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4.50  ·  Rating details ·  3,349 ratings  ·  362 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 treasured ...more
Hardcover, 55 pages
Published January 1st 2010 by Deseret Book
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Dec 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Apr 05, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religious
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
Feb 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Aug 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2010-reads
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
Jun 28, 2010 rated it liked it
It was a nice read and very well-written (or, in the original form, well-spoken), but I found it a little lacking. I guess I was just expecting more meat, rather then just a repetition of a recent talk (albeit a wonderful one) he gave on women. I would've so loved for him to have gone into a much greater depth on the topic. ...more
Gina Tackett
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exactly what I needed

Wow! I was just looking through my downloads and this popped up. I had downloaded it sometime ago but never got around to reading it, you know how we do. I read it today. Tears filled my eyes. It was just what I needed to feast upon. Feels like a hug and a sweet pep talk to get through a little bit of tough time.
Sep 14, 2020 rated it liked it
This little gem reads like a women’s conference talk. It’s short and sweet, and likely marketed as a Mother’s Day gift. It was a lovely little read. My favorite quote from JM Barrie, Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.<\i>.
One of my favourite talks!
I always enjoy Dieter Uchtdotf's writing. This is a quick little book extolling the virtues and talents of women. It also encourages women to develop talents and provide service. An uplifting read. ...more
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.


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
May 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Dec 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion, 2011-reads
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
Jun 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, lds
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
Dec 26, 2010 rated it it was ok
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
Dec 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
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 it
May 04, 2010 rated it liked it
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. ...more
Jun 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Dec 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religion
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.
Nov 22, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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.
Rachel Eads

I wasn't aware this was an LDS book until I started reading, but the principles still apply whether protestant or LDS. Very uplifting, quick read.
Tori (Book Chick)
Dec 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I love Pres. Uchtdorf. ❤
Mar 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Probably more of a 2.5 . Not due to content, but length. I read it in 5 minutes. It really could have been a pamphlet. While the words were good, half of the pages were pictures and another 1/4 were quotes from the text. I got this from the public library, but may have been disappointed had I paid money for it beyond my tax dollars. If someone else has this, I suggest borrowing it if you really desire to read it. I love Elder Uchtdorf, but was expecting more from this book.
May 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! His speeches are always uplifting and inspiring. I highly recommend reading this book.

I chose this rating because it was a quick read and very inspirational and uplifting. It made me feel happy and gave me strength to carry on and maybe even find a hidden strength I may have.
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Elder Uchtdorf

I love Elder Uchtdorf who is a true servant of our Heavenly Father! He teaches us to be more Christ like by lifting others up who are suffering whether physically or spiritually. His teachings are simple and clear, to love one another and in doing so we shall learn to love yourselves and find peace and joy!
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a quick and easy read but as you would expect, wonderfully written ad inspirational. I just love President Uchtdorf! He has such a wonderful way of connecting to his listeners (or readers). I love that he encourages us to look outside ourselves to find real lasting joy.
Could easily be read in one sitting.
Brooke Casper
Jan 31, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own-type-print, lds
Favorite quotes:

Isn't it remarkable to think that your very spirit is fashioned by an endlessly creative and eternally compassionate God? Think about it-your spirit body is a masterpiece, created with a beauty, function, and capacity beyond imagination. -pg. 25

Creation means bringing into existence something that did not exist before. -pg. 26

As you lift others, you rise a little higher yourself. -pg. 36
Dorry Lou
Feb 24, 2017 rated it liked it
President Uchtdorf does a good job of helping women to see just how "remarkable" they can be as they serve, show compassion, and do all the many other things they do. We as women can make the world a better place, and I think we do. ...more
Donald Davis
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just what I needed.

Very uplifting and inspiring. It definitely gave me some things to ponder and apply in my life. I always love listening to/reading anything Dieter F. Uchtdorf has to say!
Crystal Y. Hudson Gregory
Quick and easy read.

Victory of the enemy. Quick and easy read.
Finding your inner remarkable soul of a Godly woman to stand firm.

“ I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.” Phil 4:13
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