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Mother: A Story [Hardcover]

By Kathleen Norris (Author) & Jennie Chancey (Editor)
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This is a difficult age to be a woman. The woman who aspires to raise children for the glory of God, to develop the ministry of the home, or to co-labor with her husband is deemed "old-fashioned" or "unfulfilled." The modern lure of independence and career has bewitched an entire generation to exchange the beauty of Christian womanhood for the temporary enticements of a society at war with the family. Amidst this confusion, Kathleen Norris's Mother is a refreshing call to sanity. Mother is the fictional tale of a young lady who leaves home and repudiates family life in the hope of finding personal fulfillment through independence and a career. She decides that home life is a poor choice in the face of life in the big city. But God dramatically changes her heart as she realizes that wealth and position are illusory and that independence can enslave a young lady. She discovers that the greatest woman she has ever known is her mother and now she longs for home and motherhood. After reading this book, editor Jennie Chancey wrote, "That night, I opened the book, intending to read a chapter or two before bed. An hour passed before I realized how far I had read. I could not put the book down and finished it just shortly before midnight. As I turned the last page, tears filled my eyes. I knelt by my bed and asked God to forgive me for my bitterness and my unwillingness to trust and obey Him." Vision Forum is pleased to offer this restored and revised version of the 1911 classic in the hope that girls will once again aspire to be like their mothers.

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Mother is the fictional tale of a young lady who leaves home and repudiates family life in the hope of finding personal fulfillment through independence and a career. She decides that home life is a poor choice in the face of life in the big city. But God dramatically changes her heart, and she realizes that wealth and position are illusory and that independence can enslave a young lady. She discovers that the greatest woman she has ever known is her mother. Now she longs for home and for motherhood. Originally published in 1911, this forgotten classic sold over 500,000 copies in its first years of release. One of the most popular novelists of the 1910s and 1920s, Kathleen Norris wrote 82 novels selling more than 10 million copies. The publication of Mother, which celebrated the sacrifice of motherhood, made her an instant celebrity and earned her a personal visit from then President Theodore Roosevelt.

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Studio: The Vision Forum, Inc.
Pages   202
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.16" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.81"
Weight:   0.69 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 2003
Publisher   Vision Forum
Edition  Revised  
ISBN  1929241178  
ISBN13  9781929241170  

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More About Kathleen Norris & Jennie Chancey

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Kathleen Norris is the award-winning, bestselling author ofThe Cloister Walkand Dakota: A Spiritual Geography, among others.Her poems have appeared in The New Yorker, in various anthologies, and in her own three volumes of poetry. She divides her time between South Dakota and Hawaii."

Kathleen Norris currently resides in the state of South Dakota. Kathleen Norris was born in 1947.

Kathleen Norris has published or released items in the following series...
  1. 40-Day Journey
  2. Dakotas
  3. Embracing
  4. Madeleva Lecture in Spirituality
  5. Pitt Poetry (Paperback)
  6. Pocket Canons

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Excellent  Jul 28, 2008
Someone recommended this novel on one of the h.s. websites and it was excellent. It was written in 1911 and it could have been written today - the issues about having only 2 children - or no children - women working, needing to provide your children with EVERYTHING if you are going to have them, it went on and on. The arguments of today for not having children were the same as 100 years ago! I was surprised.

The Mother in question is s/t looked down upon as being a drudge/ servant with no rewards, and people wonder how she could stand having 7 children. This is what mom thought: She welcomed the fast-coming babies as gifts from God, marvelled over their tiny perfectness, dreamed over the soft relaxed forms with a heart almost too full for prayer. She was in a word, old fashioned, hopelessly out of the modern current of thoughts and events. She secretely regarded her children as marvellous, even while she laughed down their youthful conceit and punished their naughtiness.

The story deals with the 20 smthg daughter who wants to be wealthy and limit her kids. By the end of the story she realizes that if her mother subscribed to her weatlhy friends' attitudes, she wouldn't be here. "And she had s/t wished that she and Bruce had been the only ones! Yes, came the sudden thought, but it wldn't have been Bruce and Margaret after all, it would have been Bruce and Charlie. That was what women did, then, when they denied the right of life to the distant, unwanted, possible little person!" and it goes on and on and I loved it : )

It is a beautifully written story, easy to read. I was concerned that it would be too preachy, but it isn't. I didn't want to put it down.

This woman wrote over 50 books, but this is the only one still in the Los Angeles library system.

I think Doug Phillips' (of Vision Forum Ministries) quote applies here:

The Bible calls debt a curse and children a blessing. But in our
culture, we apply for a curse and reject a blessing. Something is
terribly wrong with this picture.
Mother: a name most dear  Dec 1, 2006
A touching story of a young girl who goes into the world to find what her heart desires. She is rather selfish, and scorns the poor women who stay at home, spending their time on their families. In the end, she realizes that really wants to be a loving, Godly wife and mother, like her own mother. When I began this book, I was a bit sceptical. I thought, "This isn't the type of girl I would want to emulate, or bother reading about." But I cried at the end, and highly recommend this book.
indictment of selfishness  Feb 27, 2006
This book is a wonderful indictment of the ever-strengthening trend of modern day selfishness exalted in consumerism and the fascination with wealth and leisure.

The praises of motherhood are sung, especially motherhood which embraces large families for the simple reason that children are blessings. Thankfully, the Nancy Campbell-style legalism (which many believe COMMANDS women to get up off their birthing beds, wake up their husbands and get to work on the next baby) is avoided entirely. "And the Lord BLESSED them...." How did He bless them? With fertility and children. Look up Genesis 1:28 and Genesis 9:1 and decide for yourself. No doubt children are blessings and no doubt having a large family is a wonderful, wonderful blessing to which I can attest (I have five children and would love to have more). However, the emphasis here is upon the reasons children are blessings - to one another and also to their parents who are given opportunity to live a life of selfless giving.

The end of the book appropriately contrasts the impact of the life lived in the light of death. The daughter/protagonist of the virtuous mother has worked for a wealthy, self-absorbed woman whose life is "busy," but with details which hold no eternal weight. The other woman, the protagonist's mother, has spent her life in selfless service to her beloved husband and many children. She is happy and content in this, having learned the secret to happiness is living a life in service to others. Although neither woman has died, the daughter/ protagonists imagines the funerals of her mother and her employer in her mind. She then comes to the inexorable conclusion that her wealthy employer would not truly be missed, by her wealthy socialite friends, her husband, or even by her own children. She is not central to their lives or well-being, having abandoned her opportunity to invest herself in them. The book is encouraging and inspiring to those whose vision of selfless parenting is under attack.
Polemical Without Being Bold About It  Jan 16, 2005
"To be encouraged to ask for a favor and then refused it," Kathleen Norris wrote, "is an experience all impoverished friends of all comfortably rich persons know. 'You taught me first to bed, and now--you teach me how a beggar should be answered,' says Shakespears's Portia. But it is not only the poor who feels life's endless snubs; they are no respectors of persons." Norris writes about the genesis of MOTHER in her 1959 autobiography FAMILY GATHERING. As a staunch Roman Catholic she and her husband, the brother of the late San Francisco novelist Frank (McTEAGUE) Norris, were appalled by the spread of the birth control movement in the first decade of the century, and she wrote MOTHER hoping to raise the self-image of women who chose to become mothers, and to a certain extent it worked. Former President Theodore Roosevelt named it as one of his favorite books, and honored the impecunious, Bohemian couple by showing up at ther flat for an impromptu dinner. With growing celebrity she became intimate friends with the Lunts, Noel Coward, Frances Hodgson Burnett, Addison and Wilson Mizner, and other famous people of the day.

Her friendship with fellow pop novelist Edna Ferber came to a bad end. Ferber could never forgive Norris for going to Germany in the 1930s and accepting the honors bestowed on her by a grateful Adolf Hitler. Norris returned from Berlin to find that her public had largely deserted her due to her Nazi connections. She wasn't really a Nazi, just a Pacifist and you might say an isolationist, like Charles Lindbergh (another of her friends) and like Lindbergh her once proud name was stained with Nazi obloquy. Yet she was a talented novelist and it's a sign of the times that she is so forgotten today and another woman with the same name is reaping the rewards of having a name people think they've already heard. MOTHER, a tract against what she called "race suicide," is one of her very best novels.
Mother by Kathleen Norris  Jan 9, 2001
This was a very heart-stirring book for me. When I reached the end, I found myself weeping. I subsequently gave the book to a friend, who found it so inspiring that she is afraid to loan it out to others for fear it will get lost and she will no longer have it in her possession. We believe it is a book that all young women should be required to read.

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