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free book: Gay LDS Crossroads

August 8, 2020

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  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)

“Authors for Freedom” supporting Operation Underground Railroad

June 30, 2020

I’m honored to support a great organization working to rescue children from sex trafficking worldwide. All proceeds from our book “Sunday Lessons and Activities for Kids” on July 31, 2020 go to Operation Underground Railroad.

Author Marsha Lavin is also participating in this “Authors for Freedom” event with her book that I had the honor of editing, “Fifty-Five Days of Faith: The Remarkable Life of Dick and Marsha Lavin.”

Co-editor Julia B. Blake is participating as well, with our book “Girls’ Camp: Ideas for Today’s Leaders.”

Pick them up on Amazon! Or contact me directly for autographed copies (see contact button above).

Read more about the campaign at Authors for Freedom – Operation Underground Railroad. Join the fight by reading an Author’s For Freedom book and learn more at

“To the children who we pray for daily, we say: Your long night is coming to an end. Hold on. We are on our way.”

With gratitude to Sunday Lessons contributing authors Julia B. Blake, Jon and Lori Forsyth, the late Char Lyn GrujoskiKristine Haglund, Danielle Harrell, Roz Soulam HawkMichelle Whalen HendersonJackie Escobar HerreraTina HuntsmanJenn IversonWhitney Johnson, Caroline Jones, Linda Hoffman Kimball, Rebecca Lewis, Brigitte MadrianDavid Madrian, Emily Mangum, James McQuiveyMegan Kelly McQuiveyMichelle Marple PurringtonHelenClaire Sievers, Laura Stowell, and Martha Larsen Wingate, with endorsements by Lori Henderson, co-creator of, Marc Buchanan, father and Primary worker, the late Ron Scott, author of Mitt Romney: An Inside Look at the Man and His Politics.

With gratitude to Girls’ Camp contributing authors Stacy Appleby, Cynthia L. Austin, Kelly Austin, Amanda Barry, Taylor Bringhurst (Niebergall), Pat Buchman,  Jonyce Johnson Bullock, Amy DouglassEmma Lu Draper (with June Sivers), Heidi FerrinGladys Clark Farmer Fetzer, Jon Forsyth, Lori Forsyth, Mark Gregory (with Julianne Hansen and Carol Gregory), Michelle Whalen Henderson, Staci HopkinTina HuntsmanTina Fletcher JohnGreg LenzSara MacLean, Mary Ellen Moulton, Anna Parker, Deb Ramsay, Amy Rogers-Douglass, Marla Staffanson, Heather Sundahl, Anne TardiffDiana Pfaehler Umina, and Abbey Whitcomb, with endorsements by Julie Berry, award-winning author, Clark Woolstenhulme, multi-year girls’ camp visitor and father (husband of Guinevere Woolstenhulme, and Hailey Smith, co-writer, co-producer and actress in Once I Was a Beehive.

With gratitude for Fifty-Five Days of Faith endorsers Cathy Stokes, nurse and retired public-health administrator; Margaret Blair Young, filmmaker and co-author (with Darius Gray) of Standing on the Promises; Romane Armand, poet and author of Book of Rhymes: A Laxative for Creative Constipation; Paul Furse, author, founder of Mind Management Systems and Head Coach of Ascend Marketing; Jacqueline Nagy, avid reader, writer, passionate world traveler, dedicated mom and wife; and Marilyn Nelson, adoptive mother, English teacher, avid reader, and Sunset Beach Turtle Patrol volunteer

#our #endhumantrafficking #operationundergroundrailroad #OURAuthorsForFreedom



E-book and print book available: “Fifty-Five Days of Faith”!

October 26, 2018

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 Railroadwhich 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.

Book Contributors Spotted at Girls’ Camp!

August 24, 2017

Left to right – Stacy Appleby (chilling in the hammock), co-editor Marci McPhee, and Abbey Whitcomb

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)

Hand-delivered to Brazil (but not India or Wisconsin): Congratulations, Goodreads winners!

March 11, 2017

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 what they’re saying about “Girls’ Camp: Ideas for Today’s Leaders”!

February 27, 2017

Kendra, blogger at

Read Kendra’s nuanced thoughts at “The Things I Love Most.”

Sydney gave it 5 stars on “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.”


Read more reviews by

Hailey Smith, co-writer, co-producer, and actress in Once I Was a Beehiveand

Julie Berry, award-winning author of The Passion of Dolssa and All the Truth That’s in Me


We’re delighted that people are enjoying the book! Will you be next? Available on and wherever LDS books are sold.

FREE Goodreads Giveaway – “Girls’ Camp: Ideas for Today’s Leaders”

January 15, 2017

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: #giveaway #free #win #book #goodreads

Congratulations, Goodreads giveaway winners! “Sunday Lessons and Activities for Kids”

December 8, 2016

cropped-final-cover.jpgKudos 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!!

#giveaway #free #win #book #goodreads


FREE Goodreads Giveaway – “Sunday Lessons & Activities for Kids!”

November 1, 2016

final coverFREE! 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:  #giveaway #free #win #book #goodreads

Bridging the real world and the ideal: Leading kids and teen girls

August 20, 2016
Photo by Kelly Keenan

Photo by Kelly Keenan

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.