Book Review: Letters by Marjorie Pay Hinckley

lettersTitle: Letters

Author: Marjorie Pay Hinckley


Publisher: Deseret Book Co.


Release Date: November 1, 2004


Book Summary:



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 an eternal partnership could be like here and now. Most of all, her shining faith was a beacon of hope for thousands, even millions of people across the world.


Sister Hinckley’s legacy of love and faith and humor is preserved, in large part, in the many letters she wrote over the course of the years. Letters is a sampling of those marvelous communications, a look behind the scenes at the life of an extraordinary but somehow delightfully “real” woman, wife, and mother. The letters run the spectrum of experience: her trials as a young mother, her musings sent to adult children, her observations on her travels, her words of love to grandchildren. In them, a portrait emerges of a woman whose life is not so different from our own, a woman who took the everyday experiences of her world and made of them something beautiful and lasting.


“Of all the things that she left behind when she passed away at the age of ninety-two” write her five children in the introduction to this book,  “we treasure nothing more than her letters and postcards. We hear her voice; she returns to our circle and helps us remember earlier times. In the touch of the paper and the tidy, small handwriting we are tangibly connected again.” Readers everywhere will appreciate the opportunity for this final, tangible connection with a much-loved friend



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’ve finished reading Letters, I’m inspired to write more of my own letters. I’ve been writing my kids letters on their birthdays, but they’re still young and at home. My siblings are spreading around the globe, and because of the ease of social networking, we don’t actually stay in contact as much as I would like. I’m going to follow Marjorie’s example and send a little snail mail love to my sisters and brothers.



Rating: 5 stars – I Loved it!!


Content: Clean


Source: A gift from my Mom



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