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A New Mother's Prayers: poems of love, wisdom & dreams
by Jayne Jaudon Ferrer
Loyola Press, 2004
Hardcover, $12.95 (100 pages)
ISBN: 0-8294-1769-9
  In her third edition of A New Mother's Prayers, Jayne Jaudon Ferrer revisited new motherhood through the eyes of several women she interviewed. They provided the quotes for the beginning of each section, as well as inspired new poems. Ferrer also had the opportunity to change a phrase or word in the original poems.

The inspirational sections are: "Prayers for Moments of Gratification," "Prayers for Moments of Exhaustion," "Prayers for Moments of Fascination," "Prayers for Moments of Trepidation," "Prayers for Moments of Reflection."

Whether the infant was planned or not, the birth is always a blessing. "A Mother's Prayer" addresses the awe of infancy and their angelic qualities. In "Shared Credits," Ferrer discovers all the family traits in the baby and celebrates God's power of creation.

Humor shines through in moments of exhaustion. "Superwoman's Lament" lists the mother's hectic pace and longs for a 30-hour day. There are the moments of being overwhelmed, when mothers cry out, "What Have I Gotten Myself Into?"

Ferrer's poems range from humorous to insightful. There is an everyman quality of the poems that make this a good inspirational gift book. Jayne Jaudon Ferrer is a wife, mother of three sons, writer, and speaker. She and her family live in Greenville, South Carolina.

Joyce Dixon
Southern Scribe Reviews


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