Friday, March 26, 2010

Book Review - Women of the Book of Mormon: Insights and Inspirations by Heather B. Moore

When I read the title of this book, I thought, well that’s going to be a short read since there are only three women even named in the Book of Mormon: Sariah, Abish, and Isabel. Well, guess what? I was wrong. I hate to admit it, but every once in a while it happens.;)

Who were the other women of the Book of Mormon? The author, Heather B. Moore, shows us that there were quite a few: Sariah, Eve, Mary, Sarah, twenty-four Lamanite Daughters, Queen of King Lamoni, Abish, Queen of King of Lamoni’s Father, Isabel, mothers of the two thousand Stripling Warriors, daughter of Jared, and the wife of Mormon. Women of the Book of Mormon Insights and Inspirations gives depth to all of these women and helps you understand what they might have been thinking during the perilous times they lived in.

For instance, I’ve often wondered how Sariah had the courage to go with her husband, Lehi, into the desert, leaving behind everything they’d worked for all their lives. Moore gives you a peek into this brave woman’s world and how her faith enabled her to take her family to the promised land.

Another story near and dear to my heart is about the mothers of the stripling warriors. What faith and courage these women had to send their boys, and I do mean boys, off to war! These women had already suffered so much. Many of their husbands were killed because they refused to take up arms against their enemy, yet these women had faith that the Lord would keep their sons safe. Moore explains how these mothers not only taught their sons to have faith in God, but they taught them where their people came from, the story of their conversion, and also the righteous principles of the gospel. The two-thousand stripling warriors had knowledge of our Heavenly Father’s love. This knowledge taught to them by their mothers enabled them to face a mighty foe.

And then there's the story of the daughter of Jared—I’ve read the Book of Mormon many times, but for some reason the story about the daughter of Jared slipped by me. Moore tells us about this conniving, wicked woman and her plot to regain the throne for her father which included murdering her own grandfather! It's important to remember the bad along with the good to truly understand their history.

I’ve only scratched the surface of the wonderful and touching stories in Women of the Book of Mormon Insights and Inspirations. But wait a minute… Eve, Mary, and Sarah were in the Bible, not the Book of Mormon. Do they really count as women of the Book of Mormon? Of course, they do. These legendary women of the Bible influenced many generations who followed them, plus they were referred to in the Book of Mormon. Moore opens our eyes with more information about these women, such as in the story of Eve. Many have debated about Eve being created from the rib of Adam. Moore explains exactly the biblical meaning. And did you know that Mary’s story began well before she became the mother of Christ? Moore gives context and depth to this beloved story. And what about Sarah, the wife of Abraham? Moore helps us understand the emotions of this noble woman and how she probably felt to become a mother long after her child bearing years were over, and then, how she felt as she watched her husband and adult son set off for Moriah, where she knew the Lord had asked Abraham to sacrifice their son. Moore gives depth to Sarah’s story and shows us how her faith carried her through so very much.

The talents of many artists are on display in this little gem of a book and anchors the reader to each chapter with a visual. This is a book that every woman should own and read several times for these are stories of faith, perseverance and love.

(I received a free copy of this book to review and have no vested interest in its success.)

8 comments:

  1. Kathi, thank you so much for this review. It was very touching. I'm glad you enjoyed the book!

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  2. Heather, you're welcome. It's a fantastic book!!!

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  3. I'm really looking forward to reading this. And doesn't it have such a gorgeous cover?

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  4. Not only is the cover beautiful, but all the art within the book is totally amazing! Thanks for stopping by, Laura!

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  5. Wow, yes, the cover is really gorgeous. Can't wait to read it.

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  6. I saw this book today! I learned a lot about Abish about three years ago when I was in IWA Logan, UT Institute! My group is name Abish. We don't have IWA anymore. It's going to be one of reading's for the summer. I am going to buy it & share it with my IWA girl's for one of our Abish Reunions. Thank You!

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