Tuesday, May 27, 2008

An answer to this is just me

This is just me made the following comment on my blog:

"I understand that there are many people in the world who don't necessarily want to be mormon. I haven't found many who totally disagree with mormon doctrine, they just don't want to live it. I completely respect that since everyone should have the right to choose how they want to live and do what they feel is right for them. I just don't understand why you would want to spend so much time talking about what you don't want out of life. What if you talked about what you do want instead. Like I said before, I really do respect your opinions and beliefs even if they're not the same as mine. I would really enjoy reading a blog from you about what you do believe and what you have that guides your life now."

Firstly, I think you will find that MOST people in the world do not want to live Mormonism.

You say you haven't found may people who totally disagree with Mormon doctrine, they just don't want to live it.

Why would you say that? That they -all those people- aren't Mormons because they don't want to live it?

It is my opinion that my parents made the mistake of becoming Mormons. I simply want to help other people NOT make that same mistake. That's why I publish this ex-Mormon blog. As a lighthouse, if you will, to warn others away from the rocks of Mormonism.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

COV for Sunday May 18

We start off this time with a post from Sideon


Magical Underwear

A few days ago, Arizona Awakening was in town on another business trip. Like the good gents that we are, we hosted him in one of the guest bedrooms. I’d forewarned AZ that if the weather was nice we’d be swimming so he’d better bring a swimsuit, but he said he was bringing something better and that he’d surprise me. When he told me, I thought he was jockin’ my strap but he was serious.

(MATT: And then it gets really interesting!)

And next is my post in which I reveal that my ex-Mormon book is actually (this time!) coming closer to be published!


“Yes, after a year or so of thinking and a false start (an Acer laptop that bit the dust. Here's a tip. Don't buy Acer) my ex-Mormon book is finally taking shape.

At least initially I intend to publish it as an e-book and whilst I have yet to firmly fix a price, I am thinking about pricing it at somewhere in the range of $2.00 to $5.00. Though probably at the lower end of that range...”

And that's it for this time. Somewhat disappointingly, no other blog entries were received.

See you next time. And please DO send something for the next issue which is in two weeks time.

My ex-Mormon book is finally coming closer to publication

Yes, after a year or so of thinking and a false start (an Acer laptop that bit the dust. Here's a tip. Don't buy Acer) my ex-Mormon book is finally taking shape.

At least initially I intend to publish it as an e-book and whilst I have yet to firmly fix a price, I am thinking about pricing it at somewhere in the range of $2.00 to $5.00. Though probably at the lower end of that range...

The book will basically be culled from my Blog, Not A Mormon. Although there will be some new material used in it, too. Not every post will be used, as some are not really relevant for a book on my experiences as an ex-Mormon.

The book is being edited and proofread, now. It is amazing how many typos can be found! And I am hoping that it will be published by the end of May.

I'll keep you updated on the book and it will be on sale through the Notamormon blog.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

Carnival of the Veil May 4 2008

Carnival of the Veil May 4 2008


Firstly, we have two posts from South Bay Soliloquies .

"!I went to the California Science Center this weekend to see the Body Worlds 3 exhibit there. There's an IMAX film about the Human Body that goes along with the exhibit, but I wasn't entirely impressed with the film (I think it was something from the Learning Channel) and it's not essential to watch if you're going to the exhibit."


I was reminded of my own mother's homemade mayonnaise by Molly Wizenberg's article, Mayo Clinic last month. I vaguely remember my mom making mayonnaise during my childhood for things like potato salad and sandwiches.

While I can't remember her recipe, I do remember she insisted on using olive oil and dry mustard. (My memory is flaky on the olive oil part, but very solid on the dry mustard part) The bright, lemony top-note mellows quickly into the taste of raw oil on the bottom-note (to use perfumer's terms) and is definitely not like anything that comes in a blue-capped plastic container.

So here it is. Add a crushed garlic clove for extra zing.

(EDITOR: The recipe is on the blog. Visit it and make it. It seems very similar to my wife's recipe for homemade Mayo.)

And now from CV Rick, Growing Up Mormon (That sucked, didn't it? Well, it did for Rick and for me, also)
Growing Up Mormon - The Mormon Uniform

Mormon missionaries wear white shirts, dark ties, a nametag, and a bicycle helmet. That's their uniform. When I turned twelve I received the Aaronic Priesthood and was then worthy to pass the sacrament, water and bread, to the congregation. From that point on I had no choice about what to wear to church: white shirt, dark tie, dress shoes.

(EDITOR: This, however, is a more sucky than most story)

And lastly my own contribution. News that Martha Beck's latest book is to be published in the UK, soon:


And here's one from my archive
Scams, Schemes and Dreams or why Mormons are more susceptible to MLMs than most other people:


Plus a couple of others from my other blogs
It's about Glastonbury

How the father of British Geology is to be honoured in Scarborough.

That's it for now! See you in two weeks.

And please do send your contributions in.

Oh. If any of you have one to send in for this issue, please do submit it and I'll add it in later.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Steering By Starlight. A new book By Martha Beck

International best-selling author and top American Life Coach Martha Beck will be in the UK on publication date 25th June until 27th.

25th June 2008
£12.99 original trade paperback

Martha Beck will be in the UK from 25th -27th June

In Steering by Starlight, Martha Beck, international bestselling author of Finding Your Own North Star, will help set you on the right course to an authentic, rewarding life. Revealing the step-by-step process she uses with her clients to help them overcome their problems and fulfil their potential, Martha Beck brings together cutting-edge research in psychiatry and neurology in an accessible, compassionate, and original way.

Including personal coping strategies that are not yet widely available, Steering by Starlight will help you overcome the alienation that is causing you to lose sight of your authenticity.
Martha Beck identifies three stages along the path to recapturing a satisfying life:

-‘The Stargazer’ helps you understand why it’s so easy to lose yourself and offers strategies for sighting your North Star
-‘The Mapmaker’ uses this newly clarified inner vision to evaluate your situation and plot a course for upcoming years
-‘The Pathfinder’ discusses the adventures that may be encountered as you travel along this new life course

Whether it’s seeking better relationships, more focused career direction, the achievement of specific fitness goals, or a more harmonious lifestyle, Steering by Starlight’s colourful anecdotes, case studies, and exercises will point the way.

Martha Beck is the best-selling author of Expecting Adam, Leaving the Saints, Finding Your Own North Star, The Joy Diet, and The 4-Day Win. She has made numerous appearances on television and radio, including the television show Oprah, and is a monthly columnist for O, the Oprah magazine.

She has carried out research at Harvard Business School, and through her company Life Design, Inc. she helps clients develop their careers and their lives.

It will be published in the UK by www.Littlebrown.co.uk