Monthly Archives: August 2013

Speak Now!

Before I start back to reviewing books in September, I thought it might be helpful (and fun) to ask all of you a question:

What book(s) would you like to see reviewed here at The Nerdy Bookworm?

I look forward to hearing from you!


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My Stack of Books

Although I won’t be returning to full-time book review until September, I thought I would share with you what I am reading right now!

Grace: More Than We Deserve, Greater Than We Imagine by Max Lucado. One of my all-time favorite Christian authors! Always inspiring. His style of writing is absolutely captivating!

Follow Me: A Call to Die. A Call to Live. by David Platt. This is the first of Platt’s books that I am reading, definitely an interesting read so far.

My Heart in His Hands: Ann Judson of Burma by Sharon James. Since some friends were taking a Hazardous Journey , an “expedition to Burma” I decided to pull out a book I have had on Ann Judson, the wife of Adoniram Judson, missionaries to Burma, which I had never gotten around to reading. So far, so good!

I also just finished a wonderful book by Brad Voeller, Accelerated Distance Learning: The New Way to Earn Your College Degree in the Twenty-First Century. Wow. I am stilling ruminating on this one!

So, what are all of you reading these days?


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An {Overdue} Update!

Dear friends, it has been-gasp– two weeks since I posted my last review!

Just so you know, The Nerdy Bookworm is still up and going, but, well, life happened.

The past two weeks have been the kind of busy-at-home-then-work-on-computers-then-get-class-assignments-in-on-time-then-run-errands weeks that everyone has occasionally, right?

All that to say, I have really missed posting reviews, but it just isn’t quite time to start back yet. I just finished my online photography class, and starting later this week, my family and I are huddling in and having a ‘staycation’. To tell the truth, I’m looking forward to it!

But look for me to be back reviewing books full-force at the beginning of September! And Lord willing, I will have a special series of reviews coming in the month of November– I can’t wait!

For those of you who might be interested in photography, I would highly recommend the Institute of Photographic Studies. I could not say enough good things about them, they absolutely rock. If you decide to take a class (or two–why stop at one?) be sure to tell them that Amanda Cain sent you their way!

Until then, happy reading!

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Review of “The Mormonizing of America”



Ever since I read Stephen Mansfield’s wonderful book The Search of God and Guinness, I have been waiting for his newest book to be released. Well, it took my local library six months to finally get a copy of his new book, The Mormonizing of America,  but I was the very first person to check it out!

I was very interested in the book, not only because I loved Mansfield’s writing style in God and Guinness, but also because of the topic of the book: how the Mormon religion has become a dominant force in politics, entertainment, and pop culture at large.

As someone who knows several Mormons, I was interested to know more of what they believed, especially in the aftermath of the political wars following Mitt Romney’s bid at President last year.

First off, I feel that Mansfield handled the subject very delicately, showing grace towards the people who were the subject of his book, but also with truth, unafraid to bring up the skeletons in their closet.

One of the topics that he discussed is how successful Mormons have been. This was a topic I was particularly interested in, especially after recently reading a news article on religious businesses in America, and finding that nearly half of well-known religious businesses are Mormon. Think I am exaggerating? Take a look at this list:

Glenn Beck, radio and TV host

Merlin Olsen, football player and actor, including Little House on the Prairie

Nolan Archibald, CEO of Black and Decker

Alan Ashton, co-founder of WordPerfect

Gary Crittendon, former CFO of Sears, Monsanto, American Express, and Citigroup

J. Willard Marriott, of Marriott hotels

David Neeleman, founder of JetBlue

Kevin Rollins, former CEO of Dell, Inc.

Brian Crane, creator of comic strip Pickles

Stephanie Meyer, author of the Twilight series

Richard Paul Evans, author

Katherine Heigl, actress, including the Love Comes Softly series

Ricky Schroder, actor

Kaycee Stroh, actress best known for her work in Disney’s High School Musical series

Gary Allan, country singer

The Osmonds, singers

Dan Reynolds, frontman for Imagine Dragons

And that is just a few. Americans are now growing up reading, watching, listening to, and voting for Mormons. I definitely think it is time we stop and learn more about their beliefs and their history!

Overall, I think that Mansfield’s The Mormonizing of America is a great place to start, filled with true stories from the LDS past and present, he allows us to peek inside the Church, and see what really makes it tick. I would give the book a “B”, as I feel it could have discussed a bit more the current state of Mormonism in America, and how to relate in a godly way with the Mormon community.

I would also recommend Tim Challies’ excellent review on the book, which can be found here.

Have you read the book? If so, what were your thoughts?



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