Nov 05

Girls Who Choose God: Stories of Strong Women from the Book of Mormon

Girls Who Choose God: Book of Mormon

Girls Who Choose God: Book of Mormon

Shining light on strong women from the Book of Mormon, this groundbreaking book shares well-known stories alongside others that may be less familiar. Come to better know and love Sariah, the heroic daughters from the land Zeniff, Nephi’s wife, the maidservant spy, and other women from the Book of Mormon who chose God with all their might. These faith-filled women defended their families, protected their husbands, and risked their lives for others—providing powerful role models for us all.

With stunning illustrations, ten compelling narratives, and thought-provoking family discussion questions, this volume will give you a new perspective on the Book of Mormon. Reading and reflecting on these brave women’s stories, girls and boys will learn that they too can be strong and choose God.

My Review:

Having read Girls Who Choose God: Stories of Courageous Women from the Bible, I was eager and excited to read this book. My daughter had pointed out that there seemed to be a dearth of women mentioned in the Book of Mormon, and I was looking forward to seeing those “hidden” examples brought to light.

However, I have to say that I found the book a little disappointing. There were so few examples of women that it highlighted the lack of female representation in the Book of Mormon. The authors had to resort to examples where women were part of a group but not specifically mentioned, such as those who were baptized by Alma and the children blessed by Jesus, in order to fill the pages.

I guess, ultimately, the message is that we should “liken the scriptures unto ourselves” (1 Nephi 19:23), regardless of the sex of the exemplar. Certainly, I have been inspired by the stories of Nephi, Ammon, and the mothers of the sons of Helaman. I think that faith and good works are universally attainable and don’t need to be separated by gender. However, I do know that there are some who would like to see a greater representation of women in the LDS church and scripture. This book doesn’t exactly fill that need.

About the Authors

MCARTHUR KRISHNA inherited her grit from her Utah pioneer great-grandmothers. With a master’s degree in communications from BYU, she co-owned Free Range, an award-winning marketing business focused on telling social justice stories. In 2011, she moved to the Magic Land of India and started writing books. More of her stories can be found at mcarthurkrishna.com

BETHANY BRADY SPALDING likes to stir things up in the kitchen and in the community. She has founded programs to promote health and nutrition in the USA, South Africa, and India. Bethany currently leads a regional coalition in Richmond, Virginia, to create a healthier food environment for at-risk children. She loves to cook and climb mountains with her husband, Andy, and their three adventurous girls.

KATHLEEN PETERSON has illustrated twenty books, mostly for young people, on topics ranging from world religions to Hawaiian legends. Her art can be found in galleries throughout the West and at www.kathleenpetersonart.com. She and her husband, Steve, live on a farm in Spring City, Utah.

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