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My Mother's Rules: A Practical Guide to Becoming an Emotional Genius [Paperback]

By Lynn Toler (Author)
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"Autobiography of Judge Lynn Toler describing her sometimes difficult upbringing and the life-lessons she learned from her mother"--Provided by publisher.

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An "awe-inspiring memior and self-help guide."


Lynn Toler was, if anything, an achiever. At thirty-three, after Harvard, Penn Law School, and a decade as a successful lawyer, she was elected to a municipal judgeship-a black woman in a mostly white community, in a district where the opposing party held a 5:1 majority. Once on the bench, responsible for adjudicating the countless minor squabbles and foibles to be found among her town's residents, she realized that the teachings of one person in particular helped her when dealing with those offenders. That person was her mother, a woman who possessed remarkable grace, strength, and simple insight.

Toni Toler's "rules" for life were forged in growing up the daughter of a poor teen mother, and through a long marriage to a husband who suffered mental illness and alcoholism. The story of how she transcended these circumstances, and raised Lynn and her equally successful sister, provide the grounding for Lynn's story of her life, her family, and her career. The worldview that shaped these rules is based on learning how to conquer anger and become immune to insult. Lynn shows how the mindset of "a black woman who knew how to make things work" taught her the power of knowing how to manage one's emotional business lessons that this book offers in wrenching stories written in spare and graceful prose. My Mother's Rules is an unforgettable memoir that will captivate readers with its illustrations of how to rise above the most difficult circumstances and find peace and success in life."

Citations And Professional Reviews
My Mother's Rules: A Practical Guide to Becoming an Emotional Genius by Lynn Toler has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -

  • Library Journal - 02/19/2007
  • Ebony - 03/01/2007 page 32

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Item Specifications...

Pages   300
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2007
Publisher   Agate
ISBN  1932841229  
ISBN13  9781932841220  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Lynn Toler, a veteran municipal court judge, is the star of the syndicated TV show Divorce Court. Her previous book, My Mother's Rules was published by Agate Bolden in 2007.

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1Books > Bargain Books
2Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Mental Health > Emotions
3Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Psychology & Counseling > General
4Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Self-Help > General
5Books > Subjects > Health, Mind & Body > Self-Help > Personal Transformation
6Books > Subjects > Nonfiction > Social Sciences > Special Groups > African American Studies

Reviews - What do customers think about My Mother's Rules: A Practical Guide to Becoming an Emotional Genius?

Inspiring and Courageous Book  Aug 24, 2008
This book is a must have. This is the best book that I have read this summer(and I do a lot of reading), and is is certainly on my Top 10 for the year. I found Judge Tolers Mother's rules applicable and sensible. I applauad her, her mother, her father, and her sister for their strengths and even their weakness. I have always admire Judge Toler style and ways of handling situations when she appears on Divorce Court, but after reading this book my respect level for her is at its highest. I sincerely hope anyone who has had the pleasure of reading this book is able to learn something and take the book for what it is and grasp the message that is being conveyed.
The most borrowed book you'll ever own!  Jun 13, 2008
I borrowed My Mother's Rules: A Practical Guide to Becoming an Emotional Genius, from a good friend of mine. Halfway through the book, I already knew that I needed my own copy to give to another friend of mine that was going through some tough times and looking for advice. I knew that this inspirational story would put things into perspective. Lynn Toler's rocky journey to becoming the successful adult that she is today, seems to be nothing short of a miracle when you read about her early childhood. Once you see the very practical rules for dealing with life that her mother taught, it all comes into focus. The story of the Toler family is one that each and every person can relate to in some way. My own family background couldn't be more different, and yet the book is written in a way that made me identify with every page. Lynn's style of writing is so easy to read that you feel more like you are having a conversation with a good friend than reading a book. This is coming from someone that had not finished any book in around 4 years. I typically read a page or two and then fall asleep. This one I looked forward to finding another 10 minutes of free time to read a little more any chance I could. I found myself quoting Toni Toler, the rules, and telling people in my circle how to apply some of the common sense I'd found in the book to all kinds of situations.

While a lot of the situations in the book were helpful to me in understanding other people, there were also points that applied to my own life and issues that I was struggling to understand as a mother, daughter, and sister within my own family. The book was a huge help to me at the time that I read it, and gave me much to think about over the months afterwards. I give thanks to Lynn and Toni Toler for contributing to my own emotional education.

Oh, and I should also say that I purchased another copy to send to my Mom in Kansas as a Christmas gift! She loaned it to a local friend of hers that is struggling with difficult people at work. Like I said, My Mother's Rules is a sort of handbook for dealing with whatever life deals you. READ IT!
Raving Review  Apr 13, 2008
I read "My Mothers Rules" three times and continue using it for reference as a guide to becoming an emotional genius. I also purchased 3 additional copies to send to my loved ones, with intention that they will use it to benefit their lives. Great book...cheers!
Louisa V. Anthony
Good advice  Jan 15, 2008
I thought the book was very helpful in dealing with my bipolar. To know that you can be successful with mental illness is comforting. I really enjoyed reading the book, very enlighting. I'm using the tools that was giving to cope with my life. Not ever one have the mother that Lynn Toler has.
good advice  Aug 27, 2007
Sure wish lots of other folks would read this book. Lots of good advice by both Judge Toler and her mother. Easy reading with just enough personal experiences thrown in to make it interesting and believable.

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