Hi there! If you showed up at my front door, I’d invite you in for a cup of herbal tea (my favorite). We’d sit across my kitchen table for a chat and we’d get to know each other’s stories. Since we can’t do that (at least not today), this will have to do… I, Christie Gardiner, am a lover of life. From performing on stage, to hiking in the mountains, to writing and speaking, to adventures with my husband and three kids, I love embracing all of the experiences life has to offer. I enjoy participating in speaking engagements across the country where my favorite thing to do is to remind groups of women that with God, they are not alone and are enough. My quirky and hopefully relatable writing was first read in blog form on behalf of the Utah Jazz and Illume Gallery of Fine Art before the release of my first book You Are the Mother Your Children Need published in 2017 by Covenant Communications. My performing career has spanned three decades in theater, television, film, commercials, podcasting and voiceover work. I am a longtime faculty member at the Utah Conservatory of Performing Arts (Utah COPA) where I love helping inspire young people to increase their self-esteem through participation in the arts. As lovers of the Oregon Coast, my husband and I recently purchased a small cottage near Cannon Beach to share with family and friends. I just adore practicing and teaching Yoga. Currently, I spend my Sundays and Tuesday Nights with some pretty cool Young Women in my church’s youth program. In addition to writing, speaking and performing, I enjoy reading, memory keeping, cheering for the Utah Jazz, gardening, being with friends and spending time with my family.
You Are the Mother Your Children Need
Motherhood is the toughest job you’ll ever take on: there is no interview, no job description, and no salary. When you get the position, it can be all too easy to feel under-qualified and overwhelmed. But with a sweet message of encouragement, Christie Gardiner reminds women there are as many ways to be a good mother as there are mothers in this world—and there’s no one more capable of raising your children than you!
In this uplifting book, mothers are encouraged to let go of the quest for perfection and recognize the divinity within. Learn to own your strengths and weaknesses, and allow your true self to shine! With practical advice on learning to accept failure, hold on to your identity, and harness the divine help available to mothers, women will gain the confidence to embrace their uniquely perfect qualifications for the job of motherhood.