Book Review: Heather B. Moore's 'Women of the Book of Mormon'

(First, to my usual followers, I have to say that I gave in to temptation and purchased a box of girl scout cookies. No, that’s not right, I’m fighting the war against the evil cookies. )

This is the first time I’ve ever reviewed a book on my blog. But it’s a pretty cool thing to do if you ask me. When I’m a published author (which is hopefully one day soon) I hope that someone will be willing to do the same thing. I know that some of my followers are not LDS/Mormon. However, you have the right to continue reading or not. Up to you.

Anyway, the book that I’m reviewing is Women of the Book of Mormon by Heather B. Moore. First, a few disclaimers and free advertising. I’ve never personally met Heather. Heather runs or owns Precision Editing Group. I must say, I used their free ten page service and was very satisfied with the job that was done on Eli and the Amethyst‘s prologue. Because of various connections, I also follow Heather’s blog: my writer’s lair. (No, I’m not wrong, there are no caps in her blog’s title.) Also, I do wish to state that I will be referring to the author by her first name despite the fact that we don’t know each other.

Moving on with the review. Even though this is a nonfiction work written for inspiration, I have to say that I learned a lot about a woman’s role in ancient Mesoamerica and ancient Israel. Heather has obviously done her research. She gave some interesting insights concerning Sarai and what she must have gone through. I was fascinated in her explanation of what the birthing process was like for a woman back in 600 B.C. and how much worse it would have been for Sarai as she traveled in the wilderness giving birth at least twice.

It’s nice that Heather uses the references that the Book of Mormon makes to women of the Bible. Even though Sarah, Eve, and Mary aren’t women that are in the Book of Mormon, they’re each referenced. She digs into the why and what their examples meant to those faithful women among the Nephites and Lamanites. Without stating it, she brings to mind that the Book of Mormon is not meant to replace the Bible, but to attest to it and our Savior.

I have to say, I was surprised at the mention of Isabael as well as the Daughter of Jared. Both are looked at as wicked women. One a harlot, the other a deceitful seductress. She shows that Isabel was more than just a harlot who had her name mentioned in the Book of Mormon. Heather brings up who Isabel probably was and how she probably held a larger societal role than most give her credit for. I have to say that there could be a movie about the Daughter of Jared. You’re talking about a woman who seduced a man to get him to kill her grandfather. This same man, ends up killing her father instead and later kills her oldest child. What kind of life must she have had. Honestly, if I had great scriptwriting ability, I’d write one about her. Maybe one day.

The great example that the mothers of the 2,000 Stripling Warriors are for all parents is incredible. These mothers taught their children all they could and raised them in a strong understanding that God would protect them if they believed and followed his will. The insights to these women are a testament to parents that try to raise their children. These 2,000 sons knew what their mothers taught them and were willing to sacrifice their lives to protect their families and homes. They would not have done so were it not for their mothers.

I do recommend this book to all those interested in delving a little deeper and gaining a lot of insight about these women who aren’t referred to in Sunday School lessons. There are so many things that we don’t know about because we do not pay attention closely enough. This book shows that Heather took a lot of time and energy into making sure she had the most accurate information she could find. The comparisons between ancient Israel and Mesoamerica are very intriguing and have made me interested in researching these concepts more.

If you get a chance to read this book, then you should. I wasn’t bored (which is always a good thing and surprising since this book is written towards LDS women). This book is a reminder that we need to be grateful for what we have, love and honor our families, trust our Father in Heaven, and obey the teachings of our Savior.

Well, that’s my book review. I will not be writing anything for Friday (unless I do it Thursday), but I intend to do a Saturday post with my round two picks of the NCAA tournament. (Yeah, my blog doesn’t have a random conglomeration of topics.)


2 Responses

  1. Thanks for the very thorough review, TJ. I’m happy that you enjoyed the read! I wish you all the best in your own writing.

  2. What type of cookies?

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