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Episode 089: “Living Centered and the Scripts That Hold Us Back”

Featuring Erin S. Lane

This week Lindsey and Mickenzie sit down with Erin S. Lane, author of the new book Someone Other Than a Mother: Flipping the Scripts on a Woman’s Purpose and Making Meaning Beyond Motherhood. They share in a powerful conversation about the act of mothering, purpose, making big decisions, and living into our calling. No matter how you identify: single, partnered, childless, mothering, fathering, man, woman, nonbinary, this is an important conversation for us all about the flipping scripts that hold us back and finding meaning outside those labels.

Meet this episode’s expert

Erin S. Lane is a writer, theologian, and someone other than a mother. She is the author of Someone Other Than a Mother: Flipping the Scripts on a Woman’s Purpose and Making Meaning Beyond Motherhood. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Davidson College and a master’s degree from Duke Divinity School, both with a focus on gender studies. Mentored by Parker J. Palmer and the Center for Courage & Renewal, she works as a vocational retreat facilitator, helping people discern their wildest questions of purpose. She resides in Raleigh, North Carolina, with her improbable kin.

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Someone Other Than a Mother
Erin S. Lane

Theologian Erin S. Lane overturns dominant narratives about motherhood and inspires women to write their own stories.

Is it possible to do something more meaningful than mothering?

As a young Catholic girl who grew up in the American Midwest on white bread and Jesus, Erin S. Lane was given two options for a life well-lived: Mother or Mother Superior. She could marry a man and mother her own children, or she could marry God, so to speak, and mother the world’s children. Both were good outcomes for someone else’s life. Neither would fit the shape of hers. Whatever it is, the way you tell your story online can make all the difference.


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Someone Other Than a Mother by Erin S. Lane