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By Stephen Carter

Illustrations By Jett Atwood

Foreword by Jana Riess


Christian Denominations & Sects/ Mormonism

ISBN-13: 978-1-939994-52-3
Price: US $15.95
6x9, 208 pp
eBook ISBN: 978-1-939994-53-0
eBook Price: US $15.95
July 19, 2016

B/W Illustrations

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"A very readable and reliable introduction to this very American faith."

—Rodney Stark, Distinguished Professor, Baylor University; 
co-director, the Institute for Studies of Religion; and author, The Rise of Mormonism

Mormonism For Beginners is an engaging, even-handed introduction to this uniquely American Protestant movement—its history, tenets, traditions, and, yes, debates and controversies. For the uninitiated and faithful alike, this innovative work of graphic nonfiction combines authoritative information, light humor, and candid discussion of contemporary Mormon life and doctrine—from marriage and missionary work to polygamy, same-sex marriage, and the role of women in the LDS Church. The goal—and success—of Carter and Atwood is to shed clear light on an often misunderstood belief system and way of life.


Stephen Carter, Ph.D., is the editor of Sunstone magazine and the author of What of the Night? (2010), an award-winning collection of personal essays on Mormon themes, and iPlates Volume 1 and Volume 2 (2012–2016), an acclaimed graphic novel series based on the Book of Mormon.


Jett Atwood is animator and cartoonist who has worked on numerous comic-book titles, video games, and short films. A longtime collaborator with Carter, she contributes regularly to Sunstone magazine and illustrates the iPlates series.


Pithy, engaging, transparent, and accessible:  Mormonism for Beginners is all the things that outsiders think Mormonism isn’t. Jett Atwood’s clever illustrations provide the perfect complement to Stephen Carter’s sparkling prose.  Efficiently covering the bases from history to scripture to hot-button issues, this book will give you all you need to know to impress your Mormon friends.

—Patrick Q. Mason, Howard W. Hunter Chair of Mormon Studies, Claremont Graduate University

A clear and engaging guidebook to the Mormon faith, its pioneering history, and unique way of life. Mormonism for Beginners will explain all the important landmarks along the way—literal and conceptual, potholes and all.

—Carol Lynn Pearson, poet, storyteller, playwright, and activist whose    works include Goodbye, I Love You and A Stranger for Christmas

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