Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Book Review: The Mother in Me edited by Kathryn Lynard Soper

Description of The Mother in Me: Real-World Reflections on Growing Into Motherhoodfrom Amazon:

"Motherhood is one of the most transforming experiences of a woman's life- an exhausting, exhilarating, extraordinary journey. This collection of writings speaks to every mother's heart as it celebrates the season of motherhood, illustrating its unique challenges and delights, and revealing its deep significance. Some of the selections are humorous, some thoughtful, some poignant- yet each proves that motherhood matters, "not just in the sentimental ways we talk about on Mother's Day," writes the editor Kathryn Soper, "but in the gritty, lovely, everyday realities of life." The volume speaks frankly about health crises, identity crises, and sanity crises, as well as the fruits of such struggles: insight gained, hearts expanded, and faith increased. These shared experiences will make you laugh and cry and want to reach out and hold tightly the little ones in your life."

This book was written by LDS (Mormon) mothers for any mother. It is hard to say why I picked this book up. I don't have any children (yet). I do have plenty of nieces and nephews. But, I don't think you have to be a mother to enjoy this book. I can see why mothers of young children will probably love this, but I loved it too. Give this to any young mother you know. They will laugh and cry, just as I did, but they will also relate better than I can. A perfect mother's day gift as well.

s-factor: none

mrg-factor: X

There are some pretty frank comments about women's bodies and birth. Not really mrg, but just thought I'd mention it.

v-factor: none

Overall rating: *****

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