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Mother's Musings
What We Share As Jewish Women and Mothers
By Bassi Gruen
ArtScroll Series - Mesorah Publications, New York: 2008
ISBN 10: 1-4226-0759-3
ISBN 13: 978-1-4226-0759-6

Reviewed by Anna Dogole - June 17, 2008

Being a mother is such an odd occupation. It is a very common occupation. Yet no matter how competent or self-assured you are, inevitably events will transpire where you are certain that you are the only person in the whole world to have to deal with a particular situation or made such a horrible mistake about this or that. In Mother's Musings: What We Share As Jewish Women and Mothers, Bassi Gruen reminds us that we are not alone. That yes, someone, somewhere has dealt with every situation that you will encounter, has made the same mistakes, and yes, even experienced the same sense of guilt or frustration that you are feeling.

Filled with humor and keen insights, Gruen has opened a window into her own life, sharing with her readers the ins and outs of her own experiences as a mother. Gruen is a respected author and columnist, and she writes with a sense of clarity and warmth that will make you read and reread this book anytime you want some reassurance that you are not alone and that the work you are doing is of the utmost value. Filled with Yiddishkeit, this book highlights both the difficulties and the pleasures of motherhood, and how motherhood impacts you spiritually.

Heartwarming and eloquent, Mother's Musings is a must read for every mother. The life lessons that Gruen explores in this book are universal and they will touch you at both a personal and a spiritual level.

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