"In this rich, thoughtful and sensitive treatment of the Fourth Article of Faith, Brown explores and elucidates ‘shared faith’ as a ‘glorious exercise of agency’ in the face of life's vicissitudes. A must-read—particularly for those seeking a provocative and trenchant reexamination of the first four (and subsequent) principles of the Mormon faith."
co-author of The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life
“Samuel Brown is a scientist, culturally literate, and a devout Latter-day Saint. He is, moreover, reflective, articulate, and, as he confesses, by nature unruly. What do faith, repentance, baptism, and the gift of the Holy Ghost mean to such a person? He tells us in this wise and sensitive book.”
—Richard L. Bushman
author of Joseph Smith: Rough Stone Rolling
“By describing faith as ‘a kind of active commitment and belonging,’ Samuel Brown provides a refreshing and timely way of thinking about what it means to be a Latter-day Saint. In particular, his discussion of the role of LDS temple worship in cementing divine and mortal bonds is sensitive and startlingly insightful.”
—Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye
University of Auckland
“Hyrum Smith the Patriarch counseled the Saints to ponder and study, again and again, the First principles of the gospel. He assured us that as we do so, deeper insights and meaningful applications would follow. Samuel Brown’s excellent book confirms Hyrum’s charge. The combination of Brown’s discipline, depth, and devotion result in a study that is at once both intellectually stimulating and spiritually inspiring. One thing is for sure: After reading this work, a Latter-day Saint will never see the fourth article of faith in the same way.”
—Robert L. Millet
Professor Emeritus of Ancient Scripture
Brigham Young University
This book takes familiar principles of the gospel and made me think about them in new ways. I especially liked the frequent personal stories and perspectives from women in the church. The author is a physician and brings his ethic of care to bear on gospel fundamentals. Highly recommended. It will give you so much to think about.