Author and international spokeswoman for families and motherhood, Shelley Locke recently returned from Nigeria where she was presented to the king and spoke before more than 3000 leaders on the importance of motherhood to a society. On KVNU’s Crosstalk show Monday, Locke said Nigeria is one of the few countries that is committed to families and she helped them realize that commitment helps the country’s economic stability. “For them to understand that motherhood is the very fabric of the society,” Locke explained, “that creates economic stability for the nation and actually keeps the nation sovereign. That’s the critical roles that mothers play. They keep every nation, where they participate in the activities of motherhood, they keep every nation sovereign. “I think they didn’t recognize that they were quite that important. They do it because they love it, as well they should, but to come and have someone say you actually keep the nation viable, I think was really enlightening for them.” Locke says Nigeria is one of only five countries considered to be pro-family. She says, unfortunately, the United States is designated “anti-family” because of its support for abortion. When Locke was named the American Mothers ‘Young Mother of the Year’ in 2007, she went on to speak out for Motherhood as a non-government representative to the United Nations. Locke is also the author of Cherish The Children, a new book based on scripture that stands up for motherhood. “Motherhood has been being denigrated for a century,” she says, “and people place less and less value on its important role. This book reinstates the value of mothers world wide and no mother after reading Cherish the Children will ever say, ‘I am just a mother.’ She will know of her incredible worth and value.” Cherish the Children will be released on September 24 and it will be available at the Book Table in Logan.
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