Tuesday, July 28, 2009

I Am a Mother

I Am a Mother I Am a Mother by Jane Clayson Johnson

Book 83 of 100 for the 100+ Reading Challenge
Book 17 of 50 for the New Author Challenge

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Jane Clayson Johnson is a former co-host of The Early Show on CBS with Bryant Gumbel. She gave up her amazing career when she had her first child. She realized that women everywhere degrade themselves by telling others: I'm just a mom. So, she wrote a book to remind women that being a mother is one of the most wonderful things you'll ever do, and you should be proud of it.

I'll be honest, I liked this book a whole lot better than I was expecting to. I thought it was going to be cheesy and sappy, and although there was some of that, it was also very real. She doesn't gloss over the hard things or act like it doesn't matter. Jane is relate-able and honest, and I enjoyed the glimpses into her life.

The overall message of the book isn't new. There's a lot of quotes from scripture and LDS leaders. It's just a good reminder about the value of women and mothers. I think the way she presented the ideas that there are seasons in our lives and the importance of not judging each other's choices were especially well-done.

I cried a bunch.

And I think I'll be better about holding my head high and saying:
I am a mother.

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Holly said...

I thought this was terrific too! A neat one to reread on occasion.

Tricia said...

I agree. I'm glad I bought a copy because I know I'll go back to it and I will definitely loan it out to others.

Chantele said...

Loved this book. I need to get my own copy so I can look back at some of the stories and quotes. It made me feel like my calling as a mother was so much more important!