How Not to Feel Like a Failure on a Mission

One of my favorite Mormon books this year has been BYU historian Craig Harline’s funny and wise memoir Way Below the Angels: The Pretty Clearly Troubled but Not Even Close to Tragic Confessions of a Real Live Mormon Missionary.

Here’s the endorsement I gave the book, and a Q&A with the author:

Craig Harline’s experiences as a Mormon missionary in Belgium in the mid-1970s are ingeniously funny, but they also point to important issues: how religious people deal with apparent failure and navigate grown-up faith after childish certainties have proven inadequate.

RNS: When you left for your mission, you had sky-high expectations about what you’d accomplish in Belgium. What were you hoping for?

Craig Harline: It was to make a lot of converts.

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