Being a mother in today’s world is much like being in a tornado, picked up and dropped off where you never expect to be, says Tamara Passey of the Mesa Skyline Stake. Passey’s recently released book, Mothering through the Whirlwind is about the joys and sorrows that come with riding the whirlwind of motherhood. According back cover blurb, the book “will penetrate your heart and illuminate a new view of mothering.”
Tamara, a mother of three, says she wrote Mothering through the Whirlwind to help “anyone who is in the whirlwind and needs to know there is hope.”
The book is a collection of memoir-styled essays, describing Tamara’s own motherhood whirlwind, including having a newborn in need of a transplant, losing her brother to a violent death, and facing her own health challenges. Along the way, Tamara rediscovered her value and meaning as a mother.
Tamara’s says her inspiration for the book came with the birth of her first child.
“I was a young mother in the hospital with my son. I would have appreciated being able to read about another mother’s experiences.” She began writing essays about her mothering.
Then, Tamara says, “In 2013, I was selected to be Arizona Young Mother of the year. I worked on putting them together in a short book for moms.”
“Some have asked what led me to write about such personal experiences,” she continues. “As mothers, even though we all have very different circumstances and experiences, we can learn so much from each other’s stories. When we share and listen, we can gain perspective and courage from how someone else weathered her storm or survived her whirlwind.”
Her hope is that her book will reach moms in the trenches who could benefit from hearing another mom’s story “they can know that the whirlwind doesn’t have to drag them down, that they can find meaning and happiness in mothering.”
“Though sharing personal experiences can be emotional for an author, the harder part for me was deciding what to leave out,” Tamara says. “A lot of prayer went into what and how much to share. I wanted this book to be short, something that could be read in one or two hours, because, you know, moms are busy.”
“Was there more I could have said about my son’s transplant or my brother’s death? Absolutely. But, I hope I captured some of the more meaningful moments and have given the reader something to think about after she closes the book,” Tamara adds.
Her first published book, The Christmas Tree Keeper, is a heartwarming story of a woman finding her way through life as a single parent. She faces the world head on, including dealing with a strained relationship with her mother.
Tamara says a sequel to The Christmas Tree Keeper is in the works, and possibly a sequel to Mothering through the Whirlwind as well. Her books can be found in print and ebook on Amazon.com.