Girls Who Choose God: Stories of Strong Women from the Book of Mormon by McArthur Krishna & Bethany Brady Spalding, Illustrated by Kathleen Peterson (Review)

Girls Who Choose God the Book of Mormon
Girls Who Choose God
Stories of Strong Women from the Book of Mormon
by McArthur Krishna & Bethany Brady Spalding
Illustrated by Kathleen Peterson
Children's, LDS
Hardcover & ebook, 48 Pages
October 12th 2015 by Deseret Book Company


Shining light on strong women from the Book of Mormon, this groundbreaking book shares well-known stories alongside others that may be less familiar. Come to better know and love Sariah, the heroic daughters from the land Zeniff, Nephi's wife, the maidservant spy, and other women from the Book of Mormon who chose God with all their might. These faith-filled women defended their families, protected their husbands, and risked their lives for others—providing powerful role models for us all.

With stunning illustrations, ten compelling narratives, and thought-provoking family discussion questions, this volume will give you a new perspective on the Book of Mormon. Reading and reflecting on these brave women's stories, girls and boys will learn that they too can be strong and choose God.

In buying this book, you support educational opportunities for women. A portion of the authors' proceeds will be donated to nonprofit organizations in their local communities.

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My Review

Girls Who Choose God, focusing on women from The Book of Mormon, had beautiful and ethnic illustrations and told stores of brave women who faced difficult choices and chose to follow God. The illustrations were expressive and colorful and caught my eye. Each four-page spread focused on a different woman or group of women or girls. Each story showed two paths that the women could take and then told the path that they chose to take. At the end a question was asked of the reader about their own experiences or what they would do. The stories were short, but also conveyed the messages well. Some of the stories were more general as it seems that in scriptures women aren't always mentioned specifically by name, but were part of the faithful and played strong roles in shaping their people. I love how this book spotlights women's roles and the importance they played in the scriptures.

A beautiful, inspiring book perfect for families to share with children, especially girls, to show how important each of us are.

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

Inside the Book
Girls Who Choose God the Book of Mormon
Girls Who Choose God the Book of Mormon
Girls Who Choose God the Book of Mormon

About the Authors

McArthur Krishna inherited her grit from her Utah pioneer great-grandmothers. With a master's degree in communications from BYU, she co-owned Free Range, an award-winning marketing business focused on telling social justice stories. In 2011, she moved to the Magic Land of India and started writing books.

Bethany Brady Spalding likes to stir things up in the kitchen and in the community. She has founded programs to promote health and nutrition in the USA, South Africa, and India. Bethany currently leads a regional coalition in Richmond, Virginia, to create a healthier food environment for at-risk children. She loves to cook and climb mountains with her husband, Andy, and their three adventurous girls.
About the Illustrator

Kathleen Peterson was born the third child of a third child to school teacher parents in Provo, Utah. Having been raised with the idea that the best education is travel she has lived in the Virgin Islands, Malaysia and Hawaii and traveled throughout southeast Asia and Central America.

As an artist she is continually learning painting with oils and watercolors, illustrating books, making batiks and building clay figures. She and her husband have four grown children and now live on a farm in Spring City in Sanpete Valley with two horses, twelve chickens, two barn cats, four ducks, and Pete the Dog.

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