Women at Church: Magnifying LDS Women's Local Impact, Now Available! August 28 2014

by Neylan McBaine

Paperback, 211 pages
ISBN 978-1-58958-688-8

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(This title is also available in e-book for Amazon Kindle Apple iBooks
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Greg Kofford Books is pleased to announce the release of Neylan McBaine's long-anticipated Women at Church: Magnifying LDS Women's Local Impact, available today in paperback and e-book.
With discussions about women's participation and roles in LDS leadership becoming more frequent and visible, Women at Church describes active and vibrant conversations, modest but meaningful and sometimes creative changes at the local level to increase gender-cooperation. This book presents faithful LDS women working not against but with Church leaders in a spirit of cooperation to increase the voice, influence, participation, and utilization of women in our wards and stakes.

Early reviews of Women at Church have praised its thoughtfulness and its timeliness:

  • “In her timely and brilliant findings, Neylan McBaine issues a gracious invitation to rethink our assumptions about women’s public Church service. Well researched, authentic, and respectful of the current Church administrative structure, McBaine shares exciting and practical ideas that address diverse needs and involve all members in the meaningful work of the Church.” — Camille Fronk Olson, chair of the Department of Ancient Scripture and author of Women of the Old Testament and Women of the New Testament (Deseret Book).
  • “Neylan McBaine’s voice is uniquely important. She speaks as a unifier, knowledgeable of gender issues and attentive to all perspectives.” — Margaret Blair Young, co-author of Standing on the Promises.
  • “Such a timely, faithful, and practical book! I suggest ordering this book in bulk to give to your bishopric, stake presidency, and all your local leadership to start a conversation on changing Church culture for women by letting our doctrine suggest creative local adaptations—Neylan McBaine shows the way!” — Valerie Hudson Cassler, author of Women in Eternity, Women of Zion.
  • “A pivotal work replete with wisdom and insight.” — Fiona Givens, co-author of The God Who Weeps: How Mormonism Makes Sense of Life.
  • “Neylan McBaine has a wonderful mind! What I love about it is her ability to focus on the important, essential questions, without getting distracted by instant solutions. Good questions are the only way to finding good answers.” — Clayton M. Christensen, author of The Power of Everyday Missionaries.
  • “With her keen insights, Neylan McBaine has emerged as a leading voice in a necessary conversation. Women at Church brings attention to gender issues while offering innovative solutions. A truly remarkable resource that belongs in every Latter-day Saint home!” — Juliann Reynolds, co-founder and member of the Board of Directors of FairMormon.
  • “Her approach is one of consensus building, while taking into account the very real differences that occur among members. She is hopeful, and calls for ways of staying within the church in order to improve it for everybody. I like her approach. I find her hope infectious.” — Emily January Petersen, The Exponent
  • “This book gives me a lot of reasons for hope.” — S. Hales Swift, FairMormon
  • “The book is accessible and offers a way forward for faithful seekers to highlight the contributions of women in the Church and empower all people in the spirit of equity in the Gospel of Christ.” — Lindsay Hansen Park, founder of the Feminist Mormon Housewives Podcast.
  • “I thank God for people like Neylan, speaking from a place of faithfulness and rootedness in the Mormon tradition.” —  Jana Riess, author of The Twible and Flunking Sainthood.

Read an excerpt from Women at Church here.

Read a Q&A with the author here.


Neylan McBaine, a life-long Mormon, grew up in New York City and later attended Yale University. She currently lives with her husband and three young daughters and works as a brand strategist for an advertising agency in Salt Lake City. Widely published as a religion writer, Neylan founded the Mormon Women Project, a digital library of interviews with LDS women from around the world, in an effort to emphasize the many ways that modern faithful women choose the right. The site, which posts about one interview a week with the help of dozens of volunteers, includes over 250 interviews with LDS women from 22 countries.