Book Review: Every Needful Thing: Essays on the Life of the Mind and the Heart, edited by Melissa Wei-Tsing Inouye and Kate Holbrook

By Jessie Christensen

Published in 2023, the book Every Needful Thing: Essays on the Life of the Mind and the Heart is a collection of essays written by 22 different Latter-day Saint women from around the world. Each woman describes how her faith has guided her in her education and career. Reading this book felt like attending a …

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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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Interview with Jenn Lee Smith and Zandra Vranes of Jane and Emma

By Sandra Clark

Jane and Emma, releasing this weekend, breathes life into the real-life friendship of Jane Manning and Emma Smith. This important film examines their friendship within its complex matrix of history fraught with racism, the murder of the prophet Joseph, his polygamy and the strain of Emma’s marriage. The deep friendship Jane and Emma, shown in the movie …

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2017 Whitney Finalists

By Emily Milner

Congratulations to all the 2017 Whitney Finalists, especially Blood Rose Rebellion, but Segullah’s own Rosalyn Collings Eves!

First, the press release (thank you, Peggy Eddlemen! That is really helpful); then a few of my random thoughts about this year’s finalists:

Press Release:
The 2017 Whitney Awards finalists were announced on February 12, 2018 in ten genre-specific categories. The winners will be announced at the tenth annual Whitney Awards Gala, to be held on Saturday, May 5, 2018 in Provo, UT.

The Whitney Awards is a fiction awards program for authors who are also members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The program was founded by author Robison Wells ten years ago in hopes of acknowledging and encouraging exceptional LDS writers. “What began as a way to encourage quality in a relatively small community of writers,” says Wells, “now includes New York Times Bestselling authors, as well as self-published and first-time novelists. It’s exciting to see the awards grow and expand the way they have.”

The 2017 awards year includes a new genre. The Young Adult Speculative category has been split into Young Adult Speculative and Young Adult Fantasy to reflect the variations in these genres.

The 2017 finalists are as follows:

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Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons

By Shelah Miner

During an early scene in the documentary, Nobody Knows: The Untold Story of Black Mormons, Darius Aidan Gray sums up the line he’s walked since he joined the LDS Church in the early sixties, years before he was eligible to hold the priesthood: “I am a proud black man … yet I embraced the gospel …

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Book Review: 18 Months

By Emily Milner

18 Months Reviewed by Emily Milner 18 Months, edited by Melissa Baird Carpenter Published by Millennial Press, 2007 softcover, 171 pages ISBN 978-1-932597-46-2 $12.95 ONLY TWO PARAGRAPHS INTO READING Amy Ward McLaughin’s “The Butterfly,” from 18 Months, and I was a greenie again in Ecuador: “Bugs hovered and waded through the soupy air, and our …

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Book Review

By Sara G

Edited by Carol Cornwall Madsen and Cherry B. Silver for the Joseph Fielding Smith Institute for LDS History Published by Brigham Young University, 2005 Purchase price $19.95 A NEW PUBLICATION from the Smith Institute for LDS History chronicles the success of Latter Day Saint women in maintaining faithfulness to the gospel while responding to social …

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