( CNN) The Book of Genesis calls her “the mother of all living.” She’s not just the first woman; she’s also the first mom. She’s Eve.

Yet because we focus primarily on her mistakes and watch the first lady of Eden as the one who introduced sin, deceit and even death into the world, we rarely learn the lessons her example can teach us about motherhood.

At this moment when religion seems in the crosshairs of Western civilization, maybe Eve can help us understand the unique role women play in maintaining the strength of the family.