Sadly, I was only able to read one book this month for Reading Roundup, but it was a great one! Just like last month, I was again contacted by the LDS Church Historian’s Press to review a book. *I received this book free in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.* Even more than the book I got last month, I was so excited to read the book I got!
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I do consider myself a feminist. Not a in-your-face-women-are-better-than-men-let’s-march-and-protest-women-need-the-priesthood type of feminist. But, I do believe that the church wouldn’t be as successful without its female leaders. We have a really important duty in the church–no matter what church you belong to. I even wrote a short series about women in the scriptures for She Teaches Fearlessly (before moving, pregnancy, and other issues got in the way!)
So, when I saw that this book had 185 years worth of discourses from prominent women in the LDS Church, I was thrilled to be able to read it.
It is set up so simply. Each “chapter” is one woman’s discourse. There is a short contextual biography of the woman and the talk she gave before the actual excerpt. Then, there is an excerpt or full-text of her sermon, poetry, hymn, or letter. And that’s something else that I really liked–the discourses are all in different formats–it’s not all just Sunday School or General Conference talks. It really shows that women can teach and preach the Gospel in many formats. You can feel the Spirit and learn from it in different ways and at different times and in different scenarios.
When I read this, I have a highlighter and a pen ready, just as if I were doing scripture study or reading church magazines. There is so much goodness in this book. Here are a few of my favorite quotes:
This year, I’ve decided to reopen up Reading Roundup to other to linkup with! I’ve partnered up with two good blogger friends who love books too!
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How It Works:
- Reading Roundup will happen the last Tuesday of every month! The linkup will be open for two weeks!
- There really aren’t “rules.” This is free and open. We are book lovers and want to read about your books!
- Link up a post of a book review you did from this month. Or, a roundup of book reviews you did this month.
- Try to hop around and engage on other people’s book reviews! Make some new friends!
- Grab this pinnable image to put on the bottom of your post! (But, no pressure to do so!)