Women and the Priesthood
by Sheri L. Dew
The fact that women are not ordained to the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is for some a sticking point, a hot topic, even a potential media controversy. Others aren't troubled by the issue at all. But wherever you fall on that spectrum, you'll be fascinated by this doctrinal exploration of a topic that is crucial for both women and men to understand.
In Women and the Priesthood, Sheri Dew discusses the varying responsibilities of men and women in the context of key doctrine of the Church, including the eternal truths that women are vital to the success of the Lord's church, that God expects women to receive revelation, and that both men and women have access to God's highest spiritual blessings.
This enlightening book shows how studying the doctrine of the priesthood will help you find the answers you seek about women and the priesthood, about women in the Church, and about the vital influence righteous women can have in the world.
Unabridged audio book
By Anonymous, Submitted on 2015-12-31
This book caught my eye every time I walked into Deseret Book. As a 20-year-old woman in the church, preparing to be married within a few months, I checked to see the online ratings (5 star average on here and amazon) and decided to purchase this book. I loved it. A lot of it is familiar stuff, but it was in such greater depth. Dew uses some anecdotes from her own life, but most of her examples and teachings come from the lives of women around the world and doctrine from the prophets, apostles, and scriptures. She managed to empower me while also teaching me and showing me all the places in my life where I have a lot of work to do! The chapter about motherhood is especially powerful, especially knowing that she writes about it having had no opportunities in her mortal life to marry and have children of her own. I really recommend this book to men and women alike; though written to women, it teaches so much that can be applied to your life and calling in the church, gender regardless.
By Desiree, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I did enjoy this book very much. I found alot of information, but some repetitivness, and it started to drag on when it hit about the priesthood.
My only compliant is that I find how she says all sisters are welcoming. NOT All Sisters are welcoming.
1. When I was a child, the lds church I went to was nothing but back biting and gossip. Lost my step father who was an investigator.
2. 15 years later I moved to Florida with my parents. Only one couple acknowledged me who were the age of my grandparents, who helped me prepare to go to the temple.
3.When I married in the temple and moved to Sandy Utah for 5 years not one person acknowledged my husband and myself. They only talked to people in their circle like teens did in their own clicks. My daughter was in the NICU for almost Two months before the RS president found out that I had a baby, but only few ladies would help, after that it was back to no acknowledgement.
I'm not saying this out of anger, but women and men need to realize it is important to actually acknowledge others and their feelings. Why go to church if your going to be ignored? I'm going because I want to become better, but not everyone feels that way.
By Crystal, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Sister Dew reads aloud for the audio book, and in her well toned and soothing voice brings to us the words she has written, and studied out in her heart. This book is beautiful. The message of God's love for his daughters rings through every chapter. Sister Dew illustrates through examples from her life, and the lives of other women she has been blessed to know the expectations, and potential every daughter in His Kingdom has. If you are doubting where God's love is for His daughters, Sister Dew directs you to it. If you believe He counts us as second-class in His kingdom, Sister Dew shares quotes from Modern Prophets, and accounts of daily life that show just the opposite.
This book made me proud to be a woman. Thank you, Sister Dew for sharing this book with us!
By Susan, Submitted on 2015-02-25
My husband and I read this book together discussing the concepts and scriptures from our own personal perspectives. Although I think Sister Dew's intended audience was primarily woman it is filled with scripture, doctrine and insights that my husband could relate to and apply in his life and calling as well. He enjoyed it as much as I did. Sister Dew is a gifted author and with doctrinal support she reaches out to her readers with sensitively and clarity in a subject that has been controversial and mis-understood. She quotes latter-day Prophets and scripture and adds her insights leaving no room for doubt that womanhood is unique but equal to the Priesthood in the sight of God. I have already given copies to my daughters and I will continue to refer to this book whenever I need a reminder of how important I am to my Heavenly Fathers plan.
It is not a long book and well worth reading.
By Ryan, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Everyone should read this book. As I started reading it I was instantly drawn in, but for myself, in the third chapter where she discusses how to receive revelation was life-changing. I went back and read that part again and will refer to it often. The book is heavily laced with powerful scripture and words from the prophets. Well worth the read...
By Roberta, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I haven't finished this book yet but I'm enjoying it very much. I'm learning much about myself, my role in this world and am encouraged regarding my potential, that even in my "mature" years, I have potential to influence others, learn and grow in my understanding, still. This is a marvelous book for all women to remind us of all that we already do, can do and will be able to continue to do to make this world a better place. We often need a reminder of how much women are revered and appreciated for all the we do in and out of the gospel and church arena and this is certainly one. Husbands and wives could both benefit from reading this book.
By Nate, Submitted on 2015-02-25
So I picked this book up today for a Christmas Gift for my wife. But as a "Closet-Sheri-Dew-Reader" I started reading and I can't stop. Her understanding of Women's divine role in the Father's plan is obvious on every page. This isn't some cheesy apologetic approach to womanhood, this is the very doctrine of women that God would have us understand. The thoughts she expresses, with some of the most brilliant quotes from our latter-day leaders, is how my wife and mom view themselves. There is no inferiority complex when the full doctrine is in view. Sister Dew is brilliant in the defense of our unique and commendable and accomplished and mature view that womanhood is equal in the sight of God to that of the priesthood. A must read. This will be a book all of my kids will read before they leave the nest.
A great gift, but if you are like me...read it first!