“Mormon doctrine is inviting, the community it produces enveloping and elevating, the lifestyle it encourages empowering in nearly every sense. Success, visibility, prosperity, and influence follow. This is the engine of the Mormon ascent.”
– Stephen Mansfield
NASHVILLE, Tenn.—From Washington, DC, to Hollywood to corporate board rooms across the country, Mormonism has made an unprecedented leap forward in American culture. Acclaimed New York Times best-selling author Stephen Mansfield (The Faith of Barack Obama) has documented its rise and the implications for us all in the new book The Mormonizing of America (June 26th, 2012, Worthy Publishing, Hardcover, $22.99, 978-1-61795-078-0, 288 pp).
In the book, Mansfield embarks on a journey to discover how this once-disregarded religion has become one of the most influential movements in US society today—achieving what Newsweek magazine has labeled our present “Mormon Moment.” Mormons in the United States now number in the millions and include some of the most prominent people in the world: Mitt Romney; Glenn Beck; the Marriott family; Stephen Covey; Stephenie Meyer, author of the best-selling Twilight vampire novels; David Neeleman, founder of JetBlue; and more than a dozen members of Congress.
The “Mormon Machine”, as Mansfield refers to it, embodies a system of individual empowerment, family investment, local church leadership, clean living, a sense of community, patriotic devotion to the United States and sacrificial financial endowment of the holy Mormon cause. These hallmark values and behaviors—the habits that distinguish Mormons in the minds of millions of Americans—and grow naturally from Mormon doctrine are also the values and behaviors of successful people. Despite these positive associations, many Americans are still unsure about whether Mormonism is a cause to celebrate or a cause for concern. Mansfield treats the topic of Mormonism with fairness and perspective, giving his audience an objective view of the influence of the LDS church—past, present, and future.
Backed by up-to-date research, personal anecdotes, and a 16-page photo section, The Mormonizing of America expounds on how, nearly 200 years after their founding, the Latter-day Saints have become one of the great success stories in American culture—and why it matters. Mansfield also debunks common myths, expounds on the Church’s beliefs, and unveils many of the mysteries surrounding this influential religion and its loyal members. The Mormonizing of America is a story critical to understanding our times, our culture—and our future as a country.
Stephen Mansfield is a writer and speaker best known for his groundbreaking books on the role of religion in history, leadership, and modern culture. He first came to international attention with The Faith of George W. Bush, the New York Times bestseller that influenced Oliver Stone’s film, W. His book The Faith of Barack Obama was another international bestseller. He has written celebrated biographies of Booker T. Washington, George Whitefield, Winston Churchill, and Abraham Lincoln, among others. Stephen speaks around the world on topics of faith, leadership, and culture. He is also the founder of two firms: The Mansfield Group (MansfieldGroup.com) and Chartwell Literary Group (ChartwellLiterary.com). He lives in Nashville and in Washington, DC, with his wife, Beverly, who is an award-winning songwriter and producer.
Worthy Publishing, a division of Worthy Media, Inc., is a privately held company whose mission is helping people experience the heart of God. Worthy is an independent voice in Christian publishing, managing editorial, marketing, publicity, sales, and distribution from its home offices in Brentwood, TN. Worthy focuses on a boutique list of new books each year, crossing a broad spectrum on genres, including fiction, Bible study, current events, devotionals, biography, leadership, specialized Bibles, as well as spiritual and personal growth.