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The Worth of a Soul

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Published 2012 by Covenant Communications
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Jan 04, 2013 Lacey rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lds-nonfiction
As the subtitle on the cover states, "From Muslim to Mormon," which is not the only the thing this book is about. You walk through Ayse's life as a child to adult while really experiencing her trials and how they were overcome. Your heart really aches with her as she goes through her childhood with a mentally troubled mother and finding out later on that her family history wasn't what she always thought. She also endured many trials trying to get an education and become something better than ...more
Mar 01, 2012 Jennie rated it really liked it
An interesting biography of a woman's conversion to the LDS Church. It's billed as "From Muslim to Mormon" but Ayse was never really a Muslim; she lived in a muslim country but wasn't raised within any faith. Her familiarity with Islam came from the laws and culture that surrounded her not from any observance by her immediate family until she became a teen and by then she was in full rebellion against any kind of coercion. She went through some really difficult things and this book is as much ...more
Mar 10, 2012 Karee rated it really liked it
I love reading about other peoples' life stories and how the gospel of Jesus Christ has influenced their lives making them someone better and more whole. I truly enjoyed this book. Reading about the changes in Ayse's life made me more accepting of my own "roller coaster ride." I'm also really glad they put pictures in the back of the book so we could put faces to the names of the people in the stories.
Apr 20, 2012 Andrea rated it it was amazing
I really don't know how to rate someone's life story. Am I rating her personal courage and determination or the way the story is written? Either way, this story touched my heart.
From basically an orphan raised in a Muslim nation (Turkey), to a Canadian resident who helped translate the hymns and Book of Mormon into Turkish, it was an inspiring story of how the Gospel changes everything.
Thank you for sharing your story, Ayse!
Jul 10, 2015 Jo rated it liked it
Shelves: inspiration
Interesting story... my favorite part was an analogy she made near the end that she had gone through life with tight fists - always hanging on to the little happiness, or joy, or peace that she could find. And it wasn't until she learned to open her hands - that she was able to release the hurt, the sorrow, the abuse, the disappointments, and to allow love to come in.... poignant lessons for me as well...
Oct 10, 2016 Darla rated it liked it
(Genre:Non-fiction/autobiographical) This is the account of a young girl growing up in Turkey with an unstable mother but a loving father. Told from first person view point, the story starts with Ayse (around age 6) being dropped off at a boarding school within a 10 minute walk from her apartment. She is confused and alarmed and doesn't want her father to leave her there. They have just spent the day together and she has had no warning or preparation for this major life change. As time goes on ...more
Oct 03, 2016 Lewestover rated it liked it
A remarkable story about the resilience of the human spirit and the innate need for family, however that may be defined. Ayse would be a fascinating woman to meet.
The Worth of a Soul is the story of Ayse Hitchins, a Turkish woman whose life has been full of one difficult struggle after another. After being left suddenly at a boarding school for girls by her beloved father at age six or so, life begins to change dramatically for Ayse. As she grows and spends time around other girls, she realizes that her life at home and her mother are not normal.

The abuses that Ayse and her family suffer at the hands of her mother spoke to me personally. The details of li
I enjoyed listening to this book while I drove to and from work. The narrator was terrible, BUT the quality of the story kept me with it. This is a story of Ayse Hitchens, a young Muslim girl raised in Turkey who converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Raise by an abusive adopted mother and a caring father, she endured far more than most of us can possibly imagine. Sharing her struggles of poverty, abuse, self-hatred, suicide attempts, loneliness, rejection, alcoholism, and ...more
Apr 17, 2013 Denise rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I enjoyed reading it, it was a fascinating story, and I learned a lot. I admire so much what she has done with her life. She was open about many of her struggles and challenges, yet through it all, she kept working toward her goals and overcame so many obstacles. I was particularly touched by how she worked through so many of the issues with her parents and family - both adoptive and biological. On a personal note, I appreciated hearing of some of her challenges with adapting ...more
Mar 26, 2012 Jolene rated it really liked it
I am about half way through it and it is an amazing story! Her stories of growing up and at first having wealth and then finding out that her real parts were very poor and she had to return to live with them. I love that the man whom she knew as "Dad" stayed with her poor family to keep watch over her and her brother. Even though they were the biological children of these two kids in the first place. Her "Dad" taught her o love of learning and that is what is helping her in her life so far. I ...more
Kelli Nielson
I enjoyed this book but felt like the author skipped over what to me were some of the most interesting details. One of the most compelling parts of her story is that she had the opportunity to translate the Book of Mormon into Turkish. Unfortunately she spends only a page or two on this detail of her life. I realize that her translation efforts weren't the subject of her book, but it seems to me that a more complete telling of this experience would have lent itself well to the overarching theme ...more
Dec 30, 2012 Carolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting book recommended by a friend. It's the story of a Turkish girl, shunned by a Muslim family with a mentally ill mother. She lived in an orphanage for years, and later lived in depressed poverty and alcoholism. She left the Muslim faith and became an atheist with Marxist philosophy until she met a Mormon man, and the book tells about her life change when she married this man, moved to Canada and adopted a son. It was a complete life change and amazing journey from one extreme to ...more
Mar 03, 2012 Casey rated it it was amazing
It was an emotional journey reading this book. Coming from a loving home, it is hard to imagine what her life was like. I think what was so appealing to me was that throughout the whole story, even when Ayse was retelling the dark parts of her life, there was always a peaceful/happy undercurrent to her narrative. She is now telling the story as a Latter Day Saint, so amidst the dark parts of her story she would say something like, " because of the gospel of Jesus Christ, I have come to forgive ...more
Feb 23, 2012 Tenille rated it liked it
Shelves: lds-books
Ayse grew up in Istanbul, adopted by her half-aunt, who has serious mental issues. Her father took great care of her and was very close to her. When she was still young, her parents seperated, which meant legally she had to go back to her birth parents who were poor. She knew that an education was the key to her living a life that was worth something. She started getting depressed in High School and in college sunk really low and almost ended her life more than once. This is her story of ...more
Oct 08, 2013 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book about a woman from Turkey probably because I lived in Turkey for part of my life. Several of the places mentioned in her story were places I was familiar with. I also appreciated the idea that she and her husband could argue/disagree and continue to love one another. Her "father" was a wonderful example of Christlike love for her and her brother. Her openness about the mental health problems in her family was encouraging. The forgiveness she learned and her work of ...more
Apr 06, 2012 Becky rated it really liked it
I liked this memoir very much! I could see the Lord working in her life, so she could help translate the scriptures into Turkish. I couldn't believe all the twists and turns of her background! She finally came to an understanding and forgiveness of her very poor birth parents and forgave her adoptive mother for all of her abuse because of a serious mental illness; however, she didn't allow herself to be continuously abused when she left the situation. Her adoptive father was the true hero of the ...more
Jun 13, 2012 Jessica rated it liked it
I suppose it isn't fair to add a review to a book I have not finished, but the library wants it back and with the current waiting list I don't think I'll see this book for a while. I've read about half and while it was a bit slow for me I was inspired by this woman's life and the changes she endured. I did feel somewhat mis-led by the title, "From Muslim to Mormon." as she never was Muslim. As I was reading I kept thinking that later in her life she became a practicing Muslim and then converted ...more
Jun 30, 2012 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Loved reading about Ayse's life - she is amazing for all she endured and how she ended up doing so much good. I thought she was Muslim, as the subtitle said: "From Muslim to Mormon", but she really wasn't raised Muslim or in any real religion. Her conversion story is still great, and she did mention it was hard to switch her thinking of Jesus as a prophet to Jesus as our Savior, but I didn't learn much else of the Muslim beliefs. The book made me want to be a more loving person to everyone, ...more
Jul 03, 2013 Shelley rated it really liked it
This was a different book than I expected and I really liked it. Most of the book is about Aysa' s childhood in Turkey and was completely fascinating. It was also written in a compelling manner. Her conversion story was less interesting to me, partially because she was never a practicing Muslim. I also wonder if she wrote the end chapters herself. they were more personal and more like a journal, somewhat less compelling. I thought the story of her early life was amazing. It was difficult to ...more
Apr 15, 2013 Larry rated it it was amazing
My wife, Sally and I listened to this book on CD's as we traveled to and from St. George,UT. What a marvelous story of survival, determination, faith and spiritual growth. It almost boggles the mind how this young Turkish girl who went through so much, even eating out of garbage cans could have risen to the heights she did. From a sometime Muslim to an extremely strong Latter-day Saint (Mormon). She was one of the translators of the Book of Mormon into Turkish and also the Doctine and Covenants. ...more
Aug 22, 2012 TK rated it really liked it
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Apr 04, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it
An inspiring memoir of the life of Ayse, who eventually became a Turkish translator of the Book of Mormon and LDS Hymns. Her honesty of her challenges and struggles are admirable. She expressed this thought, "...if you cling to anything to tightly, your hands are in fists and then they are not open and able to receive whatever gift life wants to give you next." I love memoirs, such as this, of women who overcome extreme challenges and make a difference in the lives of others.
Sep 29, 2012 Lncropper rated it really liked it
This book is the autobiographical story of a girl who was born in a village in Turkey, adopted by relatives of her actual parents, and raised in comfort and then in poverty. She goes from being a Muslim (though not really religious) to becoming a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Her story of love, mental abuse and mental illness, depression, appreciation for education, and finally forgiveness is remarkable. I'm glad I read this one!
Amy Bryant schiavo
This was an excellent book! How inspiring and uplifting! I loved the fact that Ayse persevered through all her trials and came out on the other side an amazing woman! After I was done reading the book I felt like I wanted to give her a hug and say good job. I know that sounds a little cheesy but what a beautiful story of love, forgiveness, and finding your true destiny. I would suggest this book to anyone! Loved it!
Mar 14, 2012 Kristin rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading about Ayse's life growing up in Turkey, her complex and troubling family life and how becoming a member of the LDS church completely changed her life for the better. It was truly inspiring to read how she overcame the cultural and language barrier of living in Canada & the US and how she learned to forgive her family and truly love them as the Savior would.
Nicole Smith
Jun 18, 2014 Nicole Smith rated it it was amazing
This book was well written and fascinating to read. The story was very inspiring to me personally and heartbreaking at the same time. There were so many quotes that I pulled from this book. I think my favorite element was the reminder of human resilience and the power we have to influence others - most often those closest to us, but sometimes with s much wider reach.
Allison Dunlap
Nov 19, 2015 Allison Dunlap rated it it was amazing
I was completely fascinated with Ayse's life story and her conversion. Born and raised in Turkey with influences of Islam, she converted to the LDS faith, Later in her life she was then asked to help translate the Book of Mormon into her native tongue as well as many of the hymns. Incredible and inspirational!
Veronica Stearmer
Jan 22, 2013 Veronica Stearmer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Veronica by: Lauriestearmer
True story, different cultural and socioeconomic settings, but common in rising above the hardships that life can deal us. Examples of how life can be full of changes that cause us to search and long for a better life. This Turkish girl/woman finally was blessed to find and following God's plan for her. Another example to me that many times adversity can open up opportunities for us.
An interesting life story that amazed me with the differences in humanity and how God can change our lives. While I found the details of Ayes's life fascinating I wasn't in love with the writing styles. I think the tone was meant to capture's the feel of Ayse speaking English but it just came off as stilted. Also the pacing is really slow.
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