Book Thoughts by Rachelle
I am now a homeschooling mom of four of my five children so I was excited to have the chance to read and review this book. This is an excellent book for all ages because the short biographies are packed full of great information. The illustrations are fun and whimsical and bring the facts about each standout saint to life. This book is written about members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the very beginning of the church into the current day. I was impressed by the information on so many of these amazing people who gave service throughout their life to benefit others.
Patty Sessions was a midwife who crossed the plains and delivered the first baby in Utah. She later created an academy to help educate those who are poor. And that’s just one woman. Imagine how many lives she touched, especially because she delivered thousands of babies!
I also loved the story of Desideria, an Aztec descendent living in Mexico. She became the first member of the church in Mexico and was a stalwart example of faith. Her testimony remained strong and true as she awaited the Spanish translation of the Book of Mormon.
Green Flake was a slave who joined the church along with his master. He traveled across the plains and became a free man in Utah. He was a popular speaker at pioneer day events.
These are just a few of the dozens of biographies in this book. There are tons of great tidbits and facts that lead into more in-depth stories of these people. The whole book left me wanting to know more about these people!
This book is an excellent resource to teach history, expand on knowledge of the early foundational members of the church and learn more about exemplary characteristics in people that make them true heroes.
Here’s more about the book:
From prophets to pioneers, from songwriters to scientists, Standout Saints: Church History Heroes from Around the World presents the fascinating true stories of twenty women and twenty men from Church history. Each one-page biography describes impressive achievements and shares stories of great faith. Readers will encounter well-known and beloved Saints such as Joseph Smith and Eliza R. Snow along with lesser-known heroes from around the world such as Hu Wei-I, who miraculously translated the Book of Mormon into Chinese, and Mere Mete Whaanga, a prominent Maori woman who helped the Church spread into New Zealand. In addition, Standout Saints includes uplifting quotes, a Church history timeline, and resources for further study.
The courage and faith of these Saints made them stand out from the world, and this educational and inspiring book helps young readers know that they too can stand out.
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