Adam S. Miller spends his days teaching philosophy to students at Collin College in McKinney, Texas, but the most important lessons he’s ever prepared have been for his own children. He distilled many of those lessons into his new book, Letters to a Young Mormon. Miller’s letters are meant for a young Mormon who is familiar with Mormon life but green in their faith. In simple but profound prose, Miller addresses the real beauty and real costs of trying to live a Mormon life in today’s world. He encourages Mormons young and old to live in a way that refuses to abandon either life or Mormonism. Most importantly, even while dispensing wisdom, Miller wonders alongside the reader. Letters to a Young Mormon is unlike anything ever written for a young Latter-day Saint audience.
Adam S. Miller is a professor of philosophy at Collin College in McKinney, Texas. He and his wife, Gwen, have three children. He is the author of five books, including Rube Goldberg Machines: Essays in Mormon Theology, and he serves as the director of the Mormon Theology Seminar.
Advance praise for Letters to a Young Mormon:
“Letters to a Young Mormon frustrated me. Not that I didn’t like it, because I enjoyed it immensely. No, it frustrated me because I only wish I had had such a book to read when I was a 1960s teenager with racing mind and hormones. And perhaps more poignantly, I wish it had been available when my children were passing through those difficult and impressionable years. Letters to a Young Mormon is both tender and gentle, and at the same time provocative and intellectually stimulating. Its disarming honesty is only surpassed by the significance of its messages. I recommend it wholeheartedly, for young and old.”
–Robert L. Millet, Professor of Religious Education, Brigham Young University
“Miller’s letters read not like missives from a great distance or from lofty heights, but like the words of a friend who is just a little further along the road, sending back words of warning, encouragement, and the happy reminder to look at all the wonders along the path. No trail of breadcrumbs—these are small bright jewels to mark the way home.”
—Kristine Haglund, Editor, Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought
Reviews of Letters to a Young Mormon:
- Chris Henrichson, “A Letter to My Young Mormon,” Approaching Justice blog, January 7, 2014.
- EOR, “Letters to a Young Mormon: A Review,” Rational Faiths blog, January 8, 2014.
- Neylan McBaine, “A Grateful Mother Of Young Mormons,” January 9, 2014.
- Trevor Holyoak, “Book Review: Letters to a Young Mormon,” FAIRMormon blog, January 9, 2014.
- Neal Rappleye, “‘Until the Heart Betrays’: Life, Letters, and the Stories We Tell,” FAIRMormon blog, January 16, 2014.
- Gerald Smith, “Book Review: Letters to a Young Mormon,” Millennial Star blog, January 16, 2014.
- David Tayman, “Review: Letters to a Young Mormon,” ImprovementEra.com, January 17, 2014.
- Stephen O. Smoot, “Help for the Troubled ‘Young Mormon,‘” MormonInterpreter.com, January 17, 2014.
- Hannah Wheelwright, “book review: letters to a young mormon, by adam miller,” YoungMormonFeminists.org,” January 17, 2014.
- Mike Whitmer, “‘Letters to a Young Mormon’ shares effective counsel for Mormons, young and old,“ Deseret News, February 15, 2014.
- Jaymie Reynolds, “Miller, ‘Letters to a Young Mormon,‘” Association for Mormon Letters, March 4, 2014.