Author: Jane Clayson Johnson
Genre: LDS Non-Fiction, Motherhood
Date Finished: 29 May 2008
My Rating: 4 Stars
I am a Mother by Jane Clayson Johnson, former co-anchor of the Early Show on CBS , is an inspiring little book about what it means to be a mother and how we as women can and should support each other.
The book is peppered with quotes from everyone from leaders of the LDS Church to Oprah and Anna Quindlen. Johnson also shares many personal stories about her life before and after she became a mother. The central message of the book is one of support and understanding for mothers every where and in every situation.
My favorite part of the book was the chapter titled "Walking in each other's shoes." Johnson discusses how we as mothers, judge and criticize each other too quickly and too harshly without really knowing each other and our stories. "In every woman's story there are unknowns-struggles only she knows about, fears she's tried to overcome but still harbors, disappointments and sorrows she bears. The last thing any of us wants-or needs-is to be judged by others who don't know our stories, in part or at all." (104) Instead of judging and criticizing, we as women and mothers need to show charity and compassion towards one another.
I also really enjoyed two quotes from Bruce C. Hafen that Johnson shared on this same topic.
- "Can we love and support each other without judging each other harshly? So many of us are trying our hardest to live the commandments, often against great odds in our personal lives and unique family situations. Heaven knows, the world isn't giving us much support in these relationships. Let us support one another, even when-especailly when we differ on matters of personal choice and circumstance. Those are usually differences of preference, not principle." ("Women and the Moral Center of Gravity." in Ye Shall Bear Record of Me, 300).
- "If LDS women criticize each other rather than connect with and support each other, the adversary wins the day by driving wedges into natural, womanly relationships of strength. Because women can give so much never-failing charity to each other in relationships, one curse of the modern world has been to isolate and alienate women-including LDS women-from one another by making them more competitive" ("Women and the Moral Center of Gravity." in Ye Shall Bear Record of Me, 300).