Diary of Two Mad Black Mormons: Finding the Lord's Lessons in Everyday Life
By Zandra Vranes and Tamu Smith
Ensign Peak, 2014. 221 pages. Nonfiction.
When Zandra Vranes and Tamu Smith met at a meeting of Genesis, a social group for black members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Salt Lake, they instantly hit it off. And they realized that people might be able to relate to their unique perspective on faith and dedication. What started as a weekly blog has evolved into a regular podcast on the Mormon channel. This book is a collection of many of their regular blog posts, giving their perspectives on topics such as faith, honesty, relationships, and so much more, in a voice that is casual and humorous but always sincere.
What I liked most about this book is the universality of the message. Sure, the cover talks about Mormons, but they are saying things that any Christian is going to relate to and agree with. In fact, they take the time to define any terms (either from LDS culture or from black culture) that they know won't be understood by a general audience. This isn't just a great, uplifting book for Latter-day Saints, but for anyone who truly wants to strengthen their love for Jesus and live more joyfully every day.