affirming treatment of the challenges facing LDS believers. Mason brings a historian’s training and sophistication together with a disciple’s compassion and sensitivity to bear on an urgent topic. The result is a provocative and inspiring framework for faith.”
—Fiona and Terryl Givens, authors of The Crucible of Doubt: Reflections on the Quest for Faith
“Patrick Mason has carefully listened to the diverse community of Latter-day Saints. He has heard the love and the faith as well as the bewilderment and the pain. This book is his moving response. His deeply intelligent call to mutual understanding and his compelling invitation to faith and fellowship have had a transformative effect on me.”
—David Holland, associate professor of North American religious history, Harvard Divinity School