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In this collection of personal essays, letters, and even drawings, Melissa Inouye considers how Latter-day Saints in an increasingly globalized Church might cultivate unity without leaving their distinctive gifts behind. As an Asian American Latter-day Saint feminist religious studies China scholar, she feels the urgency of the Lord's command that the Church "be one" (Doctrine & Covenants 38:27).

With her unique mix of humor and candor, empathy and idealism, Inouye draws upon her academic training in Chinese history and religious studies, her rich cultural heritage, her experiences raising a family in an international setting, her tangle with cancer, and her resilient faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ to unfurl vibrant reflections on the enduring question of what it means to be a Latter-day Saint today.

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Size6 x 9
PublishedDeseret Book and BYU Maxwell Institute 2019
Audiobook NarratorMelissa Wei-Tsing Inouye
Audiobook RuntimeApproximately 8.75 hrs

About the Author

Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye

Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye is a senior lecturer in Asian studies at the University of Auckland. She received her PhD in Chinese history from Harvard University. Dr. Inouye’s research includes the history of Chinese Christianity, moral ideology in modern China, global charismatic religious movements, and women and religion. Her book China and the True Jesus: Charisma and Organization in a Chinese Christian Church was published by Oxford University Press in January 2019.

A member of the advisory board of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship at Brigham Young University, Dr. Inouye is committed to the mutually reinforcing relationship between faith and learning. Her writings on Latter-day Saint life and faith have been published online and in print in Patheos, the Washington Post, Meridian Magazine, Square Two, and the Ensign. She and her husband, Joseph, have four noisy and joyful children, botanically nicknamed Bean, Sprout, Leaf, and Shoot.

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The exactly right perspective on informed faith
By , Submitted on 2019-08-01

I wish I could give this book six stars. I've never heard a more articulate perspective on the balance between one's faith and the understanding one gains from from learning and intellect. They don't have to be at odds. And it's presented in an entertaining narrative. Every member of the Church should read and consider her perspective and ideas. We'd be better as a church for doing so.

Not my idea of faithful
By , Submitted on 2019-07-14

I do not understand why this book is on Deseret Book shelves. She complains about everything. I did not feel spiritually uplifted. I felt torn down as a women. Not from the gospel but because she kept telling me I’m not good enough. Or at least I should feel that way. I never got that feeling at Church before from anyone. Ya, feminism, victimhood, discontent,....not really my thing.

Loved It!
By , Submitted on 2019-07-09

So honest! One of the best books I’ve listened to. Thoroughly enjoyable! I really enjoyed the words, feelings, songs, and raw humanness and emotion, along with strong spirituality that was revealed! Her vocabulary is beautiful and thoughts expressed, really held my interest throughout. An amazing, courageous, Latter Day Saint who shares her thoughts and personal life experience. It’s extraordinary!
I’m going to listen a second time!

By , Submitted on 2019-06-29

I loved every word of this book!! I just finished listening to it and I’m starting it again for a second time. I love Melissa’s view, wisdom, perspective and I will be forever grateful and forever changed (for good) because she shared them! Thank you Melissa for helping me be better! I’m sharing this book with all of the women I know that have felt like they don’t belong or struggles with some aspects of our beliefs...everyone. What a blessing this book is!!!

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