Marlene Peterson is founder and President of Libraries of Hope, home of the Well-Educated Heart philosophy of learning and a Mother’s University. A strong believer in the power of stories, she has compiled over 60 volumes of stories from the golden age of children’s literature and has created a manual for beginning storytellers entitled Restoring the Art of Storytelling in the Home. She is a co-founder of Mothers of Influence. A graduate of BYU, she and her husband, Brent, have raised eight daughters and one son and currently reside in Appomattox, Virginia, where they are blissfully surrounded by the stories of history.
In many ways, beauty has gone to sleep in our world. Troubling challenges are upon us; it’s a love of beauty that will keep hearts from failing. Mothers who cover the walls with great art that inspires souls instead of paintings to match the couch; who share thoughts from their own hearts from great literature rather than empty words written merely to entertain; who take their child by the hand and help him feel the stories and wonders of nature—these are the mothers who will raise children capable of standing strong in the perilous days ahead. Come learn the role of stories in awakening a love of beauty in our children. “A desire and a feeling for beauty are the surest guardians of survival.” (Nibley)