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It may come as a surprise to many Baptists, but the popular personal training programs written and promoted by Stephen R. Covey are also meant to subtly promote his Mormon beliefs. Ironically, one of the reasons his materials, such as The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, are so popular among many Christian leaders is because they give a prominent place to spirituality in personal growth.

Yet, 7 Habits contains many of the same principles, anecdotes, and illustrations as found in one of Covey's earlier books, The Divine Center, a book meant to promote Mormon beliefs and show that any spiritual model other than the Church of Latter-day Saints (LDS), including evangelical Christianity, is a false "map" that limits the personal development of its followers.

Covey explains in The Divine Center that he has discovered how to communicate Mormon truths to non-Mormons by simply changing his vocabulary. He writes, "I have found in ...