Books about moms and for mothers


Mormon Times

Published: Tuesday, April 26 2011 5:30 a.m. MDT

Looking for a Mother's Day gift? Here are some of the several recently released books and one CD that are either for mothers or about moms.

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"WOMEN OF CHARACTER: Profiles of 100 Prominent LDS Women," edited by Susan Easton Black and Mary Jane Woodger, Covenant Communications, $24.99, 370 pages (nf)

The new book "Women of Character: Profiles of 100 Prominent LDS Women," published by Covenant Communications, offers readers a personal look into the lives of 100 LDS women who have accomplished something extraordinary. 

"Women of Character" profiles pioneer women such as Emma Hale Smith and Eliza R. Snow as well as contemporary women such as Jane Clayson Johnson and Gladys Knight. Each woman has her own unique life story, fascinating in its own right. Each woman experiences different challenges, defeats and victories. And as a result of her talent and contribution to society, each woman achieves her own degree of prominence.

Woven through these very unique stories, however, are important common threads.

One common thread is that each of these women shows unusual determination to succeed. Readers will appreciate and relate to the many stories of finally making progress after much hard work, seeing success only after multiple failures and finding happiness after experiencing heartbreak.

Another common thread is that the women in this book demonstrate strength of character no matter the circumstance. Notoriety often leads to situations where integrity could be compromised. The women in this book are truly women of character and choose not to make such compromises. Their lives demonstrate that true happiness and excellence can be found in remaining true to one's beliefs and in reaching outward rather than inward.

"Women of Character" is an inspiring book that can help LDS women find perspective and understand that their own lives are significant and meaningful. Readers will feel encouraged to develop their individual talents and serve more, ultimately making an important difference in their families and the world around them.

Susie Boyce

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"CONVERSATIONS WITH A MOONFLOWER," by Christine T. Hall, Cedar Fort, $12.99, 120 pages (nf)

In “Conversations with a Moonflower,” author Christine T. Hall tells a simple yet profound story, which is likely to send many readers in search of a moonflower.

She begins with a journey to the family farm in Cattaraugus County, N.Y., following the death of her grandmother. The trip is a practical one: to sort a lifetime of memories and get the house ready to sell. However, the sorting, divvying up and discarding of Grandma’s belongings is just a prelude to the heart of the book — the moonflower.

It is Grandma’s Amish neighbor, Marissa, who invites Hall and the others to come over their last night at the farm and watch the Ipomoea alba, or moonflower, which blooms at dusk. On the way to the Amish farmhouse, Hall and her sister joke that the reason the Amish get excited about a blooming moonflower is because they don’t have TV.

After watching the beautiful yellow blossoms open, Hall admits, “I don’t recall ever seeing a TV show that produced such a profound and immediate effect on me.”

She compares her own comfortable lifestyle with that of the Amish who go through life without modern conveniences and wonders “which of us really possessed the truest comforts of life?”

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