Guess what? I have a new book coming out on March 1! Of this year. As in, 28 days from now. Can’t believe it!
It’s officially official. Edits are complete. Artwork is finalized. The cover is approved. It’s off to the press. “Sweet Is the Work: Lessons from the First Sister Missionaries” is coming to a Deseret Book, Seagull Book, or Amazon near you.
10 things you should know about “Sweet Is the Work”
- I dedicated this book to my daughters. This one’s for the girls. My girls, and yours too.
- I chose the topic. I found a topic I felt strongly about and I dove in head first. I felt, deep in my bones, that these stories were really important to me, even if no one else read them.
- It only covers 1830-1898. I learned early on that if I wrote about all sister missionaries in the Church’s history, the project would spiral out of control quickly. So I focused in and didn’t consider any woman who served as a missionary after 1899.
- It’s about women (and only women). Men play smaller, supporting roles here.
- It talks about the effects of polygamy. The Church is opening up more about this particularly difficult part of our history. Polygamy had a significant impact on several aspects of female missionary work in the Church. I’ll tell you all about it.
- A few countries appear repeatedly. This is because in the Church’s early days, missionaries were only sent to certain areas. If it seems like most of the missionaries in my book served in England or Hawaii, it’s because most of the missionaries in the world served in those areas back then.
- Children make appearances. We women, I discovered, have a rich tradition of multi-tasking. Many of the women in this book served as missionaries with babies in tow. Some served after the tragic deaths of their children, and one lost a daughter while serving as a missionary. I love that writing about women sometimes necessitates writing about children. Are we not all mothers?
- It’s affordable and quick to read. $9.99, paperback. You could easily read it in a day or two.
- It’s relevant. “Sweet Is the Work” is about the lessons we learn, not just the history we share. The first sister missionaries were living for themselves, but they were also paving the way for us. Those important lessons are the focus of this book.
- It teaches us that positive change is in our hands. In the Church’s early days, men were the missionaries, period. How could women serve as missionaries if they couldn’t baptize? A few women understood that there was a way, and they demonstrated it until policy changed. We don’t need the priesthood to have a significant impact, but we do need vision, patience, faith, and a solid work ethic.
(This video inspired me as I wrote and will give you a feel for the type of stories you’ll find in “Sweet Is the Work.”)
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I’m so excited to finally share this book with you, I could throw a party! Or two or three. Consider this your invitation to three upcoming parties:
Feb. 3 — We’re doing a cover reveal and giveaway this Friday! Make sure you like Covenant Communications on Facebook so you don’t miss it.
Feb. 15 — Facebook live chat about the book. Like my writer page on Facebook so you don’t miss this one. Come with questions. It will be a party!
Friday, March 24 — Book signing at the BYU-Idaho bookstore, 11:30-1:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 25 — Book signing at Seagull Book in Spanish Fork, 9-11 a.m.
Saturday, April 1 — Book signing at the University Village Deseret Book in Orem during Ladies’ Night this general conference weekend.
Saturday, April 9 — Book signing at Costco in Orem, 10 a.m.-noon