Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Girls Who Choose God: Stories of Strong Women from the Book of Mormon

Girls Who Choose God: Stories of Brave Women from the Book of Mormon by McArthur Krishna
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Source: Received from the publisher to review
Genre: LDS Religious Picture Book

Book Description:  Shining light on strong women from the Book of Mormon, this groundbreaking book shares well-known stories alongside others that may be less familiar. Come to better know and love Sariah, the heroic daughters from the land Zeniff, Nephi's wife, the maidservant spy, and other women from the Book of Mormon who chose God with all their might. These faith-filled women defended their families, protected their husbands, and risked their lives for others—providing powerful role models for us all.

With stunning illustrations, ten compelling narratives, and thought-provoking family discussion questions, this volume will give you a new perspective on the Book of Mormon. Reading and reflecting on these brave women's stories, girls and boys will learn that they too can be strong and choose God.

My thoughts: This picture book is beautifully done. The illustrations are interesting and depict the stories.

The part of the book that I appreciated the most is that it made me take a look at stories in the Book of Mormon differently than I had before. The story of the daughters from the Land of Zeniff was a good example of this. The father's asked their daughters to plead for mercy from their attackers. I never considered this an act of courage. It was pointed out that the daughters wanted to save their families. They listened to their fathers instead of running away. The question is then asked "When have you placed the needs of your family above your own?"

I love that the book points out women with values from the scriptures and tells their stories. Each story illustrates the choices presented and how the women acted with strength and courage. At the end of the story a question is asked about times when the children have made similar decisions. I love how this brings the scriptures closer to the reader and makes them more relevant to the readers life.

This would be a great nighttime story or quiet book to take to Sacrament Meeting.

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