A Few of My Favorite Things
With holiday shopping nearly upon us, I thought I’d suggest a few gift items that might delight the religiously-inclined feminists (and non-feminists) in your life. Mostly books. Because I LOVE books. Yum.
The title says it all. The first quarter of the book is an alphabetical listing of every named women in the Bible with A+ commentary from biblical scholars. The second three quarters takes you, book by book, through every single solitary reference to women in the Good Book — from unnamed servants to Zion-as-woman-in-labor. I’ve loved using this in my calling as gospel doctrine teacher. Beautiful, eye-opening, a way to fall in love with the Bible all over again.
For the art alone, this is worth the price — nearly 100 depictions of the mother of Jesus. But it also includes Norris’ reflections on Mary’s life and on how she developed a reverence for the Mother of God. Norris is one of my favorite spiritual authors. Also check out Amazing Grace: A Vocabulary of Faith ; Cloister Walk ; and Dakota: A Spiritual Geography.
3. All Gods Critters Got a Place in the Choir, by Laurel Thatcher Ulrich & Emma Lou Thayne
Mormon Women of Letters Thayne and Ulrich engage is a dialogue about motherhood, scholarship, and Mormonism. Beautiful personal essays and poetry — a great “entry point” book for the women in your life. Ulrich’s essay “Lusterware” is my go-to essay for those newly encountering a crisis of faith.
What? You don’t own this yet? A rich and fascinating narrative of Relief Society — from the turning of the key to suffrage to the founding of hospitals and the primary to effects of correlation — and it’s filled with inspiring stories of our foremothers. And the best part? This fabulous piece of scholarship is published by Deseret Book — so it’s a “safe” reference when you want to share with your mom or visiting teachee faith-inspiring stories of our pioneer woemn speaking in tongues and providing blessings of healing.
5. Hard Copies of Exponent II
What’s not to love?
Now you tell me — what else should be added to this list?