A Mother's Book of Secrets: Keys to Making Motherhood Memorable, Meaningful, and Magnificent (Hardcover)

by Linda Eyre and Shawni Eyre Pothier


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Three-year-old Lucy Pothier, who is Shawni's adorable youngest daughter pictured on the cover of this book, was recently diagnosed with a rare syndrome called Bardet Biedl which, among other things, will cause blindness between the ages of 9 and 15 unless new research finds a way to intervene. In her behalf, the authors, Shawni (mother) and Linda (grandmother), will donate all royalties from the book to the Foundation for Blind Children and other research organizations that are working on her issues. Our heartfelt thanks goes to you for joining our cause through the purchase of this book as well as to Deseret Book as they offer a 20% discount for online purchases.

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Looking for some secrets to make being a mom more fun and rewarding? In this charming new book, mother-and-daughter team Linda Eyre (mother of nine) and Shawni Eyre Pothier (mother of five) share some great ideas.

Looking back with the perspective of a lifetime of mothering, Linda is uniquely positioned to share the insights she has gained, with a gentle reminder that those seemingly endless trenches of motherhood will be gone before you know it. Shawni, with her little ones still at home, speaks to all young mothers, offering encouragement and support in a friendly, conversational style. She reminds us that kids are like puzzles — you just have to figure them out!

Filled with entertaining stories of the ups and downs all mothers experience, accompanied by enchanting full-color photographic portraits, A Mother's Book of Secrets won't be a secret for long.

Product Details

  • Size:  7" x 7"
  • Pages:  176
  • Published:  April 2009

About the Author

Linda Eyre and Shawni Eyre Pothier are a dynamic team. Linda lives her mission statement, which is to empower mothers by helping them be “Empowerers.” She is cofounder of home-based Joy Schools, and she has authored or co-authored many books with her husband, Richard, including the New York Times #1 bestseller Teaching Your Children Values. She and her husband are also worldwide speakers and advocates for the family. Shawni Eyre Pothier received a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and is an accomplished writer, speaker, and photographer. But what she values and loves most is that she gets to be a mother and she takes her job very seriously. She strives to promote joy in the journey of Motherhood on her blog (71toes.blogspot.com). She and her husband, David, make their home in Phoenix, Arizona.

Shawni and her mother, Linda, are the co-authors of A Mother’s Book of Secrets: Keys to Making Motherhood Memorable, Meaningful, and Magnificent. Linda is the mother of nine and grandmother of eighteen, and Shawni is the mother of five.


How many of you have a meeting every week with your employees at work?” we always ask as we begin our seminars. Hands go up for almost every business owner and executive present. Next we ask, “How many of you have a meeting with your family every week?” It is amazing how seldom we see a raised hand!

Family meetings are the fertile soil where all the things included in this section can be “set up.” When you think about it, it’s hard to have a real, viable organization without a meeting. If you have just pre-schoolers, a ten-minute meeting is just perfect. Be sure to include refreshments! For older kids, half an hour is good. We always had an opening prayer and song, a planning session, and then someone gave a short lesson. You may want to spend several weeks setting up family laws (see the secret on Family Laws), introducing “Gunny Bag” (see the secret on Order), or doing a demonstration for a repenting bench (see the secret on Arguments). You may want to introduce a value you want to work on as a family that month or something you have learned spiritually that can be taught with simple visual aids.

Many of you will already be having terrific family meetings, but we all need a boost once in a while. Be prepared for a little chaos! It takes time and patience for the kids to get used to the idea of a formal meeting, but it’s worth persistence!

There are so many resources for family meetings. If you run out of ideas, go to familynightlessons.com which is a Web site Richard and I have set up that provides five-minute lessons on joy and other values that your children can actually download and present themselves. Remember that ownership is the secret to a successful family meeting. Have your children conduct, give a lesson if possible, and prepare the treats (which are a very important part of the family meeting!).

Shawni and Dave are two of the best parent I know in having successful family meetings, so I’ll have her finish this fun little secret to a successful family through having an organized offense.

Shawni: We have a family meeting every Sunday. Each child takes a turn conducting the meeting on a rotating basis. When our kids were really little, this was their very favorite part. We had a little stool they could stand up on and be “the boss.” The conductor chooses someone to pick an opening song and someone else to say a prayer. Next, Dad is usually in charge of “Family Business,” where everyone has a minute to tell the family what they’re doing that week. I love this part because the kids really feel like they’re important as they share things that are coming up that are important to them–even if it’s something as seemingly insignificant as a class party they’re having at school that week. Next is the “lesson,” which is usually given by myself or my husband and is centered on something we’ve notice needs to be discussed. Our kids are getting to the ages where they want to give the lessons, and we love it when they do.

The point is that we get to be together as a family. It creates a great forum for random as well as important things to be talked about. It’s an offense that makes my kids feel like important parts of our family “whole,” and we love it.

Inspiriing book for parents of all ages!

by  Cathy  -   reviewed on  May 28, 2009

I have admired the Eyre family for many years, and did some of their programs with our children. As a young mother, I read Linda's books and was inspired and encouraged to do better. She wrote about her children and we felt like we knew each of them personally. Now Shawni is all grown up with children of her own and I was delighted to find out mother and daughter had written a book together! It is a wonderful book full of good, practical Eyre advice. I love that it is written from the perspective of a young mother, but also from a grandmother who has been through the treanches and is seeing the fruits of that labor. Shawni is a talented photographer and the photographs in the book are just delightful! I bought a copy for each of my daughters and they love the book also. I would recommend this book to mothers and fathers alike!

I'm a Guy and I love this Book!

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  April 29, 2009

These principle and secrets sharing in this book are not just for Mothers! I'm a Father and I found these ideas and tips so incredible helpful and inspiring. It makes me want to share these with my wife so that together we can make our home and family better!

Motherhood has become Magnificent for me!

by  Jane  -   reviewed on  September 13, 2010

Even the title has helped my attitude shift, to realize that I am the luckiest person alive just for the privilege of being a mother! It's full of great practical advice of how to create a family that your children will just love, and be the Mom that you want to be!

This remarkable book is filled with insight, real life tips, and much needed encouragement.

by  Emily  -   reviewed on  April 14, 2009

I bought this book two days ago. It has kept me up until midnight the past two nights, and the early morning light found me turning back to its pages again. My children are 17, 16, 12, and 9. I found encouragement and wonderful tips in this book for each of my children. Linda's insight and wisdom made me want to cling to all of these last years, and motivated me to kick it up a notch in some really important areas. Shawni made me love being a mother all over again...and I loved the reminder to make my eyes sparkle! Most importantly I felt like the book gave me a pat on the back, and I felt the two authors cheering me on to become the mother that I want to be. In a world where motherhood is often touted as unthankable hard work, this book reminds each of us what a precious gift it is to be called a mom.


by  Customer  -   reviewed on  April 21, 2009


I Can't Say Enough Good Things About This Book!

by  sarah  -   reviewed on  April 05, 2009

I've read so many parenting books, and A Mother's Book of Secrets is my favorite. Short, easy to read essays (with gorgeous photographs!) from two perspectives: that of a seasoned mother, reaping the rewards of her grown children and one from her daughter, in the trenches of raising her own family. The best of both worlds...great advice with proof it works! This book is not all about the "sweet stuff" of parenting. The real life day-to-day pull your hair out stuff is in there too. It's also not one of those books written by some psychologist who doesn't even have children...these moms have cleaned up poop, dolled out infinite meals, settled hundreds of arguments, but have so many great little tips on keeping motherhood "memorable, meaningful and magnificent." One of those books you'll refer back to again and again...especially when you are having one of those tough days and need a fresh perspective. Excellent!

A inspiring and uplifting book for all mother's!

by  Lauren  -   reviewed on  April 15, 2009

This is a fantastic book!!! I loved it! It is so nice to hear other moms speak in a positive way about motherhood! Great real life tips on cherishing the moments of joy that children bring us and wonderful reminders about how short this precious time with our children really is. The best part is that it can be easily read all at once or in little 5 minutes time intervals, each chapter or section is only 2 pages at the most so if you only have 5 minutes you can get a quick little dose of inspiration to holding your head up, taking a deep breath and get back to being the BEST mom you can be! GREAT BOOK!!!!!! Oh and the photographs in the book are absolutely incredible!

Beautiful insight and beautiful photography

by  Anne  -   reviewed on  April 14, 2009

I am currently reading this book and it is WONDERFUL! I sneak in a few chapters every minute I can during the day. I love all the tips and tricks, insight and forsight into motherhood. I am just getting started with my little ones (an 8 month old boy) but this book is helping me realize how fast it goes and how much I want to savor it all! I'm grateful for the ideas and resources they share so I can do the best I can while I am "in the trenches".


by  Kate  -   reviewed on  April 14, 2009

I loved this book, I bought several more for Mother's Day gifts. It is an easy read full of persepctive, inspiration, secrets, and stories. I couldn't put it down. I even found myself laughing out loud at times. Every mother can appreciate the 'secrets' contained in this book. I will read it again and again. A must-have. The photography beautifully captures the joy of a mother's relationships with her children.

This book gave me a boost in mothering.

by  Julie  -   reviewed on  April 15, 2009

This book is amazing. It is just what I needed to give me a little boost in mothering. Some of the things in the book I already do, but I got so many good ideas on how to make my relationship stronger with my children and family. It is always good to reevaluate how your doing things and this book really does that. I would highly recommend this book and then start implementing the secrets in your own families.

A sweet, easy read.

by  Chelsea  -   reviewed on  April 16, 2009

This book is so real. I laughed out loud when I read stories from Linda and Shawni's real-life Mothering experiences. I can feel the love they have for their children through the words they wrote. This book puts Mothering into perspective. It helped me to see the light in the little magic things that happen between me and my kids everyday. The photography could be a book all its own. Shawni is an amazing photographer, she tells a story through the images alone. The images in this book are little pieces of art just waiting to decorate your coffee table, and to remind you at the same time to find joy in those little moments.

A soulful reminder of why we do this

by  Taunie  -   reviewed on  April 20, 2009

Linda and Shawni have captured the magic and the meaning for so many of us. The stories that they tell are so familiar that you can see a part of your own motherhood in each one. Thank you for reminding me of why I do this each day and of the days when the sun peaks through and you see a higher purpose to the nitty gritty of it all. It's like experiencing a huge sigh of relief.

No matter what stage of life you are in, this book gives helpful ideas.

by  Lana  -   reviewed on  April 26, 2009

I sent the book to my sister who raised 7 children. She called and said "I wished you would not have sent me that book. Now I have to go out and buy 7 more for my daughters and daughters-in-law." She loved it as much as I did and wants everyone she knows to read it.

such a great book!

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  April 26, 2009

This book is perfect for moms - lots of quick bite-sized chapters full of great "real" ideas and inspiration that can be read in the few precious moments a mom can find! The photos help make the book extra special. If you want a great "pick-me-up" and/or a great present for the moms you know for mother's day - buy this book!

Just what I needed

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  April 27, 2009

This is the perfect book for me right now. I'm a full time mother of three young children and have found it hard to always see beauty and purpose in my mothering. This book has helped me see with a new perspective, has given me new ideas and has made me feel like I'm not alone in the difficulties of motherhood. It has helped me to see motherhood more clearly for the amazing journey that it is. The photos really bring emotion to the written words....they capture moments and seeing them has made it easier for me to notice those moments in my own life. I'll read it over and over.

Great great book

by  Customer  -   reviewed on  April 28, 2009

I loved every page.

Calling All Mothers....and anyone really!

by  kristi  -   reviewed on  April 28, 2009

As I read these pages, there were times I laughed out loud and other times I tried to fight the tears (they rolled and rolled). These ladies know how to capture motherhood moments and embrace them. All of them. The good bad and the ugly! Not only that, they also share creative, constructive, and motivating "secrets" they have used in their journey that I am now trying out myself. It is very encouraging and makes me love being a mother of the good bad and the ugly! This is staying on my night stand. A daily dose will be very helpful!

A great read about real life motherhood!

by  Scharlotte  -   reviewed on  May 24, 2010

This is a great book that does not try and sugarcoat what it is really like to be a mom! It was funny and down to earth and full of great advice. I loved it and passed it off to my sister as soon as I finished it!

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