TMW Book Reviews

Words Matter: A collection of vignettes examining the shared spaces of motherhood, marriage, friendship, aging, and femininity


Judy Marano

As we grow older, we become less likely to discuss the more challenging topics that plague our everyday lives. Some examples of these topics include aging, parenting, children, and adversity.

Author Judy Marano pens an incredible book that faces these topics head-on. Part self-help and part memoir, this handy book explores some aspects of our lives that serve as a learning source. Regardless of how old or what stage we’re in, the book reminds us that it’s never too late to sit back, relax, and reflect on these challenges.

Empathetic, compassionate, and inspirational—”Words Matter” is a lively guide to embracing yourself as a growing woman. While the book may seem to focus on female issues primarily, there is no doubt that plenty of gentlemen will find this book immensely useful. Despite being a quick read, this book provides lessons we know but may have forgotten. From learning to embrace mindfulness to the benefits of cleaning—the author does a stellar job of giving us a friendly reminder now and then.

I love how well-organized this book is. With so many self-help books readily available in the market, it can be overwhelming to pick just the right book. Fortunately, encountering “Words Matter” has made this dive into the self-help genre less intimidating. Thanks to the author’s refreshing words and sincere advice, reading this book doesn’t even feel like most self-help books. If I were to compare it to a sensation, reading “Words Matter” feels like talking to your favorite childhood teacher. While you have grown older and have done other things, her words and lessons still linger in your heart for years to come.

In summary, the author also does an incredible job of relating to the audience and doesn’t waste time mincing words. Much like the title, every word (and phrase) in “Word Matters” undoubtedly matters. Suppose you’re thinking of giving a close friend or family member a handy book. In that case, this book is a serious contender for your Christmas shopping list.

Words Matter: A collection of vignettes examining the shared spaces of motherhood, marriage, friendship, aging, and femininity” is available on Amazon.

– The Moving Words Review

Official Entry: The Most Moving Book Award, Jan. 2, 2023