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Friday, June 5, 2009

I Am A Mother

I Am A Mother by Jane Clayson Johnson

This one is a change from my usual fare, but Annaliese recommended it, so I had to try it out.

The book is about motherhood. Written by a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, its target audience is the women of the same church. However, I think it would be a fine read for any person who wants a postive perspective on motherhood.

Johnson talks about her experiences with motherhood, her own mother, and other women. She talks about how women who have not borne children of their own are still mothers. She quotes others on the eternal, spiritual importance of motherhood and on why mothers are undervalued today.

The book was good -- it made me smile and it even got me a bit misty a couple of times. The only criticism I have is that I think she was writing for a small field, sometimes. What I mean is, sometimes she would say something like "whether you're x, y, or z, ..." and I would think "what about the rest of the alphabet?" But really, I quite liked the book.

I couldn't seem to put it down; I zipped through it on a Sunday afternoon. So if you want something uplifting about a very large demographic in our world today (read: mothers) give it a shot!

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