I ran into an old friend that I hadn’t seen in a long time the other day. She asked me what’s new. I told her that my mother had gotten sick, I was first responder, then she died and I was the executor. Then I told her why both of my brothers are now angry with me. She responded by saying “Paula, I asked for the news, not a soap opera.”
It’s been a long year, and I’m just plain worn out. The last few books I’ve reviewed have been self-help books that didn’t help me all that much. Then I saw “It’s Always Darkest Before the Fridge Door Opens: Enjoying the Fruits of Middle Age” by Martha Bolton and Phil Callaway and thought I’d give it a try.
This was the perfect book for me at this time. It’s categorized as psychology and humor as well as Christian non-fiction. Those three things are blended together like chocolate swirl ice cream; a little sweet, a little bitter, mixed into something that is completely enjoyable.
The humor reminds me of Dick Van Dyke (yes, I’m that old) although he isn’t one of the comedians quoted, or one of the people that the authors have written for. The authors are both comedy writers with a long list of clients, and 100 published books. (The difference between an author and a writer is that writers get paid.) They are also Christians who can apply Biblical truths in very simple terms.
After reading this book, I was watching America’s Funniest Home Videos, and I caught myself chuckling. That hasn’t happened in a while.
My only complaint about the book is that the authors (I mean writers) were citing Bible stories from the King James Version. As you know, the KJV is missing thirteen books and several other chapters. Only the Catholic Bible tells the whole story.
One example that they cited was the story of the adulteress that was being stoned. Jesus said “Let he who is without sin cast the first stone.” Protestants think the story ends there, but it doesn’t. In the Catholic version, right after he said that, this big rock comes sailing out of the middle of the crowd. It knocks the woman flat in the forehead, knocking her down to the ground, out cold. Jesus is shocked. He looks around to see who could have done such a thing, and recognizes a face. Then he said “Aw, Mom!”
The moral of the story, and the book, is that when things are looking bad, trust that God is in control, and smile.