music and inspiration for girls of all ages, with readings from: Christine
Baranski, Meredith Baxter, Annette Bening, Leslie Bennetts, Candice
Carpenter, Blythe Danner, Hope Davis, Amy Irving, Dana Ivey, Judith
Ivey, Swoozie Kurtz, Debra Monk, Celia Straus, Kathleen Turner, Diane
Simmons Williams and others
there anything more sacred or tumultuous than the relationship and
love between mothers and their daughters? Every woman can remember
that one defining moment when she suddenly realized, in a flash
of relief, horror and humor, that, "Mom was right! She was right
all along!" To quote from one of the passages in the book: "Growing
up, all I could think about was trying to prove my mother wrong
no matter what she said. Now I'm a mother of three and I understand
that she was right most of the time." Karen, Mother, Daughter, TV
Producer (pg. 14)
book and CD by Celia Straus, inspired by the request of a prayer
for her teenage daughter, combines all the love, fear, tenderness,
regret, and strength of this most special of bonds. The writings
themselves reflect the adoration of a mother for her child, but
also, a longing for the closeness of babyhood, and the recognition
of independence. The knowledge of the elder being passed to the
younger is a beautifully crafted and lyrical presentation of wisdom
and a mother's love.
CD is a collection of poem prayers from Celia Straus' book Prayers
on My Pillow, read by celebrities and some of their daughters. It
is a charming and joyful listening experience to be shared. I listened
to them with my little girl. Though she is only two and a half,
she sat quietly in my lap, listening and stroking my hand. She may
not have understood all the words, but the power of the message
is in the resonance of the lessons learned through the generations.
favorite quote is the following: "Without even knowing it, my daughter
adds a special light when she enters a room." Jo-Ann, Grandmother,
Mother, Daughter, Retired Teacher. (pg. 18)
book and CD are a tribute to the most mysterious and loving of bonds,
and all the love and guidance that go into making it so special.
And a portion of every sale is donated to Motherless Daughters,
an organization that provides support and community to girls who
have lost their mothers.
Straus has written "Prayers
on My Pillow" and "More
Prayers on My Pillow." She is also one of StorkNet's very honored
columnists. Stop by Celia's
website and read more about her and her daughters.
CD/Book review by Nancy Gazzola
comments and review
Many of us,
as mothers, can remember a time growing up, around the ages of eight
to fifteen, when it felt on occasion, that no one understood. Most
of us also didn't know that our mother once had those feelings herself.
This CD give us the opportunity to let our daughters know that we
do understand, and that we are there for them. We understand peer
pressure, hormones, growing pains, social anxieties, and that they
all play a role in the journey through the teens and into womanhood.
takes the most common concerns among young girls and weaves them
into her prayer poems and creates a listening experience to calm,
nourish and protect. This CD and book gift is the perfect opportunity
to build trust and add communication between yourself and your daughter.
Sit and listen to the CD together. Tuck the gift into a basket of
other feel good gifts and present it to her as she embarks upon
preteen or teen years. Let her know that you understand and that
she has you to turn to.
I bought this
CD and put it in with my grown daughter's things as she returned
to college from Spring break. I don't think any of us are too old
for a dose of girl power. I also highly recommend Celia's books.
by and read her inspirational column on StorkNet. - Nancy Eggleston
from StorkNet members' daughters:
the CD, the prayers were breathtaking! It is wonderful, the best
CD my family owns. It talks about things I need to overcome and
changes I am going through emotionally and physically. I would trade
the CD for no other. If you ever want to buy a present for a preteen
this is an ideal gift (but I suggest girls not boys). I will never
forget what the prayers taught me. Again, Thank You.
Sincerely, Jennifer age 11"
CD is 'sweet and real'" - Elizabeth, age 8
listening to it with my mom but now I'm going to listen to it over
and over by myself. It made me feel good." - Shannon, age 9
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