On Common Ground: Bridging the Mormon-Evangelical Divide
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On Common Ground introduces a new approach to help bridge what has been termed a divide between Later-day Saint and Christian beliefs. On Common Ground is intended to foster a new level of understanding and acceptance among all Christian religions. On Common Ground author, Vincent DiGirolamo asserts, “All Mormons, Evangelicals, Catholics, Baptists, Lutherans, Episcopalians, Presbyterians, Methodists and many other traditional, non-traditional, orthodox religions who believe in Christ are Christians. Why? Because their fundamental belief in Christ and their practice of moral principles, values, and gospel tenets, gives them hope in the promise of salvation through Christ, a personal witness of His grace, and experience in His ways. The common ground is the beliefs, principles and values they share, not in the way that they are interpreted or practiced, nor their origins, but in the manifestation of the fruits they bear and the manner of men they become through living those... More > principles which are true.”< Less
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Dec 6, 2009AMAZON.COM REVIEW http://www.amazon.com/review/R3EQKPXMEZMNC6 By Shirt Wearer Speak to members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (the Mormons) and they often will tell you prejudice remains "alive and well" in the 21st century. Even after many years since the restoration of the Church, Mormonism is still misunderstood. In fact, during Mitt Romney's presidential run, many in the media seemed to have a "hey day" poking fun at the church. Whether it is from claims that Mormons "aren't Christians" to many of the other myths that float in people's minds or the media, most Mormons have heard them all. When will the divide be bridged and increased understanding come? Author Vincent DiGirolamo's book, On Common Ground: Bridging the Mormon Evangelical Divide, is a beautiful effort along this idea. According to DiGirolamo, there are similarities between the two camps that would surprise the most staunch of believers on either side of the divide.... More > The author grew up in a Catholic home, became a born-again Christian, and converted to the Mormon church. It is this precise perspective that has deepened his awareness of the many sides of the purported "differences." Taking a principled approach, DiGirolamo determined to put into print what he found. On Common Ground: Bridging the Mormon Evangelical Divide is the result of his research and his personal experience. The book itself is beautiful. The cover, with its ancient parchment colors, is vivid and eye-catching. But what truly matters is that which is inside. As the author states early on in the book, On Common Ground can be used as a concordance (or topical guide) to understand Biblical topics. But even beyond this, thumb through the book and you will quickly capture just what the author purports . . . there is much of similarity between Evangelical Christian faith and the faith of Mormons. Not only is On Common Ground an encyclopedic source of topic after scriptural topic (listed in order much like a dictionary), but it is also an excellent reminder of similarities between these two groups of people who love the Lord. Those who look to Christ for redemption have much in common - even to the surprise of those within these two camps of Mormonism and Evangelical Christianity. The author has accumulated more than four thousand common principles of faith. I was amazed as I thumbed through the 300+ pages of this book. DiGirolamo has worked on this project for more than 25 years. Truly, On Common Ground: Bridging the Mormon Evangelical Divide is a valuable and welcome addition to my bookshelf at home. OTHER Book Reviews from men and women of different faiths follow: “[The author’s] approach will not only help to clear up misconceptions but will encourage a deeper exploration into these Biblical principles. It is the author’s hope that this will in turn foster a greater understanding of the commonality among those pursing an active meaningful Christian experience. "On Common Ground" has given me insight into a new approach to examining Biblical principles in my own personal Bible Study." Richard R. Blake, Christian Education Consultant, Midwest Book Review, www.ezinearticles.com. "The book itself is beautiful. The cover, with its ancient parchment colors, is vivid and eye-catching. But what truly matters is that which is inside. As the author states early on in the book, On Common Ground can be used as a concordance (or topical guide) to understand Biblical topics. But even beyond this, thumb through the book and you will quickly capture just what the author purports . . . there is much of similarity between Evangelical Christian faith and the faith of Mormons.” C.S. Bezas, Bella Online’s LDS Editor, www.bellaonline.com/articles/art55790.asp. ”Rather than trying to say one side is right and the other wrong, the author decides to show similarities between both and allow the reader to decide which parts to agree with… How is this supposed to work, you ask? The starting point is relatively simple. Core beliefs, principles, as well as values, are shared when one begins a comparison. Conceptually speaking, it works best to begin where both views come together rather than focus on any differences.” Nancy Gail, www.blogcritics.org. “I just wanted you to know that I truly enjoyed reading this book. The author, Vincent DiGirolamo is truly insightful. His stories really hit home for me. It was very moving for me when he said, "One day we will all see eye to eye, and it will not matter who's right or wrong, but that right is right." I never considered how much different religions had in common. I always heard how one was better than the other. Mr. DiGirolamo helped me realize that it's ok to be curious, even question another religion, but when you decide to search for similar elements, you will see that you will have a lot more in common than you thought. I am glad he took the approach of helping us look for the Common Ground.” Diana McCullers, NC. “It has been my experience that the world is often too quick to judge, too quick to misinterpret or distort the uncommon beliefs that exist between men of different faiths. This book is my humble attempt to swim against that tide and help bridge the divide by presenting for your consideration, true principles I believe we share in Christ,” commented DiGirolamo. “But I believe that this approach also sets the pattern necessary to find and better understand the common ground that exists between men and women of all religious persuasions.”< Less
Jan 24, 2008"Being the wife of this author" Being the wife of Mr. Vincent DiGirolamo - and his editor - in -chief, I can honestly and sincerely say that this book is a five star book. I have felt the spirit of it, and have been moved by it. Does that make me sound a bit prejudice? Perhaps - but I really believe in the book - and I am here to say that it is a wonderful product, and I truly hope you will all enjoy it! Singhappy2
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