A little over a year ago Deseret Book released Girls Who Choose God: Stories of Courageous Women from the Bible. I reviewed it here. Now, authors McArthur Krishna and Bethany Spalding have published a second book, Girls Who Choose God: Stories of Strong Women from the Book of Mormon. I asked Bethany to tell us about the process of writing these books.
Tell us about where the idea for a book about women in scripture came from.
When my oldest daughter, Simone, was almost three years old, we were reading through a book of scripture stories together. At the end of the book, she looked up at me with puzzled eyes and said, “Mom, where are all of the stories about the girls?” Her question struck me. I don’t think my mom had ever asked that question. I didn’t think to ask that question until I was in my thirties. But here, my daughter who was not yet three was already asking the gender question. At such a young age she could already see that she wasn’t reflected in those stories. She could already recognize the discrepancy. It was then that I knew that Simone’s generation was different and that they would demand and deserve a new approach to teaching the gospel. It couldn’t be boy-centric anymore.
Now I am not a writer, and I am not a scriptorian. But I am a mom, and I am a believer in change. So when I couldn’t find an adequate book about women in the scriptures, I decided to write one.
How much time passed between that initial spark and publication?Read More