- Hardcover: 224 pages
- Publisher: Deseret Book Company (November 5, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1609077865
- ISBN-13: 978-1609077860
- Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (96 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,185 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Sheri Dew is a native of Ulysses, Kansas, and a graduate of Brigham Young University. She has authored several books, including the biographies of two presidents of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, President Gordon B. Hinckley and Ezra Taft Benson. Her most recent books are God Wants a Powerful People and Saying It Like It Is. Sheri was named the president and CEO of Deseret Book Company in March 2002.
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Top Customer Reviews
Ladies, think twice about trying to change our Lord's plans he has for us.
People. It was the same book I endeavored to write. Only more eloquent, more experienced, and all around 100x better.
It confirmed to me what the spirit already had. Doctrinal truths are eternal, and whether they are being written by my simple hand or beautifully expounded by Sheri Dew (I'm an unofficial member of her unofficial fan club) they are the same.
This book was so beautiful. It spoke to my spirit and helped me to understand my nature in a more poignant way. It helped me understand my relationship with God, with my family, and as a willing participant in the plan of happiness. It helped me to articulate my own feelings with my relationship with the priesthood.
If I could purchase this book for every woman I know, I would. As it is, I'll slowly have to collect books and gift them to my family and friends over time. This book is incredible, and I thank Sister Dew for writing and articulating my feelings in a way I never could (though not for lack of trying.)
In the introduction to the book, Dew explains that the accumulation of its content has been on her mind for the past couple of years due to "Increased attention to the Church's doctrine, practices, and accomplishments of its members...", which came to include a focus on LDS women. Disturbing to Dew is what media is saying about "who we are" and of the worst out there she describes as "wildly inaccurate depictions and downright bizarre" - of which, I concur.
Dew continues by identifying two points of confusion that she feels deserve specific mention, which serve to distort a correct understanding about the standing of Mormon women in the LDS Church, despite continual clarifications by Church leaders: the "temporary practice of polygamy" with its "lingering cloud of confusion" and the fact that "LDS women are not eligible for priesthood ordination". Both concerns are addressed in the book in such a way that I feel most will find satisfactory.
Dew goes on to explain that, "Because the doctrine that undergirds this vital and sensitive topic cannot be discussed in isolation from other key doctrines, the attempt of this work is to provide context and suggest a framework from which we can understand how our Father and His Son view women, as well as the privileges women have in the kingdom of God".
'Women and the Priesthood' definitely accomplishes its purpose and is what I most appreciate about the book and why I feel more than comfortable making a recommendation that, if possible, you really should acquire a personal copy. You might be appalled if you saw mine, as I have written and underlined the heck out of it!
You can read my entire review here: [...]