Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Book Review -- The Book of Mormon Girl

The Book of Mormon Girl: Stories from an American FaithThe Book of Mormon Girl: Stories from an American Faith by Joanna Brooks
My enjoyment rating: 4 of 5 stars
Source:  Nook
Genre:  Memoir
Objectionable material: None

I’ve often heard that being a Mormon is like being Jewish – it’s more than just a religion, but a history, a tradition, a nationality.

In her book, The Book of Mormon Girl, Joanna Brooks shares with us her Mormon-ness – how it’s her faith, her history and her tradition.

But she also shares her struggles as a feminist writer at a time with the Church did not welcome such open dialogue and criticism from a group of vocal women writers. She explores the agony she felt at being abandoned by her faith, as well as her reconciliation, even though it was (and continues to be) a difficult journey.

I too am a Mormon, and like Ms. Brooks share a faith and a tradition that travels deep within the Wasatch Mountains of Utah. I too have struggled as a “feminist” liberal woman within the very conservative, patriarchal roles espoused by the Church. Her story was familiar and poetic. It resonated deeply.

My only wish was that she had written more. I could have read another 200 pages.

In many ways…it could be my story.


Kyran said...

I'm going to have to read this! I've gotten to know so many fantastic, spirited, independent-thinking, Mormon women through blogging, and I've been very curious how they navigate the institutional aspects of their faith culture.

Amused said...

How wonderful to read a book that you can relate to so well! That is so rare.

Booksnyc said...

I saw the author on Rock Center during an episode they did exploring Mormonism. I thought she articulately expressed her challenges with the Church while also showing a respect for the institution and you could tell how much the Church meant to her. Thanks for sharing your feelings on the book!

alisonwonderland said...

I think your personal response to the book is beautifully written! I've had this one on my to-read list for a while ... I guess I ought to read it sooner than later.

Melissa said...

I haven't read this (though it's on my radar), partially because I'm jealous: I knew Joanna Brooks at BYU (though only indirectly; I ran in circles where she was big) and I'm vaguely jealous of her success. Though, it's good to know that it was actually a good book. She's a smart, talented woman, and I shouldn't let my insecurities get in the way. Right?