The essay below started as a speech to a group of women who belong to my church entitled “Wholesome Literature: The Intelligent Choice.” I rewrote it to be suitable for a general religious audience. The new version has terrific quotations from the late great authors Isaac Asimov and Olive Ann Burns.

Wholesome Literature—A Realistic Choice

I’ve given many literary presentations to the women in my church over the years. Included are those that best detail my literary philosophy. The first two essays were part of a series of spotlights and mini-classes I gave between March 1996 and May 1997.

The Yardstick for Measuring Literature (Latter-day Saint)
Intelligence and the Art of Homemaking (Latter-day Saint)

“Intelligence and the Art of Homemaking” refers to the chart below, which contains references from both the Bible and scripture unique to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The Power of the Word (Latter-day Saint)

I adapted this final essay from a mini-class I gave in March 2002.

Delicious Literature to Nourish the Soul (Latter-day Saint)


My Stay-at-Home Education

“Choosing to stay home with your children doesn’t mean stopping your own progress.”

This article was published in the Ensign, one of the official magazines of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in March 2005. While it does contain Latter-day Saint terminology, the topic is universal.