I think this five books are a must reading for start:
* Grant H. Palmer: An Insider's View of Mormon Origins
* Fawn M. Brodie: No Man Knows My History: The Life of Joseph Smith.
* Todd Compton: In Sacred Loneliness: The Plural Wives of Joseph Smith
* Linda King Newell: Mormon Enigma: Emma Hale Smith
*Steven Hassan: Combatting Cult Mind Control: The #1 Best-selling Guide to Protection, Rescue, and Recovery from Destructive Cults
I read Quine & Ullian's "The Web of Belief" as I was struggling with "What should I think about this? What now? Where to I go from here?" type questions.
Even though I was pretty sure the church wasn't what it claimed to be, I still didn't know how to process all the information I was being introduced to. "The Web of Belief" is a fantastic introduction to critical thinking and I highly recommend it.
Thank you everyone. I have several books on order now from Amazon. I am kind of having a rough time right now and just feel the need to read as much as I can. It is kind of funny because we read our way into the church...read our way back out again.
Just go at your own pace. You'll be surprised at how different church history is from a less biased point of view. The truth may set you free, but it might piss you off at first. But reading will be a great solidification that the church isn't true, isn't what it claims to be and set you free from its clutches. Good luck!
It's an amazing book. I've read it multiple times. The author describes how our worlds are created mostly by what we allow ourselves to see. We create models from which we live our lives.
In a flash our thinking can be turned upside down (called a Gestault flip) where we look at the same information and can see something entirely different somewhat like the Magic Eye or Young and Old woman picture. One day we believe the LDS Church because everyone around us we respected said, it's true. We can now look at the same picture of Mormonism and see it differently. What we once loved and may have served us, now we resent and even hate.