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4.4  ·  Rating details ·  1,456 Ratings  ·  160 Reviews

When Marjorie Pay Hinckley passed away in April 2004, every woman who had ever known her, even merely through reading her books or hearing her speak, felt as if she had lost a friend. Sister Hinckley looked at life with a twinkle in her eye. Her genuine interest in others made them care a little more for each other. Her quiet, constant support of her husband showed what a

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Christina
I finally finished this book just so I could say I had read it, but it was difficult to get through. I admire Marjorie Hinckley, and it was a bit fun to read about her day-to-day life (the sick babies, the traveling, the gardening ...). I also thought it was interesting to get those little insights into the life of a General Authority and public figure. However, I found the book boring.

I thoroughly enjoyed Glimpses into the Life and Heart of Marjorie Pay Hinckley, so I expected this one to be fu
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Kristin
Jul 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My grandma passed away a month and half ago and as I was packing up her extensive library I found this book and started reading. I love the Hinckleys and I enjoyed reading the letters that Sister Hinckley wrote to her family and the glimpse it gave into her life.

I miss the days of letter writing. My grandma wrote a weekly family letter and sent it to all of her children. It kept us all involved in one another's lives and up-to-date. Letters used to be such a vital part of one's life. My grandma
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Adelina
I love Sister Hinckley. Before reading Letters though, I didn’t know much about her though, other than that she was the Prophets wife, and anytime I saw photos or video of her, she just radiated love and kindness.


Reading Letters gave me such a beautiful insight into Sister Hinckley’s life, and helped me realize she’s just as human as me with similar struggles and worries. The first few letters, as she writes Gordon reminded me of similar circumstances in my life as a very young mother.
Now that I
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Kay
Oct 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I so enjoyed reading this compilation of letters written by this unassuming, delightful lady- the wife of a prophet of God- to her family. Her cheery attitude and her recounting of her day to day life and service was truly inspiring to me. These letters made me want to be a better person. I am grateful to her family for sharing them in this book.
There are many wonderful quotes in this book, but I think this is my favorite from a letter written to her daughter, Kathy: “I have a new project, 1 ch
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Alyssa Topham
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such great insights into their daily lives. She was full of so much spunk and gumption!
Jodi
Jul 21, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lds
I'm impressed that so many family members kept letters and postcards from Sis. Hinckley! It's amazing to think that letters were written so frequently and regularly now that we have instant email. This was an interesting book, but not nearly as good as "Glimpses" was. I enjoyed reading most of these letters and seeing what a positive attitude Sis. Hinckley had, but by half-way or two-thirds through the book, it started feeling a little more redundant. It was fun to get a better idea of what life ...more
Sherry
Sep 03, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This isn't a book you want to hurry through because much of it is just day to day trivia. I see she wrote other books that got better reviews than this one, possibly because she wrote it leaving out the trivia. For me it was interesting to find the prophets wife was somewhat discouraged and homesick when she moved to Denver away from her family. I sure was when we moved to Connecticut with four children under eight so far away from friends and family. The little parts would pop up like when she ...more
Kim
Feb 26, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked reading this book. The introduction written by her children explains why: "We hope that you will see [her letters] as a celebration of the power of the ordinary. We hope that as you peek into the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday-ness of her life, you will see with new eyes the value of your own." Here is this family we revere for their righteousness and upstanding lives, and this collection of letters shows us that they lived lives similar to ours, except with all the extra traveling and r ...more
Missy
May 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who needs a bit of loveliness in their life!
Recommended to Missy by: Shareylou
Lovely is not a word I use a lot, or at least not whe I am being serious. Honestly, though, there is not a better word to describe Sister Hinckley than lovely. This book was such a breath of fresh air. Letter writing is truely a lost art. It was fun to see into the corners of her life and realize that she had the same struggles many of us face - weight gain, wild children, etc. Sometimes she was even in a grumpy mood (if you can believe it!). However, she got over it quickly and was back to coun ...more
Heidi
Jul 30, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a quick read. However, I had a hard time being inspired to read it. I am sure that the letters hold higher sentimental attachement to family members. However, since I didn't fall into this slot, it wasn't the most interesting book ever. It did have a few jems in it though such as some funny stories about the Hinckleys as well as being very informative about life as a General Authorities wife.
Laura Farrer
Jan 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely LOVED this book!!! I mean I already loved the Hinckleys, but I was crying and laughing through the whole thing. It was wonderful!!
Melanie
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love how down to earth she is.
Wendy
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was so fun to learn more about Marjorie Hinckley through the letters she wrote to her family. What a wonderful person!
Mary Ellen
Jun 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
I love Marjorie Pay. I was super excited about this book. However, I have to agree with a lot of reviewers. These letters would make a great family keepsake, but it wasn't the most exciting of reads. It was mostly notes about who was sick, where she had traveled, things she needed to buy, etc.
It was fun to get a feel of her day to day life, but I don't feel like I learned much about her. Her letters weren't thoughts on life or even much about anything other than the mundane day to day stuff.
Erin
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delightful book that gives the reader an inside look to what a beloved wife of a Prophet is really like. If you read the Introduction to the book, written by her children, it is very clear as to the reasons this book was published. If you read with those reasons in mind, you will not be disappointed. Letter writers are obsolete now, as we have instant communication audio and video, e-mail, social media, etc. As a faithful journal writer, I appreciated reading Marjorie Hinckley's letters. I love ...more
McKenna
I think the most valuable thing about this book is just what it portrays about Marjorie herself. She's very human as well as very good, and her humor and humility are inspiring.
Stephanie
Jan 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have already read this but it's been a while. I was impressed to read it again this past Sunday after watching the Gordon B. Hinckley movie with one of my boys. I love the candidness of this book, the glimpse that it is into this amazing woman's life. It helps me feel better knowing that even the wife of a prophet was concerned with the everyday drudgery of endless housework/repairs and things as simple as hairstyles and clothes. She kept herself HAPPILY busy, going about the ordinary tasks of ...more
Kate
Jun 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I belong to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and believe that God has called prophets to lead His people in this day and age, just as He did in Biblical times. One of those prophets was Gordon B. Hinckley (1910-2008). President Hinckley led the Church from 1995, until his death in 2008, and until her death in 2004, his wife Marjorie Pay Hinckley was always by his side. I cannot think of anyone who didn’t adore Sister Hinckley. She was a small, smiling, grandmotherly type woman, w ...more
Kristopher Swinson
I'm not so certain that "one of the appealing things about these letters is the unremarkableness of the accounts" (93). It felt as if we had to perform all the labor to glean insights after poring through years' worth of ordinary family accounts. This is partially because she wasn't one to complain (33, 41, 72, 79) or immodestly put anything forward. This elect lady shared her husband's concern for the one (see 234).

I was very amused at their busy pace, as they "were not born to be Saturday golf
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Angie Bollard
Jun 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I loved this book. Sister Hinckley was my favorite person. She had such a cute sense of humor and she had a beautiful soul. That shines through in this book. From raising a young family to traveling the world over. She saw much of the world and she still wrote about her longing for home and family. Some of my favorite parts are:
-When she attends the dedication of the business administration building at BYU and they use dynamite for the groundbreaking ceremony and they used a little too much and
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Queen
Feb 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely adore this book. I adore Marjorie Hinckley to begin with. I admire her and when I read these letters and saw that she was just like us as a young mother, it gave me hope. Granted, she is more patient and lovely, but it was nice to read a letter where she uses the word "freak". I love that she gets irritated by the things we do. That it's ok to be REAL. That's what I love most about her and President Hinckley. They keep it real. They don't have time for playing a role - they just do ...more
Melissa T
Sep 05, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ah the Hinckley's, how I miss them. This book is actually a collection of letters written by Marjorie Pay Hinckley to family members over the years and demonstrates her quiet strenght, her unfailing love, her sweet faith. I felt as though some of the letters were written to me, she has a way of cutting through the fluff and getting right to the heart. I adore her and hope to meet her in person someday. I would read anything written by her - she certainely fits the definition of an elect lady.
Kristen
May 17, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I really enjoyed this book - why did I wait so long to finally read it?!!!? Walking away from this book, I think the thing I'll take with me the most is that Sister Hinckley was a completely normal, imperfect person, who, in spite of all that, did extraordinary things! I think we often find ourselves thinking we're not as good as other people, when, in essence, we're only as good as we allow ourselves to be. Sister Hinckley's personal letters were a breath of fresh air to my sometimes downhearte ...more
Melissa
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was really cute. I have always wanted to know what Sis. Hinckley is like. I enjoyed reading her letters written to family members at different points in her life. They gave me a taste of what she was like and what her life was like. I learned that her life was filled with daily routines as mine is, yet she was a strong, amazing woman, truly an example to us all. She gives me something to aspire to! I recommend this book to anyone who wants a glimpse into the sweet and witty h ...more
Karie
This book was a priceless window into not only an amazing woman's life, but also into the ordinary life of a woman, mother, sister, daughter, and wife. Marjorie's candid and funny expressions on life's great moments and challenges were comforting and inspiring. The letters written to various family members over the years (her children, her family, her husband, and even grandchildren) give one an idea of the well rounded loving but realistic faithful woman that Marjorie Hinckley was. It is easy t ...more
Jessica
Oct 28, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I came upon this book on my Mother-in-law's book shelf. I thought it was fun and interesting to read the letters of a prophet's wife to her family. I was pleased to discover that even though she was a world traveler and a very busy person, she was first and foremost a Mother, with all the daily housekeeping and childcare concerns that we all have. My favorite was when she expressed to some family member how she had set a goal to read a chapter out of each of the standard works every day, and she ...more
Sherilyn
Aug 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religous
I loved reading this book. It was a pleasure to read of all the wonderful advise that Sister Hinckley had for her family, the joys and trials that she faced but to feel the love she had for her husband, children, family and the Lord. I would recommend it to all who want to feel the spirit and to gain a greater appreciation for our wonderful prophets wifes and the great support they are to all who know them. Marjorie Hinckley was an amazing women.
Sandy
Jan 09, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
I really enjoyed this book. Part of that may be that I enjoyed the historical aspect. I loved reading letters from years past that gave insight into life in the "old days". Also, I loved reading about all the "ordinary" activities in the lives of the Hinckley's. It made them seem more real and approachable and also made me wonder how they ever found time to work in the garden and on their home and their kid's homes.
Jenette
Oct 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Was given to me by a friend of my mom's when I was having a stressful time on hospital bedrest with my last pregnancy and going through a second NICU stay. This book brightened my life at this time and caused me to laugh out loud and made me feel like I wasn't as alone as I may have thought. Loved reading the things Sister Hinckley dealt with on a daily basis. Especially those related to motherhood and that trials that can arise there! A book I will forever love!
julie
Jul 10, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I appreciate Marjorie Pay Hinckley so much. This book was compiled by her children and contains letters to family members from the time she was a young bride living in Denver until later in life when she traveled extensively throughout the world, serving with her husband in various positions.

I admire her good sense, compassion, and sense of humor, as well as her untiring devotion to the Lord, hard work, and service.
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Born Marjorie Pay on 23 November 1911, in Nephi, Utah, she was the first child of Phillip LeRoy and Georgetta Paxman Pay. She had four sisters and two brothers, but one brother died in infancy. The family moved to Salt Lake City in 1914 where Marjorie began her education. She graduated from East High School in 1929 and went to work at the Owens Illinois Glass Company performing secretarial duties. ...more
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