It never fails. Starter conversations go like this:
“So what do you do?”
“I’m a writer.”
“What do you write?”
I finally have a good standing-on-one-foot answer that encapsulates all four of my books. “I write about the intersection between the church and the real world.” That’s what my books have in common.
- Gay Latter-day Saint Crossroads: My Journey, Your Journey, and a Scripture-based Path Forward. How can we connect God’s imperative to love everyone with church teachings about our LGBTQ siblings? Crossroads is by a former bishop and stake presidency counselor whose son is gay. With the mind of a lawyer, he examines scriptures and church teachings to look for a more hopeful path forward. Free navigable e-book or pdf at GayLDSCrossroads.org
- Fifty-Five Days of Faith: The Remarkable Life of Dick and Marsha Lavin. Would I join a church in which only half of my children could fully participate because of their African lineage? Dick and Marsha Lavin made that tough decision on April 14, 1978. After searching for years, their family, including their two biological children and their two adopted black children, felt right about The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But at that time, the Church did not allow blacks to hold the priesthood. Fifty-five days after they joined the church, the revelation on priesthood was announced: all worthy male Church members age twelve and older were now eligible for priesthood ordination. Read more here.
- Girls’ Camp: Ideas for Today’s Leaders. Divine nature is strengthened by being in nature. But how do you translate Mormonspeak for nonmember friends at girls’ camp? How do you hold to modesty standards while making every girl feel accepted? What about campers with special needs or diet restrictions? How do you break up cliques at camp? Read more here.
- Sunday Lessons and Activities for Kids. In these pages are memorable stories of the exuberant joy as well as the real-world challenges of working with children. For example, how do you deal with Mother’s Day and Father’s Day at church when not every child has one of each at home? And how do you teach children “honor thy father and mother” (the 4th commandment of the Tenth Commandments) when you know some children are being abused at home? Plus ready-to-use ideas for channeling boundless energy, staffing challenges, bullying, children’s music for a lifetime, kids with special needs, building a celestial nursery, pint-sized service projects, and behavior management. Read more here.
The real world. The church world. My writing seeks to be the connector. Join me on the journey.
My next book is OUT! (a little gay humor there) I had the honor of editing Evan and Cheryl Smith’s book Gay Latter-day Saint Crossroads: My Journey, Your Journey, and a Scripture-based Path Forward. It’s a free PDF download and navigable e-book online at gayldscrossroads.org. Evan is a former stake presidency counselor whose son is gay. With the mind of a lawyer, he examines scriptures and church teachings to look for a more hopeful doctrine.
For those who prefer to listen, here’s an interview with the author Evan Smith and his wife Cheryl on Richard Ostler’s “Listen, Learn and Love” podcast series (Evan gives me a nice shout out as a “great writer” (blush).
My short editor’s foreword is here. Want to start with the distilled version of the book? Here’s a 10-page overview and a 1-page chart. Or you can check out the table of contents and explore questions of interest to you.
To see what people have said about the Crossroads book, including Latter-day Saint authors Carol Lynn Pearson, Judy Dushku, Richard Ostler, Bryce Cook, David Ostler, and Clair Barrus, click here.
Check it OUT! (tee hee)
THE BOOK IS FINISHED! The e-book and print book are on Amazon!
Fifty-Five Days of Faith tells about the multiracial Lavin family joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints less than two months before the 1978 revelation on priesthood was received. Read more about this new book here, including reviews from Cathy Stokes, Margaret Blair Young, Romane Armand, Paul Furse, Jacqueline Nagy and Marilyn Nelson.
A portion of the proceeds from sales of this book supports Operation Underground Railroad, which rescues children in 17 countries from sex trafficking.
Photos: Marsha (left) in North Carolina opening her box of books. Marci (right) in Texas opening her box of books.
What a treat to meet book contributor Abbey Whitcomb at Girls’ Camp! We corresponded back and forth about her wonderful waterfront contribution to the book “Girls’ Camp: Ideas for Today’s Leaders.” But we never met — until now!
And then there’s Stacy Appleby, chilling in the hammock, with whom I’ve been serving at camp on and off since 1995!
Here’s to Girls’ Camp, and the book that we created together.
(Thanks to Anna Fisk for the photo)
You won’t believe this, but my Brazilian friend Sheila came for a visit to Boston just as Goodreads announced the winners of our book “Girls’ Camp: Ideas for Today’s Leaders.” The winners are from Wisconsin, India and. . . Brazil!
Sheila packed the winning book into her luggage and dropped it into the mail stream in Sao Paulo to go to Parana, Brazil. Much cheaper and more secure than an international mailing. Thanks, Sheila, and congratulations, Goodreads winners all over the world!
I wonder what Girls’ Camp is like in India and Brazil . . . .
Read Kendra’s nuanced thoughts at “The Things I Love Most.”
Sydney gave it 5 stars on Goodreads.com: “Girls’ Camp is a fantastic resource for camp directors and leaders to use as they prepare for camp. This unique book has personal examples of different situations that take place at camp, both good and bad. It also has some easy recipes, tips for teaching, possible activities, ways to make every girl feel included and so forth. I would definitely recommend this book to LDS or other religious camp leaders in helping them prepare for a fun and safe Girls’ Camp.”
FREE! Walnut Springs Press is giving away 3 signed copies of my book “Girls’ Camp: Ideas for Today’s Leaders!” Enter by Feb. 14 (Valentine’s Day) for a chance to win! Visit Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2iV2IVP #giveaway #free #win #book #goodreads
Kudos to Darko D. of Serbia, Vanessa G. of Illinois, and Tabitha G. of Kansas, the winners of the Nov. 2016 Goodreads giveaway! I’m thrilled that there is interest in the book from all over the world!
Watch for more Goodreads giveaways in 2017!!
FREE! Walnut Springs Press is giving away 3 copies of my book “Sunday Lessons and Activities for Kids!” Enter by Nov 30 for a chance to win! Visit Goodreads: http://bit.ly/2f5Mr1F #
TEACHING KIDS: How do you handle Father’s Day and Mother’s Day when children may not be living with one of each? How do you build a celestial nursery with toddlers? “Sunday Lessons and Activities for Kids” has ready-to-use ideas for teachers and parents about channeling boundless energy, staffing challenges, bullying, children’s music for a lifetime, kids with special needs, pint-sized service projects, and behavior management — as well as some of the best children’s lesson enhancements and activities of all time.
LEADING GIRLS: How do you translate Mormonspeak for nonmember friends at girls’ camp? How do you hold to modesty standards while making every girl feel accepted? What about cellphones at camp? “Girls’ Camp: Ideas for Today’s Leaders” contains practical ideas and powerful stories, from the first day of camp, to lifetime lessons that continue to bless lives long after camp is over. Whether you’re a leader, lifeguard, nurse, craft-barn leader, or priesthood visitor, whether your camp is primitive or modern, there’s something in these pages for you.
MARCI MCPHEE has collected a spectrum of women and men from across the country, coming together in these volumes to talk about real-world situations faced at church, at home, and girls’ camp. Dive in!
A portion of the proceeds from both books support immigrant mothers and their children at Waltham Family School in Massachusetts.