I Am a Mother

by Jane Clayson Johnson

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“Jane Clayson Johnson has a powerful message that is sorely needed today — and she is the perfectly packaged messenger to do it!” — Sharon Larson, author of All Rain, No Mud

“What do you do?”

It's a loaded question for many women, especially Latter-day Saint women, who recognize the sacred calling of motherhood but sometimes feel overwhelmed — and undervalued — in their roles as mothers.

Author Jane Clayson Johnson has been asked that question on many occasions since trading in a prestigious and rewarding career in network news for the equally challenging career of motherhood. And, like most mothers, Jane has hesitated before answering the question.

In this personal — and honest — narrative, Jane recounts how she has since learned to welcome questions about her role and to respond, with enthusiasm, “I am a mother.”

Her testimony of the gospel and refreshing candor about the realities of motherhood create an immediate connection between reader and author and will inspire women to change the way they feel about being mothers.

Whether you're a mother of young children or are approaching the empty-nest years, you will find affirmation in this book that mothers matter.

“You matter,” Jane reminds women, because “a mother's work is God's work” — even on the days and nights that challenge your strength and test your character, and even when the world works overtime to minimize your calling.

    Foreword by Sheri Dew
  • Chapter One: I Am a Mother
  • Chapter Two: A Pencil in the Hand of God
  • Chapter Three: Why It Matters
  • Chapter Four: A Mother's Influence
  • Chapter Five: Can I Quit Now?
  • Chapter Six: Walking in Each Other's Shoes
  • Chapter Seven: We Are All Mothers
  • Works Cited

About the Author

Jane Clayson Johnson

Jane Clayson Johnson is an award-winning journalist widely known for her work at CBS News, ABC News, and the nationally syndicated NPR program On Point. Over more than two decades, she traveled the world covering stories from international news to presidential campaigns and interviewing the biggest newsmakers of the day. Jane is the best-selling author of I Am a Mother. She has served in regional, stake, and ward public affairs, as a Gospel doctrine teacher, and in many Relief Society and Primary callings. Jane and her husband, Mark, live in Boston. They are the parents of five children and grandparents of three.

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Love It
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Heard about the book from a friend and love reading it.

A fantastic promotion of motherhood
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I loved this book. It is really inspiring for LDS mothers to be proud that they are a mother.

Our important work
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I heard Jane Clayson Johnson at Time Out for Women and found her very inspiring so I bought her book. It made me feel the worth of what I do each day when it sometimes feels monotonous and unimportant.

This was my mother's day gift!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I got this book from my mother in law for mother's day and it came at a perfect time-I have been struggling to really embrace my role as a mother of three small children without missing my teaching career too much. I really appreciated what the author had to say and it caused me to looka t my role as a mothe rin a different, more eternal light. thanks for a great book!

Love it!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This is a beautiful tribute to motherhood. A definite must-read.

A needed reminder
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I received this book as a gift at a time when I really needed to be reminded of the joys and gifts of motherhood. The author inspired and comforted me with her candid style.

Gentle Reassurance
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I bought this book as I contemplated how my life would change as my son started kindergarten. It gave me reassurance that the choice I made to stay home with him was worthwhile and that both my son and I would be blessed because of that choice.

The Perfect Boost for Mothers in the Heat and Heart of Motherhood
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Jane Clayson Johnson's I Am a Mother serves as a fascinating narrative of one mother's journey from her high profile career as a network news anchor to the heat and heart of motherhood. Her book is written, in part, to answer the question of how she could have given up such a highly-valued position in society to take on a much less publicly esteemed role, in other words, to become 'just a mother.' As her book's declarative, unqualified title makes clear, Jane believes there is no such thing as being 'just a mom.' We are mothers -- no 'just' about it -- she tells us, and mothers matter. Drawing on her own experiences and quoting others who value motherhood as much as she does, she shares with us a myriad of reasons why mothers matter and encourages us to stand tall when we declare our role to others as mothers in Heavenly Father's great plan of happiness. Consider reading this book with a pen in hand as there are sure to be passages you'll want to return and savor. -- Debra Sansing Woods, author of Mothering with Spiritual Power Book of Mormon Inspirations for Raising a Righteous Family and It's Okay to Take a Nap And Other Reassuring Truths for Mothers Everywhere

A Great Encouragement!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

For someone who is not yet a mother but has been contemplating very seriously about when to start our family, this book was an incredible read for me. I felt as if the author was writing it just for me. I have struggled with how the world see's success as someone who has a great career and puts motherhood second in life; and yet the gospel teaches us that motherhood is the most divine and important responisiblity we will ever hold. This book was such an encouragement and reminder of how important motherhood and womanhood really is. I wanted to go and buy a copy for my mother and all my sisters to read!

Next to the scriptures, this is my FAVORITE book!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I LOVED this book! It was just what I needed. I borrowed it, but will buy it soon to have around for reference and for reading on those hard days. I read a review on amazon about it that was so negative and I loved this book so much that it made me want to cry! I think that in writing this book Jane has blessed and will bless so many lives! I think my kids will have a happier mom now!

So Grateful to Jane
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I loved how Jane shared her life experiences touching on the tender parts of her mind and heart. It made me look at my own life, what I had mapped out for myself and how the lord has steered me when I have made his will my own. I felt very inspired by the read as if it was a cross reference for the proclaimation on motherhood as it supported the feelings and importance attached with nuturing gods own. I loved the story on pg 114 ... and her mind set ... that really stood out for me and I would encourage anyone struggling or feeling out of gas this was the key to rejuvenation and enjoyment as a Mother.

What every mother needs!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I received this book as a gift from my sister- a truly inspired mother. I loved reading every page and felt uplifted and encouraged. As a young mother of four and expecting our fifth child, I was reminded what the 'Big' picture really is. I don't have to be a Supermom, I can enjoy my children and create lasting memories with an eternal perspective. Thanks to all the mothers who have contributed to my life. This book is a must own!

By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I absolutely loved this book! It was such an encouraging and uplifting experience. As I was reading, it felt as if this book was wrote just for me! Thank you!

make it last...
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

My friend gave me this book for my birthday. I have read it slowly over the last several months...not because I didn't want to read it fast, but because I wanted to savor and truly enjoy every word on every page. , Thanks for a peak into your amazing and yet average life, Jane! You are an inspiration.

Just the thing.
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This is one of those books that you will read and then want to go out and buy a copy for every mother or future mother you know. There are so many parts where I thought, 'Yes! Exactly!' and often, quiet moments, where I felt like someone had overheard my prayers. This book was sorely needed, which is why I think it's being received with so much enthusiasm. Wonderful!

A truly inspiring book for every woman to read!
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

Sister Jane Clayson Johnson, through her own story and outside resources, shares thoughts on motherhood that every woman (and the men in their lives) can benefit from. Overall, I found the book comforting and inspiring. It left me with the feeling that I am truly not alone in my efforts to be a good mother and that my calling is of the utmost importance both in the world we live in and eternally. Thank you, Jane, for you inspired words!

By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

I just finished reading the book, 'I am a Mother!' Fabulous. I now want to read it again and mark my scriptures as I read and make little quote papers to tuck in the special places of my scriptures. What treasures. I just loved what I read. , --N. Ann Snider

By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

'I truly think it is the best comprehensive book on the importance of mothers that I have ever read. It spoke right to my heart.' --Debbie Youd

a gift to many, many women
By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

'As I started reading I thought, 'Oh, this is my favorite part.' But by the middle of the book, I lost track there were so many favorite parts. I was moved to tears so many places. This book is a gift to many, many women.' --Susan Andersen

By , Submitted on 2015-02-25

This book reminded me to be proud of being a mother.

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