"No obstacles are insurmountable when God commands and we obey"
- - Heber J. Grant
August 21, 2013
Back to Reading: Uplifting Books for Moms
by Laurie Williams Sowby

With kids returning school, many moms are welcoming a little “me time” that includes opportunity for some spiritual uplift. Here are a few selections that busy moms can read in those brief pauses that are few and far between at this stage of life.

From Covenant Communications comes a lovely, padded bound book of 100 Favorite Verses for Women, by Shauna Kaye Humphreys (2013, 200 pages, $19.99). The author — a grandmother, college writing instructor, and former early-morning seminary teacher — illuminates each scripture selected from the LDS Standard Works with just two pages of thoughts and examples. Additional insight comes from a related scripture or a quote from a General Authority.

It’s a deceptively simple format that invites readers to “perceive with new eyes the words Christ spoke to all.” Women, and mothers in particular, will appreciate a deeper understanding of the Savior’s concern for God’s daughters. Although two pages can be read in a relatively short space of time, readers will find much to ponder in 100 Favorite Verses for Women.

Elder M. Russell Ballard offers encouragement in One Drop at a Time: A Message for Women, adapted from his talk in October 2012 General Conference, “Be Anxiously Engaged.” Drawing on the time when his father owned a peach orchard and kept beehives to enhance the production of fruit, he explains that honey contains all the substances necessary to sustain mortal life.

A honeybee’s contribution over several weeks or months may seem insignificant, yet “each bee’s one-twelfth teaspoon of honey is vital to the life of the hive.”

The message: a woman’s simple, daily acts of service may not seem like much in and of themselves, but when considered collectively they become vital to the well-being of those around us. Both the metaphor and the message to seek inspiration to provide meaningful service apply to men as well. Appealing illustrations and layout are a bonus. (Deseret Book 2013, 42 pages in hardcover, $15.99.)

Another uplifting read is The Mother’s Mite, by DeAnne Flynn, mother of seven, popular speaker and presenter, and blogger at MothersMite.com. “Mothering is a very big deal,” she asserts in the introduction to this slick-paged little volume perfect for a quick psychological pick-me-up. She then proceeds to share experiences — hers and other moms’ — in quick-read accounts that underscore that fact.

The pages include briefly stated suggestions and ideas, black-and-white photos, and an occasional recipe. With humor and the wisdom of age, Flynn helps readers remember that small, daily efforts do matter to the big picture (Deseret Book 2011, 146 pages in soft cover, $18.99).


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About Laurie Williams Sowby

Laurie Williams Sowby has been writing since second grade and getting paid for it since high school. Her byline ("all three names, please") has appeared on more than 6,000 freelance articles published in newspapers, magazines, and online.

A graduate of BYU and a writing instructor at Utah Valley University for many years, she proudly claims all five children and their spouses as college grads.

She and husband, Steve, have served three full-time missions together, beginning in 2005 in Chile, followed by Washington D.C. South, then Washington D.C. North, both times as young adult Institute teachers. They are currently serving in the New York Office of Public and International Affairs

During her years of missionary service, Laurie has continued to write about significant Church events, including the rededication of the Santiago Temple by President Hinckley and the groundbreaking for the Philadelphia Temple by President Eyring. She also was a Church Service Missionary, working as a news editor at Church Magazines, between full-time missions.

Laurie has traveled to all 50 states and at least 45 countries (so far). While home is American Fork, Utah, Lincoln Center and the Metropolitan Museum of Art have provided a comfortable second home.

Laurie is currently serving a fourth full-time mission with her husband in the New York Office of Public and International Affairs. The two previously served with a branch presidency at the Provo Missionary Training Center. The oldest of 18 grandchildren have been called to serve missions in New Hampshire and Brisbane, Australia.

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