SOURCE: Deseret Book

September 05, 2014 12:29 ET

"Questions Are Not the Problem," Say Acclaimed LDS Authors

Terryl and Fiona Givens, Authors of the Best-Selling The God Who Weeps, Tackle an Important and Timely Subject in Their Newest Book, The Crucible of Doubt

SALT LAKE CITY, UT--(Marketwired - September 05, 2014) - Terryl and Fiona Givens have been speaking publicly about the subject of doubt in the Latter-day Saint community since the transcript of a fireside at which Terryl spoke in 2012 hit the internet. It was titled "Letter to a Doubter," and has been viewed thousands of times.

The Crucible of Doubt, a 165-page book, was born from that transcript and expanded upon through research and personal experience. A careful and intelligent look at doubt, this insightful volume examines doubt's common sources and the challenges and opportunities that develop in a person's quest for faith.

With many in the LDS community discussing difficult topics, the Givens argue that questions are not the problem. In fact, as they point out, "the restoration unfolded because a young man asked questions."

At the core, the Givens help readers understand that when all is said and done, faith is a choice and takes effort, but that the rewards of that choice and such an effort are innumerable.

"We have learned to relish a commitment that is born of faith freely chosen rather than of certainty compelled by evidence," The Givens write.

The Crucible of Doubt is currently available for preorder on and Media inquiries can be addressed to Dave Kimball at

Terryl Givens holds the James A. Bostwick chair of English and is Professor of Literature and Religion at the University of Richmond and the author of several books. His writing includes, most recently, When Souls Had Wings, a history of the idea of premortal life in Western thought; a biography (with Matthew Grow) of Parley Pratt: The Apostle Paul of Mormonism (winner of the 2012 Best Book Award from the Mormon History Association); and Wrestling the Angel: The Foundations of Mormon Thought.

Fiona Givens is a retired modern language teacher with undergraduate degrees in French and German and a graduate degree in European History. She is now an independent scholar who has published in several journals and reviews in Mormon studies, including Journal of Mormon History, Exponent II, and LDS Living. Along with Terryl, she is the author of The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life. Terryl and Fiona are the grandparents of five and the parents of six.

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