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Book Review: A Feminist Introduction to Paul

July 5, 2005 | 19 comments

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
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
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

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

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
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
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

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

Anyone and everyone interested in Mormon Studies should read this book. Read more »

“The First Thing We Do . . .”

April 26, 2005 | 67 comments

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

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

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

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

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

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 »

Eight Not-So-Simple Rules . . .

March 23, 2005 | 44 comments

Thought LDS dating rules were draconian? ‘Courtship‘ is the trendy new (old) thing among Christian fundamentalists. Read more »

Book Review: The Latter-day Saint Experience in America

March 16, 2005 | 27 comments

Perhaps you can forgive me for taking one look at the supersized price tag on Terryl L. Givens’ new book The Latter-day Saint Experience in America and assuming that the intended audience was luckless university students operating at the behest of their profligate professors. Read more »

Book Review: Black and Mormon

March 6, 2005 | 50 comments

Any etiquette book will tell you: there are certain topics you just don’t bring up in polite society. Any Mormon will tell you: we have a few topics of our own to add to that list. And one of them is the issue of blacks and the priesthood. Read more »

Book Review Schedule

March 1, 2005 | no comments

If you want to review a book, send me the title and your street address. There’s a category called Book Reviews for your posts. When you post the review, I’ll send the link to the publisher. Please don’t sit on the book forever. I’ll keep a running list of everything requested. God on the Quad (Adam) (St. Martin’s Press) DONE Black and Mormon (Julie) (U of Illinois) DONE The Latter-day Saint Experience in America (Julie) (Greenwood) DONE David O. McKay: Beloved Prophet (Julie) (Covenant) DONE David O. McKay and the Rise of Modern Mormonism (Julie) (U of Utah) A... Read more »

Yes, He Does

February 18, 2005 | 53 comments

Someone named Katherine posted the following on the What Think Ye? thread: “The subjects of women and the Priesthood and women and the church are ones I honestly struggle with. My questions are does God love women less than men, does he esteem us less, and are we worth less in the eternities? While my heart says that couldn’t be, I have every earthly and heavenly evidence to the contrary. I beg for your collective wisdom–how can I know that his female children have the same value to him as his male children?” Read more »

What Think Ye?

February 14, 2005 | 197 comments

Kaimi scooped me by about 6 seconds on the sidebar link to this. Read more »

268M in 2080

February 5, 2005 | 62 comments

Most members of the Church are probably familiar with the estimate made by (nonLDS) sociologist Rodney Stark that, if current growth patterns hold, there will be 268 million members of the Church by the year 2080. Read more »


January 31, 2005 | 44 comments

Perhaps when missionaries are faced with fence-sitting investigators, they should note the tax advantages of joining the Church. Read more »

‘And Many Other Women’ Part VII

January 23, 2005 | 12 comments

I’m thinking about Hannah today. Read more »