- Paperback: 415 pages
- Publisher: Wildfire Books (October 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1877617016
- ISBN-13: 978-1877617010
- Product Dimensions: 1 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,945,234 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Housewife to Heretic: One woman's spiritual awakening and her excommunication from the Mormon church
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Pros: Johnson's writing is illuminating. I was surprised at how something as simple as putting the shoe on the other foot made me consider in a new light traditions I had taken for granted. E.G., What if male missionaries could not baptize the people they converted and had to ask a woman to do the baptizing for them? How would men feel if the Church openly worshipped Heavenly Mother but only rarely spoke of the existence of a Heavenly Father in hushed and demurred tones? How would single men react to the Relief Society patronizing them with a speech assuring them that female leaders knew that some of their hearts yearned to be married and that if they were not fortunate enough to marry and sire children in this life they would have the opportunity in the hereafter, contingent upon their righteousness? Anyone with half a brain would concede that men would not like it one bit! Neither does Johnson; neither do I.
Cons: Johnson suspects sinister motives of most men in and out the Church, but considering the conspiring cabal that worked to excommunicate her, who could blame her? I personally think that most men are simply oblivious to the adverse effects of patriarchy and don't honestly intend to insult women.Read more ›
On that note, I found Sonia's book to be a delightful read. It's nice to finally read Mormon literature from a woman's perspective. Although a bit outdated, I felt that I could relate to most of what she wrote (both concerning the Mormon church, and not). She did get a bit out of hand with the "labeling" of ALL men. I'm sure that from her experiences, men have been less-than-human. Not all men are that way, though.
Not once does she attack the doctrine of the religion; only the hypocricy of most of the members [with whom she came into contact]. Her story may seem a bit exaggerated, but I don't believe it is. I went ahead and did some research on Sonia, the ERA, etc., and I found her book to be dead on the facts.
I've found myself treating Sonia's book like I would a history book. I've learned things about the Mormon church that I never even knew of when I was a member; all of which rings of some form of truth.
If you're looking for an interesting, compelling book based on one woman's experience within the Mormon church, you needn't look any further.
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I knew Sonia long before she became a prominent women's advocate. It was 1973 and my wife and I were attending the English-speaking congregation of the LDS Church in Seoul, Korea... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Linda
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This is an incredible book by an incredibly courageous, brilliant woman who took on a terribly sexist institution. Read more
I read this book many decades ago - probably about the time it came out. I devoured it. I am not a member of the Church, but I found the novel compelling, and the interactions with... Read morePublished on June 21, 2014 by Nosnivel
the woman was nuts and caused a lot of trouble; not only for the church but for all women everywherePublished on June 6, 2014 by Sharon Prickett
Hard to follow writing style, jumps all over the place, confusing and contradictory. Not at all what I expected from someone who is supposed to be a speaker.Published on June 1, 2013 by HobbyCollector
From Housewife to Heretic is a story that every woman should read. It is about our history, a story that most women are unaware of. Read morePublished on April 29, 2011 by R Bud
Sonia Johnson (born 1936) is an American feminist activist and writer. She was an outspoken supporter of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) and in the late 1970s was publicly... Read morePublished on March 9, 2011 by Steven H Propp
This book is somewhat dated now, as the Church has gotten a little more "PC" over the years, but it still offers some interesting insights into the Mormon woman... Read morePublished on April 20, 2004 by R. Lee