FRI, MAY 12, 2023 | 7:30-9:00 pm MDT
Who’s buying the book, Living on the Inside of the Edge: A Survival Guide? And Why? What themes and ideas about this approach to remaining (or not) a participant in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints resonate with you? Or don’t?
Home of Ed and Kristen Iversen
3582 Oak Rim Way
Salt Lake City, UT 84109
If there is no parking to be found near the home you can also park in the “park & ride” lot on the NW corner of 3900 South and Wasatch Blvd. Oak Rim Way is just east of the intersection on the north side.
Or join us at your home via Zoom.
Thanks to Kristen and Ed Iversen for sharing their home again with us. And thanks to Jana Spangler for continuing to host us via Zoom. Below is some helpful info for being part of a Zoom convo. I will also note below the Zoom address so that you can connect. The link is in large blue all caps. If you are not on my email list then either join at the bottom of this site’s home page or text or call me at 801-695-5036.
I’m delighted that those who can’t attend in person can join us via zoom. I’m sorry I can’t give you the same care and attention given to those in person. But if you ever can join us physically in the same space, then I hope you will. Research shows that being with people who are seen, felt, and heard in person reaps many benefits. We would be blessed by your presence.
Christian Kimball’s Living on the Inside of the Edge: A Survival Guide, was published by BCC Press in early January 2023. It was published as a narrow-focus book, intended for a small, well-defined audience with a high level of interest. The book has received far more attention and sold far more copies than expected, and even hit #1 bestseller in Mormonism status (on Amazon) for a few days.
Our discussion will start with the elevator-pitch version of the book to provide context, and touch on reception in the original target audience. Then we will branch out to a discussion of who is in the broader audience, what issues the book speaks to, and why it seems to be of interest to more people than originally targeted.
Christian Kimball is a ‘retired’ bishop, a ‘retired’ professor, and a ‘retired’ lawyer. Linda and Christian live in the mountains of Utah and travel frequently to visit their 11 grandchildren and the grandchildren’s parents.
EXPLORE BEFORE WE MEET:
- New from BCC Press: Living on the Inside of the Edge from Christian Kimball – By Common Consent, a Mormon Blog
- ‘Mormon Land’: The way forward for Latter-day Saints who aren’t all-in or all-out (sltrib.com)
- “I think Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward and Patrick Mason’s Planted are valuable references. They are not the same, not directly competitive, and directed at a slightly different audience and/or time in personal development. But they are valuable background, and very generally deal with the same kind of issues about relationship to an institutional church. People who know those works generally recognize a conversation happening.”
Having read some years ago Falling Upward and Planted, I heartily recommend both. I found these just as valuable:
- The Sin of Certainty: Why God Desires Our Trust More Than Our “Correct” Beliefs, Peter Enns
- Faith After Doubt: Why Your Beliefs Stopped Working and What to Do About It, Brian D. McLaren
- The Challenge of Honesty, Frances Lee Menlove
- Go to Faith Matters for enlightening podcasts with Patrick Mason, Brian D. McLaren and Peter Enns
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