TODAY my co-author Angela Eschler and I submitted our non-fiction manuscript to our publisher. A few years ago, our book Christ's Gifts to Women, was released, and since then we've wanted to do another project. In 2018, we brainstormed ideas, then pitched the idea of learning about the Beatitudes from the eyes of the women found in scriptures. Little did we know that life would get in the way many, many times, but we continued to persevere and this spring we set our do-or-die goal.
Here is our submission letter. If all goes well, we'll see a release in time for Mother's Day 2021:
Angela Eschler and I are thrilled to submit our non-fiction book, with the working title of: The Sermon on the Mount – Insights for Women. In a similar vein to our previous book, Christ’s Gifts to Women, we are envisioning an illustrated gift book with an introduction, and eight sections, each covering a beatitude.
Authors Angela Eschler and Heather B. Moore offer insights and inspirations of how the beatitudes taught by the Savior during the Sermon on the Mount lay the groundwork of finding happiness and peace in our lives, despite monumental challenges and trials that come our way. Each beatitude blessing begins with the phrase “blessed are . . .” But what if we focused on the translated version instead: “happy are . . .”
Happy are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Happy are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Happy are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
With this singular translation adjustment, the blessings take on a deeper meaning. What if we could truly find joy when the skies in our lives are murky and sometimes dark? What if instead of feeling despair, we could feel hope? What if we knew, without a doubt, that we are beloved daughters of our Heavenly Father? In a world of ever-changing opinions, deep suffering, and increasing challenges, returning to the plain and simple truths can act as a balm to our troubled souls. By studying the meaning and significance of the beatitudes, as well as how we can bring these blessings into our hearts, new hope arises. And with new hope, comes love and peace, and finally joy.
We look forward to hearing from you,
Heather & Angela