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The Remarkable Soul of a Woman

4.5 of 5 stars 4.50  ·  rating details  ·  2,109 ratings  ·  282 reviews

If you are feeling overwhelmed with change, challenges, or checklists, you may wonder how you can partake now of God's happiness and find your pathway to peace, hope, and joy.

With loving insight, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf addresses two attributes that contribute to our Heavenly Father's perfect happiness - the power of creation and service with compassion. As a treasur

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Kindle Edition, 58 pages
Published (first published March 24th 2010)
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Michelle
It was a bit surprising to see all the other amazing ratings of this book.

I think the book itself is beautiful. Whoever worked on the design was brilliant (except for that one picture split between two pages that looks kind of sloppy). But I found so many things in the text that bothered my feminist self. So many of the roles assumed to be roles of women are assigned roles, though the book makes them sound like they are inherent: cooking, cleaning teenagers' rooms, singing, drawing. I don't deny
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Heather
This book is just a reprint of President Uchtdorf's talk in the 2008 General Relief Society Meeting. It was a great talk, and I enjoyed re-reading it. However, I was really disappointed to discover that Deseret Book re-named the talk, added some illustrations and some scripture quotations to it, re-printed it (adding nothing to the text itself), and then called it something new and priced it at $14 per copy. Rather misleading. I will be returning the book, and, when I want to read this great tal ...more
Taffy
This booklet is the talk President Uchtdorf gave at the Relief Society General Meeting in September, 2008. I LOVE the cover of this book. I keep it on my side table just because I think it is so pretty. And of course I LOVED the talk as I know so many women did. It's a powerful talk on our role in life.
It's the perfect book to give any woman you love and it's perfect for any holiday especially Mother's Day.

There are only 50 pages in this book so I can't do a page 69 test. Instead, I'll leave a
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Jennybug
I love books, I guess I am somewhat of a collector. So I was very excited to get this cute little book of an amazing talk given by President Uchtdorf. This is a great gift idea for any woman in your life.

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The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before.

Creation means bringing into existence something that did not exist before—col
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Sheri
This book is just what I needed right now. I have been feeling very inadequate and discouraged. I love the women in my life more than I can say, but sometimes all their amazing talents make me feel insecure of my own abilities. So I was quite touched by this paragraph, which described my feelings so perfectly:

"To me it appears that our splendid sisters sometimes undervalue their abilities - they focus on what is lacking or imperfect rather than what has been accomplished and who they really are
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Abby
So, I read this book in about... five minutes. That's how long it was. There were small pages, lots of pictures, and about four words per page. It felt nice to finish a book because I've recently been checking out books, skimming through half of them before they're due at the library, and never finishing any of them. It was a nice accomplishment to finally finish a book. Hooray for me!

I know you're supposed to rate books by general authorities with a lot of stars, but it was kind of ho hum for m
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*Christie*
I LOVE President Uchtdorf; I love his talks; so when I heard that he was coming out with a book written for women called, "The Remarkable Soul of a Woman," I couldn't wait. Doug has had this book for me for Mother's day for weeks and I've begged him to let me have it earlier. When I finally got it today, I was thrilled!

I was so disappointed when it wasn't actually a book, but rather a talk (that I love) that he's already given with pictures put into a book. Bummer. I wanted new stuff! I wanted m
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Jessica
Though I absolutely loved the message shared by President Uchtdorf in this book, I was also disappointed with it. The book is nothing more than a pretty presentation of a conference talk given by President Uchtdorf a few years ago. The message he shared then was just as beautiful as it is now. But buying the book to read something that can be read for free online just seems a bit like a rip off to me. If you want to read an uplifting, beautiful message directed to the women of the Church of Jesu ...more
Bonnie Brien
I ordered this from Deseret Book thinking it was a real book, like something Sheri Dew would write. And I LOVE Pres. Uchtdorf so I was very excited to read his book. However, it was just a very short collection of excerpts from talks I've already heard and read. It took me 15 minutes to read the whole book and while I love his words, I was super disappointed in the book. Could have just re-read some Ensign talks online. Would have given one star except that the messages are uplifting so I added ...more
Shannon
Love it! But ladies, this is a conference talk you can read for free! So don't waste your money!

But it is one of his great talks!

Here's what else is great about the book...It's the perfect book to give to a friend who is not a member of the Church and doesn't even know what that means when you say "conference talk". I have loaned my copy out twice to 2 non-member friends and they both had great things to say, and afterwards, they wanted to know more about Dieter Uchtodorf and who he is...love it
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Diane
I love this book, but at the same time I was left wanting. It turns out it is all from a talk(s) that he has given, and I was hoping for some new stuff. It was a quick read. Read it in 30 min or less, and I love the talks that this book is taken from. I just wish there was more. It has some beautiful pictures, and is really nice. It's also nice to have all of this in one place. Anyway, it's a good book, but just know you might have heard/read it all before.
Julie
My mom gave me this book for Mother's day and it's such an easy read, but so wonderful too. I always love what Pres. Uchtdorf has to say and this book was no different. Being a mother and taking care of kids and the house and everything else can be overwhelming, but he talks about how we can be proud of ourselves and how awesome we really are, even when we don't see it ourselves.
Carri
I love President Uchtdorf. These are inspiring words and thoughts on womanhood. I especially love his thoughts on how we are born to create and that our heritage as children of God is happiness. Quick 10-15 minute read.
Jacob Cruzan
this book is awesome!! It not only uplifts the hearts of women but can create a deep appreiciation for them in men. Men and women should both read this book to get the correct idea of the role of women.
Vicki
What can I say? I love President Uchtdorf and I love his talks. This is a quick read (1/2 hour) and he makes you feel good about yourself, uplifts you and makes you want to do better.
Alice
I can't help but love President Uchtdorf. He says so many amazing truths in this book. One of my favorite quotes in this book...

"The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before. Everyone can create…Creation brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment. We develop ourselves and others when we take unorganized matter into our hands and mold it
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Lauren Davison
I thought the content of the book was awesome, although I misunderstood what it was going to be. :) It is basically a small book with the best chunks from President Uchtdorf's conference talk entitled "Happiness, Your Heritage." An excellent talk, to be sure, but one I have heard and read several times. I expected something different (and longer), but since the content is fabulous, it earns five stars.
Carrie
I love Brother Uchtdorf. I love how I hear his voice in my head as I read his teachings.
One of my favorite parts from ths book:
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"To me it appears that our splendid sisters sometimes undervalue thier abilities-they focus on what is lacking or imperfect rather that what has been accomplished and who they really are...

The good news is that this also points to an admirable quality: the innate desire to please the Lord to the best of your ability. Unfortunatley, it can also lead to frustration,
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Natalie
This book by President Uchtdorf is actually from a talk that he gave previously. The layout is nice, with beautiful pictures, and it was just the message I needed to hear today. President Uchtdorf's words are always inspiring to me. I love that this and other books by the author are available for free on Kindle.
Jeffiner Singleton
Let me explain the low rating... I LOVED the content of this book, but just go read the actual address given by President Uchtdorf in the 2008 Relief Society General Broadcast instead! Maybe I'm just being grouchy, but it bugs me the way Deseret Book or whoever takes a powerful talk and splashes a few of its paragraphs onto some pretty pages and then sells it as a "book". I don't know... it just feels like it dilutes the original message too much. And it can be disappointing to pick up a book li ...more
Karla
I love the way Uchtdorf communicates a message to uplift women. I appreciated the reminder that even when I fall short of who I hope to be or struggle with achieving my potential, I am a divine daughter of Heavenly Father who loves me and sees the good things I overlook in myself.
Apzmarshl
This book is actually a talk with pictures. But I did like the essence, which was create and be compassionate. I don't think every book needs to be 500 pages and so deep that it takes weeks to finish. Sometimes I just need one small thing I can work on that isn't incredibly overwhelming. I can create something and I can have compassion and I can do it today! And that is enough.
Victoria Knight
Daughter of God

I love the words of Dieter F. Uchtdorf.
The Remarkable Soul of a Woman is a great book for all women to read. It reminded me of who I am, my purpose in life, why I am here, and how to achieve happiness.
Kim
Pres. Uchtdorf is one of my favorite speakers ever - I love listening to him in General Conference. He has a unique way of getting principles across through storytelling and he just has a wonderful way of communicating to women.

The content is wonderful because it helps to remind women of their divine nature and potential. It encourages us to create and be compassionate - two things the world desperately needs today.

This book is a talk he gave in October 2008 in the General Relief Society meeting
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Gaylyn Worthington
The Remarkable Soul of a Woman

I needed this book today. In a world that we feel like we have to be perfect, perfect bodies, perfect house, perfect children. This book helped me think about what is more important.
Ceceilia Williams
This quick read has some great points and surprisingly makes you feel proud to be a woman of God and inspires you to want to do small acts a kindness. I gave this book 3 out of 5 stars because I was expecting more but overall good read.
Tanya
Let me be clear that if I were rating The Remarkable Soul of a Woman strictly on its MESSAGE, I would rate it four stars, because it says a lot of beautiful things that every LDS woman needs to hear. But I was disappointed when I opened this little book and found it was full of blank pages, over-large font, black and white photographs, and title pages for each short section. Then as I read the bit of text that was there it seemed so familiar, and I discovered that this book is basically Uchtdorf ...more
Rachel
This book wasn't what I expected. When I first read Deseret Books' description of the book, I thought it was an expansion on the topic that Pres. Uchtdorf had presented during a General Relief Society conference. When I started reading the book, I realized that the book was, in fact, just a very pretty version of the talk he had shared - no more, no less. I was initially a little disappointed, but as I read, I remembered how wonderful the talk was and was suddenly very glad I had a copy of this ...more
Rachael Maloney
Great reminder

this book reminds me that I don't have to be perfect to have our heavenly fathers love. I love how president Uchtdorf writes and I feel he is speaking to me personally
Lisa Poole
Very up lifting

very encouraging and uplifting, I have been depressed and this gave me some inspiration and meaning at a time when needed most.
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Dieter Friedrich Uchtdorf, a former German aviator and airline executive, is the Second Counselor in the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church).

Uchtdorf was born to ethnic Germans Karl Albert Uchtdorf and Hildegard Else Opelt in Moravská Ostrava (German: Mährisch-Ostrau), which at the time was in the Nazi-occupied Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia (now O
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“. . . the number of prayers we say may contribute to our happiness, but the number of prayers we answer may be of greater importance. Let us open our eyes and see the heavy hearts, notice the loneliness and despair; let us feel the silent prayers of others around us; and let us be an instrument in the hands of the Lord to answer those prayers.” 15 likes
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