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“These heartwarming and heart-rending essays will all but wrench the knowing tears from a mother’s eyes, and from quite a few children as well... Throughout, the authors tell fascinating stories to illuminate the importance of their own mothers in ways to which we can all relate.”—Scott Coffman, Louisville Courier-Journal

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This I Believe: On Motherhood

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.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 111807453X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118074534
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.8 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #596,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dan Gediman is executive director of This I Believe, a not-for-profit organization that collects and presents the core personal philosophies of Americans-ranging from the famous to the previously unknown. These short statements of belief have been featured on public radio since 2005. A 25-year public radio veteran, Gediman's work has won many of public broadcasting's most prestigious awards, including the duPont-Columbia Award.

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My brother and his wife sent my wife a copy of This I Believe On Motherhood for Mother's Day. Their reason for giving her this particular book was somewhat a matter of pride (as their daughter's essay is included in the compilation). We are faithful listeners to the NPR show each week, so she thought she knew what to expect. But this book is a veritable buffet of stories on the subject, each one different from the others, yet all with a common theme. We highly recommend it to mothers of all ages; you will be touched by each and every story.
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This book, like other "This I Believe" book(s) has short, first-person stories. These give a broad overview of perceptions of Motherhood. I used it for my class "Representations of Motherhood." Several students (unprompted) said that one or more of the essays touched them deeply or expressed how they feel. I read one out loud in class to introduce them to the book - when I finished, they applauded. It also has appendix with instructions on how to write a This I Believe story.
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Picked up for my Mom on Mother's day. I gave her other This I believe... books a while back and I noticed she had them out on a coffee table so I knew she liked them. Stories are good, not sappy or over emotional, but have a tissue ready.
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I bought this book for my mother-in-law who loves National Public Radio. She was thrilled when she received it. Would be a great gift for any mother or for yourself if you are a Mom!
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Perfect book to read while waiting at appointments, carpool, etc. Some stories will move you to tears but they all will warm your heart.
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