Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A Sisterhood of Strength Blog Tour

Today I'm participating in Diony George's A Sisterhood of Strength Blog Tour. What's the book about?

Back Cover Blurb:President Monson has repeatedly expressed that even in our busy, bustling lives, “it’s the service that counts.” and no one knows that better than the quiet, humble women of the relief society. Working together, faithful women form a sisterhood of service, selflessness, and ultimately strength to share with each other and with the entire world.

Experience for your self the pure love that gives birth to such service in this inspiring collection of true stories from the lives of ordinary women who have given and accepted service in an extraordinary manner. On each page of this remarkable book, you’ll find words of wisdom and beauty that are sure to encourage and uplift you, whether it’s your turn to serve or to be served. Told with heartwarming sincerity, A Sisterhood of Strength will have women everywhere rejoicing in the friendship of their own dear, loving sisters.

This book is written about the experiences of real life LDS women in their association with each other in the Relief Society. It's about women taking time out of their busy lives and reaching out to each other. Sometimes it's a huge effort as in the case of the woman who stepped up to help another who was dealing with a debilitating pregnancy. The service spanned months and was even offered for a subsequent pregnancy. Other experiences are simpler but needed--and oh, so appreciated--nonetheless. The stories are told on the part of the recipients of the service.

Anyone who knows me, knows I love stories about people who step up and reach out, who show their true (heroic) nature under stress. I have no patience for pettiness or vindictiveness. I believe true heroes walk among us every day, giving of themselves through their kind words and tender ministrations and, in the process, making the world a better place. I'm married to a man like that.

I think, perhaps, that I love the stories like this because I wish I was more like these women. I admire people who see opportunities to help others because I tend to go through life with blinders on. I do reach out and provide succor or inspiration--and am happy to do so--but someone usually has bring the need to my attention. People like my husband and the women in this book see it on their own.

This book made me want to be a better person and even showed me examples of how to do it.


  1. My blinders tend to be on at times too, or maybe I'm just talking to the voices in my head too much haha

  2. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Donna!

  3. Oooo, I need to check out this book. Thanks for the heads up :)

  4. What a shining review! Sounds like just the book to lift my spirits. Thanks for the recommendation!

  5. Great review. I will indeed find this book.

  6. Great review. Looks like an interesting book.

  7. Sounds like a wonderfully inspirational book!

  8. Sounds wonderful. What a great treasure to have! :)

  9. The things that make us want to be better people are wonders in the soul. Especially when they come with suggestions.

  10. Well, I may not be a sister, but I give my wholehearted support:)

  11. Donna,

    Great review. I can't begin to count the blessings we've received through my wife's service and through the service of marvelous relief society sisters in many wards. What a marvelous think it is to have so many angelic examples to look to and read about. Thanks for sharing!

    Randy McNeely

  12. After two years of blogging I am about to call it quits. Most of the stuff I have posted this year was written before my dad died. I can't seem to come up with new stories. If I do I will start up again.

    Now that I am no longer need to care for him I have had to find a way to cycle myself back into the life outside of these walls. I have gradually dipped my toes into that world and find that I am too busy to write. But, more importantly, I find that I am too busy to continue a relationship with all of you bloggers out there. I hate not commenting regularly!

    Although it was you guys that literally got me through these last two years it seems so rude of me to not get around to reading and encouraging you, like you did me. I hope to remedy that soon. When school starts I plan to get pack to substituting, and with that, back to a regular schedule of some sort. That schedule will include a time to re-enter the blogging sphere to keep up with my many mentor's antics.

    I am sending this to each of you as I want to thank you for your friendship and kindness.

  13. What a wonderful review. I love books that make me want to be a better person. I also tend to have blinders on.


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