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Seagull Book - April 2017

Dear Friends, Recently my youngest daughter sent me a funny little parody of the life of a nineties mom— the things she would have never said and the things she wouldn’t have worried about. Having raised four kids during this decade—and during most of the one before—I experienced a flood of memories, and I laughed out loud at the reference to bologna sandwiches made on white bread and the unthinkable amounts of sugar in grape Kool-Aid! But when you think about it, things were much less complicated back then. No one on Facebook was judging you for what you did, and no one on Instagram had a better house than yours. Now we accept mom-shaming as a fact of life. We are so hard on ourselves, and it seems that gone are the days when being a mom was good enough. My daughter and I had a good laugh over the reliance of her generation on social media. She marveled at the birthday parties she’d had and wondered how I’d actually pulled them off without the help of Pinterest. She commented on how easy I must have had it back then and, right in the middle of her first year as a mother, readily expressed her own anxieties and feelings of inadequacy. In the days that followed, this conversation lingered with me. So when I received the unedited manuscript pages of my good friend Christie Gardiner’s first book, You Are the Mother Your Children Need, I was thrilled. I could hardly wait to read it myself and to share it with my daughter—knowing it was a powerhouse topic and also knowing how much we would both love it and learn from it! You see, I had been involved in a publishing meeting with Christie about a completely different project when this very subject came up. We were listening to Christie share some of her mothering experiences and family traditions, and as an empty-nester with my opportunities long gone, I found myself immediately wishing I had been a better mom—a mother just like her. I even verbalized my own feelings of inadequacy and failure as a mother. She never could have known she would change my life when she leaned over the conference table, looked me right in the eyes, and said with enthusiasm, “You are the mother your children need!” As the days have gone by and I have watched with wonder at the renewal of the season and the tender symbolisms of spring, my heart continues to swell with this understanding—I am the mother my children need. How grateful I am for the precious gift of motherhood. Through it I have experienced my greatest triumphs and my greatest heartbreaks. Through it I have experienced a sacred partnership with the Lord, who in good times and bad has never left me alone. I am reminded of the words of Elder Jeffrey R. Holland: “You can’t possibly do this alone, but you do have help. The Master of Heaven and Earth is there to bless you—He who resolutely goes after the lost sheep, sweeps thoroughly to find the lost coin, waits everlastingly for the return of the prodigal son. Yours is the work of salvation, and therefore you will be magnified, compensated, made more than you are and better than you have ever been as you try to make honest effort, however feeble you may sometimes feel that to be.” How blessed we are to have a Savior and a Father who love us so deeply that They stand forever ready to help us become the best we can possibly be. Happy Mother's Day, Susan Condie NEW! YOU ARE THE MOTHER YOUR CHILDREN NEED Christie Gardiner The woman you want to be . . . the one who has within her every talent, gift, and ability to be what her children need? She’s already there. She is you. Motherhood is the toughest job you’ll ever take on: there is no interview, no job description, and no salary. When you get the position, it can be all too easy to feel underqualified and overwhelmed. But with a sweet message of encouragement, Christie Gardiner reminds women there are as many ways to be a good mother as there are mothers in this world—and there’s no one more capable of raising your children than you! In this uplifting book, mothers are encouraged to let go of the quest for perfection and recognize the divinity within. Learn to own your strengths and weaknesses, and allow your true self to shine! With practical advice on learning to accept failure, hold on to your identity, and harness the divine help available to mothers, women will gain the confidence to embrace their uniquely perfect qualifications for the job of motherhood. Hardcover $11.99 $8.99 984119 Save 25% CD $16.99 $14.44 984126 Save 15% Save 25% ONLY $8.99


Seagull Book - April 2017
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