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What woman would describe herself as "holy"? And yet, the Lord has commanded us to "practice holiness...continually." What is the meaning of holiness? How can we become a little more holy day by day? Is it even possible? Or is holiness just a lofty, impossible goal? In considering these questions, best-selling author Wendy Watson Nelson offered a three day experiment to seWhat woman would describe herself as "holy"? And yet, the Lord has commanded us to "practice holiness...continually." What is the meaning of holiness? How can we become a little more holy day by day? Is it even possible? Or is holiness just a lofty, impossible goal? In considering these questions, best-selling author Wendy Watson Nelson offered a three day experiment to several friends. For three days each woman chose one of her normal daily activities and asked herself "How would a holy woman do this?" Their experiences are both eye-opening and encouraging as we begin to understand how gifts of the Spirit can help us become the women that the Lord needs us to be....

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ISBN : 9781609070601
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Number of Pages : 64 Pages
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What Would a Holy Woman Do? Reviews

  • Linda Hart
    2019-02-23 18:12

    Our RS group bought a few copies of this and gave to us to read, write comments in on pages following each chapter, and then pass on to another in our branch to read and pass on, etc. We are having a branch RS overnight retreat next month and one of the planned activities will be a discussion of the book, sharing our experiences with each other. what a great idea. It is a short book with the suggestion of reading one chapter per day (10-15 minutes,tops) and then applying the principle gleaned to own life for 24 hours. I will likely give this little book as gifts to daughters and friends.

  • Jill
    2019-02-26 22:28

    I want to give a copy of this book to everyone I know. The premise is simple: for three days choose one of your daily activities and ask how a holy woman might do it? Just one activity, just three days. What happens? I love the stories the author shares of what other women experienced when they accepted this challenge. It helps me to know others struggle each day, yes, but I love seeing how they act on what they decide a holy woman might do.The last three chapters are probably my favorite. I'm grateful I bought the book if just for those, as they expand on the challenge. I took the challenge and am only two days in, but already it's amazing what has changed in my heart and my surroundings. I see my children from a different perspective. My challenges seem less overwhelming, I have an idea of where to begin working on all the weaknesses that "so easily do beset me."Thank goodness.

  • Shiloah
    2019-03-08 15:58

    Such a great question to ask. I received a few new bits of insight, but mostly some inspiration for my goals this year.

  • Melanie
    2019-03-02 16:21

    I enjoyed listening to this audio book. Wendy Watson Nelson, wife of Russell M. Nelson, asks a thought-provoking question to many of her female friends: "What would a holy woman do?" She encourages them to consider this question for three days as they go about their daily routine and see if it causes them to act any differently. Nelson shares some of their responses and it is easy to see that pondering on this question did make a difference in the way they did things and the way they reacted to situations. I appreciated the scriptures Nelson shares in her book regarding holiness and how to become a holy woman. It was a short, quick read, but poignant in message and left me with something to think about and strive for.

  • Nicole
    2019-03-14 19:02

    Every woman should take 30 minutes and read this book. It's well worth the time. I finished this book with a simple and profound understanding of what it means to be holy and how I can (and should) apply this in my every day life. Ultimately making the choice to be holy helps us become more like our Savior.

  • Tanya
    2019-03-15 16:17

    Good reminder of what is really important. I think that just remembering to ask the question will be helpful in working towards becoming what you want to become.

  • Danni
    2019-03-17 14:19

    I liked her thoughts. I may have to try some of them.

  • Cathy
    2019-02-26 13:59

    This is one of the books I got for Christmas and I'm kicking myself that it took me so long to get to it!I love the way it's written. It's really short, it's easy to read. But it really made me think. I liked that the author shares experiences of women that she knows in real life. I liked the way their experiences made it easier to apply what she was saying to my own life. I like that there are places in this book to record your own personal thoughts when you try her three day holy woman experiment. After reading this book, I've been thinking and pondering more about just what it does mean to be a holy woman and about how I can work on being more holy each and every day.Make sure you read this book. If you do, I want to know what you think about it!

  • Jamie Eskelson
    2019-02-26 15:00

    I loved everything about this short, inspirational book. It's written by Wendy Nelson (wife of Elder Nelson; an apostle in the LDS church) and issues the challenge to face one activity each day with the the thought "what would a holy woman do?". I have to admit, after a friend recommended it to me I was worried the book would be another long list of spiritual expectations and things I should add to an already full TO DO list. Boy, was I wrong. It's all about listening to the Holy Ghost and how it's guiding power can issue spiritual gifts which help us to do better the many things we have to do each day. Sister Nelson gives many examples of women who have taken the challenge and how it improved their lives. So grateful I read it!

  • Wanda
    2019-03-11 17:58

    This is a mini-book--only about 50 pages. Wendy Nelson challenged some friends to go for three days asking themselves "What would a Holy Woman do?" with some specific aspect of her life. The results were all positive and it is a good challenge for each of us. Towards the end of the book she broadens the challenge to seek holiness in all things, with good scriptural backup to tell us how to do that.

  • Annajune
    2019-03-04 15:20

    After hearing her speak I started reading some of her books. This one was great. She decides she wants to learn more about holy women. She asks friends what they think a holy woman would do and challenges women to act like a holy woman. She shares experiences of women in all different times in the their lives and their responses to being more holy, even if that is being more holy as you go grocery shopping.

  • Kristen
    2019-02-24 19:21

    Super short, love the idea she presents. Seems doable!

  • Susan
    2019-02-26 21:18

    Way too short, but a powerful recommendation. I'll be trying this for sure!

  • Katie
    2019-02-28 19:00

    Interesting thoughts on what a holy woman should do. Though I think some things that were implied that a holy woman shouldn't do should not have been included like eating fast food.

  • Rebecca
    2019-03-09 16:03

    If you are looking to better yourself, this is an inspiring book.

  • Heidi
    2019-03-19 19:09

    A beautiful book full of inspiration and hope.

  • Sandy
    2019-03-15 15:22

    Sister Nelson shares practical and thoughtful ideas for women to work to become holy women.

  • Heather
    2019-03-04 19:17

    My favorite part of this book was the experience that led to the idea that started the conversation and the book. Sister Nelson was with Elder Nelson at the Nuku'alofa Tonga Temple just before it was to be re-dedicated and before the words 'Holiness to the Lord' were placed on it. Without those words on the building it was not complete - holiness is very important. This experience caused Sister Nelson to think about how we must bring holiness to the temple. We must be holy. She tries an experiment with a few others. They choose one thing each day that they will try to do as a 'holy woman' would. Choosing one thing at a time and consciously trying to be more holy was life changing for those who responded.This is a simple premise, but to me the lesson from this book was to be conscious and proactive and mindful about trying to be more holy and worthy. I think it's the same as trying to live according to the Spirit and following the example of the Savior, asking 'What would Jesus do?' Another important point for me was that the direction is different for everyone - the Spirit will teach us individually as we ask for guidance in trying to be better.A few quotes that I liked:"What did holiness even mean? I knew that 'holiness' was not a word I used a lot. I could go many days, sometimes weeks, and never even say the word. How could I start exploring the concept of holiness (p. 2)?""You might be surprised about what you are prompted to do when you view your concerns through the lens of the question 'What would a holy woman do (p. 8)?'""'Mom, this is the first day I really love.''What do you mean?''We get to be with you.''What do you mean? I'm always here with you.''No, you're not. We're in our rooms playing, and you're always working somewhere else in the house. But today--today, we get to play with you. We really get to be with you. This is the first day I really love (p. 12).'""'I learned that desiring to be holy brings changes (p. 13).'""'I now know that being holy is not an unreachable goal. I can be more holy every day. I initially wanted to do more than one thing a day, but having only one thing to do really helped me to focus. Working on being holy helped me feel like a more capable, better person (p. 16).'""'When I asked myself the question 'What would a holy woman do?' I was able to focus. More things got done and my priorities were good (p. 18).'""'There was absolutely no gossiping (p. 20).'""She and her husband talked for a long time and developed a plan about how they could keep the negative influences of the world out of their home and out of their minds and hearts (p. 24).""'Procrastination has been a problem of mine, but when I think about what a holy woman would do, procrastination is not the answer. Doing things promptly is (p. 29).'""My first thought in trying to become a more holy woman was 'Where do I begin?' There are so many rough spots that need to be buffed out. How do I possibly pick one (p. 31)?""Can you see how eager the Lord is to personally and specifically tutor us in our very hour of need--even in our very moment of need? All we need to do is ask (p. 32).""Now, what is the Lord willing to teach you about holiness (p. 40)?""The Lord commands us to practice holiness before him continually [see D&C 46:33]. Does that sound like the Lord wants us to learn holiness? That He wants us to be more holy? But how? How can we do it (p. 41)?""The Lord says very clearly, 'I am able to make you holy [see D&C 60:7].' Think of that truth. He is able to make us holy. How comforting is that? How encouraging! How invigorating! And He will. So what do we need to do? What's our part? First, we need to let the Lord know that we're serious about becoming more holy (p. 42).""As Elder Russell M. Nelson wisely taught, 'We can acquire holiness only by enduring and persistent personal effort.' Start by praying for one specific gift that will help you with one specific weakness. Ask for it. Plead for it. Fast for it. Then pray for another gift to help with another weakness. And then another, and another. Gift upon gift, you and I can become more holy (p. 49).""I pray that each time we enter the temple and we see the words, 'Holiness to the Lord,' we will feel joy knowing we are doing our part to bring holiness to the Lord, to the House of the Lord (p. 51)."

  • Barbara Lovejoy
    2019-03-07 14:20

    I loved reading this book again after getting it back from someone to whom I had loaned it...and this time applying it more. December 18, 2017:Wendy Nelson is one of my most favorite people. I cannot be in her presence --via a book, a talk, or in person--without being inspired to be better. She is an amazing woman. This book is very short--it can be read in about 30 minutes. Yet, it is packed full with wisdom and inspiration. I encourage every woman (and man, too) to read it...and then buy at least one extra copy to share with someone else. :)

  • Lee
    2019-03-07 21:13

    I loved it. I read it and was pondering its teachings when I had an experience that taught me so much more.In our school there is a small microwave in the teacher's lounge. It is usually disgusting and no one bothers to clean it. Once I did and the next day it was a mess, others have tried with the same results. Yesterday a sweet woman who is new to our building was busy super cleaning the microwave and left a sweet message on it "cleaned by your humble servant." As she cleaned it she was singing and didn't seem bothered about how it didn't seem to stay clean. Now what I am hearing is others saying "we need to keep it clean now." Whether or not it stays clean or not - truly this was a wonderful example of a holy woman who meant to serve those she works with and was happy in the service. Instead of complaining (I do that) she just did it.I need to stop pondering and get to work.

  • Sharee Wanner
    2019-03-04 18:18

    Reading this book really helped me stop and think how I am interacting with my family and those I come in contact with every day. Am I acting like a Holy Woman or do I just haphazardly react or snap at someone I love in a negative way? I am by no means perfect, but now that I've added this concept to my knowledge base, I want to be better and do better more consistently. I am excited that there are pages at the end of the book for you to record your feelings as you strive to do what a holy woman would do. You can have a record of where you began and how much you grew during your experience. It is more than a one time 3 day journey, however. I think it is something that can be improved upon throughout a lifetime.

  • Shauna
    2019-02-25 15:20

    Another great Time Out ClassicsWhat started out as an experiment with 6 friends turned into so much more as minds were changed, energy was increased and hearts were softened.For just 3 days women were asked to take the "holy woman challenge."They were to choose just ONE activity a day and ask "what would a holy woman do?"After three days each woman reported her surprising findings...And at the end of the book there are a couple of journal pages to report your 3 days of being a holy woman.So how would a holy woman:start her dayread to a childexercisetalkshopeatpraydo laundryclean the househandle conflictserve a neighborrespond to criticismetc.Take the challenge :)

  • Catherine
    2019-03-13 16:13

    I heard Wendy Watson Nelson give this talk a few years ago, and it was something that I reflected on a lot. I was excited that they made her talk into a book. There are even areas to write down your own thoughts and impressions. Wendy Nelson begins her talk by saying that she was thinking about holiness and what being a holy woman might entail. She recruited some friends to do a little experiment and it was so neat to see how much the experiment helped all of them. It is something that I want to work on myself and have been thinking about even more after reading her book.

  • Teri
    2019-03-17 18:04

    Very short, but poignant book on being more holy each day. The author challenged some friends to a 3 day experiment where they picked something in that day to try and be more holy and then reported what they learned. I liked that it wasn't just trying to be more holy the entire day,(which could be quite overwhelming) but picking one thing-whether it be cleaning the house, relating to children, shopping, etc. and focusing your attention on that one thing for that day. Lasting progress can be made a little at a time, so I really loved this approach.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-04 14:09

    I really enjoyed this book. The majority of it is hearing the stories of women who took a challenge to spend 3 days asking themselves what a holy woman would do in those situations. As soon as I read the book I started to ask myself this question; from how to pray all the way to something as simple as how I treated my dog. The last chapter is my favorite, it spoke about praying for spiritual gifts and ways we can specifically pray. This was a fast read that was more than worth it. I got way more out of it than I put into it, it was great. Go buy it and read it now.

  • Gail
    2019-03-20 15:24

    What would a Holy Woman Do? Would she tell the truth about this book or keep her mouth shut? I honestly don't know. The message in this book is very good and something I will be implementing. However, I paid $10 for this on kindle and it is not a book so much as a pamphlet. Very short and because I had read about it on a blog and our Stake Women's Conference was based on this book, there was no new information. My recommendation is to borrow it if you can.

  • Toni Miranda
    2019-03-25 15:23

    Great examples of how to LIVE the Gospel. I took her challenge for three days and was amazed at how just asking that little question "What would a holy woman do in this situation?" - really makes you evaluate things in a whole different light. But the best impact is that I find myself asking myself that little question even after the challenge - especially when I catch myself not behaving as a "holy" woman! This is definitely one of my "need to read annually" books.

  • Erika B. (SOS BOOKS)
    2019-02-23 22:19

    If, for just three days, you chose an activity, something you already do-just one activity each day-and ask yourself the question "How would a holy woman do this? What would a holy woman do?"-what would you be drawn to do? How different would your days unfold if, in a difficult situation, you asked yourself "What would a holy woman do?" -Wendy Watson NelsonAn interesting and thought provoking question that could make a person into something greater. A quick, good read!

  • Adri
    2019-03-05 19:19

    I'm so glad I read this book. It was so short and to the point; I read it in one sitting. Wendy has asked some friends to do an experiment and gets right into the results of her "challenge". Absolutely life changing thoughts! I want to put some big artwork or something in my home to remind me about "holiness". Every woman should read this quick little book. Men should read it too...I'm certain holiness is not sexist. :-)Read again January 2017

  • Cathi
    2019-03-17 15:14

    This is a small book, brief in words but mighty in theme and purpose. It has really affected my thinking the past few days, and I hope it will continue to do so for a long time. It's made me think of how I do things--just ordinary, everyday activities and behaviors, as well as major ones--and how I could approach them in different, better ways. I'm grateful for Sister Nelson's spiritual-yet-commonsense communication in this great little book.