When I got the book the first thing I noticed was how beautiful it is. The cover is wonderful but the inside is even better. It is just full of beautiful pictures of Christ's interactions with women. The design actually reminded me a lot of the "Daughters in My Kingdom" book, which I think is appropriate because this book documents Christ's interactions with the earliest Relief Society sisters, those of the New Testament.
The book's message is
"At times, we as faithful Latter-day Saint women struggle to understand exactly who Christ is in our lives. We fail to comprehend the gifts He offers us as we strive to overcome the challenges we face. But Christ’s great message to us is that He has overcome this world—He has given us great gifts that empower and help us realize we are not alone."There are five chapters and each one tells the story of a woman who received a gift from Christ while He was on the earth.
Chapter 1: The Gift of Mercy-- the woman taken in adultery
Chapter 2: The Gift of Experience-- Mary and Martha at Lazarus' death
Chapter 3: The Gift of Wholeness-- the woman with the issue of blood
Chapter 4: The Gift of Nurturing-- Elizabeth
Chapter 5: The Gift of Seeing-- Mary Magdalene
The book isn't very long but I was so touched by the powerful message that the authors have to share. I've done a lot of studying about all the women in this book, but they brought up ideas that I had never thought about. I found myself, about every other page, turning to my husband and saying "ooh, listen to this, ooh, listen to this." Eventually he told me to stop it and just let him read the book himself, which (because it isn't very long) I think he is actually going to do!
Really, I loved all the chapters but there are two thoughts from the book that have stuck with me. The first was this thought from Chapter 1: The Gift of Mercy:
" As with our forgiven sister in ancient times, we can joyfully accept the gift He died to give us, knowing that even as the crowd of accusers seems to grow thick about us, He--the supreme Judge-- asks us, "Woman, where are... thine accusers?" (John 8:10). For in our daily efforts towards perfection, there is none authorized to stand there but Him. In judgement, we stand before the One who came "not... to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved" (John 3:17)."As I read that (and even as I typed it writing this post) I felt the spirit so strong. It really is beautiful that Christ is truly our ONLY judge. We don't have to worry about what the crowd thinks of us, or even be afraid of their stones, because Christ is the only one we have to answer to and He more merciful than we can ever imagine.
The other thought that I loved from the book was in Chapter 2: The Gift of Experience:
" The greater gift that Christ offers Mary and Martha is the gift of experience: to endure a trial until they come to know who He is and how His power can impact and dispel every moment of their fear or suffering. He offers the same today. As with all His gifts, the endowment of experience brings peace-- and yet, "not as the world giveth" (John 14:27). for its bestowal does not require that our particular trials be taken away."That was a powerful thought for me, and the authors helped me look at the story of Lazarus in a whole new way. I am so grateful for their insights because I won't be able to read these women's stories again without thinking about the added depth they provided.
This book makes a wonderful addition to my library and is one that I am going to get a few more copies of to give away as gifts. I can think of about a dozen women in my life who would drink all the beautiful truths this book contains. It would make an incredible Easter gift!
Thank you Angela and Heather for letting me review it.
Angela also offered to give away one FREE copy of the book to one of my readers! She said that she would autograph the book and write a personalized message to whomever the winner wanted (and it is okay if you want it for yourself:)
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The giveaway will end April 10th at Midnight!
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