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I Am a Mother

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How do we get women to stop saying, "I'm just a mother"? Or, "I used to be such and such, but now I'm just a mother"? When Jane Clayson Johnson, former network news correspondent and co-host of The Early Show attended a gathering of nearly fifty LDS couples, she was shocked to hear the women in the group describe themselves as "just a mother." She had not expected Latter-d...more
Hardcover, 144 pages
Published March 15th 2007 by Deseret Book
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Natalie
I love the topic, of course. The quotes she used in the book were awesome. But that was part of the problem- the book is mostly a collection of quotes. I liked hearing a bit of her biography and how she got to what she is now. I liked hearing that her kids also throw up and make messes and all the rest. And I of course am in awe and admiration that she decided to be a stay home mom instead of a national news anchor. But there was a tiny twinge of "poor me" that I didn't like. I don't think the s...more
Stephanie
Apr 07, 2009 Stephanie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mothers
Recommended to Stephanie by: Carrie
One day, I received a phone call from a friend I hadn’t seen in quite some time. This friend spent a few minutes telling me about her exciting career, then asked me the dreaded question: “So, what have you been up to?”

Frantically, I tried to think of something to tell her. Should I tell her about my potty-training woes? Our recent afternoon at the park? My daughter’s triumphs at Kindergarten? “Well,” I said lamely, “I’m a stay-at-home mom.”

There was a long pause. “Aren’t you lucky!” my friend fi...more
Danae
I didn't have to give up a high-profile career to have a family, but I want my children to know that just the same it was something that I very conciously chose. Ironically, in some ways it's almost harder to be a woman today--because we have so many choices, it always feels like you're making the wrong one. If you chose to get married and have a family, you're giving up all these wonderful opportunities to be fulfilled and have experiences and be out in the world doing tremendous things--and if...more
Jeanette
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...more
Hannah
Jan 26, 2008 Hannah rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mom's who don't find value/purpose in their roles.
Recommended to Hannah by: Wendy
This book was a little too cheesy for me. I felt like over half of it was quotes by other people, and I just don't like books like that for the most part.

I felt like she kept referring to her great job and how luxurious it was, and the sacrifice she made to become a mom and give up the wardrobe and make-up stylists. I mean surely if she could give up her glamorous lifestyle and find meaning in motherhood, than any woman can! I just couldn't relate, I didn't need to give up a fancy job to feel va...more
Michelle
While this book is largely a compilation of quotes from general authorities and noted authors, they are very good quotes!

I do find that, against my better judgment, I can get bogged down with motherhood from time to time. The tedium, the lack of feedback, the guilt, the constant wondering if I'm doing it well enough. The world does not value women who choose to stay home and raise families, so I have had that uncomfortable experience of having a so-called "successful" woman asking me what I'm d...more
Allyson
Oct 12, 2007 Allyson rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: everyone
As a mother who came from being a 'career woman,' it is sometimes a rough transition for me to go from savvy working-woman to mother of 3 with spit-up in my hair and carrots slashed down my shirt. Don't even get me started on the days when my husband comes home from work and I find myself saying 'oh, you cutsie-wootsie wittle boy...we soo gwad daddy came home!' It's just nice to have a grown-up conversation once in a while and know that not everything I'm doing as mother is invisible and hardly...more
Nancy
The book is a fast read, but I just couldn't finish it. I liked what the author had to say and her personal stories were interesting, but I don't think this book had anything new to say. Maybe I expected too much.
Lori
During these tough economic times, it really helped to remember my most important role. I appreciate Jane Clayson Johnson's story as well as the thoughts she shares from our leaders.
Mommywest
I got this book for my birthday before I had my fifth child (my request), and I read it after he was born. It is a beautiful, empowering book! The world tries to tell mothers that what they do isn't really that important; that true fulfillment lies in satisfying one's self, getting worldly praise, and "doing it all." Jane Clayson Johnson reminds us that the work of motherhood is the most important work we will ever do, and is a role that is eternal, unlike most of the other roles we play in this...more
Bradi
Hello Friends.

I JUST read a book entitled, I Am a Mother, by Jane Clayson Johnson. I LOVED it and recommend it to any woman.

One of my favorite parts of the book follows. This is what I read, "Author, obstetrician/gynecologist, and women's health expert Christiane Northrup, M.D., says, "Our mother provides us with our first experience of nurturing. She is our first and most powerful female role model. It is from her that we learn what it is to be a woman.... (WHAT FOLLOWS IS THE PART THAT I FIND...more
Heather
After feeling the magnificence of motherhood being lost in the seemingly ceaseless laundry, cleanup, and sleepness nights, I picked up this book and was powerfully reminded why I chose to be a mother, and to stay home with my children. Johnson is unabashedly honest about her own life and motherhood experiences, refreshingly direct, and beautifully inspiring. I have rarely encountered a book this powerful, and would recommend it to any mother or mother-to-be.

Two of my favorites from this book are...more
Diane
Oct 15, 2008 Diane rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All Women
Recommended to Diane by: Mandy Morgan
Thanks to my dear Primary Presidency/friends, Brenda Hardisty, Kellie Rogers, and Meli Perrier, I now own this book. They gave it to me for my birthday gift, after taking me out to lunch! How sweet are they?!

As for the book, I enjoyed it immensely. Sometimes I wonder why women need to hear praise and receive a pat on the back but regardless of the reasons, I do appreciate it. And occasionally it's nice to be reminded that mothers matter. Women don't necessarily need to be recognized because once...more
Christina
I only had a few pages left but no time to read. I finally had the spare time to sit down and finish it last night. This book is full of quotes and inspiration. I just love all the reminders. I've never felt like "just" a mother because it has been such a blessing for me to have children. I've often felt inadequate but I love that this reminded me that I am doing my best and that Heavenly Father will be my partner in motherhood. I can recieve revelation for my children and try to bring them up i...more
Karen
Every Women should read this book. Jane Clayson's way of encouraging women to realize their role as women leaders is encouraging. Women have long ruled the world through the rising generations. In every role that a women finds herself, she is able to communicate love, charity, goodwill, knowledge, etc. and is able to carry the burdens of many.

Jane explains how important reaching out and helping others without JUDGEMENT is. Oh if we as women could do that always. We would bring about the second...more
Laura
I have just entered the world of parenting books and am going a little crazy. I loved her stories the best.
""Motherhood is all about selfless devotion, about doing 'everyday things' everyday. There are few instant rewards for mothers...most of us don't remember what horse won the Kentucky Derby three years ago... I bet that your children can remember a trip to the park, a favorite family story."
"You don't have to do it all right now...You need not sing all the verses of your song at the same ti...more
Amanda
Jun 28, 2008 Amanda rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: All Mothers
Recommended to Amanda by: My Mother
I absolutly loved this book and would definately ask any mother to read it. This is a book I read fast and then re-read it slower. The first time was so fast, I couldn't put it down, I cried a lot through it or found myself understanding exactly what she writing about. I read it slower the second time gathering up bits and pieces I'd lost the first time through and gathered more meaning behind what she was trying to say. I really enjoyed this book and think my Mother did right in giving me this...more
Kayleen Pemberton
Thank you, Jane for sharing your stories with us! I highly encourage all women to read this book. It is such a refreshing look at the TRUE power of womanhood and motherhood. You do not need to bear your own children to be a mother. As women we are blessed with a sisterly bond and a caring heart for all those around us. Let us use those God-given gifts to uplift and bless each other's lives, not to judge and compare and tear our sisters down.

I AM A MOTHER! :D
Bette
I didn't finish this book, the book finished me. I used to watch Jane Clayson on KSL news in Utah and didn't like her then, so maybe I'm not a good critic of her book. I thought the book could have ended a hundred pages before it did and I also thought the book should have been named "Jane Clayson Johnson's Book of Thoughts". There were way to many quotes for my liking.
Leslie
I loved this book! It really makes you stop and think about the role of a mother and how very important it is. It's a very easy read and so uplifting not just to mothers, but for grandmothers, daughters, sisters and those who are thinking about being a mother some day. Next time someone asks what I do for a living I will answer very proudly, "I am a mother"!
Camille
What a great book -- makes you glad you are a mother. This book helped me realize that even if all the work I do as a mother goes unnoticed or unappreciated (which a lot of daily tasks of a mother are that way) that the only way to find true joy and happiness in being a mother is through my own perspective and through my own eyes.
Heather Murphy
Jan 28, 2008 Heather Murphy rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Mothers with no sense of motherhood
Recommended to Heather by: Cathy
One of those books that gets published because the person is famous (not for being a writer or story teller, I might add). I saw her at Time Out for Women giving tid bits of this book and I couldn't keep my eyes open 'cause she was so boring. I guess she doesn't know the difference between entertaining audiences and stating the news.
Rachael
Jeff gave me this for mothers day last year and I read this back when I was pregnant. That is probablly why I was very emotional about this book. I can't remember it alot now but I remember it made me cry. It just made me realize how excited I was to fullfill my dream of being a mother and how it is the best job to have in the world.
Katelyn
Amazing book for any mother. I read this a few years ago, soon after having my first child, and its message has really stuck with me. Of course there are still "bad mom" days, but there have been many times when I have remembered this book during the bad times and it has helped me change my attitude.
Shannan
I think I would have liked this book more if she hadn't already lived out a good career and made most of her dreams come true before she became a mother. But she had a lot of good thoughts and words of encouragement. And I agree that it's okay to feel happy and proud of being a mother.
Sarahjane
Apparently I didn't review this the first time I read it! I read it after mothers' day soon after it was published and loved it.

I just re-read it, and it helped me remember the importance of, and POWER in, motherhood. I think any of my Mom friends would enjoy it.
Jill
I was apprehensive about this book. At first I thought, "oh great another book that got published just because a famous person wrote it." I quickly changed my tune though. This book spoke to my soul! Poignant and well written. Kudos to the author!
Marilyn
I liked Jane's perspective. I have mixed feelings. I finished it feeling inspired about the importance of motherhood, and a little disappointed that it feels so much harder for me than it is for her? Not sure I said that right, but...
Laura
I started this book yesterday afternoon and didn't want to put it down. I finished it this morning. After reading it I feel more confidence in my abilities as a mother and feel honor and privilege in being a mother.
Alison
This is my second time reading this book, but the first time I've read it as a mother. It's a book with a message I really needed to hear. I would recommend it to all women - especially mothers.
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