BOOK REVIEW: Crossings

[vc_row type=”in_container” full_screen_row_position=”middle” column_margin=”default” column_direction=”default” column_direction_tablet=”default” column_direction_phone=”default” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” row_border_radius=”none” row_border_radius_applies=”bg” overlay_strength=”0.3″ gradient_direction=”left_to_right” shape_divider_position=”bottom” bg_image_animation=”none”][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_tablet=”inherit” column_padding_phone=”inherit” column_padding_position=”all” column_element_spacing=”default” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ column_shadow=”none” column_border_radius=”none” column_link_target=”_self” gradient_direction=”left_to_right” overlay_strength=”0.3″ width=”1/1″ tablet_width_inherit=”default” tablet_text_alignment=”default” phone_text_alignment=”default” bg_image_animation=”none” border_type=”simple” column_border_width=”none” column_border_style=”solid”][vc_column_text]In the hiustenlahto introduction to her book Crossings: A Bald Asian American Woman Scholar’s Ventures Through Life, Death, Cancer & Motherhood (Not Necessarily in that Order), Latter-day Saint author Melissa Inouye writes: “It turns out that all of us can and should find ourselves, and Christ, at the margins.” A collection of letters, essays, and drawings, Crossings offers a moving and insightful response to the call for unity of heart and mind issued by the Lord in Doctrine & Covenants 38:27 in Latter-day Saint scripture. Beautifully written, this is an important book from an equally vital international and female voice in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

Through this book, Inouye aims to encourage readers to bridge the “gaps of space, culture, and generations” that exist between us. While Inouye acknowledges that “fix-it work isn’t very glamorous,” she reminds readers that “it is the work of prophets, disciples, and Christ himself,” and that there is empathy and charity to be had for all when we choose to meet each other in the margins. 

Over the course of the novel, Inouye shares the ways in which her faith has shaped her life–both “at work and at play, as a student and as a teacher, as a child and as a parent, in health and in sickness.” With surprising candour, Inouye does not shy away from the complex history of the Church or the ways in which many members feel alone in their sorrow, loneliness, doubt, or discouragement. ماكينات القمار على الانترنت Instead, she asks readers to remember that “marginality is the purpose of God’s plan of salvation,” and that we are all “aliens, exiles, sojourners far from our spiritual home.” Inouye emphasizes that the purpose of this life is to acknowledge that alienation both in ourselves and others, and to “respond with charity–to seek, receive, and share the pure love of Christ so that we may be one amidst our differences.” 

Crossings is an achingly honest, yet sincerely joyful portrait of nuanced faith. In it, Inouye explores her relationship with the Church in connection to her cultural heritage, scholarship on Chinese history and religious studies, and experiences of motherhood in an international setting. She does not aim to preach or prescribe the Latter-day Saint experience. ربح الاموال Instead, she simply shares the ways in which she has “found the fruits of this life to be worthwhile–costly, to be sure, but also rich and nourishing, a source of deep joy.” 

Both in this book and in her work as the founder of the Global Mormon Studies research community, Inouye broadens the definition of what it means to be a Latter-day Saint woman by offering a global perspective and inviting readers to join her in building “crossings” to bridge the divisions among us. 

Warm and friendly, Melissa Inouye’s voice feels authentic and familiar, and reading Crossings feels like a conversation with an old friend. Her book is an invaluable resource for women of faith everywhere and an inspired and impassioned plea for empathy and love. العب روليت If you’re looking for your new favourite book, you’ve found it. 

This book is in English and available through Deseret Books HERE and Amazon HERE

Contributor: Clare Hamn[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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