@Jans -- Good question. I was involved with this book. Many of the authors
left jobs to raise kids, but a handful of the authors of this book work outside
the home in some capacity, including me, and two even juggled full-time careers.
Several authors wrote about the choices associated with work once they became
mothers, but to me, this book is more about following the promptings that leads
you to start a family. It's an odd choice for a young, bright, and
ambitious woman in the community we're coming from, even if you still work
in some capacity. We're trying to offer encouragement there.
I don't think somehow I have chosen any less path of "righteous"
motherhood because I am not staying at home. My Yale degree and million dollar
education to become a physician scientist have actually only made me,
personally, a better mother than I think I would have been without them.
I'd be interested to read this book, but honestly, if it is written by and
about women who chose to stay home, I think I'll find it about the same as
Relief Society discussions in which some woman, at some point, backhandedly
denigrates my choice to pursue a career and be a mother. I am really happy and
my family works. I don't need a prophet, God or anyone else to agree with
that. The fact that I happen to have asked my Heavenly Father what He wanted
for my life and then He put me on this path is my story, but it may not be
another woman's. I don't care for all of the judgement in the church
about motherhood and the assumption that there is really only one way to be a
The article is unclear as to whether this book offers an support or validation
for women who, with their husbands, make family a priority, choose motherhood,
and also maintain some aspect of their "career" if they have talents and
interests in that direction. Is choosing righteous and faithful motherhood
mutually exclusive from having a public presence/career? I understand that we
want to encourage women and men to raise families and make their family the top
priority, but the way this article is worded, it seems like women (and their
husbands) who choose any other arrangement of work-family balance are kind of
being dissed. Hmmmm.