Review: What Makes Us Sisters by Bonnie L. Oscarson

What Makes Us SistersWhat Makes Us Sisters
by Bonnie L. Oscarson
LDS, Christian, Nonfiction
Hardcover, 41 Pages
April 6th 2015 by Deseret Book


This small, illustrated gift book for women celebrates the profound and unique bond between sisters in the gospel. Bonnie L. Oscarson, Young Women general president, encourages all women to look beyond differences in age, culture, and circumstance and to nurture and serve one another. “Sisters take care of each other, watch out for each other, comfort each other, and are there for each other through thick and thin,” she observes. “We need to realize that we all desire to serve in the kingdom, using our unique talents and gifts in our own ways.” Focusing on the boundless blessings that Latter-day Saint women enjoy, Sister Oscarson urges women throughout the Church to live and inspire others in ways that realize their greatest potential.


My Review

What Makes Us Sisters was a short, sweet, and inspiring book about being more loving towards each other and unified as women. It especially focused on finding things in common with, reaching out to, and learning from each other instead of comparing and criticizing and finding ourselves lacking, which as women we tend to do. There were some examples given of women and girls at different ages and their experiences, as well as the example of Mary (the mother of Jesus - see the image below) and her cousin Elizabeth from the Bible. I loved the artwork and the overall format and look of the book. Each page was beautifully done and would make a lovely gift. Overall this was an enjoyable reminder of how I need to "love better" and how much women can learn from and need each other.

Source: I would like to thank the publisher, Deseret Book, for my complimentary review copy, which did not affect my review in any way.

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About the Author

Bonnie L. Oscarson was called to be the general president of the Young Women in April 2013. She initially studied commercial art at Brigham Young University and then returned to school after 35 years to earn a bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in British and American Literature. As a young mother, she served with her husband, Paul Oscarson, as he presided over the Sweden Göteborg Mission. They returned to Sweden 30 years later to serve as matron and temple president of the Stockholm Sweden Temple. They are the parents of seven children and grandparents of twenty-seven grandchildren.


  1. I think a lot of women really need to hear this message. It was a good read.

  2. Those quotes and your review really does make this one sound wonderful. I really think it is a book that should be more popular so more women can hear about this. It sounds like it carries a meaningful message and conveys it clearly as well.

  3. It definitely was written with unifying and building love between woman and I just loved the illustrations!


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