by Kelly Ann
I have been asked to highlight the new book Daughters in my Kingdom for a Relief Society Lesson. Having read the book, a couple related conference talks by President Beck, Starfoxy’s review here at the Exponent blog , Bridget Jack Jeffries review at Clobberblog, Sarah Familia’s review at Times and Seasons, Ingrid Lola’s review on Goodreads, Ardis Prashall’s critique of the pictures in the book, and recent comments on FMH, I feel like I have a good sense of the book as well as points of controversy.
However, given that I have been given more time to teach the lesson, I keep rethinking what I want to present. It is a little bit of an intimidating task. Reading or writing a review (which I am also working on) is quite different than preparing a lesson plan. You could also say that my opinion is somewhat jaded … And while my ward accepts me for the liberal odd woman that I am, I want to give a fair overview. Although after reading Ardis’ review I may show some of the pictures ;-). I will probably reinforce the idea that the book was written for the whole church to avoid some of the major points I see.
So I just want to ask everyone here, if you were in my shoes and asked to highlight the book in a lesson, how would you do it?
My thought is to share excerpts of the book that I like from different time periods to give people a sense of the book. While I think the book is far from perfect, I would like to encourage people to read it. My greatest fear is that it goes ignored by the majority and am thus grateful that my Relief Society Presidency is highlighting it. I think if everyone learns the basic information presented in it, it opens the further opportunity for discourse and the opportunity to discuss the problematic points. I also want everyone to leave Relief Society to inspire the men in their life to read it as I wish the book and conference talks were given to men as well as women. I really like that the book has so many quotes from women and can be used as a source to quote from in General Conference (as did Barbara Thompson did in the main session).
So what quotes would you share? But more importantly as I am mostly struggling with how to turn the lesson into a discussion, I would welcome any input on how you would do that. What questions would you present in a general overview?
Anyhow, I really appreciate any input. I realize that this is an odd request/ post. I will ultimately post the outline that I have prepared (which probably isn’t so bad) but just want to see if I can enrich it.