Friday, October 19, 2018

At the Pulpit : 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women

At the Pulpit: 185 Years of Discourses by Latter-day Saint Women
by Kate Holbrook, Jennifer Reeder
Salt Lake City : The Church Historian's Press, [2017]. 452 pages. Nonfiction.

At the Pulpit showcases the tradition of Latter-day Saint women's preaching and instruction by presenting 54 speeches given from 1831 to 2016, with selections from every decade since the founding of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The discourses, given by women both well known and obscure, represent just some of the many contributions of women to Latter-day Saint thought. In addition to being a scholarly history, At the Pulpit is intended as a resource for contemporary Latter-day Saints as they study, speak, teach, and lead. These discourses allow readers to hear the historical and contemporary voices of Latter-day Saint women--voices that resound with experience, wisdom, and authority. 

This book celebrates the strength and intelligence of women who belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I greatly appreciated the fact that each discourse begins with biographical and historical context. Doing so brings a more personal touch to the book and gives the reader a greater understanding of the significance of the contribution these women made to the Church during their time period. I would recommend this book to those seeking inspiration and those who seek to relate to others who have had similar trials and challenges in their lives. This book is also a great reference tool for those interested in the history of the Church. 


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