You Are the Mother Your Children Need by Christie Gardiner


Motherhood is the toughest job you'll ever take on: there is no interview, no job description, and no salary. When you get the position, it can be all too easy to feel under-qualified and overwhelmed. But with a sweet message of encouragement, Christie Gardiner reminds women there are as many ways to be a good mother as there are mothers in this world—and there's no one more capable of raising your children than you!

In this uplifting book, mothers are encouraged to let go of the quest for perfection and recognize the divinity within. Learn to own your strengths and weaknesses, and allow your true self to shine! With practical advice on learning to accept failure, hold on to your identity, and harness the divine help available to mothers, women will gain the confidence to embrace their uniquely perfect qualifications for the job of motherhood.

About the author:

Christie Gardiner treasures her roles as wife and mother. As a writer, she has worked as a blogger for the Utah Jazz and served as director of brand journalism for Illume Gallery of Fine Art. Christie has enjoyed participating in speaking engagements all over the state and loves reminding groups of women that with the Savior, they're not alone. Her performing career has spanned three decades in theater, television, film, commercials, podcasting, and voiceover work. She is a longtime faculty member at the Utah Conservatory of Performing Arts (Utah COPA), where she loves inspiring young people to increase their self-esteem through participation in the arts. In her spare time, she can be found with her children in nature or on their yoga mats. She currently serves in the Young Women organization.

Christie lives in the shadow of a temple in Pleasant Grove, Utah and occasionally in Cannon Beach, Oregon, with her husband, Doug, their three children, Hailey, Elisabeth, and Christian, as well as their dog, Jack. Look for her at

In Emilee's opinion:

This book was exactly what I needed to read. I absolutely loved it! Christie Gardiner captured my attention the moment I started reading. I related to the author more than I thought. I understood. I was inspired and uplifted and felt I was the mother my children needed. I know I was sent the children I was given because I was the one that Heavenly Father trusted to take care of them. I have three children and there isn't a dull moment. Eli is six, Elizabeth is three and Olivia is 21 months. I have learned and grown differently from each one. Christie reminded me about a bazillion times (in the first chapter) that "You are the mother your children need." I thought that it could be applied to anyone, "you are the father or sister, brother, aunt, uncle, grandpa, grandma, etc etc of your children/grandchildren." In chapter six, she talked about caring for your body, mind, and spirit. I loved what she said under Care for our spirits, "We go to church weekly. When we come home with our kids in tow, there really should be fans cheering us on as we pull into our driveway. Throngs of people clapping for a job well done... We survived. From the time your baby is mobile until they go to nursery, you can pretty much forget about any sort of normal Church experience." I laughed out loud at this because that is exactly where I'm at. I would love to get a shirt that says, "I survived Sacrament meeting." Because, aren't we all just trying to survive? There were many quotes I found entertaining and I loved her writing style. I have recommended all of my friends, family, etc to read this book because I thoroughly enjoyed it from cover to cover. I will look forward to any other book Christie Gardiner writes, hint hint...

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