Monday, November 09, 2009

Of One Heart: Being Single in the LDS World

One morning not so long ago, Valerie J. Steimle awoke to find that her husband had died in the night. Her life was changed in that instant, when she went from being a typical LDS wife and mom to a widow with children to raise by herself.

Been there, done that.

Out of her experience, Valerie has written a book designed to help singles of every stripe--widowed, never married, or divorced--cope in a religious culture where the ideal is a two-parent family with children.

Valerie says she wrote Of One Heart: Being Single in the LDS World "to help others understand what it is like to be single and included writings from other singles on how they feel about being single."

In the LDS world (or the world of The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) it has only been in the last ten years that being single in the Church has become much more common, Valerie says. Whether a person is single by divorce, death of a spouse or never married at all, there are challenges to being single in a predominately married world, challenges most people don't realize until they are single themselves. In addition to helping singles, this book was written to help all those who have single friends, and all priesthood leaders (LDS ecclesiastical and lay leaders) with single members under their jurisdiction.

Before Valerie became widowed, she was already known as an author espousing the cause of strengthening families. Links for purchasing her previous books, Home is Where the Heart Is, and Home is Where the Learning Is, can be found at her website,

Now Valerie has turned to strengthening individuals, as well as families. Since I am a single of ten years standing, I look forward to getting and absorbing Valerie's book.


  1. Nicely done, Marsha. You are a great reviewer.

  2. Thank you for this wonderful review Marsha. I will be reading this book. As a single Mom, I need all of the help and encouragement That I can get.

  3. I look forward to reading and sharing this book. Thanks for the review.

  4. Good review, Marsha. And thanks for blazing so many trails!


  5. Anonymous1:28 PM

    You are a jewel!! It's a great review, thanks.
    Valerie Steimle

  6. I need this book on my shelf, lots of customers have asked for this very genre. thank you

  7. I wanted to add after reading the last comment, that definitely Valerie's book is filling a hole in the market. Smart lady!


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