Awakening to Our Awful Situation
Nauvoo House, 2007
You all know the old saw: Just because you're paranoid, it doesn't mean
they aren't after you! There is no shortage of people who subscribe
to the conspiratorial world-view. They come in all flavors, and call
into question virtually every aspect of our lives, individually and
Jack Monnett has put together a rich and readable guide to identifying,
and defying, the many "secret combinations" that he sees in today's
society. Drawing heavily from the Book of Mormon, he aims his guns at
both the conspirators and those who fail to heed the warnings given in
His study is comprehensive. Beginning with Book of Mormon events, he
makes his way through history and focuses on events here in the U.S.
The League of Nations, the United Nations, even the bringing down of the
Twin Towers on September 11, 2001, are scrutinized, raising questions
and relating events and organizations across time. Some of his
observations are rather frightening, but isn't this the goal? To
frighten people, to make them ready, to warn and to alarm?
Monnett begins his book with a brief observation of the need for open
discussion. He acknowledges that we all want to get along and agree,
but argues that growth comes from disagreement. I think he is exactly
right. It would be a pretty boring show if we all agreed on everything.
He moves on to explain, in detail, what a "secret combination" is, and
throughout the book, helps the reader identify such conspiracies, not
only in history, but in our current day. He isn't afraid to name names.
Some of his identifications will cause some discomfort, but so what?
His underlying point -- that we need to be more aware and more critical
-- is a good one, one that I agree with.
Many readers will be disinclined to believe any of the conspiracy
theories that are described here. This is no surprise. We've been
pummeled by such theories over the years. So many have proven false.
And this has not stopped others from coming up with new ideas, new
notions about the evil around us.
But what happens when your scriptures spell out the conspiracy? Do you
dismiss it, give it no credit? Or do you give it a second look? I'm
all in favor of a wealth of ideas in the marketplace of opinion. No
matter how outlandish they sound, it is worth listening. Who knows what
will emerge as true?
The book is accompanied by a 2 hour DVD by Dr. Steven E. Jones. I
haven't had the chance to listen to it yet, and so I can't comment on it.
Dr. Monnett has much to say. His viewpoint is worth listening to. You
may disagree with some of his conclusions, but his observations have
value and should be heard.