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Momma Zen: Walking the Crooked Path of Motherhood Paperback – November 13, 2007
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“Wrestling oneself free from the need for control is a constant struggle. This book realizes it with warmth, engagement, and winning honesty.”—Publishers Weekly
"Eloquently frames the everyday experiences of parenting as opportunities for spiritual growth."—Mothering
"Miller has written a powerful synthesis of the insights she has attained, both through the experience of motherhood and as a Zen Buddhist priest."—Literary Mama
“Miller’s book offers guidance, insight, and wisdom. She shows us how to embrace not only the ups and downs of our own mothering, but also helps us open our heart to those who have mothered us. I recommend her book to anyone who wants to really learn something about spiritual practice in everyday life.”—Diane Eshin Rizzetto, author of Waking Up to What You Do: A Zen Practice for Meeting Every Situation with Intelligence and Compassion
“Miller's practice has seeped deeply into her life and the result is an extraordinary book of practical wisdom. She avoids the preaching and moralizing so common in parenting books, and instead offers the reader a way of peace and freedom in the midst of fatigue and doubt. A truly valuable book.”—William Martin, author of The Parent's Tao Te Ching
“Momma Zen, filled with honest tales of the bedlam of motherhood, beckons us to an oasis of silence and acceptance. Miller deftly leads us to the realization that, rather than searching outwardly, this oasis can be located in the center of the life we are living right now.”—Vivian Glyck, author of The Tao of Poop
"Honest, revealing, funny, and poignantly accurate, Momma Zen unfolds the powerful path of raising a child, as well as the opportunities for deeper spiritual understanding. An important contribution."—Nicolee Jikyo McMahon Roshi, Three Treasures Zen Community, San Diego
Top Customer Reviews
I can honestly say that whether or not you're into Zen, or are a Mom or a Dad, this book is wonderful. The writing is superb, lyrical and flows like a fresh spring stream, bubbling, laughing, and crying all the way. If you are a parent you'll like it even more; this is not a preachy book, or some strange mystical women's book. This is a great book about life and love and it's a special treat to read. Even for a Guy.
Motherhood is full of uncertainty, reversals, and discovery. "Momma Zen" is a wonderful companion on this journey. Whether you are an expectant first-time mother or the a seasoned Mom, this book has something for you. I recognize myself in every chapter.
We live in an era where an avalanche of advice books can feel overwhelming. "Momma Zen" takes a different approach by connecting with the heart of motherhood--the enduring, essential challenges, lessons and blessings that we encounter in relationship with our children. Karen Maezen Miller's work is a true gift to give yourself or a friend.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really loved the principles in this book but didn't agree with any of the Buddhist sentiments. I am Christian, but a lot of her main principles to keep in mind had nothing to do... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Caleb G. Obholz
I love this book not only because I practice Zen and I am a mom, but also because I love books and know how important it is to not only have a great subject, but also a well... Read morePublished 3 months ago by emily
I send this book to all new mothers. Its beautiful, encouraging and helped me beyond measure. Get it, you need it!Published 10 months ago by Raeenna
This woman has a judgemental view of women who do not lead the lifestyle she subscribes to. She promotes a shame culture on her facebook page. Read morePublished 11 months ago by maria
This book lived on my bedside table for years when my boys were small and I still find myself picking it up when I want to find a little peace. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kathleen Harper