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Next Book: “Unexpected” by Chris Thomas
Date: TBA

Our next Mormon Stories Book Club Book is “Unexpected: The Backstory of Finding Elizabeth Smart and Growing Up in the Culture of an American Religion”
by Chris Thomas.

This book explores the backstory of finding Elizabeth Smart and how growing up in the Mormon culture pushed the author to develop the exact kind of intuition that was needed to help manage Elizabeth’s kidnapping and rescue while the world watched.

Chris Thomas is not yet thirty years old when he finds himself managing the immense pressure, eccentric personalities, and extenuating circumstances of an international story, where one small misstep could adversely impact the search for a missing teenager and the reputation of her family. Now, twenty years later, Thomas takes readers behind the scenes, providing new details, perspectives, and commentary on finding Elizabeth Smart.

In the process of reflecting on Elizabeth’s search and rescue, Thomas discovers how growing up in the culture of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helped push him to develop the exact kind of intuition needed to manage Elizabeth’s kidnapping and rescue, and to do so while the world watched.
(Excerpt from Google Books)

Books coming up:

“Vengeance Is Mine: The Mountain Meadows Massacre and Its Aftermath
Book” by Barbara Jones Brown and Richard E. Turley Jr.

“Charisma under Pressure: Joseph Smith, American Prophet, 1831–1839”
by Dan Vogel

Past Books/Episodes:


March is “When the Moon Turns to Blood: Lori Vallow, Chad Daybell, and a Story of Murder, Wild Faith, and End Times” by Leah Sottile. The date of our livestream bookclub meeting is Friday, March 3, 2023 at 10 am.