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A Letter to Emma Ray

August 23, 2005 | 24 comments
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A Letter to Emma Ray

While David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism is nearly perfect in every way, one thing it doesn’t do is provide an intimate portrait of President McKay. That lacuna is partially filled by Heart Petals: The Personal Correspondence of David Oman McKay to Emma Ray McKay. Read more »

Book Review: The Parenting Breakthrough

August 19, 2005 | 37 comments
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Book Review:  The Parenting Breakthrough

You just gotta love any book that has a picture of a seven-year-old boy cleaning a toilet on the cover. Read more »

Welcome Gregory Prince

August 16, 2005 | 12 comments
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We are excited to welcome Gregory Prince, coauthor of David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism (published March 2005 and already in its third printing; reviewed here). Welcome, Greg! Read more »

Book Review: The Book: A History of the Bible

August 14, 2005 | 10 comments
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I should warn potential readers: there’s a real danger that you will drool on the pages of Christopher de Hamel’s new book. Read more »

Thank You, Kirsten

August 8, 2005 | 13 comments
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It’s time to say goodbye to Kirsten and thank her for being an oustanding guest blogger. I appreciate the way that she formulated potentially-explosive and oft-discussed topics in a fresh, creative way that led to great discussions. Thanks, Kirsten, and we hope you’ll continue to stop by and comment. Read more »

Blood on the Doorposts

August 2, 2005 | 142 comments
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Let’s call her Sister Jones. We both taught seminary in Northern California a few years ago. I liked her from day one: faithful, funny, and willing to lend out anything from her complete collection of Sunstone back issues. (This was in the days before full Internet access, you see.) Read more »

Flannel Board Lust

July 30, 2005 | 14 comments
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Flannel Board Lust

Who knew when I started reading salon.com’s new column ‘Object Lust’ that I would fall victim to this deadly sin? Who could have predicted that the object of my attraction would be a flannel board? Read more »

Guest Blogger: Kirsten M. Christensen

July 21, 2005 | 7 comments
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I’m pleased to introduce Kirsten M. Christensen as our newest guest blogger. Kirsten has a PhD in Germanic Studies from UT-Austin and has taught at Mount Holyoke College and Notre Dame and is now at Pacific Lutheran University. She’s married to Ted Warren (who may have the most interesting job of anyone I know) and she has two adorable, smart, precious boys, Grayson and Hal. Read more »

HFPE

July 20, 2005 | 17 comments
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Griping about endless crafts at Home, Family, and Personal Enrichment Meeting is a Bloggernacle staple. I’d like to try something different. Read more »

Book Review: A Feminist Introduction to Paul

July 5, 2005 | 19 comments
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Here’s a sentence I wouldn’t have expected to find in a Deseret Book: If Emerson was right that a stubborn insistence on consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, then Paul’s place among the larger intellects of Western thought must be reckoned as secure. Read more »

Book Review: Qualities That Count: Heber J. Grant as Businessman, Missionary, and Apostle

June 19, 2005 | 11 comments
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Book Review:  Qualities That Count:  Heber J. Grant as Businessman, Missionary, and Apostle

Heber J. Grant’s insomnia may have been the best thing to happen to the study of early twentieth century Church history. Read more »

Lifestyles of the Middle Class and Boring

June 11, 2005 | 20 comments
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Lifestyles of the Middle Class and Boring

I figure that if Nate can go on and on and on about his garden, I might be indulged if I take you on a tour of my house. Read more »

An Open Letter to the Graphics Director of the Ensign

May 31, 2005 | 328 comments
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The pictures accompanying this month’s cover story entitled “Strengthening Future Mothers” make my heart hurt. Read more »

Family Fun: Temples

May 16, 2005 | 8 comments
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This Sunday is the dedication of the San Antonio Temple. My husband and I will get to participate in the dedication from our stake center, but it’s going to be one loooong day for my boys, who struggle with the Sabbath even when four hours of it is eaten up with Church meetings. So I’ve come up with a lengthy list of things they can do, with the hope of keeping them from eating the curtains and, oh yes, making the Temple dedication meaningful for them. I thought I’d go ahead and post the list for anyone looking for... Read more »

Book Review: David O. McKay: Beloved Prophet

May 14, 2005 | 37 comments
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Book Review:   David O. McKay:  Beloved Prophet

I have mixed feelings about the very presence of Woodger’s David O. McKay: Beloved Prophet. On the one hand, as someone who wants to read biographies of all of the prophets of this dispensation, I’m always happy to see a new addition to the fold. While there are other biographies of President McKay, the pickings are pretty slim–and expensive (but see post below). Read more »

Book Review: David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism

May 14, 2005 | 44 comments
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Book Review:   David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism

Yes, I’m reviewing two books on David O. McKay. My original intention was to review them together (and explore the larger issue of writing faith-promoting as opposed to warts-and-all history), but I decided that wouldn’t be fair. It didn’t seem fair because David O. McKay: Beloved Prophet is a credible entry in the well-established subgenre of LDS biography. It does exactly what it is supposed to do. But David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism is a category killer. Read more »

The Cheerio Incident

May 7, 2005 | 7 comments
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Seven years ago, when my oldest son was just a baby, I decided that I would use his naptimes to work on a book. I planned on turning my thesis into something relevant for an LDS audience and writing additional chapters about the other women’s stories in Mark’s Gospel. So each day, after putting down the baby for his nap, I’d drag out all of my books and papers and notes and try to focus. And it seemed that every day, just as soon as I got into the groove of what I was doing, I’d hear “WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!” and... Read more »

Book Review: A Statistical Profile of Mormons: Health, Wealth, and Social Life

May 2, 2005 | 43 comments
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Anyone and everyone interested in Mormon Studies should read this book. Read more »

“The First Thing We Do . . .”

April 26, 2005 | 67 comments
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There have been three new rules in the Church in the last year that have really angered and saddened me. Especially since, if I were in a position to do so, I would have made the same rules. Read more »

Postpartum Depression

April 25, 2005 | 52 comments
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I had severe and prolonged postpartum depression with my first child, moderate PPD with the second, and none at all with the third. While I’m by no means an expert, I wanted to sketch out some things that I thought might be helpful to those experiencing PPD and those who are in a position to help them (husbands, visiting teachers, ward leaders, etc.). Read more »

Book Review: Back to the Well: Women’s Encounters with Jesus in the Gospels

April 17, 2005 | 7 comments
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This statement from The Blog of Happiest Fun got a lot of links from other female bloggernaclites: I would like to spend more time discussing the lives of strong women in the scriptures. Women like Hannah, Deborah, Jael, or Anna the prophetess. There are so many women that I find interesting, and I don’t hear about them enough. I’d like to study their lives some more. Read more »

Teaching Modesty to Children

April 6, 2005 | 113 comments
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I posted the following you-know-where: I don’t have girl children, but I don’t let my boys wear tank tops or shorts above the knee. Read more »

An Open Thread on General Conference

April 2, 2005 | 127 comments
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This is the place, as it were, for comments on conference. I’m going to stop typing and listen. Read more »

Book Review: Women in Eternity, Women of Zion

March 29, 2005 | 149 comments
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Imagine, if you will, that a stalwart member of the Church approached you with some concerns about the theological underpinnings of the Word of Wisdom. What might you do? Castigate him as a rebellious secularizer? Remind her that questioning was the fast road to apostasy? Read more »