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  1. Navigating Mormon Faith Crisis: A Simple Developmental Map
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  2. Navigating Mormon Faith Crisis: A Simple Developmental Map

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What if we understood faith crisis as part of a natural cycle of spiritual growth, a breaking open to make room for new life and new faith? In the new book Navigating Mormon Faith Crisis, Thomas McConkie draws on the study of adult development to provide a map for people who find themselves in faith crisis, fearing they might have taken a wrong turn in their spiritual progression. This developmental perspective helps readers understand that they haven't necessarily drifted off course; they might have simply run up against the edge of their current map. Understanding how humans-and faith-grow and mature over time can offer tremendous stability and confidence to those who would press forward in the discovery of their own changing identity. This new framework enables the LDS community, and indeed any faith community facing similar struggles, to view faith crisis not as a symptom of apostasy, but of a deeper and fuller redemption. The reader finds that crisis may represent the awakening of a new kind of faith, one beyond mere belief, that may very well represent a new dawn in the unfolding of the world's religious traditions.

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The insights presented in this book are simple, but powerful and personally transformative. The wisdom in this book offers opportunity for the profound healing that is needed by so many in the LDS church who don't feel at home or at ease in the tradition. Understanding more about adult development brought peace to my mind and heart as I felt (for the first time) securely oriented within the context of church culture. I was on the map! By finding my bearings, I was immediately empowered to feel greater unity with others within my faith community and a deeper freedom to live the gospel and worship according to the dictates of my own conscience. McConkie's perspective embodies wonderful, and liberating non-dual thinking - the ultimate "Yes, AND..." approach to embracing church culture while fully expressing an individual commitment to live the gospel through personal revelation. It turns out a faith crisis is not a crisis at all - only a catalyst for inquiry that is essential to... Read more
The author explores a much neglected gospel topic, namely, the role of “doubt” in maturation of faith. McConkie’s thesis is that as faith matures, it moves through various stages or learning modes or roles. The five major learning modes/roles he discusses are called Ambassador, Expert, Achiever, Individual, and Strategist. McConkie summarizes the cognitive features, strengths, and weaknesses of each stage. One important aspect is that “doubt” plays a role in leading the believer to a greater level of spiritual maturity and understanding and fulfillment. The Ambassador stage (the philosopher Eric Hoffer might have called it the ‘True Believer’ stage) seems to be the honeymoon of the faith experience. It is the least tolerant of doubt and must eventually be replaced by a faith system that is more resilient, substantial and complex.

I’ve put “doubt” in quotes because, like faith, it’s impossible to... Read more
Thank you, thank you for putting the chaos of faith crisis and faith expansion into such brilliant order with this simple map. When we focus on spiritual development rather than conforming to institutional constructs then we are free to navigate the cosmos and stay linked to our religious heritage in a healthy way. Our journey for truth can soar when we can see where we are on the journey.
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