Monday, March 12, 2012

Book Review: Christ's Gifts to Women by Heather B. Moore & Angela Eschler

Title: Christ's Gifts to Women
Authors: Heather B. Moore & Angela Eschler
Release Date: March 2012
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Genre: LDS/Inspirational/Nonfiction
Received from author for review.

At times, we as faithful Latter-day Saint women struggle to understand exactly who Christ is in our lives. We fail to comprehend the gifts He offers us as we strive to overcome the challenges we face. But Christ’s great message to us is that He has overcome this world—He has given us great gifts that empower and help us realize we are not alone.

With touching artwork from renowned artists, this beautifully written book weaves trials faced in our day with trials faced in Biblical days—and expounds on the timeless power Christ has given women to overcome them. As we strive to draw closer to Christ, He will draw closer to us, magnify our efforts, and fill us with joy and peace. From the gift of mercy to the gifts of experience, wholeness, nurturing, and seeing, authors Heather B. Moore and Angela Eschler help women recognize the incredible rewards Christ has given each of God’s precious daughters, no matter the hardships we face.
My Review
This book is absolutely breathtaking! It contains a beautiful message for women, reminding us of who we are and how our Savior views each one us as His daughters. It is inspiring and uplifting and should be added to the library of every Latter-Day Saint woman!

First off, I have to talk about the format, design, and art involved in this book. Because I am a technical writer, formatting and presentation are huge to me. The better the document looks, the better response it will get. The presentation of the book itself was not only beautiful, but the artwork added so much depth to the message the words were conveying.

The book was sectioned into the following chapters: the Gift of Mercy, the Gift of Experience, the Gift of Wholeness, the Gift of Nurturing, and the Gift of Seeing. Each of these is a gift that our Savior freely gives to us as women. These gifts are illustrated in the book by examples from the New Testament and from the Savior's mortal life.

Some of my favorite quotes from the books include the following:

"The Savior calls our names. Are we listening?" p. 31
"Sometimes we find ourselves too caught up in our ever-busy lives to see Him and embrace the gift He offers. When we are stressed, worried, overwhelmed, or even filled with self-recrimination, this is the time to include Him in our lives and take comfort in His love for us." p. 31
"We are never alone. We are loved by a kindhearted Elder Brother, our gentle Savior, who holds us dear." p. 33
"Despite His grand mission of saving the innumerable souls throught the eternities, Christ did not forget the needs of the one woman, even Mary Magdalene, at the site of the tomb. Likewise, He does not forget us in His infinite and matchless love. Nor will He ever." p. 33
Though I loved the message conveyed in each chapter, the one that stood out the most to me was "The Gift of Nurturing". At this point in my life, being a mother of a 3 year old and a newborn, this gift is the one I strive for the most. I am so blessed to be a mother and so grateful that as a woman, the Savior has given me the ability to nurture.

This beautiful book touched my heart and reminded me of my self worth in the eyes of the Savior. I would buy this powerful book as a gift for any woman in my life and would highly recommend it to every Latter-Day Saint woman.

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About the Authors

Heather B. Moore is the author of several historical novels based on prophets and other inspired individuals from The Book of Mormon, including the Out of Jerusalem series, which are written under H.B. Moore. Her most recent novel is Daughters of Jared. She is also the author of nonfiction book Women of the Book of Mormon. Heather has found researching the faithful women of ancient Israel and Mesoamerica fascinating and enjoys discussing and sharing insights.

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Angela Eschler is a freelance editor and writer with ten years experience in the field. Most recently retired as senior in-house editor with book publisher Covenant Communications, she has also worked for many other publishers, businesses, individuals, and universities in a freelance capacity. She especially enjoys speculative fiction, women's fiction, and informational and inspirational nonfiction. Angela is the founder and projects manager of Eschler Editing, a large team of skilled freelance writers and editors specializing in diverse fields. Angela is also the author of the recent bestseller, Love Letters of Joseph and Emma.


  1. Thank you so much for this wonderful review, Lexie. I really appreciate it!

  2. Thank you, Lexie--what a thoughtful review. So appreciated!
    Angela Eschler

  3. I feel like this is a book that would be so incredibly beneficial for me. I sometimes lose sight of my place in Heavenly Father's kingdom as one of His daughters-not that I question His love for me, but my purpose and that sort of thing.

    Thank you for an excellent review. I'm off to find a copy!