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  • Posted March 10, 2011

    Highly Recommend - a must-read for any mother or mother-to-be!

    This book is amazing! While the title may be daunting - not many of us know about Zen practice, including myself - the book itself speaks the universal language of motherhood. Karen Maezen Miller tells us of her trials and tribulations, successes and "failures" in her first years as a mother. Momma Zen both allows you to commiserate with the author and lifts you up to be the best momma you can be.

    I cannot speak highly enough of this book! Beautifully written and perfectly executed, Momma Zen is one of the best books I have ever read. I have flagged a bunch of the pages for quick return readings and will undoubtedly reread the entire book over the course of my life.

    In short, this book - like I mentioned in the headline above - is a must-read for any mother or mother-to-be!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2007

    Must have for every mother!

    If you have a child or a mother, this book will change the way you view that relationship forever. Karen opens a door, turns on the light and invites you to sit down in your own life, to live it without judgement, to love without expectation. She shows us that being the perfect mother is not about being perfect but just about being present. This is a book I will read over and over and a book I will buy for every new mother that comes into my life. It is truly a gift.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2006

    The Wisdom of Grandmothers, Mothers and Daughters

    While many readers will find the appropriate Zen references especially thought-provoking, I found most moving the author's descriptions of her role as a daughter. After all, what really links us women to each other is the generation-to-generation sharing of wisdom and unconditional love. Miller captures this and describes it beautifully.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2007

    Finding peace in the chaos

    This book helped me so much during my first month as a mother. Every time I felt worried, stressed, overwhelmed, tired, or just intensely in love with my child, there was always a chapter in Karen's book that resonated. Her words were always there to uplift me, make me laugh, or help me to cry. She perfectly describes the shared experience of motherhood in a very humble, humorous, and loving way. I highly recommend this book for every mother and mother-to-be.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2006

    Momma Zen - I give it 5 Cheeri-OMs!!!

    There are so many wonderful things to say about 'Momma Zen'. I dogeared the pages that I wanted to refer back to and realized that there are enough pearls of wisdom to string a necklace. Therefore, I decided to let you find your own pearls. The delight in having discovered something is much more magical than having it handed to you. At the end of the first chapter the author writes, 'These words thus flow from my heart to yours, from one other mother to one other mother or mother-to-be. I know. I understand. Me too.' And she does know! Momma Zen touched me deeply. I laughed and I cried and experienced moments of realization so profound that I heard myself exclaim, 'YES!' When I closed the book I felt at one with motherhood, at one with my baby, at one with my self. I felt present. I felt peaceful. Momma Zen is not a parenting book. It is a book about motherhood, about being a mother. It's a book about being.

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