This book is composed as a series of letters. The letters are meant for a young Mormon who is familiar with Mormon life but green in their faith. I imagined myself writing these letters to my own children and struggled, in relation to how we talk about things at church, to say my own piece about what it means to be — as a Mormon — free, ambitious, repentant, faithful, informed, prayerful, selfless, hungry, chaste, and sealed.
The letters do little to benchmark a Mormon orthodoxy. That work belongs to those called to it. Here, my work is personal. I mean only to address the real beauty and real costs of trying to live a Mormon life. And I hope only to show something of what it means to live in a way that refuses to abandon either life or Mormonism.
”...Indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul [—] "[W]e believe all things[,] we hope all things," we have endured many things[,] and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things.” -13th Article of Faith.
In his book, Mr. Miller wears his testimony on his sleeves. Poetically, philosophically, rhythmically; his words carry one to pause and contemplate how one feels about the gospel and why. It inspires one to consider their own path to knowledge and challenges the reader to educate themselves and get acquainted with both scripture and secular works.
Here is someone who is deeply in love with the gospel and who has studied the best texts of the world which have only added to his testimony and conviction. A breath of fresh air, showing perhaps, that this should be expected of every Mormon, young and old.
He may challenge one’s opinions on certain doctrines. Yet this is certainly not his intent. However if you do feel challenged, perhaps you should welcome the introspection and invite the spirit to sit with you while you mull things over. Enjoy this pearl of great price!
If Nietzsche were a Mormon (and less bombastic), he would be Adam Miller. In this book, Miller departs from the norm of books for LDS youth that typically outlines every step, every act, and every way of doing that a good Mormon teen ought to follow. Instead, Miller encourages the reader to figure this out for themselves, recognizing that the Gospel is not a set of rules (a road map, as he puts it) but is instead a way of being that one must discover and draw out for themselves.
I love this little book, which while short, is incredibly deep and contemplative. Adam Miller's prose is at times poetic and at other times humorous. While written to a young Mormon, the book is in no ways simple or adolescent and speaks to the youth as adults and capable of greater levels of understanding. Miller's ideas are powerful and certainly borrow from the classical thinkers from the East and the West, which makes the book so much more rich. It makes a wonderful book as it's size is not intimidating.