Tuesday, April 24, 2012
Book Review: Life Lessons From Mothers of Faith
There are so many wonderful stories of mothers from a lot of easily recognizable names. There's a great story from Josh Romney about his mother Ann. There's stories from Steve Young, Jimmer Fredette, and Peter Vidmar. But more than the names are the the mothers behind these names. None of them are presented as a perfect woman but all of them influenced a child in a way that left a lasting impression. There were some women who overcame incredibly difficult circumstances like being left in an orphanage and told she would never be adopted because she was a bad girl and others who just did the best they could with what they had. That's what I loved best about this book---it's about real women who have become mothers and are doing their best at it no matter what their own upbringing was. There's no guilt feelings when you read this book---only mostly warm fuzzy feelings and respect for the women we read about.
I love the fact that we can celebrate ordinary women who aren't exactly doing out-of-the-ordinary things during their motherhood, but who touch the people around them in extraordinary ways. I like that we can talk about the fact that there are times when we aren't close to our children but we still want the best for them. I like that we can talk about how hard it is to be a mother and how badly most of us want to do a good job at being a mother. I like hearing stories about women who are like me, and women who aren't, because there are just some things about motherhood that are universal.
Life Lessons From Mothers of Faith has beautiful pictures in it (except mine. They chose to put in a horrible picture of me, so if you buy it put a post-it over my picture, okay? Promise?) It is just beautifully done from the first page to the last page. If you are looking for a Mother's Day gift, then really, you don't have to look any further. I highly recommend it.
Here is the back copy:
We all have stories to tell. And some of our most lifechanging experiences happen with our mothers, often during everyday moments. Life Lessons from Mothers of Faith will delight you with touching true stories that highlight the almost magical way faithful mothers teach powerful lessons. These inspirational tributes from the children of Mormon moms from all walks of life underscore the sacred bond between mother and child. This is family history in the richest sense of the word simple yet influential tales that will have you laughing, crying, and thinking. Rich with unforgettable recollections, engaging anecdotes, and timeless wisdom, these are stories mothers can truly relate to, gain insight from, and feel honored by unique tributes that remind latter-day moms that their children are actually paying attention. Featuring Latter-day Saint sons' and daughters' recollections of their famous and not-so-famous mothers, this engaging celebration of unforgettable moments and immeasurable gifts will show any mother how it's often the little things that make the biggest difference in a child's life. Mothers of Faith contains more than seventy inspiring tributes, including stories from or about: Julie B. Beck, Steve Young, Silvia H. Allred, Jim Matheson, Ann Romney, Ruth Hale, Jason Chaffetz, Janice Kapp Perry, Doug Wright, Liz Lemon Swindle, J. Willard Marriott, Jr., Harry Reid, Sharlene Wells Hawkes, Gary Herbert, Greg Olsen, Susan Easton Black, Jimmer Fredette, and dozens more.