Monday, April 22, 2013

Eliza: The Life and Faith of Eliza R. Snow {Deseret Book Review}

Eliza R. Snow is one of the most revered women in the history of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We hear stories of her faith and strength, and we sing her beloved hymns. She was fondly known as "Zion's Poetess" and also as "Presidentess," because of her leadership of Relief Society and her role in forming and directing organizations for young women and children. She has remained a legend for generations of Latter-day Saints, but we know less about her "variegated life," as she described it—the personal joys and sorrows brought about by unfolding events in the young Church of which she was a part. 

This intimate look at Eliza R. Snow, by authors Karen Lynn Davidson and Jill Mulvay Derr, reveals a more private side of this extraordinary woman. She emerges as a bright young poet in Ohio, a new convert to the restored Church, a seamstress, and a sharer in the persecutions and hardships of the early Saints. We see a member of the households of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, a dedicated temple worker, and a traveling Relief Society president with a zeal for teaching the gospel.

I have read very few biographies.  I'm not sure why I haven't because I am always interested in learning about people in history.  When I had a chance to review The Life and Faith of Eliza R. Snow by Karen Lynn Davidson and Jim Mulvay Derr I was excited!  As a Latter-day Saint I have heard a lot about Eliza R. Snow but couldn't exactly pin point why or recall what I had heard about her.  

Eliza R. Snow is probably best known for the popular hymn "O My Father" and her role in the early Relief Society organization but by studying her life and her writings I gained insight into one of the best known Mormon pioneer women and discovered that she did so much more!  Filled with photographs, paintings and her original poems, both published and unpublished, this book is inspiring.  Eliza R. Snow's writings share what it is like to lose a loved one, celebrate friendship, suffer hardships, deal with injustice, encourage patriotism and especially gain a strong testimony of our Heavenly Father.  I had no idea that she has written so many amazing poems (over 500 according to the author).   

The book walks you through Eliza's early life including her touching conversion story.  Through each chapter you can follow the growth and expansion of the church and the ultimate arrival in the great Salt Lake Valley with the early Saints.  Each milestone is documented beautifully through Eliza R. Snows descriptive poetry.

I really enjoyed learning about Eliza R. Snow
and I bet you would like it too. 
You can currently purchase a hard copy of The Life and Faith of Eliza R. Snow at for $25.19.  It is also available as a Bookshelf eBook for only $15.99.
Don't forget, the Deseret Bookshelf eBook app is FREE for iPad, iPhone & Android devices!

Disclaimer:  I received The Life and Faith of Eliza R. Snow  free of charge in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you so much Deseret Book!!

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