As The First Who Chose To Cross The Threshold Into Mortality, Eve Is Truly The Personification Of Life To Understand Her Mission, We Must First Recognize Eve S Proper, Elevated Place A Noble Position Beside Adam, With A Beautiful, Balanced Interdependence Between Them Their Example Of Enthusiastically Embracing Mortality With All Its Accompanying Challenges Provides Meaning, Encouragement, And Direction For Each Of Us Along Our Complex And Sometimes Thorny Paths Home For Millennia, Writes Author Melinda Brown, The World Has Dismissed The Story Of Adam And Eve As Simply A Choice Between Good And Evil, With The Obvious Conclusion The Eve Chose Evil But On Much Closer Inspection, We Can Discover, And Lead Others To Discover, That The Choice Was In Fact Between Certainty And Uncertainty, Security And Risk, Fear And Faith Eve S Most Remarkable Choice Had Everything To Do With Stagnation Versus Progress Hers Was A Decision To Trust God With Its In Depth Examination Of The Scriptural Account Eve And Adam Provides An Opportunity For Deep Pondering And Reflection On Our Own Mortal Experience And How They Draw Us, Step By Step, Toward Exaltation


10 thoughts on “Eve and Adam: Discovering the Beautiful Balance

  1. says:

    I ve been excited to read this book since I heard an interview with the author on a podcast that I subscribe to It was somehow different that I expected, but it was what I should have expected Misunderstanding of what happened in the Garden of Eden has caused mankind to fail to understand the exalted position of women God s image is only fully reflected in both man and woman When we exclude women, we exclude part of God When we put women down, we tarnish the image of God Page xii, quoti I ve been excited to read this book since I heard an interview with the author on a podcast that I subscribe to It was somehow different that I expected, but it was what I should have expected Misunderstanding of what happened in the Garden of Eden has caused mankind to fail to understand the exalted position of women God s image is only fully reflected in both man and woman When we exclude women, we exclude part of God When we put women down, we tarnish the image of God Page xii, quoting Christine Caine Here are a few things I found in this book The author is not to blame for my misunderstanding or failure to understand the whole message This is my little attempt to summarize what I noticed Men generally are self centered Women are typically community centered Eve s choice was not between good and evil It was between certainty and uncertainty Partaking of the forbidden fruit was not a sin, it was necessary for man kind to progress Eve and Adam were and are equal partners It s not just about Eve and Adam It s about our purpose here and our journey through mortalityThe truths in this book are documented with Linguistic evidence Scriptural evidence Statements of biblical and other experts Statements of modern prophetsWe don t need to take her word for it We can do our own research and come to our own understanding Each chapter has extensive end notes typically running to multiple pages An eleven page bibliography Table of Contents Introduction Eternal Progression1 The Power of a Story2 Fruit3 Plan A Satan did not cause God to go to plan B 4 The Measure of Our Creation5 Side by Side6 The Garden of God7 The Crucial Conflict8 Nakedness 9 Thorns and Thistles10 According to the Flesh11 Complementary Nature12 Divine CollaborationEpilogue Embracing Live with courageAppendix three of them containing the text of three scriptural accounts from Genesis, Moses, and Abraham Bibliography eleven pages Index


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    Beautiful and insightful


  3. says:

    4.5 rounded up to 5.0 I listend to Melinda Wheelwright Brown on the All In podcast with Morgan Jones side note one of my favorite podcasts I listen to and really loved some of her insights into Eve and wanted to read her book Some really great information and insights I loved how everything was footnoted and documented.


  4. says:

    Very insightful and full distinguishable thoughts, scriptural references, and prohpets words I really enjoyed it


  5. says:

    This was a great book on Adam and Eve The topic of Adam and Eve has been a favorite of mine in the last two years and this book reflected my thoughts as I have studied the choice made in Eden Some of my favorite parts of the book Since man tends toward independence, a nudge there might tempt him to neglect his duties to protect and provide for his family Since women typically values camaraderie, a jab there might induce her to relinquish her rights in order to keep the peace necessary for a This was a great book on Adam and Eve The topic of Adam and Eve has been a favorite of mine in the last two years and this book reflected my thoughts as I have studied the choice made in Eden Some of my favorite parts of the book Since man tends toward independence, a nudge there might tempt him to neglect his duties to protect and provide for his family Since women typically values camaraderie, a jab there might induce her to relinquish her rights in order to keep the peace necessary for a nurturing environment Satan would have us believe the lie that male female relationships are like a zero sum game That if one wins the other loses If one is built up the other must necessarily be torn down His evil meddling and manipulation result in a syndrom of serious societal ills that disproportionally target and harm women These include sexual harassment, domestic violence and rape, physical objectification and pornography, etc the choice was between certainty and uncertainty, security and risk, fear and faith Eve s most remarkable choice had everything to do with stagnation verses progress Hers was a decision to trust God In a profound way Eve represents all of us On close examination we see ourselves reflected in her faith We each chose mortality even knowing it would be hard and often painful, because we trusted our divine council That fruit something that needs to be ingested whether literal or figurative, or some blend of the two contained certain elements essential for growth and development Elements that could not be acquired in any way other way other than the choice to partake Could it be that this divine desire to create, not just to create children, but to create anything had something to do with Heavenly Father s directive to Adam and Eve to be fruitful as well as something to do with Eve s decision to partake After all, the vast majority of times we read of scriptural fruit it is in relationship to action, deeds, and doings By their fruits ye shall know them The prophet Joseph Smith taught, the word Elohim ought to be plural all the way through, Gods Perhaps the name Elohim represents our Heavenly Parents God in the scriptures repeatedly called the work, GOOD Now at it s culmination with the introduction of the complimentary and unified male and female and the bestowal of the great blessings earth would allow them, GOOD is significantly elevated to VERY GOOD This description implies that not only did our first parents begin life in a state of VERY GOOD, but that each child born to earth begins life, VERY GOOD We read that God called THEIR name Adam President Kimball said, Man here is always plural, it was plural from the beginning Complete man is husband and wife Valerie Hudson Cassler shared her understanding that the tree of knowledge of good and evil, or the mortality tree might symbolize the role and power of women in the great plan of happiness If so Dr Cassler believes the choice to first partake of the fruit was rightfully Eves, those who would bear the responsibility of bringing all of the children through the doorway and risk their life in this task had the right to make that decision


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    I love the way the book is written, backed up with chapter notes and sources I read through them all and looked up many for additional information It is not a fluff read, full of cute stories or anecdotes but the assertions are backed up by historical and modern sources The story of Adam and Eve has been misinterpreted and that interpretation has been perpetuated and let to some of the inequality between men and women This book seeks not to elevate one above the other, but to see them as par I love the way the book is written, backed up with chapter notes and sources I read through them all and looked up many for additional information It is not a fluff read, full of cute stories or anecdotes but the assertions are backed up by historical and modern sources The story of Adam and Eve has been misinterpreted and that interpretation has been perpetuated and let to some of the inequality between men and women This book seeks not to elevate one above the other, but to see them as partners, using their assets and strengths to further everyone I liked how the author points out that as we seek to better those around us, we will become better also There isto this book than just Eve and Adam, there are hidden gems that make me want to do and be better So many good quotes to add to my quote book


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    I enjoyed the book and the back ground information of the times the different Eve and Adam stories were written and pointing out the small but important points in each story It made me appreciate eventhe beautiful story about our first parents I have always felt that Eve was maligned as weak I have always thought she was theintrospective one and that she took God s teachings and studied them and gave much thought to how both commandments He gave could be accomplished She wasn t w I enjoyed the book and the back ground information of the times the different Eve and Adam stories were written and pointing out the small but important points in each story It made me appreciate eventhe beautiful story about our first parents I have always felt that Eve was maligned as weak I have always thought she was theintrospective one and that she took God s teachings and studied them and gave much thought to how both commandments He gave could be accomplished She wasn t weak but very strong and willing to do the hard thing of partaking of the fruit and encouraging Adam to also eat of the fruit so that man might be


  8. says:

    Absolutely loved this book Uplifting in every way and impeccably researches The writing is organized and beautiful to read The resource list is extensive and gave me so muchto study I tend to struggle with religious spiritual study I like the idea, I want to do it, it s just hard for me to get started or finish Gospel related books , but this book was a joy from start to finish and every page is full of highlights and notes.


  9. says:

    This is my best read of the year this far Julie and I we re in awe of the insight and discovery this book brought forth for us We found it edifying and uplifting This life is about progression and growth amid the pangs of mortality Eve saw this and understood this clearly Her fall was an intentional to choose the bitter and the sweet so that we all could exist and become who we choose to become I highly, highly recommend this book


  10. says:

    I listened to an interview with the author on one of my favorite podcasts, All In and knew that this was a book I needed I found it to be incredibly enlightening and thought provoking, well researched and written This book will definitely enhance my temple worship and I can t buy a copy for my library This book is for everyone