You Are the Mother Your Children Need by Christie Gardiner
Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Religious Inspirational/Self Help
Source: Received from Publisher to Review
Book Description: The woman you want to be . . . the one who has within her every talent, gift, and ability to be what her children need? She’s already there. She is you. Motherhood is the toughest job you’ll ever take on: there is no interview, no job description, and no salary. When you get the position, it can be all too easy to feel underqualified and overwhelmed. But with a sweet message of encouragement, Christie Gardiner reminds women there are as many ways to be a good mother as there are mothers in this world—and there’s no one more capable of raising your children than you! In this uplifting book, mothers are encouraged to let go of the quest for perfectionism and recognize the divinity within. Discover how to own your strengths and weaknesses, and allow your true self to shine! With practical advice on learning to accept failure, holding on to your identity, and harnessing the divine help available to mothers, women will gain the confidence to embrace their uniquely perfect qualifications for the job of motherhood.
My thoughts: You are the mother that your children need. What a profound and powerful statement. I don't know how many times I have wondered why Heavenly Father sent a particular child to me. At times I have wondered "why me," In my own inspiration I realized that that child and I needed to learn something from each other. The title of the book adds another level to what I have learned.
I found it ironic that she mentioned that readers could hide their Regency Romance in this book and pretend they were reading something useful. When I sat down to read this book, I actually grabbed my Regency Romance book and had to go back to get this one. It was a toss up for a few minutes on which book I was going to read. This one beat the Regency in many ways. I actually got something from it other than sheer entertainment. There is a lot of meat to this book. There are messages that help women realize that it's OK. We don't have to be like the neighbor who acts out the stories in the scripture, instead of just reading them. We need to be the mother that we are, because we are the mother that our children need.
The book takes a perspective that focuses not just on the here and now. Eternal perspective is part of the key. I can get lost in the details of the moment and loose sight of the goal. As mothers we need to lift up each other and help each other. Many practical concepts are discussed. It is a book that as you read it, it feels right.
This book would be a great gift for the mother's in your life. It is well worth putting down the Regency for. :) This books is written for LDS readers.
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About the Author: (Taken from Goodreads) Christie has enjoyed participating in speaking engagements across the country where she loves reminding groups of women that with God, they are not alone and are enough. Christie's heartfelt and quick-witted writing was first enjoyed in blog form on behalf of the Utah Jazz and Illume Gallery of Fine Art. Her performing career has spanned three decades in theater, television, film, commercials, podcasting and voiceover work. She is a longtime faculty member at the Utah Conservatory of Performing Arts where she inspires young people to increase their self-esteem through participation in the arts. She enjoys serving in her church's youth program. In her spare time you will find Christie with her husband and children, in nature or in the yoga studio teaching a class. She makes her home in Utah and occasionally, the Oregon coast.
You Are the Mother Your Children Need, is Christie's debut. Look for her next book, on shelves October 2017.
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