Glimpses into the Life and Heart of Marjorie Pay Hinckley
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Glimpses into the Life and Heart of Marjorie Pay Hinckley

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When Marjorie Pay stepped into the Salt Lake Temple in 1937 to be married to Gordon B. Hinckley, she little knew what dramatic turns her life would take. How could any newlywed envision that she might someday be the eternal companion of the prophet and President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

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Hardcover, 268 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Deseret Book Co
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Alissa
At first I found that I felt guilty reading this book and thinking, there is no way that I can ever be half of the woman that she was! But, after talking to my husband and reading about the story where Sister Hinckley shares some of her own mothering weaknesses, I realized that she probably didn't start out perfect. At the end in her talks, she voices the opinion that she is old and doesn't have to try to impress people now. She is what she is. I like knowing that I can work hard to hopefully co...more
Heather
This is a sweet book that does give us a glimpse into Sister Hinckley's heart. She was a remarkable woman who "found real self-fulfillment in the pursuit of righteousness. [She was willing] to be molded by the Lord and His plan for her (p. xvi)."

Reading this book was inspiring and uplifting and made me want to be better. It is wonderful to learn about this sweet woman through some of her letters and talks and insights from others as she traveled around the world with her husband testifying of C...more
Linda
What an amazing book! Marjorie Pay Hinckley gives a tremendous example of the kind of woman I want to become!

The titles of the chapters gives a clear list:
1-Faith
2-Genuineness
3-Mothering
4-Optimism
5-Gratitude
6-Enthusiasm for Learning
7-Sense of Humor
8-A Listening Friend
9-Confidence Builder
10-Grandmothering
11-Reaching Out
12-Synergy (in Marriage)

It seems fitting that I borrowed this book from my sweet mother, who I feel exhibits many of these same qualities as well, and who I hope to be like when I...more
Natalie
What a beautiful "glimpse" into the heart and life of an amazing woman. Her boundless love and her acceptance of self were just heartwarming. My favorite parts in the book had to do with her consistent call to be yourself and that you are unique and that your role in life, and your ability to love and serve, is unique. I felt a strong sense of love and acceptance while reading. It's nice to feel that you can look up to someone yet be inspired to live life as yourself in your own good way.
Heidi
To be fair, I would probably give this book 4.5 stars, but there are no half star ratings. I have wanted to read a book about Marjorie Hinckley for a long time, so I finally coughed up my small change and orderd this one from Thrift Books. I'm glad I did. She is (was) a delightful, inspriring person and I loved being a part of her world for a short time through this book.

The great part about this is book is that you can pick it up and put it down as much as you want and not skip a beat. It is wr...more
Annika Foote
What an inspiring woman! I loved this book. President and Sister Hinckley spoke to our mission in Hong Kong in 1996. Afterward, I was alone trying to keep up with my companion when the elevator door opened at the chapel and Marjorie Hinckley smiled and waved at me. I couldn't see President Hinckley, but he called out "Hello!". It was such a brief encounter! And I treasure it!
I didn't expect to laugh so much when I read this book, but I did. She swore once at her children and then washed her own...more
Jean
I have been reading this book since right after Seth was born in 2005! It's not that it's not engaging, it's a bunch of short stories, portions of talks, and quotes from her family and friends so it's easy to read some and then come back to it later. I find myself drawn to it when having a bad day or need an uplift. I am always encouraged by the wonderful example Sister Hinckley is through this book and know that I can do better and maybe I'm not doing as bad as I thought!
Jill
What a remarkable woman! I loved every page of this book. It made me want to be kinder and more thoughtful, a better parent, wife and friend. The pages of this book are filled with wisdom but never comes across as "preachy" - just uplifting and encouraging. Loved it. Will read again.
Amy
one of my very favorite books EVER. own this one and will read it again and again! would definitely recommend to anyone, especially woman. shows the life of a remarkable woman- her humor, her spirit and her kindness. each page left me wanting to be a better person. LOVED!!!!!
Suzy
Until I read this book, I didn't realize how amazing Sister Hinckley was! She is my inspiration right now. She was so positive about life and made people feel good about themselves. A true example to follow. But she wasn't only centered on the gospel--she was also very funny!
Kim
Have read this book several times. If you ever want a "how to" lesson in family relationships..this is your book. Her life was her legacy and it was lived with love, gentleness and steadfastness to the principles and values she believed in.
Amy
Aug 23, 2007 Amy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All women
This book was very inspiring. She is such a role model. I finished this book and was disappointed that it was over. I wanted to pick it up and read it again. She is the type of women I would like to be.
Britt
I want to be that kind of mother. I love that she believed in her children. She expected that her kids would be wonderful, so that is what they wanted to be. I love that.

Natalie
What an amazing and inspiring lady! I read through the chapters of this book when I had time. It is a compilation of excerpts of talk and stories by Sister Hinckley, and stories shared about her from other people.

A few of my favorite quotes:
“The only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it.”

“The rewards of mothering are not immediate. There are times when you are less than appreciated. I took from the oven one day what I thought was a beautiful casserole, only to have my 6 year...more
Janel
Loved this motivational book of Sister Hinckley's insights. Great underlining advice. I'd give the advice a 5 but the layout method lost my interest sometimes. Still you have to read it. Here are some of my favorite quotes to live by from the book: About Faith"I have seen too much and experienced too much to ever deny it. He lives. He is truly my Father, and the Savior is my Savior in every sense of that word. If I can just be one more voice to say that God lives and that this is His work, I wil...more
Lisa N
A down-to-earth glimpse at the wisdom and foibles of a remarkable lady. Her genuineness and love come across the pages. Just reading about her life somehow made me feel better about myself.

The format of this book is exceptional and highly effective in helping the reader feel a personal connection with Sister Hinckley.

A few favorites (from literally pages of notes)--

“The only way to get through life is to laugh your way through it.”

“There are some years in our lives that we would not want to l...more
Christina
What an amazing woman. I really like the point they make in the introduction that Marjorie Hinckley is not a worldly famous woman, just a good woman.

This book has an unusual format. It is categorized by character traits of Marjorie Hinckley, and each chapter includes quotes by Sister Hinckley or stories about her that illustrate that trait. The tributes are sweet and her advice is wonderful. It's one of those books I'd like to read every few years just to remind me what is important in the life...more
Nancy
Majorie Pay Hinckley... What a beautiful life and a beautiful woman! I was impressed over and over with her genuine kindness, her belief in others and reaching out to the "one", her ability to look for and see the good in anyone, and her undeviating devotion to the Lord and to her family. Just reading about these "glimpses" of her life made me want to do better, to BE a better me. I am sure that a large part of President Gordon B. Hinckley's success in life was due to his choosing of an trustwor...more
Marci
Meet my grandma! They were second cousins...and I was amazed at their similarities while reading this book. Their grandmothers walked the plains together as young girls--their mother dying in the wagon just 8 miles out of Salt Lake! Just like Sis. Hinckley, my grandma was an angel--always serving, loving, and giving of herself. She had a softness and easiness about her, but at the same time, my grandma had a strength and savvy about her also. She loved to laugh! She would laugh so hard she would...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
I loved this book. I love Marjorie Hinckley. She was such a perfect companion to President Gordon B. Hinckley. This book is written by her daughter, and is a compilation of Sister Hinckley's words from talks, letters and conversations, as well as lovely vignettes from family and friends. Her faith and optimistic view of life are inspiring.

At times she seems too perfect and polished, but I honestly don't think you could find many negatives about her. She always seemed, to me at least, to be one o...more
Marilyn
Marjorie Hinckley has such a profound outlook about so many daily events in the life of an average LDS woman. No matter what stage of life you're in, or whether you stay at home or have a career, this is an incredibly inspirational book that will make you want to become a better person. I personally have changed a couple of routines in my life because of this book. In addition, there was a fun surprise for me because one of her talks tells of an experience with a relative of my husband's that sh...more
Marci
Made me laugh and cry. A book for everyone to read. Marjorie Hinckley is a great example of a "normal" person to follow.
Melissa
I read this book very slowly, and in a way it became like visits with a wise and tender grandmother. I tried to soak in all her wit and wisdom, just hoping that somehow it would rub off on me and help me to approach life and motherhood with more optimism, humor and grace.

Marjorie Hinckley was very good at seeing the potential of others. She encouraged and lifted in a way that her children and grandchildren wanted to become better people. Surely this method is better than nagging and criticizing...more
Andrea
I loved reading this. What a wonderful woman she was!
Annalisa
This book is filled with bits of talks from Sister Hinckley as well as journal entries, letters and postcards along with stories and commentaries written by those who loved and knew her personally. The epilogue is a beautiful letter from President Hinckley to his wife. There is an accompanying appendix of complete talks by Sister Hinckley. The book is wonderfully narrated/edited by Virginia Pearce and broken into chapters on such topics as motherhood, grandmothering, gratitude, synergy etc it is...more
Bethany
This is a very enjoyable book. One that can be read bits and pieces at a time. I actually received it as a gift from my parents back when I was in college. I read a talk or two from the back of it and thought they were good, but with the busyness of college life I ended up putting it away.

I'm glad I pulled it out recently. There's a lot to be learned from Sister Marjorie Hinckley. She was a great woman and I'm loving learning more about her personality and how good she made others feel. She's s...more
Kimberly
This is one of my favorite books. I expected it to be a biography, but it's actually a big collection of memories about Marjorie Hinckley gathered from friends and family, interspersed with quotes from Sister Hinckley herself.

I received this book as a gift in college and often read a page or two over breakfast. Through those little glimpses, I came to love this little woman who enjoyed people and life so very much. She always made me feel better and want to be better.

When I grow up, I want to be...more
April
This is one of my favorites to browse through when I miss my own Grandma, who reminds me of her. While at times I think the author and others put her up on an unrealistic pedestal, Sis. Hinckley was an amazing woman, and she's a comforting example to follow. My favorite story from this book is of when her daughter (or in-law) called with a question about whether to force her child into something, and Marjorie asked: "will it save the relationship?" This book always helps me remember to relax, lo...more
Annette
Loved it!!!
Shauna
I love sister Hinkley! So happy I got to give her a big hug when she was here on Earth :) You can feel her love and strength and sweet special spirit through the things she shares in this book! Here is one of my favorite things in this book that she wrote...Sisters, we are all in this together. We need each other. Oh, how we need each other. It is a sociological fact that women need women. We need deep and satisfying and loyal friendships with each other. These friendships are a necessary source...more
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