Mother’s Day Gifts for the Literary Mormon Mommy

Mother’s Day is only ten days away (I think it’s early this year) and now is the perfect time to order a book for the literary Mormon woman in your life. Some books I wish someone would buy me:

* The Year My Son and I Were Born: A Story of Down Syndrome, Motherhood, and Self-Discovery by Kathryn Lynard Soper. If I had the money I would buy every single one of you a copy. This is a must-own for every mother. In the story of her baby with Down Syndrome and her struggle to love him and herself, Soper has embedded the story of every mother and the divinity that motherhood can cultivate within us. Soper is writing from a beautifully transcendent (although perhaps fleeting) place. And because of that the book is never preachy but still guides and uplifts. It is honest and gritty but never depressing.

*Psalm & Selah by Mark Bennion is now available for pre-order at You might have to tuck your e-receipt in a nice box of chocolates since the book isn’t coming out until June, but that way it’s like getting two gifts in one!

* People of Paradox: A History of Mormon Culture by Terryl Givens. She’s probably already familiar with this tome, but it is a good one to own because she’ll want to refer to it over and over again for its interesting takes on everything from books to dancing to architecture.

Or consider giving the gift that keeps on giving: a subscription. Segullah, Irreantum, Dialogue , or Sunstone would be a pleasant surprise in the mailbox. Again, you might have to put your receipt in a box of chocolates–ooh! Or an edible fruit arrangement; those are impressive!–but I’ve already covered why that’s an awesome idea.

Another option: awesome LDS/Mormon books that are out of print! This is great because used books are cheap and you can buy her more than one.

*The Earthkeepers by Marilyn Brown.

*Where Nothing is Long Ago (a memoir) by Virginia Sorensen.

*Angle of the Danube by Alan Rex Mitchell

So tell me, what are you gonna buy your woman this year? Add your recommendations in the comments!

11 thoughts on “Mother’s Day Gifts for the Literary Mormon Mommy”

  1. I think a book promotes healing for the heart, that backs balancing our own needs with what other people need from us is perfect. It’s “Honor Yourself: The Inner Art of Giving and Receiving,” by Patricia Spadaro. It’s beautifully written — and really, the art of giving and receiving is good for both men AND women! But for now, I just think it’s perfect for Moms Day.

    [Wm apologizes. I edited this comment because Elizabeth listed the practical spirtuality website as her URL. It appears that she is a fan and not the author of the book.]

  2. How about the new book recently published by Handcart Press “Mormon Women: Portraits and Coversations”. It has interviews with women fromm all over the world, married, single, divorced from different ethnic backgroundwho all discuss how they do or do not fit in to mormon culture and how they each try to live the Gospel as they understand it.

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    I know it’s there as I was reading about that book on their website a couple days ago. Looks like a good book.

  4. Interesting link, Elizabeth.

    Th.–good to know someone is buying books 🙂

    John–thanks for mentioning the book. I hadn’t heard of it but it sounds like it could be great. Any review copies floating around?

  5. Thank you for the correction. I’ve read the book and really like it. There was a review of the book in the Salt Lake Tribune. You can read that review if you look up the book at the website

  6. A light but funny but deeper than it appears read and still one of my favorite Mormon novels in spite of its faults is: The Marketing of Sister B (and don’t be scared off by the fact that it was published by Signature and that the blurb uses the word “outrageous” — it’s really quite tame. Much tamer, for example, than the Twilight series.)

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    You should know before buying that book however that if you like it you are officially declaring allegiance to William’s team and you and I cannot be friends anymore.

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