This book acknowledges that and provides the encouragement and reminders of how worthwhile motherhood is. I especially enjoyed the reminders that each of us mother differently. And that is okay. We can be ourselves and laugh at our mistakes. Love is the most important ingredient in the recipe of being a great mother. Sometimes I think I forget that. It's so ea What a lovely little read! It's so easy to get caught up in the "stuff", which my kids will probably not even remember.
But, they will remember the love. That is the constant I can provide. What matters is that we love and nurture and raise our children in the best ways they need it. That we deeply and fully love our children, apologize for mistakes, and do better tomorrow. This book was a sweet reminder of the wonderful blessings of motherhood. A book that can be read in bits and pieces as you have time or all at once if you have a little more time. It leaves you feeling like you aren't alone in this big world and the work we do as mothers does indeed matter. A whole lot. This book was written with the LDS woman in mind.
It is based on the doctrines of the LDS faith. Apr 25, Ruth Hill rated it it was amazing Shelves: reads , e-books. I find it so interesting that as of late, LDS books have struck a chord with me. Nothing against Mormons, but I am not of the Mormon faith and will never be. I have read Christian books for years, and many have been about women, wives, and mothers. Connie Sokol is not like that at all. She is a writer who will validate you as a mom and remind you of why you accepted this divinely-appointed calling. I even ha I find it so interesting that as of late, LDS books have struck a chord with me.
I even had spiritual insight gleaned from her book concerning Rebekah that I never would have seen without her pointing it out. She is down-to-earth, and she will never put you on a guilt trip. And don't worry if you're not married or if you don't have any kids. She speaks to all women. This woman has found true joy in motherhood, and whenever I read her books, I just feel so good!
This is an ideal Mother's Day gift, or just pick it up for yourself, ladies. You'll be glad you did! I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are percent mine. Apr 16, Taffy rated it it was amazing Shelves: First line: "Motherhood is near to divinity. I'm a little prejudiced to purple. I enjoyed this book! It's not just about being a mother but also about mothering.
Just like from the beginning where Connie says this is a book when you've had it with mothering or when you want to be reminded of the beauty of motherhood or when you need a good laugh. This book is a book of joy, not about to-dos or what I should have done. Fantastic book with short chapters full of humor, stor First line: "Motherhood is near to divinity. Fantastic book with short chapters full of humor, stories and encouragement. One of my favorite lines: "What matters is that we learn to love "mothering"--for it is a learning process--whether it be of our own children, our neighbor's children or children we teach.
In the process, we recognize with gratitude our womanly nature to nurture And just in time for Mother's Day! Mar 04, Kathy rated it really liked it Shelves: read-in This was a great little "pick-me" up. A reminder that being a mom is an important role and that what we do really matters and can make a difference in the lives of our children.
I was touched by some of the stories that were shared and inspired by others. This would make a great Mother's Day gift. It's a book you can easily read in one sitting or you can just read a short page chapter when you need a little motivation and reminder that being the mom although difficult at times is definitely worth it.
View 1 comment. Dec 31, LeMira rated it it was amazing. This was quick a quick read but uplifting with so many nuggets!
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Jun 27, Sara Allen rated it really liked it. Great little book, I highly recommend it. Oct 11, Christina rated it liked it. DNF, I know that's a surprise but after reading the mother's mite it just seemed to cover the same things. May 01, Andrea rated it really liked it. Being a mother is a very challenging job with many ups and downs, but it is a divine calling. Although at times we feel that we fall short, motherhood does matter!
Sometimes we don't think about our value and the difference we are making with our children, but thoughts like this buoyed me up: "We are likely the first and most powerful spiritual examples for our children. Every righteous prayer, every patient fast, every page of scripture puts spiritual coins in our own and our family's bank accou Being a mother is a very challenging job with many ups and downs, but it is a divine calling.
Every righteous prayer, every patient fast, every page of scripture puts spiritual coins in our own and our family's bank accounts and helps create a spiritual anchor in the home. It give encouragement and validation where we find only fatigue. It motivates and inspires where we see only the daily grind of repeat routines. It is the sparkle and zest that provides energy and renewed determination when we feel we can't go on.
I was used to being surrounded by people everyday, and suddenly I was home with just a newborn. The lack of adult interaction was really difficult for me, and I very much appreciated the visits from friends and neighbors. Several of the topics in Motherhood Matters were a little guilt-inducing for me, but I don't regret reading the book. Rather, I found the reminders to be a good starting point for me to make some improvements in my relationship with my children.
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I was put on this earth to be a mother. I love being a mother more than anything in the world. It is a hard but rewarding job and my greatest accomplishment. I love this next quote from Motherhood Matters. It is nice to see that others feel the same way. I love that she says: "Motherhood is the very essence of who we are. Our children are examples of us as parents. Connie brings up alot of spiritual factors in this novel and I was in awe of this. When I first gave birth to my son I mean what a miracle. At that moment there would never be any doubts that there is a God.
Children are a true blessing and a gift from God and we as mothers have the greatest responsibility to them to make sure they live their life as God would have wanted. All in all this is full of wonderful yet true examples of being a mother and portrays the utter truths about motherhood. I loved every moment of it. Apr 26, Christina M Condy rated it it was amazing Shelves: reading-challenge , review-requested.
This book was a lovely reminder of what being a mother is all about. The blessings and the joys that we experience by being a mother. I loved how the Author used some poetry in the book. As a woman whose only lifelong goal was to be a mother, I can attest to some of the stories in this book. I relate to so many of the various stories and I know that each of my children is different and required different mothering skills.
As the mother of 5, I sometimes forget about the joys of motherhood. Espec This book was a lovely reminder of what being a mother is all about. Especially with the youngest who has major special needs, but going back over the course of my life with my children I thought of all the times I had stayed up late into the night to finish their costumes, or bake cupcakes that they had forgotten to tell me they needed the very next day, and I realized that I loved every second of being a mother.
I loved all the different stories that were inspired by others. While the use of scriptures was liberal, I didn't have any issues with their use what-so-ever.
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The free book held no determination on my personal review Apr 11, Mandi Slack rated it it was amazing. Her words were a reminder of the divine calling of motherhood. Yet this book is also filled with poignant reminders that perfection is not a requirement. No matter how patient and loving a mother is, there will be those times in her life when she has had it.
My very favorite quote is, "Many women come from an active and accomplished single life and walk through the new mysterious portals of motherhood only to find that their biggest accomplishment is finding a matched pair of socks before the bus comes. Yet we are reminded that in the end, nothing from our pre-motherhood days are wasted.
As a special education teacher pre-children I am able to use those skills I learned in the classroom and apply them in the most important classroom of all Filled with fun stories, quotes, and inspiration from LDS prophets and apostles, this book is a must-read for any mother, young or old.
Mar 20, Melissa T rated it it was ok Shelves: nonfiction , goodreads-giveaways , family , religion. I may or may not be one in the future. Regardless, the social structure of motherhood as a role still interests me, which is why I chose to read this book. I did not realize at the time that I entered the contest that this was a book heavily based in religious thought. Not that there's anything wrong with that, it's just that I'm not a particularly religious person myself so I think some of the message was lost to me in that respect.
Also, I believe that the author was writing from a Mormon based perspective so many of the references were lost to me in that respect. Regardless of that, I do want to say that I did appreciate the positive messages of the book. I also liked some of the anecdotes, but found others to be somewhat dry, so I couldn't really connect with the author or really get a sense into her own personal view on motherhood which is what I think I went into the book expecting to read about.
Even though this book wasn't for me, anyone who's looking for some positive messages may appreciate it. Mar 23, Angieleigh rated it liked it Shelves: reading-challenge. I received a review copy in exchange for my participation in the blog tour. All thoughts and opinions are my own. When I saw this book on the list of books to read and review for a blog tour I was excited.
Wow, a woman who gave birth to her seventh child at the age of forty-five and who wanted to share her wisdom about raising children. There was very little of Ms. Sokol's personal experience of being a mother and what it's like not only to raise seven children, but to have a son with Asperger's that is in college. As the mother of a teenage son who has been diagnosed with AS, I would have loved to know more about how she handled having a special needs child and how the rest of the family worked together to keep their house running smoothly.
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Overall, the scriptures made me think and the few glimpses made me smile. Would I recommend this book? Not without explaining my take on it first. Apr 26, Donna McBroom-Theriot rated it it was amazing. I have realized one thing while reading Connie Sokol's books. She is R. Connie is a real woman, a real wife, and a real mother. Her writing is inspirational and her message is clear. Being a mother and a wife is a vocation. It is not an easy vocation, and it is one that is chosen in each of our hearts.
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Reading Connie's books make you feel good inside. She leaves you feeling that a fresh breeze is blowing. The book is a fast read as each of the chapters are short and each story contains a l I have realized one thing while reading Connie Sokol's books. The book is a fast read as each of the chapters are short and each story contains a little phrase or a great huge paragraph that will resonate with you.
Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties. Helen Keller. Success Happiness You Happy. When you rise in the morning, give thanks for the light, for your life, for your strength. Give thanks for your food and for the joy of living. If you see no reason to give thanks, the fault lies in yourself. Life Morning Strength Yourself.
We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves. Shadow Thoughts Mind Think. The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life. Richard Bach. Life Family Respect Bond. Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let's not be afraid to receive each day's surprise, whether it comes to us as sorrow or as joy It will open a new place in our hearts, a place where we can welcome new friends and celebrate more fully our shared humanity.
Henri Nouwen. Day Welcome Humanity Friends. Top 10 Joy Quotes. View the list. Until you have a son of your own Kent Nerburn. Love Father Heart Son. Happiness lies in the joy of achievement and the thrill of creative effort. Franklin D. Success Happiness Achievement Effort. Find joy in everything you choose to do.
Every job, relationship, home Chuck Palahniuk. Love Change Relationship You. It's always wonderful to get to know women, with the mystery and the joy and the depth. If you can make a woman laugh, you're seeing the most beautiful thing on God's Earth. Keanu Reeves. Beautiful Women God You. I spent a lot of years trying to outrun or outsmart vulnerability by making things certain and definite, black and white, good and bad. My inability to lean into the discomfort of vulnerability limited the fullness of those important experiences that are wrought with uncertainty: Love, belonging, trust, joy, and creativity to name a few.
Brene Brown. Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it. Greg Anderson. Journey Destination Focus Doing. Beauty is about perception, not about make-up. I think the beginning of all beauty is knowing and liking oneself.
You can't put on make-up, or dress yourself, or do you hair with any sort of fun or joy if you're doing it from a position of correction. Beauty Yourself Dress You. The tree which moves some to tears of joy is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way. Some see nature all ridicule and deformity But to the eyes of the man of imagination, nature is imagination itself.
William Blake. Nature Eyes Tree Green. Perfect happiness is a beautiful sunset, the giggle of a grandchild, the first snowfall. It's the little things that make happy moments, not the grand events. Joy comes in sips, not gulps. Sharon Draper. Sunset Beautiful Happiness Happy. God has blessed me with an amazing family, friends and work colleagues that have been my joy, my support, and my sanity. I don't know what I'd do without them. Josie Loren. Work Family God Me. Life seeks life and loves life.
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