I Am a Mother

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Reviewed by Melanie Lott, LDSFiles.com Staff Writer

I Am A Mother by Jane Clayson Johnson. Published by Deseret Book.

Have you ever had the experience of reading a book during a trying time that was exactly what you needed to lift your spirits? That is what "I Am a Mother" did for me. When I read this last week, I was having one of those times when I felt so overwhelmed with the responsibility of mothering my 4 young children and being pregnant with my fifth. I was feeling like a failure in some areas, worried about how I was going to possibly meet all the needs that these children have. To make matters worse, I started potty-training one of my sons. That is enough to make any mother feel frustrated.

As I picked up this book to read, I had second thoughts about reading it, since I figured it would just serve to make me feel more guilty about the ways that I am failing as a mother. Quite the contrary! It buoyed me up and made me feel like all my feelings and frustrations are normal. Jane Clayson Johnson shared so many uplifting stories that I didn't want to put the book down. There were inspiring quotes from church leaders as well, and many times I was brought to tears because I felt like someone out there understood.

Thank you Sister Jane Clayson Johnson for your words. They touched me greatly. Sis. Johnson expresses in her book how her life didn't turn out exactly how she had planned, being in network television for many years instead of being a mother and wife like she had originally wanted. I think part of the reason her plan was different was so she could make a difference in all of our lives with her life experiences and touching words.


  1. Anonymous // May 3, 2007 at 2:03 PM  

    I loved this book. Jane Clayson Johnson shares her experiences and the experiences of others that uplift and encourage. Every mother should have this book!