Mar 22, 2010

Women of the Book of Mormon by Heather B. Moore

A couple years ago when I worked in the Young Women's organization in my church, we held an activity where each of the girls picked a woman from the scriptures and found ways that they were similar.  They looked at their life, their experiences, and their characteristics.  I learned so many astounding things at that time about the amazing women throughout the scriptures.  Ever since then, I've been fascinated by these women's stories, and their faith filled lives.

Because of my great interest in this subject, I jumped at the chance to read and review Heather Moore's newest release, Women of the Book of Mormon.

About the author:

Heather was born in Providence, Rhode Island, but spent most of her childhood in Orem, Utah. During these years, her family traveled back and forth between the Middle East and Utah. At the age of eight, while living in Egypt, she was baptized in the Red Sea. Heather attended the Anglican School of Jerusalem from 1987-88, and returned again to Jerusalem with her husband in 1994.

Heather graduated from Brigham Young University with a major in Fashion Merchandising and minor in Business Management. This has nothing to do with writing books, but at least she can color-coordinate her kids school clothes and balance a mean checkbook.

Heather is a member of the League of Utah Writers and LDStorymakers. She also manages the editing company, Precision Editing Group, LLC.

About the book:

Explore the lives, circumstances, and choices of women in the Book of Mormon in this uplifting and inspiring volume that illustrates the parallel between the lives of the women of the Book of Mormon and LDS women today. With new insights on practically every page, author Heather B. Moore explores the written and unwritten stories of the prominent women in the Book of Mormon—taking familiar material and providing vivid details about family dynamics, domestic practices, and other aspects of daily life. By applying historical and cultural contexts to the situations of women like Sariah, Abish, Eve, Mary and the faithful mothers of the stripling warriors, you will peek beneath the surface of the scriptural accounts to better understand both the righteous women of the Book of Mormon—and the women who didn’t use their agency wisely.
My opinion:

I loved this book.  Heather's writing style is clear and concise.  The ideas she presents about women such as Eve, Sariah, Mary, Abish, and the Queen of King Lamoni, made me feel as though I know them personally.  She reveals details of their everyday lives that we don't often hear.  I realized they were women just like you and I.  Their profound faith is inspiring and motivates me to want to do what is right.  Thank you, Heather, for this insightful look into the lives of these outstanding women.  Learning about them reminded me of my own divine nature. 

I highly recommend this book.  It is a quick, yet inspiring, read, and would make a great Mother's Day gift. 

To learn more about Heather's other books, check out her website and blog.


Heather Moore said...

Thanks so much for your review, Kimberly. I'm glad you enjoyed the book. And congrats on your new book release!

CL Beck, author: MormonMishaps said...

This sounds like a terrific book. It's not that often that women are mentioned in the scriptures, so it's great that Heather did a book on it!

Thanks for the review!

L.T. Elliot said...

I've heard a lot about this book and I'm looking forward to reading it. =]

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