Women of the Book of Mormon: Insights and Inspirations (Hardcover )

by Heather B. Moore

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An ideal gift to share with mothers, sisters, and friends, this refreshing and engaging book offers new insights into the temporal and spiritual lives of our ancient sisters.

Explore the lives, circumstances, and choices of women in the Book of Mormon in this uplifting and inspirational volume that illustrates the parallels between the lives of the women of the Book of Mormon and LDS women today. With new insights on practically every page, author Heather B. Moore explores the written and unwritten stories of the prominent women in the Book of Mormon — taking familiar material and providing vivid details about family dynamics, domestic practices, and other aspects of daily life. By applying historical and cultural contexts to the situations of women like Sariah, Abish, Eve, Mary, and the faithful mothers of the striplings warriors, you will peek beneath the surface of the scriptural accounts to better understand both the righteous women of the Book of Mormon — and the women who didn’t use their agency wisely.

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  • Pages:  102
  • Size:  6" x 9"

About the Author

HEATHER B. MOORE is the two-time Best of State and two-time Whitney Award winner for her historical fiction, the most recent being Esther the Queen. She is also the author of the nonfiction inspirational book Women of the Book of Mormon and the coauthor of Christ’s Gifts to Women with Angela Eschler. Heather is a columnist for Meridian Magazine on LDS topics.

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Excellent Teaching Resource

by  Josi  -   reviewed on  March 02, 2011

With so few women in any books of scripture, I found this book to be a fabulous reminder that although they might not have had the same attention as the men in the Book of Mormon, but they were THERE and they were real. I felt this really put the flesh on the bones of these woman. It was well written and full of cultural reminders about the lives these women lived. I've found it very helpful in developing lessons for church where I want to give a different viewpoint than perhaps we are used to.

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Wonderful!

by  julie  -   reviewed on  March 08, 2011

In Heather Moore’s book, Women of the Book of Mormon, we are allowed glimpses into the lives of all the women who were mentioned throughout the entire Book of Mormon. We learn about the twenty-four Lamanite women who were taken captive by Amulon and his band when they were found dancing by the river. We learn of Abish, King Lamoni’s wife, and of our first mother, Eve. Much of what is written in this book is background on the lives of the women from that time period. We learn about the daily work they had to do, the value they had in society, and the importance of the faith they taught to their children. Heather’s previous books show the possible trials and faith of the women of the scriptures, which has been one of the many reasons I have found myself drawn to her writings. What was fun with this book going over the intimate implications of these women was the comfort women gain from other women. In a very real way, we need each other. We need those examples of faith to carry us through times that are too difficult for us to handle alone. I found it interesting how Sariah gained comfort going through her trials by leaning on the faith of other women mentioned in the scriptures. I especially liked the reference to that mother we all share, Eve. It never occurred to me to think of the pain she had as mother raising Cain and then losing him to the jealousy and hatred he had for his brother. Heather points out that not all of us grow up with a mother who teaches the belief in Christ, but that we all share our first mother who stands as a supreme example to all of us. There is an astounding amount of research put into this book and it’s obvious Heather as meticulous at crafting each segment. I recommend this book to any who desire a better understanding of what it might have been like to have been a woman throughout the ages of scriptural history. I walked away from reading this book edified and expanded in my knowledge, and appreciate the opportunity to have read it.

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An Insightful Book

by  Danyelle  -   reviewed on  May 25, 2010

I thought Women of the Book of Mormon was such a great book! As a convert, there are still a lot of scripture stories I'm learning to connect with. Reading this book helped me to see what real life was like for women who lived during the Book of Mormon times, which made them so much more real to me. Loved the artwork, too!

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I thought this book would work better as fiction.

by  Valerie  -   reviewed on  January 24, 2011

This book was a disappointment. There were too many suppositions and inconsistencies for my taste. For example, on page 12, we are told that marriages were arranged by fathers, while on page 13 it is Sariah who faces the challenge of arranging her sons' marriages. And why was there a whole chapter about the Wife of Mormon, when we know nothing about her? I think an enjoyable novel might have been made out of this book.

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Perfect Gift for Women of ALL Faiths

by  LuAnn  -   reviewed on  April 22, 2010

If you’re looking for a perfect Mother’s Day gift, look no farther than Heather Moore’s new book, Women of the Book of Mormon. Don’t let this slim volume fool you into thinking it is light-weight, because it is not. The information is well-researched and documented, yet easy-to-read and interesting. Despite the fact I had read the manuscript in its early draft form, I still found myself stopping often to ponder the information and insight Moore had provided into the lives of these women. One striking moment for me was the reason why male children were preferred over females—because females left a family to join the family of their husband, and males remain a part of their father’s household. Suddenly, I understood not just these women, but also the centuries-old preference for male children which still seems to exist around the world today. Another strength with Moore’s book is the chapters devoted to women who are also in the Bible—Eve, Mary, and Sarah—making this an appropriate gift for your Non-LDS friends and family members as well. The color illustrations add a new dimension to the text, allowing readers to visualize each of these women in their unique situations. I know Women of the Book of Mormon is a book I will return to reread again during my scripture study, or when I need a moment to ponder how blessed I am in my own life trials. I know I will buy multiple copies of this book to share with my family members, of all Christian faiths.

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Learn about the Book of Mormon Women

by  Stephanie  -   reviewed on  April 13, 2010

After I finished reading Women of the Book of Mormon; Insights and Inspirations, I made a mental list of all the extraordinary women in my life I wanted to give this book to: my mother, mother-in-law, sisters-in-law, one for each of my visiting teachers, the women I work with in my calling and a few extras for friends. The ideal day to give this book as a gift would be Mother's Day since many of the women in Heather's book are mother's. But this is a book to give all year long. I didn't realize how many women were actually in the Book of Mormon. We don't know all their names but they play a role in history from Sariah to the wife of Lamoni to the Stripling Warriors mothers. Heather shows us how each of these women lived in their time and gives us a look at what they may have felt or acted according to their era. For instance, Sariah most likely lived on a big estate with servants. Then her husband tells her they need to leave their home and she lives in a tent. What was that trial like for her? With no servants, Sariah and her daughters were now in charge of gathering, cooking, and running a household in the wilderness. This is just one example Heather shows us. There are eleven more in her book for us to get to know and maybe understand better. As I read Heather's book, I was expecting all righteous women but there were a few that weren't. How about the story of the Daughter of Jared who danced for a man so he would kill her grandfather who sat on the throne. How was she to know that her new husband would also kill her father and eventually her son? But Heather also taught me that we are ALL daughters of a Heavenly Father who loves us unconditionally. We can all strive to do what's right and return to Him one day. Women of the Book of Mormon: Insights and Inspirations is a well-written , well- researched book with a look into the lives of the twelve women in the Book of Mormon. Each woman has her own chapter, which makes it easy to pick up and read again and again. Heather's words weave a story and history together that helps any reader understand what is written without feeling overwhelmed by facts. I also looked forward to each picture at the beginning of the chapters. They were beautiful! This book is very appropriate for anyone to read and another great book from Heather Moore.

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Brings Book of Mormon women to life

by  Todd  -   reviewed on  March 09, 2010

They were women who lived thousands of years ago. They spoke different languages, had different customs and undoubtedly faced challenges that the women of today can only imagine. But they have been brought back to life once more in H.B. Moore’s new non-fiction book Women of the Book of Mormon: Insights and Inspirations. And in writing of them, Moore teaches us an important truth: We are all daughters of our Heavenly Father and through His care we can overcome any challenge. Her well-crafted descriptions and in-depth research help us to see these women through their own unique experiences and to understand them better. Destined to become a useful reference guide alongside other previously published Book of Mormon guides, Women of the Book of Mormon sheds new light on what have been the lesser-known characters of the Book of Mormon to remind us of the invaluable roles that these brave women played.

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A beautiful, well written book about the Women of the Book of Morman

by  Sheila  -   reviewed on  May 21, 2010

Even before reading the contents of the book, you are drawn in by the beautiful cover. There stands a lovely woman, all dressed in white, who you find out is Mary, the Mother of Jesus. This book covers the lives of the women that lived in Book of Mormon times, such as Abish, the Twenty-four Lamanite Daughters, Queen of King Lamoni, Daughters of Jared and Wife of Mormon and others. You learn more about the women from the bible who were mentioned in the Book of Mormon. These women are Eve, Sarah and Mary, Mother of Jesus. I love what Heather says in the preface of her book, “The women of the Book of Mormon are our sisters, and their stories lie within those sacred pages. Not only can we learn from the messages of their husbands and sons, we can discover how much the Savior loves us through the experiences and enduring faith of these women. “ As you read this book, you will learn many things from these faithful women of the Book of Mormon. Sariah, Lehi's wife, showed us how to be humble, resourceful and faithful. Eve, demonstrated how the pursuit of faith should continue all of our lives. Heather quotes in her book: "Faith was a lifelong pursuit for Eve, and her need mirrors our need to continually " call upon" the Lord. Just as our first mother did, and as the women of the Book of Mormon did, we have the privilege of turning to the Lord in our times of need. " The chapter that touched my heart the most was "Mothers of the Two Thousand Stripling Warriors". These women were new converts to the gospel of Jesus Christ. They taught their sons about their past and how their lives, living the gospel, had changed them and their hearts. I love how Heather points out here that the women taught their sons about faith and what it meant to possess it, to embrace it. Isn't that something that we would all like to do for our children? I know that is what I am striving to do. I must share with you, one more quote from Heather that I would like to print out and hang on my wall. "As our own children grow and mature, we might ponder their innocent natures and wonder what we have taught them. How, like the mothers of the stripling warriors, can we prepare our own children to face the battles they'll certainly encounter? We make every effort to raise our children in the gospel, but once they're away from the protective arms of family, will they stray from the narrow path? Will their faith sustain them?" Not only does "Women of the Book of Mormon" have beautiful art in it, but the words are also written so eloquently. This book is easily read and is 93 pages long. Heather is such an intelligent woman and it truly shows in her research and writing. I also admire Heather for her great love of the Book of Mormon and it's people. She has written many novels about the Book of Mormon people such as the "Out of Jerusalem" series, "Abinadi," " Alma" and the soon to be released "Alma the Younger" that is also coming out this year. Heather in 2008, won a Whitney Award and the 2009 Best of State in Literary Arts, for "Abinadi". Sheila {Why Not Because I Said So & LDS Womens Book Review}

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Expanding Your View of The Book of Mormon

by  Michael  -   reviewed on  March 03, 2010

I love things that make me expand my way of thinking. This book was one of those things. I have read the Book of Mormon a number of times, and I’m constantly amazed at the different things I find there. “Women of the Book of Mormon” opened me up to aspects of the Book of Mormon that I had not yet considered, especially cultural considerations that make the text more meaningful. Once such example was the fact in Jewish society about the importance of sons and what they meant to a woman in that society. It was seen as a sort of status symbol, as childbearing was considered a woman’s primary function in the society. Sons were prized higher in that society because they stayed in the family instead of becoming part of someone else’s . In that context, it makes Sariah’s lament about losing all four of her sons at once to Laban’s clutches much more poignant. The book is a very quick read and left me wanting to look further into the characters mentioned and to pay closer attention to them next time I read through. Each chapter not only goes into the background of the characters, but ties it in nicely with personal applications for the reader’s life. Each chapter is nicely accented with a full-color painting, many of which I was not yet familiar with, but all very tastefully done. The book releases in April and I highly recommend you pick it up. Visit http://www.hbmoore.com/ to learn more about Heather’s award-winning writing and to order her books.

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Thought provoking and uplifting

by  Michele  -   reviewed on  April 12, 2010

Heather Moore's fictional works centered around the stories of The Book of Mormon have always made the reader think more deeply about the people found there. Now she's turned her talent and research to this even more inspiring and introspective nonfiction work. Women of the Book of Mormon closely examines the lives, challenges, and spiritual triumphs of the oft overlooked women found in its pages. I was particularly touched by her insights into Sariah's and Mary's lives and found myself considering---and looking to their examples---how they handled the challenges they each faced. I would recommend this book to any individual or family as a companion reader when studying the Book of Mormon.

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Too much supposition.

by  Gail  -   reviewed on  November 26, 2011

How she got this to 102 pages was the only amazing thing about the book. The title should have been "Creating Personalities for the Women of the Book of Mormon".

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