This week, we were lucky enough to spend some time with Melinda Wheelwright Brown, to talk about her book Eve and Adam: Discovering the Beautiful Balance, which was published by Deseret Book.
We thought it would be great to start the year diving right into the first pages of the Old Testament — the chapters that we usually refer to as the story of “Adam and Eve.” Of course, as you’ve probably already noticed, Mindy’s book re-titles that story, and you’ll hear why she did that right near the beginning of the podcast.
The book does an amazing job of getting into the details of what we learn in the Bible, in the Pearl of Great Price, and from other sources, and shows us how unfortunate misunderstandings, or worse, have led many over the centuries to relegate women into a place of submission or even contempt. Not only does Mindy show that Eve is very much Adam’s equal, but that she deserves her own special place of honor and respect — one that the restoration does much to bring back.
To give you just a bit more about Mindy, she is a respected teacher and public speaker who’s been heavily involved in the non-profit world, including with organizations like Fight the New Drug, Days for Girls, Better Days 2020, Big Ocean Women, and the Elizabeth Smart Foundation, where she currently chairs the board. Mindy and her husband, Doug, are the parents of four children and have recently became grandparents.
You can find Mindy on Instagram at @brave.like.eve.
As always, thanks so much for listening, and a huge thanks to Melinda Wheelwright Brown for coming on. We hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did.
Eve and Adam on Amazon
Eve and Adam at Deseret Book
For more resources discussing women’s power and place in the church, check out these other podcast episodes from Faith Matters:
Celebrating Our Divine Mother: A Conversation with Bethany Brady Spalding and McArthur Krishna
The Priesthood Power of Women: A Conversation with Barbara Morgan Gardner
The Future of Women at Church: A Conversation with Neylan McBaine
Women in the Church—A Conversation with Valerie Hudson
Women Creating Sacred Spaces — Carol Lynn Pearson, Jana Spangler, and Becky Edwards