Friday, March 22, 2013

Reflections: The Cleansing of America

Robert Sullivan shares his thoughts on W. Cleon Skousen's The Cleansing of America:

"W. Cleon Skousen can be a controversial author for some in the LDS faith; however, I believe if you go into his books knowing that he is presenting his opinion on LDS doctrine and not actual doctrine, you can learn great insight.

The Cleansing of America is a book posthumously published by Skousen’s family. The forward explains that Skousen himself finished editing the book in 2006 shortly before his death. He instructed his family to then publish the book when the United States was facing great economic turmoil and tight political gridlock. Perhaps by surprise or planned, that time came just 4 years after his passing away.

The entirety of the book focuses on the fulfilling of the ‘signs of the times’ or the end of the world. However, the first chapter deals with most of the signs and walks you through the major events. It’s a little gory and very descriptive, but enlightening at the same time. The rest of the book is a set of instructions on how to build the country back up after the initial destruction in the last days. Each chapter is set up as a lecture with follow-up questions for comprehension.

It’s an interesting read, especially for interested Mormons, but I would mostly recommend just reading the first and last chapters as the middle becomes dry. The instructions and descriptions appear to be in an outline form for a 200 level college course on setting up a Zion community.

Overall, on a scale of 1-10, I’d give the book a 7 for piquing my interest and giving me new insight."

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