May 07

Diary of Two Mad Black Mormons by Zandra Vanes and Tamu Smith

Finding the Lord’s Lessons in Everyday Life

Diary of Two Mad Black Mormons by Zandra Vranes and Tamu Smith

Diary of Two Mad Black Mormons by Zandra Vranes and Tamu Smith

You’ve read the title, and now you’re scratching your head, wondering if this book is for real, right?

It is. Yes, the authors are bona fide Mormons. And hilarious, too! They call themselves Sistas in Zion.

Their unique perspective from their own diary entries will have you laughing one minute and exclaiming “Amen!” the next. They talk about personal experiences and lessons they’ve learned about relationships, sisterhood, standing up for what you believe, embracing diversity, and dealing with adversity – what being a Christian is all about.

The Sistas’ humorous and poignant outlook on life will strengthen your faith and remind you of the joy to be found in living a Christ-centered life. You’ll soon realize that the authors aren’t mad-mad – they’re crazy-mad, funny, and inspiring.

Diary of Two Mad Black Mormons by Zandra Vranes and Tamu Smith is available in bookstores nationwide, at DeseretBook.com, and at Amazon.com (affiliate link below).

My Review:

I loved this book. I don’t usually start my reviews this way, but I just thought I’d throw it out there right up front. This book was a delightful read from beginning to end.

I enjoyed getting to know Sista Laurel and Sista Beehive through the personal stories that they shared. Many were laugh-out-loud funny; others poignant, bringing tears to my eyes. All of them were inspiring and strengthened my personal faith and resolve to live a more Christ-centered life.

The diary entry entitled “Can’t Nobody Love Me Like Jesus” shares a personal look of the power of prayer. Sista Beehive shares memories of her mother’s deep faith and how she developed a personal relationship with God through her personal conversations with Him. It makes me want to trust Him more with everything in my life instead of just going through my Thank-thee’s and Bless-me’s.

The diary entry from Sista Laurel called “Dysfunctional Families Are Forever” reminded me that no family is perfect. It takes the pressure off trying to be – or at least look – perfect. I appreciated her insight that the scriptures are full of dysfunctional families. There is a reason God gave us so many examples of imperfect families. It is so that we might be able to see ourselves in them, take heart, and understand where to go from here. I now read these scripture stories with new eyes, and I’m learning new insights from them.

Throughout their stories, the Sistas reveal the hardships that they’ve endured. And yet, they have allowed their challenges and difficulties to strengthen their faith instead of erode it. They are an example of how to rely on the Lord in all things. They radiate the joy of life and living the gospel, regardless of your circumstances.

I would love to get together with these women for a girls’ night out. I think we’d have a blast.

Although the Sistas in Zion are Mormon, the lessons that they share reach across religious lines. I highly recommend this book to anyone who would like a fun, hilarious, poignant, inspiring read.

About the Authors:

Zandra Vranes and Tamu Smith are popular multimedia personalities and the authors of the online blog SISTASinZION.com. Zandra (Sista Laurel) and Tamu (Sista Beehive) also host a weekly online radio program, Sistas in Zion Radio. Their media identities, which focus on humorous aspects of faith and Mormon culture, seek to uplift, inspire, bridge religious divides, and create healthy dialogue.

Zandra and Tamu are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They enjoy the fact that their Christian values and their work coincide.

Their lives are blessed by amazing family and friends. Zandra is thankful for her boo, the love of her life. Tamu enjoys spending time with her husband of twenty years and their six wonderful kids.

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