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Monday, September 17, 2012

Giveaway 16: Carol Lynn Pearson Book

by Seattle Jon (bio)

Carol Lynn Pearson is arguably one of the most beloved and successful mormon authors, poets, and playwrights of all time. You might know her as the creator of the popular LDS musical, My Turn on Earth.

Although I was familiar with My Turn on Earth, I first learned about Carol Lynn as a person from her five-part interview on Mormon Stories (audio and video). Since then, I've kept up-to-date on her efforts to build stronger ties between the church and the LGBTQ community, as well as to push for stronger leadership roles for women in mormonism, through her monthly newsletter.

I am also always on the lookout for her books at my local Deseret Industries, where I recently came across three books of her poetry (Beginnings, The Search and The Growing Season). Here is a poem from The Search, which spoke to me because of our adoption process with Jonny.

To An Adopted

Did not plant you,
But when
The season is done -
When the alternate
Prayers for sun
And for rain
Are counted -
When the pain
Of weeding
And the pride
Of watching
Are through -

I will hold you
A shining sheaf
Above the thousand
Seeds grown wild.

Not my planting,
But by heaven
My harvest -
My own child.

Besides being a testimonial for Carol Lynn's works, this is a giveaway, so here we go. Carol Lynn has generously offered to giveaway one of her most recent books, No More Goodbyes: Circling the Wagons Around Our Gay Loved Ones. The book deals with the challenging subject of religious people relating to their gay loved ones who are often condemned by their church and -- many believe -- by God.

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• 7 days to enter (closes Sunday, September 23rd at midnight).
• Winner announced Tuesday, September 25th.
• Can't wait? Buy the book now.

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