Even for the most ardent skeptic, it s hard not to be curious about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Maybe you've seen the hit musical comedy The Book of Mormon. Maybe you ve read about Holocaust victims and deceased celebrities like Elvis being posthumously baptized in Mormon churches. Or maybe you ve come across some other belief or facet of the Mormon faith and can t help but wonder whether the religion is actually as wild as it seems. Sure, the young Mormon missionaries who knock on your door with promises of a book that will change your life are happy to speak with you about their religion and provide their own answers. But if you accept their offer, you'll likely be heavily recruited, repeatedly contacted, pressured to become a church member, and perhaps even told you re going to be tortured in hell if you don t accept their claims. Enter The Nonbeliever s Guide to the Book of Mormon, which offers an easily accessible, entertaining introduction to Mormonism. For those with a curious but skeptical mind, it also provides a no-pressure, no-strings-attached way to learn about what's contained in Mormonism's sacred text, without the tedium of having to read the whole thing or the risk of being pestered in this life (or the afterlife, for that matter).
C. B. Brooks, M.D., is a surgeon and the author of The Nonbeliever's Guide to Bible Stories. He lives in New York City.