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Saintspeak: The Mormon Dictionary by Orson Scott Card
  • Author: Orson Scott Card
  • Title: Saintspeak: The Mormon Dictionary
  • Size PDF ver: 1697 kb
  • Size ePUB ver: 1644 kb
  • Size Fb2 ver: 1137 kb
  • ISBN: 0941214001
  • ISBN13: 978-0941214001
  • Pages: 63
  • Other formats: mbr doc lit mobi
  • Category: Christian Books & Bibles
  • Subcat: Christian Denominations and Sects
  • Language: English
  • Rating: 4.9 of 5
  • Votes: 546
  • Publisher: Signature Books; First Edition edition (June 1, 1981)
  • Hardcover: Here
Saintspeak: The Mormon Dictionary
Book by Orson Scott Card

Reviews num: (4)

Card's candid observation of the strengths and weaknesses of Mormon Culture is essential for anyone that wants to understand, not just what we believe, but who we are.
This is one of the most irreverent yet funny book and have shared it with all the missionaries that come into my home. All of them have thought it was funny.
I would recommend this to any LDS member that wants a fresh, funny perspective of their church and its quirky culture!
The full title of this slim paperback is SAINTSPEAK: THE MORMON DICTIONARY. It contains an A to Z listing of Mormon vocabulary with some funny and irreverent definitions. Modeled after Ambrose Bierce's DEVIL'S DICTIONARY, it is (as Card puts it) a "satirical but gently affirming" book about Mormons, their faith, and their lifestyle. It was written by a Mormon for a Mormon audience. Frankly, I think I missed a lot of the humor since I'm not part of the in-crowd. Some of it, though, I did relate to since my father was a Presbyterian minister, and I spent a lot of my childhood around people from my church. However, if I had been a non-churchgoer, I don't think I would have had a clue as to what the book was talking about most of the time.
It's worth the money if you are (a) a fanatical Orson Scott Card fan, or (b)a Mormon with a stout sense of humor. Perhaps the book's greatest value is that it inspired Card to create his own publishing company--Hatrack River--and to begin writing religious fiction.

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