Motherhood Honesty is a book featuring “Extraordinary stories of motherhood told with honesty and courage" Debora Ballard-Reisch
The book is filled with wisdom, love, joy and passion, loss, pain, sadness, and struggle, with lessons learned and insights gained.
In the book, 27 women from three continents share their personal motherhood journeys.
Sister Jenny is a co- author( contributor) as part of the 27 Women from 3 continents that share their stories.
A beautiful tapestry of diverse motherhood journeys – deeply compelling and powerful”
Marcela Gimenez-Clough, MA – mother and daughter, Wichita, Kansas, USA
“Humbling, fascinating, and exquisite…”
Tiffany Freund, MA – daughter, mother, teacher – Colwich, Kansas, USA
“Extraordinary stories of motherhood told with honesty and courage”
Mary Elton, MA – mother, grandmother, educator – Scottsdale, Arizona, USA
This book is filled with magic! This book is filled with wisdom, love, joy and passion, loss, pain, sadness, and struggle. Most of all, this book is filled with lessons learned and insights gained. Twenty-seven women from three continents share their personal motherhood journeys. These stories allow mothers, those who wish to be mothers, and those who hope to understand mothers, to consider different perspectives and world views. Through the stories told here, we see motherhood as extraordinary and mundane; fulfilling and frustrating; infinitely simple and incomprehensibly complex. Each demonstrates perseverance and resilience. We meet women pregnant as schoolgirls, women who mother alone, and those with loving partners, family, and friends. We meet women who live in poverty, who did not have the opportunity for formal education, and who have been victims of societal and relational violence. We meet entrepreneurs, authors, nurses, and educators. Most have born children; others have not been able to do so. Several have mothered other people’s children or have chosen not to be mothers. Some of the women who share their stories were well mothered and had powerful role models to follow as they became mothers. Others were poorly mothered, their mothers serving as anti-models of who they did not want to become as mothers. Through these stories, we see the work of motherhood, the sacrifice, commitment, joys, and sorrows, as mothers strive to protect and nurture their children as best they can. These stories open the potential for dialogue. This book holds space for the possibility of creating societies that value women and girls, motherhood and children. It holds space for the possibility of societies that condemn gender-based violence and in which we all strive to understand and respect one another. Join us on a journey through this powerful collection of stories in which mothers claim their voices and shed light on the work and value of motherhood.
Conversation Starters for Reading Groups and Class Discussions included.
Edited by Victorine Mbong Shu and Debora Ballard-Reisch