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THE VOICE OF THE MOTHER IS WILD

By Melonie Cannon

If you’ve ever attended a guided meditation class, one of the first journeys the teacher might take you on is to imagine yourself as a tree with roots growing from the bottoms of your feet or your root chakra. These roots spread out and grow and entangle themselves with the center of the earth so …

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Book Review: Beyond the Mapped Stars by Rosalyn Eves

By Emily Milner

Beyond the Mapped Stars(Knopf, 2021), by emerita Segullah staffer Rosalyn Collings Eves, captures the paradoxes of being a contemporary Latter-day Saint woman and places them in a historical setting: 1878 Utah, Wyoming, and Denver. Seventeen-year-old Elizabeth Bertelsen dreams of becoming an astronomer, of leaving her rural polygamous home and her mother’s expectations in Monroe, Utah, to study science and learn about the stars. When her sister Rebekka needs help with her first pregnancy, Elizabeth travels to Wyoming, and from there to Denver to follow her dreams and see the 1878 eclipse. Beyond the Mapped Stars spoke in a healing way to issues I’ve wrestled with for my entire adult life.

The book is gorgeously written, and layered in a way that serves both its story and the contemporary audience reading it. Two favorite passages:

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Book Review: Finding Mother God by Carol Lynn Pearson

By Elizabeth Cranford Garcia

As a poet and editor, my instinct in reviewing a poetry collection is to evaluate its linguistic originality, its element of surprise, its style. Yet sometimes I find myself stepping back from this judgment seat and losing myself in the content and thought of the poems. Sometimes I have to remind myself that the purpose …

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Book Review: An Imperfect Roundness

My daughter made some homemade bath bombs and encouraged me to try them. They were created in a moment of artistic passion- grabbing whatever was at hand, mixing in joyous fervour. Absent of bath-bomb moulds, she used cupcake trays to hold the particles of Epsom salts, baking soda, dried lavender leaves, pink food colouring and …

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Book Review: Taylor Petrey’s Tabernacles of Clay

Tabernacles of Clay offers a comprehensive look at sexuality and gender during the period of post-World War II “Modern Mormonism” and amidst a “religious revival” (Petrey 6). While I was surprised, maybe even initially disappointed that “plural marriage” syntax from the 19th century was not included, it is not needed. More than enough sexual, gender, …

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Book Review: A Girl’s Guide to Heavenly Mother

By Jessie Christensen

A Girl’s Guide to Heavenly Mother is the most recent book from writers McArthur Krishna and Bethany Brady Spalding, authors of the Girls Who Choose God series. Like their previous work, this new book is a game-changer in the world of books for Latter-day Saint children. It is written as a guidebook or workbook, inviting …

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Book Review: Saints, 1846-1893: No Unhallowed Hand

By Jessie Christensen

Until last week, if you had asked me what I knew about church history during the years between 1846 and 1893, I would not have had a lot to say. I would mention a few historical stories, like the miracle of the seagulls and the Mountain Meadows Massacre. Obviously, this was the time when the …

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Review of TITANIA IN YELLOW by Dayna Patterson

By Melonie Cannon

If you need some warm color in the middle of this cold, dark winter, open the small poetry collection Titania in Yellow by Dayna Patterson. She is a master of weaving themes and language. The theme of this book is Shakespeare. Familiarity with A Midsummer Night’s Dream, As You Like It or the Merry Wives …

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