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Book Title: Pack up your Gloomees (Mini Book Series)|
The author of the book: Barbara Johnson
Edition: Thomas Nelson
Date of issue: February 18th 1994
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Reader ratings: 3.9
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Not about clinical depression. I'd prefer she state that explicitly, but it's clear enough that she's only addressing depressions with easily identifiable and external trigger..
Title is misleading. Sounds like trivializing sadness and saying to suppress negative thoughts. It's actually an attempt at humor, and just means that sometimes you can respond to life's lows with levity. Title is author's take on levity.
Giving a 3 rating. Usu I leave rating blank if book is a 3, but I want to make sure to disagree w the average rating of currently 4.23.
However, pleasantly surprised by this book. Really disliked some parts, wanted to give a 2, but realized most parts I hated were quoting reader letters. And she wdn't respond by saying "the person you chose to be for the past 20 yrs was not like Christ and destined you to shock, confusion, depression". So I'd be upset. But Instead she wd print the letter, and eventually get around to saying what that person cd do moving forward to get past depression. I kept thinking, why doesn't she tell them how to avoid the strong reaction in the future, by being more like Christ? Still, she doesn't judge readers, even when they say they were appalled embarrassed and depressed when their kid came out of closet. So, good for her to hold judgment and help those parents their terms, fostering love in long run.
This book cd be very powerful for Christians raised in the era of political correctness and acceptance of gay culture, who have heard the gay movement message and been annoyed by how strident and insistent it was. You see in this book, reading firsthand letters, how widespread and oppressive was the Christian anti-gay attitude. Surely this still exists some places outside of my bubble.
Otherwise pretty formulaic book. When life gets you down, let things go and turn to God.
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Barbara Johnson (1927-2007) died July 2nd, 2007 of cancer (Central Nervous System Lymphoma) after a valiant 6 year fight against the disease. During her illness, she added four more books to her long list of published works, including one that takes humorous pokes at her life with cancer. Affectionately called the “Geranium Lady,” a title taken from her bestselling book, Stick a Geranium in Your Hat and Be Happy, her homespun humor and hope in God in the midst of tragedy, ministered to millions.
A strong Christian woman who relied on her faith in God and her sense of humor to persevere through many devastating experiences, her life was plagued by a string of tragedies. Her husband was in a near fatal accident and slowly recovered from debilitating injuries. She lost one son in Vietnam and another son to a drunk driver. Her third son was estranged from the family while pursuing a homosexual lifestyle. But, she emerged from these experiences having learned that though pain is inevitable, people can choose to pick flowers instead of weeds.
Her compassion extended far beyond the pages of her encouraging books. Wanting to use her own pain to help others, she and her husband Bill founded Spatula Ministries, a unique organization that uses a “spatula of love” to help parents “peel themselves off the ceiling” and begin on the road to recovery. She wrote her first book after reaching the age of 50 and was voted “Celebrity Mom of the Year” for 1996. Prior to being diagnosed with cancer, she toured across the country as a popular conference speaker and part of the "Women of Faith" tour. Her many books have comforted millions of women, bringing them hope and humor in times of distress. She will be missed by many, but her life will live on in her numerous books.
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