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It's Always Darkest Before the Fridge Door Opens: Enjoying the Fruits of Middle Age [Kindle Edition]

Martha O. Bolton , Phil Callaway
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Book Description

Laugh Your Way Through a Sticky Situation

Life is full of problems: there's not enough time in the day, your kids won't stop fighting, and those cars won't let you merge onto the highway. Not to mention the really bad stuff: your best friends are getting divorced, and your close relative is sick. It's enough to make you want to scream and cry and stomp your feet. But then you remember you're not three.

Life is like a refrigerator--it offers us a lot of good things, but it can be smelly if left for too long.

Don't let life be a stinker. God provided the equipment to laugh--we just have to remember to use it. Martha Bolton and Phil Callaway show how they look on the bright side of life as they teach us creative ways to deal with telemarketers, remind us that we could cope with the world if it wasn't for the people, and explain why M&Ms are healthy. Where there's a will, there's a way, and Martha and Phil will help you find a way to laugh yourself back into a joyful life!

Editorial Reviews


"I highly recommend this book. I laughed out loud several times and the whole family enjoyed the pop quizzes." -- Laura V. Hilton,

"If you are looking for light reading and a really good laugh, pick up a copy of this book." -- Patti Chadwick,

About the Author

MARTHA BOLTON is a full-time comedy writer and the author of more than 50 books, including Didn't My Skin Used to Fit? She was a staff writer for Bob Hope for 15 years and has written for Phyllis Diller, Wayne Newton's USO show, Ann Jillian, Jeff Allen, and many other entertainers. Her writing has appeared in Reader's Digest, Chicken Soup for the Soul, and Brio magazine. She has received four Angel Awards and an Emmy nomination. She and her husband live in Tennessee. PHIL CALLAWAY is the award-winning author of fifteen books, including Who Put My Life on Fast-Forward? and I Used to Have Answers, Now I Have Kids, and his articles appear in several publications, including New Man, Decision, and Marriage Partnership. A popular conference speaker, he also is a frequent guest on television and radio, including Focus on the Family. Phil, his wife, and their three teenagers live in Alberta, Canada.

Product Details

  • File Size: 490 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 076420307X
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (October 1, 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B85AGKU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #561,496 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, Light Reading ... with a message April 11, 2009
Before I start talking about this book, let me say straight off that I normally don't read books like this. I'm not big on self-help or encouragement books, as more often then not, they only say stuff that I already know - just in different ways. Or not so different, depending on the book. I bought it at a Christian book store primarily because of the title - they say you shouldn't judge a book by it's cover, but come on. Who doesn't? Bought on a whim, I fully expected to be disappointed and to resign myself to wasting money yet again on a book.

That said, this book is actually much better than I expected. The authors don't claim to have any new or dramatic insights, but instead want to remind the reader that yes, laughter is the best medicine, and we should be able to laugh no matter what is going on in our lives.

With chapters arranged around a central theme (a refrigerator, can you believe it?), the authors use stories, jokes, and clever word play to cause the reader to laugh, and then drive their point home. They approach life and it's situations - both good and bad - from a Biblical perspective. For instance, one particular chapter discusses the concept of "blessing your enemies." After humorous blessings such as "May your children be blessed with musical giftedness. On the drums, tuba, and bagpipes" and "May your neighbors on each side of your new house share your enthusiasm for Harleys. May they be in opposing gangs," the authors focus on the deeper issue: we should be gracious, forgive, and learn from our enemies.

If you enjoy books like this, or like to laugh, or are just looking for something light-hearted with a moral to read, pick this book up. The writing it witty, down-to-earth, and true.

-- Quotes taken from pgs. 58-59 of the book.

-- Published 2006; Bethany House Publishers
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome read February 2, 2013
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I am so glad that there is someone out there that isn't afraid to quote the bible and make us laugh at the same time, I would recommend both of these authors and will definitely be buying more off their books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just what I needed February 28, 2014
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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.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome and funny February 24, 2014
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I really liked this book. The authors have a great way of making you laugh at the things in life that get you down. They also have a great way of making you see that sometimes you just have to smile, laugh, let go and turn it over to God!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book! May 13, 2011
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Martha Bolton is a top rate comedian. Her humor is terrifiic in her books and this is one of my favorites.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny and touching all at the same time April 2, 2014
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This book had me chortling along in several places. It's good-natured humor that makes you truly feel better after reading it -- if laughter is the best medicine, then this book is a good dose (or several doses)!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Light and entertaining May 1, 2014
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Entertaining and funny. I liked the refrigerator theme to equate to real life situations. The morals and suggestions for coping with everyday life were told in a fun way.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Easy Read September 21, 2014
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A nice relaxing book with several funny moments. It's an easy read and full of Christian truths.
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