“I had not saved anyone”—A sneak peek at One Hundred Birds Taught Me to Fly

10.14.2016 | Blair Hodges

100 Birds Front Final - border[Read the excerpt HERE.] Ashley Mae Hoiland is a creative writer, which is another way to say she’s a storyteller. Her forthcoming book in the Living Faith series shows what happens when a Latter-day Saint with a Master of Fine Arts degree brings her academic training to bear on her personal faith. I’ve worked on a lot of books here at the Maxwell Institute and I admire many things about each of them. But none have personally moved me as much as Ashmae’s One Hundred Birds Taught Me to Fly. Her stories about missionary work, friendship, doubt, family life, and other topics begun to change my perception of the world, noticing the godly in places I wouldn’t have noticed before. You can preorder the book on Amazon or pick up a copy at Deseret Book and other LDS bookstores when it comes out on November 1. In the meantime, I’ll be posting a few sneak peeks at the book here. Just click the link in the Table of Contents. In today’s sample, Ashmae writes about an unexpected lesson she learned from a missionary companion in Uruguay.