Apple Pies and Promises is not just for everyone who is or hopes to be a mother. It's for everyone who has ever had a mother. In our media-driven society, motherhood is often undervalued or sentimentalized. At church, motherhood is the stuff of praise and sometimes pedestals. What is motherhood really?
If you're looking for a tidy answer to that question, you'll have to look elsewhere. But if you want to be inspired by the real-life, real-world experiences and thoughts of LDS women, read this book. Maybe you'll see your mother in a new light. Maybe, at last, you'll be able to forgive yourself for not living up to an impossible image by discovering that you are in good company.
This book offers glimpses into the complexities and mixed blessings of motherhood. Its pages may inspire you, mortify you, make you laugh, make you cry, or maybe even make you glad you are who you are.
Linda Hoffman Kimball is a columnist for the Webby award-winning online interfaith magazine Beliefnet.com and for Exponent II, an LDS women s quarterly newspaper. She is also the author of Muffins and Miracles, Chocolate Chips and Charity, Raspberries and Relevance, and two humorous novels for LDS adults, Home to Roost and The Marketing of Sister B.