Thursday, October 15, 2015

Blog Tour/Review: Girls Who Choose God: Stories of Strong Women from the Book of Mormon by McArthur Krishna and Bethany Brady Spalding

Girls Who Choose God: Stories of Strong Women from the Book of Mormon, by McArthur Krishna and Bethany Brady Spalding; Illustrated by Kathleen Peterson
2015, 48p, Inspirational Children's Book
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the publisher for an honest review

Shining light on strong women from the Book of Mormon, this groundbreaking book shares well-known stories alongside others that may be less familiar. Come to better know and love Sariah, the heroic daughters from the land Zeniff, Nephi's wife, the maidservant spy, and other women from the Book of Mormon who chose God with all their might. These faith-filled women defended their families, protected their husbands, and risked their lives for others—providing powerful role models for us all.

With stunning illustrations, ten compelling narratives, and thought-provoking family discussion questions, this volume will give you a new perspective on the Book of Mormon. Reading and reflecting on these brave women's stories, girls and boys will learn that they too can be strong and choose God.

In buying this book, you support educational opportunities for women. A portion of the authors' proceeds will be donated to nonprofit organizations in their local communities.

I loved the first book in this series, which focused on women in the Bible (you can read more on that and my review here). The format for this one is the same: Each story is briefly summarized and ends with a choice. You turn the page to find out what the woman (or women) chose and how it affected her life. Then there is a question to ponder and discuss and additional scripture references. I also like how they included "Family Discussion Questions" at the very end which go a little deeper into each section and will help keep the conversation going.

The illustrations are authentic and add to the message in the book. Sariah and Abish are the only women that are actually named. The rest are: Nephi's wife; the sisters of Nephi, Laman and Lemuel; women who listened to Alma; daughters from the land of Zeniff; Lamanite queen (Lamoni's wife); Morianton's maidservant; mothers of the Stripling Warriors and girls and boys blessed by Jesus. There is much we can learn from each of their lives and this book highlights the individuals and groups well. This is a book I will read and refer to often!

Sample Pages

About the Authors

KATHLEEN PETERSON has illustrated twenty books, mostly for young people, on topics ranging from world religions to Hawaiian legends. Her art can be found in galleries throughout the West and at She and her husband, Steve, live on a farm in Spring City, Utah.

BETHANY BRADY SPALDING likes to stir things up in the kitchen and in the community. She has founded programs to promote health and nutrition in the USA, South Africa, and India. Bethany currently leads a regional coalition in Richmond, Virginia, to create a healthier food environment for at-risk children. She loves to cook and climb mountains with her husband, Andy, and their three adventurous girls.

About the Illustrator

MCARTHUR KRISHNA inherited her grit from her Utah pioneer great-grandmothers. With a master's degree in communications from BYU, she co-owned Free Range, an award-winning marketing business focused on telling social justice stories. In 2011, she moved to the Magic Land of India and started writing books. More of her stories can be found at


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