Friday, April 09, 2010
Women of the Book of Mormon by Heather B. Moore
Heather Moore (aka H.B. Moore) has a new book out and it's a bit different from her previous historical fiction.
Women of the Book of Mormon: Insights and Inspirations is a beautiful book that features twelve women mentioned in the Book of Mormon—Sariah, Mary, Abish and others. Heather imagines what their lives might have been like—from the physical conditions of their surroundings to family life to cultural expectations and more. She also delves into the issues they faced, the choices they made, and the consequences of those choices. Based on clues from the Book of Mormon and extensive research into the time periods in which they lived, we get an accurate peek into their lives.
Heather's insights into these women are amazing and brought up issues I'd never thought about before.
All of the information on these women is presented clearly; it's fascinating and easy to read and understand. Each chapter starts with a gorgeous piece of art, representing the woman (or group of women) being discussed. The cover image is of Mary, the mother of Christ. Isn't that just breath-taking?
I think my favorite chapter was about Sariah, wife of Lehi. Reading about what she gave up and what she had to deal with during the journey to the Promised Land overwhelmed me with gratitude for the conveniences (read: modern appliances) I've been blessed with and the ease of my life.
What I especially liked about this book is the way Heather focuses in on a particular challenge each woman meets, and then likens it to our own lives. Over and over again as I read this book, I found myself going back to a quote from the Foreword written by Kate Terry Hansen, PhD, "In so many ways we are different. In so many ways we are the same." That is the message of this book. While our lives are very different from the lives of these women, they are also very much the same—and we can gain strength and comfort from their examples.
I recommend this book to LDS women, especially those who might be feeling alone, abandoned or just need a little reminder of sisterhood. (It would make a great Mothers Day gift—hint, hint.)
*Review copy provided by Heather B. Moore.