Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Book Review: Women of the Book of Mormon by Heather B. Moore

All right. You know me. I have a published book titled Mormon Mishaps and Mischief. And while my general reading list is mostly national YA fiction—cuz that’s what I love—every once in a while I read something religious as well. It’s good for me.

Admittedly, I’m pretty selective in my religious reading choices. Yes, I have issues. Some of them having to do with my tendency toward boredom. However, having said that, I can honestly say that I LOVE Heather Moore’s work. I’ve read all of her books, and enjoyed every minute of each one. This is the first non-fiction work by Moore, and I have to admit, it took me a while to open the e-file and get started for that reason alone. But when I did finally open it to read, I was surprised at how quickly I was pulled in. This stuff is seriously interesting. I should’ve known I could trust this particular author to tell the facts in an interesting manner.

And not only that, each chapter is headed with spectacular art. The whole book is beautifully done. Here’s the blurb:

Explore the lives, circumstances, and choices of women in the Book of Mormon in this uplifting and inspirational volume that illustrates the parallels 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 striplings 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 thoughts:

There are very few women mentioned in the Book of Mormon, so I was surprised by the number of chapters and the parallels that clearly line up between these women and those mentioned in the Bible. The customs and traditions during this era of time seem so difficult in my mind, and yet some select women not only accepted their lot, but embraced it in order to raise righteous children who changed the world with their faith and influence.

Moore manages to give us insights that aren’t necessarily apparent in your every day scripture study. Or at least, not mine. And I appreciate the views, especially the chapter about Eve, and her vision of what had to be done for the good of mankind, rather than having been beguiled into making a bad decision.

I highly recommend this book for all LDS women. This book is a quick read, and makes a great Mother’s Day gift for the faithful women in your life.

To learn more about Heather B. Moore and her other books, click here.

To read a sample chapter of Women of the Book of Mormon, click here.

To purchase your copy of Women of the Book of Mormon, click here.

**I received an electronic file of this book in order to read it and give an honest review. In receiving this file, I have agreed NOT to share or sell it to any other party, thus, it has no monetary value for me. It does, however have intellectual value for which I’m sincerely grateful to the author. And I do believe I shall purchase multiple copies to give as gifts to the important women in my life.


David J. West said...

I wanna read this and I am curious about what Heather had to say about the bad ones too.

Nisa said...

I am with you. I kind of avoid this too. I'll have to read hers though. Thanks for the recommendation.

Heather B. Moore said...

David--you will like what I had to say about the bad ones :)

Nisa--ironically I'm not a big non-fiction reader either, unless you count blogs :-) Fiction is my love and non-fiction is okay in very short spurts. Probably why it took me a year to write it. lol.

Thanks for the review Nichole! I can't wait to read your newest book!

Nichole Giles said...

Thanks David and Nisa. David, I found Heather's take on the "bad" ones very interesting. The whole book was fascinating.

Nisa, this was totally a quick read, and I enjoyed it. You probably would too.

You're welcome, Heather. Thanks for letting me read it!

L.T. Elliot said...

This book is itching to come home to my house. I just know it. And isn't the cover just gorgeous? I loved what you said about it drawing you in because I had a tiny reservation about it but now, it's safely gone. =]

Kimberly said...

Sounds very interesting. I'll have to check it out, thanks!