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Hugh Nibley once wrote that ever since Eve foiled Satan in the garden of Eden, he’s had it in for women. I can’t think of any better example of his success than in marginalizing motherhood. The net effect is that one of the most sacred of experiences – an adoring, faithful, powerful mother – is denied those precious spirits our Heavenly Parents would send to earth, either because parents are unwilling to welcome souls to their families or those families are living below their privileges.
As these thoughts have circulated in my heart for some time, and I’ve written about them repeatedly, I was thoroughly prepared when a friend contacted me last winter to ask if I would be interested in copy editing their book. The offer was very appealing, but my dear mother was visiting and I couldn’t take time away from her to closet myself in my office, so I regretfully declined. I stayed in touch regarding the publishing, however, and when it came to press recently, my friend contacted me again to ask if I would be interested in reviewing the book prior to the book tour. I was ecstatic, having read some of the preliminary proofs online and knowing the sense of mission these women feel about divine womanhood.
When the book arrived the morning before last, I devoured it. It was even better than I could have expected or even hoped. It begins by establishing the divine legacy of womanhood and motherhood through Eve and our Heavenly Mother and is richly populated with personal essays that are compelling and well-written. Subsequent chapters include discussions of the spirit of Elijah, moving through the veil, personal revelation, and preparation. Continuing chapters deal with the very real aspects of pregnancy and childbirth (fear, pain, patience, meditation, the mind-body connection, and strengthening marriage.) The book concludes with the atonement, unity, and the fourth trimester, a relatively ignored but vital stage of birth that is largely unaddressed in popular birth prep literature. Real stories poignantly punctuate every passage, set apart by gray pages to make them easy to find later, and make this book a one-stop spiritual/temporal preparation for the most important event of a family’s life.
I’m not one to commercialize … anything … but I’m making an exception today in encouraging you to buy this book (and no, I in no way profit from that suggestion). Never in my years of LDS study have I found such a wide-ranging survey of wisdom and personal experience in relation to birth as this 521-page treasure comprises. Nowhere else will you find the tenets of LDS faith employed with greater grace and wisdom to empower a birthing mother, and by extension, her entire family. I would want my own daughters and daughters-in-law to have this long before they read What to Expect When You’re Expecting. Indeed, my own daughter, due in a month to birth her second child, will receive her own copy for Mother’s Day.
It may be too late to gift the birthing mothers in your life with a copy for Mother’s Day, but they will thank you forever if this treasure arrives in the short days thereafter.
You can read more about the book at the official website The Gift of Giving Life (where additional materials referenced in the book can be found) or at the publishing website where you can order your copy. Again, I do not profit from sales of the book nor from giving my recommendation. My thoughts are sincere, based on my reading of the authors and my support of their profoundly important mission. In addition, learn more about others’ reviews of the book on the virtual book tour. In the upcoming weeks, I’ll be posting an interview with the authors as well.
Update: see other reviews/testimonials of the book here. It truly is for ALL women, not just birthing mothers.