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This I Believe: On Motherhood

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Publisher Comments:

From the popular radio series This I Believe comes this inspirational compilation of original essays on what one writer has called the "definitive relationship"—motherhood. It is a relationship filled with love and heartbreak, pride and rebellion, advice not taken, and dreams realized.

A mother can be a cheerleader, a teacher, a breadwinner, an eternal optimist, and the safe harbor from life's many storms. This collection tells the personal stories of sixty essayists who share, in intimate terms, what motherhood means to them, exploring the unique bond that can be at once painful, loving, constructive, and nurturing

With rare candor, old and young children, biological mothers, stepmothers, and adoptive mothers all offer their perspectives. These essayists remind us that mothers may not always share our opinion or approve of all our actions, but they believe in us—and we believe in them, even if we aren't always able to show or say it.

Written as a keepsake book that can be a thoughtful gift for someone special in your life, This I Believe: On Motherhood offers a compelling portrait of the diverse range of experiences and beliefs related to the mother-child relationship. With personal insights and inspiration, this collection makes a wonderful gift for longtime mothers, new mothers, and mothers-to-be.

To read more essays and submit your own, please visit www.thisibelieve.org.

Review:

"There are few things that have been around since the beginning of time. Birth is the beginning of time. For me, it is a great metaphor for all that is still mysterious and magnificent in the world." — Geeta Maker-Clark, MD

Review:

"It is a one-of-a-kind connection. The mother-child bond is not necessarily a product of the birth process. It is a product of love and caring, time and commitment, patience and teaching, enjoying the good times and working through the hard times." — Beth Beery

Review:

"I believe in calling your mother. No matter where you are, no matter what you are doing, a phone call to your mother will make the world seem less daunting and help you feel stronger." — Suzanne Biemiller

Review:

"I did not give birth to Trenton, but I love him as a mother would. I believe that being a mother is more than biology; being a mother is a state of mind." — Jennifer Smith

Review:

"When my daughter was born, one of my many fears was that raising a child with Down syndrome would diminish my experience of parenthood, that this would be a less joyful kind of mothering. It is not." — Beth Crawford

Synopsis:

Praise For This I Believe: On Motherhood

"It is a one-of-a-kind connection. The mother-child bond is not necessarily a product of the birth process. It is a product of love and caring, time and commitment, patience and teaching, enjoying the good times and working through the hard times."
Beth Beery

"I believe in calling your mother. No matter where you are, no matter what you are doing, a phone call to your mother will make the world seem less daunting and help you feel stronger."
Suzanne Biemiller

"I did not give birth to Trenton, but I love him as a mother would. I believe that being a mother is more than biology; being a mother is a state of mind."
Jennifer Smith

"When my daughter was born, one of my many fears was that raising a child with Down syndrome would diminish my experience of parenthood, that this would be a less joyful kind of mothering. It is not."
Beth Crawford

"There are few things that have been around since the beginning of time. Birth is the beginning of time. For me, it is a great metaphor for all that is still mysterious and magnificent in the world."
Geeta Maker-Clark, MD

Synopsis:

Compelling stories of motherhood from the producers of the popular public radio show

This touching, thought-provoking book includes pieces on motherhood in its many manifestations written by more than sixty remarkable men and women from ordinary life, whose reflections and sentiments will resonate with readers far and wide. Among the contributors are young, middle-aged and elderly mothers (and stepmothers), as well as sons and daughters of all ages and from many different backgrounds. By turns funny and profound, this book is always engaging.

  • Includes stories that are reverential and loving, as well as stories that are sad and clouded by yearning, loss, and regret
  • Offers a compelling portrait of the diverse range of beliefs and experiences related to what is the most powerful and complex of human relationships
  • Describes universal experiences that everyone can relate to, no matter your age, gender, or parenting status

Written as a keepsake book that can be thoughtful gift for someone special in your life, This I Believe: On Motherhood feels like flipping through a family photo album, each page offering another richly detailed snapshot of daily life from the delivery room to the deathbed.

About the Author

Dan Gediman is executive director of This I Believe, Inc., a not-for-profit organization that engages people in writing and sharing essays describing the core values that guide their daily lives. These short statements of belief have been featured on public radio since 2005. Gediman is coeditor of the New York Times best seller This I Believe, as well as several other books in the series, including This I Believe: On Fatherhood. John Gregory is editorial director and Mary Jo Gediman is outreach director of This I Believe, Inc.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

Evolution 6

lauren leblanc

Do What You Have to Do 9

kimann schultz

Grabbing the Baton 12

julie sellers

You Can’t Always Get What You Want 15

kate searle

Visitor at the Table 18

maya christobel

The Power of Parenthood 21

andrea coleman

Call Your Mother 24

suzanne biemiller

Fighting for Motherland 27

susan monas

My Mother’s Gifts 30

alizon kiel

Monster Juice 33

lisa tucker mcelroy

Tell the Children 37

patty dann

The Comfort in Rituals 40

carol lathrop

The Simple Joys of Life 43

kris hansen

The Buddha Bean 46

beth crawford

The Bond Between Mother and Child 49

beth beery

On the Same Page 52

robin fitzgerald

The Real Measure of a Life Well Lived 55

annie azzariti

The Courage of One Woman 58

lien pham

The Juice Box Mom 61

candance gordon

The Wisdom of Children 64

patricia battaglia

The Gravity of Love 67

eleanor vincent

A Bountiful Harvest 70

kathrine leone wright

It Takes a Mother’s Love 73

bruce rankin

A Matter of One’s Perspective 77

josephine guido

Putting Myself First 80

sheri weinberg

Listen to Your Mother-in-Law 83

judi russell

A Mother’s Love 86

jennifer smith

I Can Make Time 89

lily llamzon darais

Our Children 92

haydeh takasugi

Being Yourself 95

carolyn williamson

We Are Optimists 98

angela west

Hope Dished Out in Plenty 101

david e. cowen

Saviors 104

lisa holmes

Raising Kane 107

shannon blady

Mom’s Everyday Advice 110

lea cassel matthews

Mother and Me 113

jamie lemke-barrand

Considering Adoption 116

susie m. green

The Eternal Sunshine 119

traci higgins

Don’t Tell Me How Rocky the Sea Is—Just Bring in the Ship 122

christine jarvis

Simple Saturdays 125

stefanie wass

Memories of Lessons Learned 128

mary lou hurley

A Parent at Home 131

lisa crystal

Expect to Have Enough 134

jodi ackerman frank

The Transformative Power of Letting Go 137

mary lacy porter

My Mother Is Beautiful 140

kelsey morgan

The Gift 143

keri freeburg

My Mother’s Eggplant 146

vijaya bodach

Dancing to the Music 149

amanda joseph-anderson

The Flaw-Free Body 152

kikki short

Some Things to Know About Your Mother 155

anne donahue

A Sacred Gift 158

alice roche cody

Motherhood Is Real 161

wendy lawrence

Miracle from Within 164

geeta maker-clark, md

The Essential Gift of Childhood 167

marla rose

Heaven Is Now 170

amy miller

Words Can Heal the Heart of a Mother 173

lynda sentz

The Second-Hardest Job 176

tina boscha

Bessie Mae: Nobody Famous 179

michael taylor

Pieces of Me 182

kimberly trevisani

Am I Doing This Right? 185

jeana lee tahnk

appendix

How to Write Your Own This I Believe Essay 189

Acknowledgments 191

Product Details

ISBN:
9781118074534
Author:
Gediman, Dan
Publisher:
John Wiley & Sons
Author:
Gediman, Mary Jo
Author:
Gregory, John
Subject:
Motherhood
Subject:
Social & Cultural History
Subject:
Philosophy | Ethics
Subject:
motherhood, stories about being a mother, stories about being a mom, what it’s like to be a mother, mothers and daughters, mothers and sons, mothers and children, reflections on motherhood, expectant mothers, successful mothers
Subject:
motherhood, st
Subject:
ories about being a mother, stories about being a mom, what it’s like to be a mother, mothers and daughters, mothers and sons, mothers and children, reflections on motherhood, expectant mothers, successful mothers
Subject:
Child Care and Parenting-Mothering
Subject:
motherhood, stories about being a mother, stories about being a mom, what it’s like to be
Subject:
a mother, mothers and daughters, mothers and sons, mothers and children, reflections on motherhood, expectant mothers, successful mothers
Subject:
stories about being a mother, stories about being a mom, what it’s like to be a mother, mothers and daughters, mothers and sons, mothers and children, reflections on motherhood, expectant mothers, successful mothers
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20120424
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
208
Dimensions:
175.5 x 135 x 22 mm 9.696 oz

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"Review" by , "There are few things that have been around since the beginning of time. Birth is the beginning of time. For me, it is a great metaphor for all that is still mysterious and magnificent in the world." —
"Review" by , "It is a one-of-a-kind connection. The mother-child bond is not necessarily a product of the birth process. It is a product of love and caring, time and commitment, patience and teaching, enjoying the good times and working through the hard times." —
"Review" by , "I believe in calling your mother. No matter where you are, no matter what you are doing, a phone call to your mother will make the world seem less daunting and help you feel stronger." —
"Review" by , "I did not give birth to Trenton, but I love him as a mother would. I believe that being a mother is more than biology; being a mother is a state of mind." —
"Review" by , "When my daughter was born, one of my many fears was that raising a child with Down syndrome would diminish my experience of parenthood, that this would be a less joyful kind of mothering. It is not." —
"Synopsis" by , Praise For This I Believe: On Motherhood

"It is a one-of-a-kind connection. The mother-child bond is not necessarily a product of the birth process. It is a product of love and caring, time and commitment, patience and teaching, enjoying the good times and working through the hard times."
Beth Beery

"I believe in calling your mother. No matter where you are, no matter what you are doing, a phone call to your mother will make the world seem less daunting and help you feel stronger."
Suzanne Biemiller

"I did not give birth to Trenton, but I love him as a mother would. I believe that being a mother is more than biology; being a mother is a state of mind."
Jennifer Smith

"When my daughter was born, one of my many fears was that raising a child with Down syndrome would diminish my experience of parenthood, that this would be a less joyful kind of mothering. It is not."
Beth Crawford

"There are few things that have been around since the beginning of time. Birth is the beginning of time. For me, it is a great metaphor for all that is still mysterious and magnificent in the world."
Geeta Maker-Clark, MD

"Synopsis" by , Compelling stories of motherhood from the producers of the popular public radio show

This touching, thought-provoking book includes pieces on motherhood in its many manifestations written by more than sixty remarkable men and women from ordinary life, whose reflections and sentiments will resonate with readers far and wide. Among the contributors are young, middle-aged and elderly mothers (and stepmothers), as well as sons and daughters of all ages and from many different backgrounds. By turns funny and profound, this book is always engaging.

  • Includes stories that are reverential and loving, as well as stories that are sad and clouded by yearning, loss, and regret
  • Offers a compelling portrait of the diverse range of beliefs and experiences related to what is the most powerful and complex of human relationships
  • Describes universal experiences that everyone can relate to, no matter your age, gender, or parenting status

Written as a keepsake book that can be thoughtful gift for someone special in your life, This I Believe: On Motherhood feels like flipping through a family photo album, each page offering another richly detailed snapshot of daily life from the delivery room to the deathbed.

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