Book of the Week 11/18/13


Judge Lynn Toler is a familiar face to those who tune in daily to the TV court show Divorce Court, but Judge Toler also shares many areas of her mother’s wisdom in My Mother’s Rules: A Practical Guide to Becoming an Emotional Genius (Agate Bolden, 2007), an honest, inspiring, practical, and thought-provoking account of how Judge Toler’s mother’s “rules of life” provide the grounding for achieving lifelong success and happiness while enduring adversity.

Beneath her refined exterior demeanor, Judge Toler outlines the many difficulties she overcame in My Mother’s Rules by applying the lessons learned from her mother, including conquering anger in constructive manners and walking away from derogatory insults. Her straightforward yet down-to-earth and sincere approach helps us not only understand others, but also – and more importantly – understand ourselves.

No matter one’s race, gender, creed, origin, or socioeconomic background, the various scenarios outlined in My Mother’s Rules all prove that becoming a better person starts with the one we see in the mirror every morning.