Friday, March 27, 2015

LDS BOOK REVIEW: Real Moms by Lisa Valentine Clark


I didn’t have gold shoes, and I didn’t have time to go shopping, but I thought I could just spray-paint some heels I owned that I never really wore. I spray-painted them and tried them out for three hours at church where they held up perfectly. I felt pretty good about myself. “Suckers who buy gold shoes when they could just spray-paint them,” I thought, congratulating myself for my frugality and my foresight for testing them out.
As moms, we improvise. We get along. We make things word. And we make a lot of things up as we go along because, let’s face it, no manual is ever going to cover all the bases a real mom needs to touch. But if laughter and perspective and a renewed energy to face the day are what you’re after—if you too are a “real mom”—this is the book for you!


LISA VALENTINE CLARK graduated with a B.S. in English from Brigham Young University. She was part of the sketch/comedy troupe "The Garrens" in Provo from 1995 to 2000, and co-founded the theater-as-improv troupe "The Thrillionaires." She has done a variety of voiceover and acting work in independent features, including "Gracie" in the award-winning webseries Pretty Darn Funny," which she also writes and produces. Lisa spends most of her time in Provo with her husband, Christopher Clark. They are the parents of five children who seem to make up a unique comedy troupe all their own.


I've long considering motherhood to be one of the most challenging and rewording things that a woman can do.  Once begun there is no going back and it's a 24/7 job.  And yet it's often a job that gets heavily criticized.  I know few mothers who feel completely adequate.  Clark takes a look at this and shares her opinion on the matter.  She shares some of her experiences as a mother along with her attitudes about motherhood and why it's okay for mother's to do things in their own way.  Even though I am not a mother, I was surprised by how many things that the author discussed also apply to life in general.  Especially related to the way women see themselves and how easily we fall into the trap of judging our weaknesses against others strengths. It's clear that Clark has a great sense of humor and has learned to laugh at some of the curve-balls that life throws at us.  I think what I appreciated the most was her explanation that it's fine to do things in your own way to benefit the children.  A book that I highly recommend, especially to those mother's who get so tired of being told they aren't doing enough.  There are some great thoughts in this book (no advice though since the author doesn't give any ;)).

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