At times, we as faithful Latter-day Saint women struggle
to understand exactly who Christ is in our lives. We
fail to comprehend the gifts He offers us as we strive
to overcome the challenges we face. But Christ's great
message to us is that He has overcome this world - He
has given us great gifts that empower and help us realize
we are not alone.
With touching artwork from renowned artists, this
beautifully written book weaves trials faced in our day
with trials faced in Biblical days - and expounds on the
timeless power Christ has given women to overcome
them. As we strive to draw closer to Christ, He will draw
closer to us, magnify our efforts, and fill us with joy and
peace. From the gift of mercy to the gifts of experience,
wholeness, nurturing, and seeing, authors Heather
B. Moore and Angela Eschler help women recognize
the incredible rewards Christ has given each of God'sprecious daughters, no matter the hardships we face.
By Cheryl, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Gorgeous book with a beautiful message. The artwork and layout is stunning and sets the stage for the powerful message within. Through scripture stories and messages from prophets and apostles we take a closer look at ourselves and our relationship with our Savior, Jesus Christ. Inspiring and thought provoking.
By Connie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
At times, we as faithful Latter-day Saint women struggle to understand exactly who Christ is in our lives. We fail to comprehend the gifts He offers us as we strive to overcome the challenges we face. He has overcome the world–He has given women great gifts that empower us and help us realize we are not alone.
Heather Moore and Angela Eschler have done exactly what the book cover says. They have written a book that weaves trials faced in our day with trials faced in Biblical days–and expounded on the timeless power Christ has given women to overcome them.
As they spoke about the gift of mercy I realized that many of us fail to forgive and forget earlier mistakes in our lives and continue to wallow in the past. That goes against everything Christ taught. We all must realize that through Him, every struggle can be for our experience and our good. After reading this book I hope that I will allow myself to feel encircled in the arms of His love, and that I will feel safe.
These two women reminded me that sometimes God calms the storm, and sometimes He lets the storm rage and calms His child helping me to understand His power. Without the gift of experience how would we learn? In permitting trials He allows a greater understanding of His purposes.
Heather and Angela reminded us in this book that the Savior has power enough to heal us all in each and every aspect of our lives, if we but reach out to Him. The gift of wholeness can belong to each of us, but the Lord has His own timetable, and we must trust that the infinite healing will come and our trial will be lifted.
The past few years I spent my time nurturing my mother, and then my husband for many months. This book helped me to realize that as I did those nurturing acts of service to them the Savior lovingly nurtured me.
I agree with these two women, that sometimes we find ourselves too caught up in our ever-busy lives to see Him and embrace the gifts He offers. When we are stressed, worried, overwhelmed, or even filled with self-recrimination, this is the time to include Him in our lives and take comfort in His love for us. I totally agree with them that we would do well to slow down a little . . . and truly see the things that matter most.
Heather and Angela helped me to realize that as we strive to draw closer to Christ, He will draw closer to us, magnify our efforts, and fill us with joy and peace. They helped me recognize the incredible rewards Christ has given each of God’s precious daughters, no matter the hardships we face.
By julie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This book is a beautiful glimpse into womanhood and all the different facets of womanhood. It's a testament that God loves his daughters and knows them. The beautiful artistic layout of the book coupled with words that pierce the heart and offer enlightenment make this a wonderful gift--not just for the women on your shopping list, but a gift for yourself.
By Nashelle, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This book was a beautiful reminder of the divinity of women. At a time in our world when womanhood is sneered upon, this book is a light shining through the darkness to help women remember that God loves them and is pleased with them no matter their station in life. Each page is adorned with magnificent artwork and filled with inspring quotes from prophets both ancient and modern-day to testify of the love of the Lord for His daughters.
Christ's Gifts to Women address five specific gifts - each with a familiar story from the bible to accompany it:
The Gift of Mercy - the woman taken in adultery
The Gift of Experience - Mary & Martha
The Gift of Wholeness - the woman with an issue of blood
The Gift of Nurturing - Mary the mother of Jesus & Elisabeth her cousin
The Gift of Seeing - Mary Magdalene at the tomb
I was touched by the eloquence and spirit that emanated from Christ's Gifts to Women while reading it. I was able to feel a close connection to my Savior and know that His love for me is real. This is a book in which every page carries a message that will touch the heart of any woman - or any man who loves a woman.
The book closes with this profound statement:
"We are never alone. We are loved by a kind-hearted Elder Brother, our gentle Savior, who holds us dear. Despite His grand mission of saving the innumerable souls throughout the eternities, Christ did not forget the needs of the one woman . . . Likewise, He does not forget us in His infinite and matchless love. Nor will He ever."
By Joyce, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Wow, this is a wonderful book for all women (and our men, if we share it with them)! It will uplift, inspire, and encourage anyone who reads it. I love the artwork, the scriptures, the quotes, and especially the insights presented.
By Kaye, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Five thoughtful and thought-provoking essays by authors Heather B. Moore and Angela Eschler, gathered together in Christ’s Gifts to Women. Much more than essays is going on in this book. It is graced by design and content as well as words.
The design of the book jacket (and, peeking underneath I see of the book itself) is tastefully purple and portrait. Mary Magdalene at the garden tomb shows by the look on her face that she has seen that the Christ lives. Inside the book covers, end papers reminiscent of fine publications of the last century and pages in brown and sepia tones remind us of first editions. Graceful spring flowers spill over edges and tops of the pages illuminating the fine art and careful words that grace each essay. Pull quotes in graceful script draw us into the text and teach and comfort us even if they are the only things we read.
The content of the book treats five gifts that Christ gives to women. Each gift is intriguing to me. Mercy, Experience, Wholeness, Nurturing, and Seeing are the subjects of the five essays. They are surrounded by fine art, much of it by gifted Latter-day Saint artists—several very nice pieces that I have not seen before. Some paintings are full page and full color. Others are smaller with tasteful golden frames around them. Still other appear as drawings, sepia-toned, increasing the sense of a fine old work that has been connected to our very lives.
The words are crafted around each of the five gifts and quote liberally from scripture and latter-day prophets in exploring how each gift blesses a specific scriptural woman. Here we meet the woman at the well and the woman taken in adultery; Mary and Martha; the woman with the issue of blood; Mary, the mother of Jesus; and Mary Magdalene. In each case the teachings Christ gave to these women are applied to us, modern women, who wrestle with struggles women always face.
Memorable quotes live here. In the Mercy section we read, “”. . .He is a merciful judge. He, our only legitimate accuser, does not condemn.” In the Experience section we find, “We are in the process of perfection. It was not meant to be a single event.” In the Wholeness section, “The gift of wholeness is available to each of us, no matter how broken we might feel.”
I like the intention of this book. I like the beauty of it—making it a treasure for any library or coffee table or loved one. And I like the sense of it that provides something insightful to think about when the reading is done.
These are not the only five gifts Christ has given us. What about hope? Blessings? Giving? Loving? Receiving? Creating? Being? And many more. But these five are a good beginning and give insightful understanding and hope when they are pondered and hopefully understood. An excellent volume that deserves reading again and again.
By Bradley, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I enjoyed this book. It is beautiful to look at and I felt it was worth my time to read.
I volunteered to read and review this book for one of the authors. I was expecting a small, paper bound book with some inspirational quotes. This book was much more than that.
Christ's Gifts to Women is really a book of essays in picture book format. Each of the essays takes a look at one (or two) New Testament women and shows us the lessons that we can learn from each of those women. The one that seems most applicable to me right now is the gift of healing, taken from the story of a woman with an issue of blood. The authors lovingly show us how Christ can heal us, both body and soul, if we reach out to Him and believe.
I ultimately gave it four out of five stars because there were times when I thought that the essays, though excellently written and very informative and thought provoking, fell just a little short of the mark. But I don't think that has anything to do with the writing--which was beautifully done--so much as I believe that different things speak to us as different times. Those essays that didn't touch me as much were probably not ideas that I needed to hear. As I said above, the one I was most touched by was healing. There were others that didn't quite hit the mark.
This book exudes peace and love. The artwork invites us to contemplate these stories in ways that mere words cannot quite convey. There is always something about having a face to put with a story, even if we don't know what that face really looked like, that helps it become more real.
I have a lot of picture books that are extra special to me. I will ultimately have a special shelf in my bedroom devoted entirely to these books. They are beautiful, or inspiring, or just have a spark of something more than your average picture book. I will be honored to add Christ's Gifts to Women to that shelf.
By Camille, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I loved everything about this inspiring book. I loved the artwork, the testimonies of the Savior's gifts, and the inspiration the book gave me for my life.
I would definitely recommend this book to every woman.
By Lexie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This book is absolutely breathtaking! It contains a beautiful message for women, reminding us of who we are and how our Savior views each one us as His daughters. It is inspiring and uplifting and should be added to the library of every Latter-Day Saint woman!
First off, I have to talk about the format, design, and art involved in this book. The presentation of the book itself was not only beautiful, but the artwork added so much depth to the message the words were conveying.
The book was sectioned into the following chapters: the Gift of Mercy, the Gift of Experience, the Gift of Wholeness, the Gift of Nurturing, and the Gift of Seeing. Each of these is a gift that our Savior freely gives to us as women. These gifts are illustrated in the book by examples from the New Testament and from the Savior's mortal life.
Though I loved the message conveyed in each chapter, the one that stood out the most to me was "The Gift of Nurturing". At this point in my life, being a mother of a 3 year old and a newborn, this gift is the one I strive for the most. I am so blessed to be a mother and so grateful that as a woman, the Savior has given me the ability to nurture.
This beautiful book touched my heart and reminded me of my self worth in the eyes of the Savior. I would buy this powerful book as a gift for any woman in my life and would highly recommend it to every Latter-Day Saint woman.
By Patrick, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This awe-inspiring book is a must read for all women, but would be an uplifting joy for men as well. When we consider the gifts described in the book that our Savior gives to us, those of Mercy, Experience, Wholeness, Nurturing and Seeing, one cannot help but feel His love for us. The Savior's interaction with the women in each of the chapters, exemplifies His caring for each and every one of us. This is a book that you will not want to put down. It is beautifully written and illustrated from start to finish. I loved it and will certainly have it on my gift list for others.
By Delina, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I really enjoyed how this book offered a new perspective on the teachings of Christ and how we can apply them to our womanhood. Great book for any woman!!!
By Ruby, Submitted on 2015-02-25
What a powerful book written just for women….ALL women! As seen through Christ’s eyes and life, the authors show us how much Christ loves us. It doesn’t matter that we have flaws and doubts and troubles. Jesus loves us all the same. And he is willing to give us the same gifts he bestowed on the various women in his lifetime: the daughter of Jairus, the Samaritan woman at the well, the adulteress, and Mary and Martha. The gifts of mercy, nurturing, and wholeness, to mention a few. The illustrations in the book add so beautifully to the inspiring text. This is a must read for all women….not just LDS women…ALL women of the world can benefit from the messages in this slim, but inspirational book
By Sheila, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Women love getting presents, anything from perfume to chocolates and jewelry. My favorite, of course, are books! In the Inspirational book, Christ's Gifts to Women, we learn how the greatest gifts we can receive are free, and they given to us by The Savior, Jesus Christ. The messages found in this book are needed for today's LDS/Christian women. Life is hard as we all try to take care of our families, our jobs, church involvement, and taking care of ourselves. The message of the world is that we should be perfect. Most of us feel less than perfect. In chapter 2, "The Gift of Mercy", we are reminded how we are in the process of perfection, and it does not happen in one single event. Many of us suffer through depression or discouragement because of our imperfections. This is where the authors tell us "We must rally to the gift of mercy... this is the gift that allows us the process of perfection; messing up, learning, and becoming better."
The five gifts discussed, in this beautifully written book,are:
-The Gift of Mercy
-The Gift of Experience
-The Gift of Wholeness
-The Gift of Nurturing
-The Gift of Seeing
Christ's Gifts to Women is full of magnificent illustrations, that harmonize with the messages of hope, faith, being of good cheer, and Christ's never ending love for us.Even though I loved the entire book, the chapter that meant the most to me is, The Gift of Nurturing. The words found there brought a sense of peace to my heart. We are admonished to nurture others in our lives, just as the Savior does..."We draw closer to Him because we come to understand His motives and His love for us and for those around us. We learn to see others as he see them, and we long to bestow on them the same love He bestows." I also loved reading about the comforting words written about trials we may be going through. "When a burden is too large to bear ourselves and we feel 'heavy laden,' we must remember that there is Someone who is waiting to share it and, if necessary, take the burden from us.The Lord has invited us: 'Come Unto Me' (Matthew 11:28). With these simple words, come unto me, the Lord is offering to nurture us."
There was one overall thought that stayed with me, after I finished reading the book. It summed up all of the sacred things that are presented in this book. "We can pray and ponder about these wonderful gifts, and by so doing, we allow Him into our hearts, and are able to embrace the nurturing He offers us. Let's put faith in these words spoken about His daughter Elisabeth:'For with God nothing shall be impossible.' (Luke 1:37)."
This book will be a wonderful gift for any woman in your life; Mother, sister, wife, aunt, cousin and friend. Christ's Gifts to Women will strengthen, uplift, and help heal the hearts of those who have the privilege of reading this book. It will also bring the readers closer to the Savior,to more fully feel his love in their lives.
By Colleen, Submitted on 2015-02-25
What a beautiful book. If you are a woman and struggling with who you are, or where you are going, you need to pick up this book and read it! They wove true stories of women from the bible who in their time suffered many trials, especially by being a woman. With Faith in Christ all things are made possible. No matter how far gone you think you are and don't feel like forgiveness will be yours, Look at the woman taken in adultery. As Christ put it in John 8:7 "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her." We all have skeletons in our closets, but if we look to Christ, and hear his words "go, and sin no more" we can have the confidence to get up, brush ourselves off and move forward with Christ trusting us to do what is right. We may still have those days where forgiveness looks so far out of reach.......In this book it explains why it is not and how you can obtain the peace and comfort you need while being a woman in these Latter Days.
Being out of work for so long and having some personal struggles right now in my life, this book has opened my eyes and gives me the strength to not give up and move on with my life, it could be worse. Personally I think bishops should have this book on hand to give women who come to them and are struggling. Please pick up this book and read it as often as you can! Learn about Christ's Gift to "YOU".
By Desiree, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This book is so elegant, it's a true feast for the eyes. But more importantly it is inspiring and uplifting. I was surprised that just my initial glances through the text brought answers and comfort concerning issues I had long been frustrated with.
By Kathryn, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Would make a great gift for any woman. Beautiful in word
and picture. The thoughts are especially meaningful at this time
when women need to be lifted up. Thanks to the authors.
By LuAnn, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Women hold a special place in the heart of the Savior, yet sometimes we forget just how important we are and how much we are loved. Christ's Gifts to Women asks us to look at the sacred gifts we've been given: the gift of mercy, the gift of experience, the gift of wholeness, the gift of nurturing, and the gift of seeing. Each brief chapter allows us to look at the lives of women in the Scriptures, as well as at our lives, and see how we too have been blessed by the gifts of the Savior. I found myself touched by the stories in a way that made me realize I was doing what I needed to do to become a more faithful daughter of God. This simple volume is beautifully illustrated and will make a perfect gift for Mother's Day, birthdays, or for other occasions you want to honor an important woman in your life. It is worth the price for the stunning collection of artwork alone.
By Gayle, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I read an advance copy of this book and was very impressed with how the authors handled such a sensitive topic. In the introduction, Moore and Eschler point out that many of us don't fully understand our value and worth to the Savior and how we can claim the gifts He offers all women, both in ancient times, and in our present day. Five gifts are discussed, each in context of the New Testament verses, and then it is explained how we can use them today in order to draw closer to Christ and feel of His love and mercy. Each page and chapter is accompanied by wonderful artwork, making this book beautiful in both content and appearance.
By Kasey, Submitted on 2015-02-25
This book is beautiful both visually and in its heartfelt prose. The authors have identified issues that hit close to home with women today, and they address these issues through the eyes of the Savior and His interactions with women during His time on earth. Their doctrine is sound yet presented in a way that is easy to understand and accented with beautifully illustrated images of the Savior's ministry.
This book would be the perfect gift for Mother's Day or a pick-me-up for a friend or someone you visit teach. I plan on keeping it close at hand with my scriptures for those days when I need a reminder of who I am and what my Savior thinks of me.