Quirky Books: Believe in What You're Doing by Hilary Weeks

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Believe in What You're Doing by Hilary Weeks

A fun book, philosophies are expressed though life stories. The entire title is "Believe in What You're Doing: Believe in Who You Are." Though the catalyst is Mormon scripture and religion, it reinforces optimism and etiquette.

A chapter of the book states Weeks attended Brigham Young University; however, it also implies she did not graduate. Available information describes her as a happily married LDS woman raising four children and winner of several Pearl Awards. Released in 2008, Desert Book asked Weeks to write a book because of her music career. The blog also reflects a passion for being a strong maternal figure for her family.

Few issues with the book, it is well thought out, though the grammar is clumsy in a few places. Since it is all stories the reader relates through personal experiences. One story involves deciding whether or not to support her husband's venture in creating an on-line store. Each chapter ends with a handwritten quote. This story is encapsulated with, "Believe that opening the scriptures opens your life to light and power from on high."

Many people find this type of religious integration is neglectful to readers; however, the underlining premise is valid. The parable revolves around letting go of fear in order to offer support. Fear often slows down progress. Even if the venture was not successful, constant bickering only creates distance in relationships. It would be great if more people were able to, "surrender themselves to the spirit," solely to retain respectful and honest relationships.

One chapter involves listening to spirits. Call me, "old fashioned," not all spirits have good things to say. Yes, sometimes it feels as though we are guided by other worldly sources, yet if the spirits want a person to commit a sin, regardless of subsequent outcome; it seems prudent to find other options.

Another chapter lacks objectivity. It involves becoming angry with her daughter who almost drowned in a swimming pool. Later they see quail crossing the road and the daughter clearly remembers the later part where Weeks kissed her and says, "I'm glad you're safe." This is all fine and good; however, I believe it is better to remain in control neither giving attention nor rewarding negative to life threatening behavior, as expressed in "Media Emulation."

Everyone has opinions. Mormons will enjoy the book. Other people who might enjoy it are philosophers and women. The phrases are insightful and Weeks is a revered, feminine woman who wrote music and books. A short book of only 59 pages, it is a quick, focused autobiography.

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