I promise to love you with no conditions. I promise to try to teach you through example, not words. I promise to help you develop a love for your culture and heritage. I promise to show you that there are infinite possibilities in every moment. I promise to help you see and develop your unique talents. As she eagerly awaited the birth of her first child, Mallika Chopra began to craft a unique gift that would express her profound loving commitment to the baby growing inside of her.
100 Promises to My Baby is that gift; a covenant with her child that reflected her own deepening awareness of the sacred responsibilities of parenthood. Here the author shares the vows she made to help her child grow up feeling cherished and secure, look at the world with wonder and curiosity, and learn spiritual values that would enrich her own life and contribute to making the world a better place. This audio will inspire listeners to think about their own lives, values, and beliefs, and what they would like to pass on to their children.
©2005 Mallika Chopra; (P)2005 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
I greatly enjoyed Mallika Chopra's promises to her baby and the stories and explanations that she shared to illuminate each promise. For some promises she shared stories from her life and for others she shared parables or explanations. As a first-time mother, I found her promises inspiring and felt this book helped deepen my connection to my newborn baby. The promises format makes it ideal listening during a commute. I've listened to it twice now and each time gained new insights. I plan to get this book for some of my friends who are also new mothers.
The book begins with promises to a baby, but by the time we get to the 30's the book becomes more of a random assortment of musings and affirmations, along with loosely-corresponding Chopra family anecdotes and fables.
Because of the hodgepodge nature of the "promises", I didn't take much away from the book, neither in terms of child rearing or life in general. By the end I was counting down as the author was counting up.
As far as the audio edition is concerned, this book illustrates why many authors should not read their own works. The narration is very flat.
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