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Moms Must Read: Inspirational Books For Inspiring Women

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Moms Must Read:
Inspirational Books For Inspiring Women

 

If you’re like me, you turn to books during every season of your life: whether it’s presenting a baby with your favorite copy of Pat the Bunny, or discovering Jacqueline Woodson’s Brown Girl Dreaming with your daughter, a book can hold so many meanings. Books also help us solve problems or enable us to look deeper inside ourselves in order to grow. I especially like to turn to books when I’m experiencing a crisis. Books allow you to question why bad things happen or to help you work through a difficult situation. I am especially fond of reading self help books for growth and inspiration.

When a woman is  diagnosed with breast cancer or other illness, I suppose one of the first places she turns to is a book. Knowledge is a helpful tool for combating fear, at least I know it is for me. So after she seeks to understand the disease, my guess is that the second book she turns to is one of comfort or inspiration. For many that may be a bible or other religious text.  Others may seek inspiration from women who’ve gone through similar situations. Frequently books written by women who have also experienced similar illnesses or trauma may offer you a bit of hope or help you find a way to go on. Or, they may simply provide a distraction from your situation.  Here are four books that I hope will inspire you.

 

3. Everybody's Got Something by Robin Roberts

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How can you not include Robin Roberts? Her message of inspiration and overcoming challenges is made all the more beautiful by her gorgeous smile and endearing personality (much like our own Rene Syler).
Following her mother's advice to "make your mess your message," Robin taught a nation of viewers that while it is true that we've all got something -- a medical crisis to face, aging parents to care for, heartbreak in all its many forms --- we've also all got something to give: hope, encouragement, a life-saving transplant or a spirit-saving embrace. As Robin has learned, and what readers of her remarkable story will come to believe as well, it's all about faith, family and friends. And finding out that you are stronger, much stronger, than you think.
Who didn't weep the day she returned to television? If Robin can come back to work smiling then I have no reason to not at least try to have a good day, no matter what my troubles are. Robin is inspiration with a capital I.

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