Not Your Parents' Mormonism Claudia L. Bushman. Contemporary Mormonism: Latter-day Saints in Modern America. Westport, Conn.: Praeger Publishers, 2006. 256 pp. Cloth: $44.95; ISBN 0-275-98933-X
Reviewed by David X. Banack
Writing a one-volume treatment of modern Mormonism that avoids being overshadowed by the movement's gripping nineteenth-century history and focuses instead on what Mormonism is today is a challenge for any author. Bushman, a scholar who also writes from the perspective of a practicing Latter-day Saint, has produced the best attempt so far at painting the complex portrait of contemporary Mormonism.
First, I must acknowledge the difficulty of such a …