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Review: The Lost Book of Mormon

December 11, 2014

The Lost Book of Mormon

Seemingly to avoid doing any actual work, Avi Steinberg decided to travel the journey laid out in The Book of Mormon, starting in Jerusalem and ending in Missouri.

I just happened to be on Twitter one night when several people were discussing The Lost Book of Mormon: A Journey Through the Mythic Lands of Nephi, Zarahemla, and Kansas City, Missouri by Avi Steinberg.  They were raving about the book and said they felt the need to discuss it with someone.  All their chatter made me want to read the book so I immediately requested it from Netgalley and, boy, was I disappointed.

Several people I know and respect loved this book but it wasn’t for me.  I didn’t find Steinberg’s journey all that interesting and I wasn’t sure what the point of the story was.  I felt he was disrespectful toward Mormonism and his snarkiness wore thin after a while.

Steingberg can tell a story, though, and his writing was solid, but I didn’t appreciate what he was trying to do.

Review copy provided by Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
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19 Comments leave one →
  1. Techeditor permalink
    December 11, 2014 5:07 am

    This tells us what you think of the author. However, it does not review the book. Why didn’t you like it? Because you didn’t like the conclusions?

    • Techeditor permalink
      December 11, 2014 5:09 am

      By the way, I wouldn’t read this book because the title makes it sound so boring. Is that it? Was it a bore?

  2. Beth F permalink
    December 11, 2014 7:21 am

    I’m not big on endless snarkiness, so I doubt this one would be for me.

  3. December 11, 2014 8:13 am

    Too bad…

  4. December 11, 2014 8:55 am

    I just can’t do snark anymore – it usually ends up seeming mean-spirited and becomes a distraction for me. Might be my age…

  5. December 11, 2014 11:03 am

    Thank you for your honest thoughts about this book, Kathy. I think we equate snarkiness with intelligence far too often.

  6. December 11, 2014 11:27 am

    I dont think this one would be for me either 🙂

  7. December 11, 2014 11:46 am

    Oh my. My son is Mormon and he would not be happy with this book.

  8. Patty permalink
    December 11, 2014 12:34 pm

    I absolutely hate when that happens…

  9. December 11, 2014 1:52 pm

    sorry you were disappointed, I have not read this, but agree being snarky and bashing any faith is just not necessary. I imagine I would have given up.

  10. December 11, 2014 1:56 pm

    I wonder if this is connected to the play I’ve heard negative comments about. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this book.

  11. December 12, 2014 9:10 am

    I like snarky up to a point; it can go too far sometimes!

  12. December 12, 2014 11:20 am

    I dislike a condescending attitude in a story.

  13. December 12, 2014 8:33 pm

    Thanks for saving me the time of starting this. I wouldn’t have finished it.

  14. December 13, 2014 1:59 am

    Sorry to hear this one didn’t work out- it doesn’t sound like it’s up my alley either.

  15. December 13, 2014 2:27 pm

    Being a member of the LDS faith myself, I have a pretty good sense of humor and can handle a lot of things and I don’t get worked up over much of what I read or see. I was curious about this one, as books about Mormonism by non-Mormons always fascinate me. The premise sounded really interesting and I appreciate your review!

  16. bookingmama permalink
    December 15, 2014 11:01 am

    I was kind of scratching my head about this one. I’m pretty sure it’s not for me!

  17. December 16, 2014 12:03 am

    Is it related to the Broadway show at all? I like snarky but not if there isn’t genuine respect behind it.

  18. December 31, 2014 12:28 am

    Snarky I like but not to the point of hatefulness.

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