Stories based on the tumultuous years after Nephi separated his people from those who followed his brother, Laman, the struggle in England to end class distinctions and grant equal rights to all people, and a woman who defies the mores of her time by adopting nearly a dozen children and marrying their tutor are three novels that highlight events and attitudes that set the stage for our times. The books differ greatly, but are all thought provoking.
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Greg Trimble’s new book The Virtual Missionary: The Power of Your Digital Testimony is a great introduction on how to use social media to share your testimony online. By using personal examples, he explains how to easily use Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, or a blog to enrich the lives of others by sharing simple things about the gospel that are important to you.
A little over seven years ago I wrote an article for Meridian Magazine concerning the future of LDS fiction in which I delved into the past of LDS fiction and speculated about the future of this niche of the literary world. Most of my predictions concerning the direction LDS fiction would go were right on; others were a little off.
In today's modern world the path of true love not only doesn't run straight, it can have a number of unexpected twists and turns. Michele Ashman Bell's newest book, Wish Me Love, reveals the pitfalls of modern dating. Vicki Hunt Budge dispels the "happily ever after" myth in Intercession as her characters face a job layoff and porn addiction.
Books, stories, and movies retelling the Christmas story or that share an aspect of the holiday abound. Shoppers treasure the old favorites and hungrily search out the dozens of new Christmas books published each year. Each year I try to introduce some of the new publications. It's impossible to review them all, but today's column features some of the best that came my way.
When I picked up H.B. Moore's new book, Ruth, I eyed it with some trepidation, hoping I wouldn't be disappointed since I admire and respect her talent, but few versions of Ruth's story measure up to the one I read years ago written by an unknown author and found in a tiny Montana library. Moore didn't disappoint me.
As we look forward to the USA Veteran’s Day, this week (Saturday, November 11) here are two marvelous new picture books to bring it all to life for you and your family.