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  • Paperback: 226 pages
  • Publisher: Word Keepers, Inc. (May 31, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0979531578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0979531576
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,126,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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AUTHOR, HUMORIST, SPEAKER

Linda M. Potter smiles when she says, "My professional resume "reads like a Wikipedia entry for Attention Deficit Disorder. I've had more jobs than hair colors and filled out more aptitude forms than tax returns." Yet her brand of inspired, light-hearted humor is exactly what the doctor ordered for today's times.

Stand-up comedy was Ms. Potter's first career choice. Comedy, dry yet quirky, is her natural calling. Practicality won out, though, and Potter pursued a BA degree in Speech and Theatre, and an MA degree in Theatre Arts. She taught in the Theatre Arts Department at Colorado State University, owned a retail store, and did freelance writing on the side. BellaSpark Magazine hired Ms. Potter as the magazine's Managing Editor, interviewing and writing feature articles on leading authors in body, mind, and spirit books

Potter's loyal readers of her regular column, If Only God Would Give Me a Sign! loved the digestible, comedic insights offered in her quirky, yet grounded articles on life's challenges.

The bi-product of traditional Midwestern sensibilities and family values, Potter is becoming known to many as the "Erma Bombeck of Metaphysics" with her quick wit and chronicles of the seemingly ordinary yet extraordinary signs on the road of life. Born and raised in the suburbs of Chicago during the 1950's and 60's, Potter was one of five children taught to believe in the American dream and the hard work it would take to achieve it.

A conscious "rebel with a cause" since childhood, Potter was always much happier tucked away behind the sofa in her family's cramped apartment reading her treasured books and doing homework while her four siblings ran amok. She recalls the seemingly incessant questions from her adorable, but pesky, younger siblings who interrupted any time she would set aside to contemplate the meaning of life.

While her parents, brothers, and sisters seemed to revel in the Cheaper by the Dozen, large family life-style, Potter says that she would have preferred to face a firing squad rather than attend happy-family outings in the crowded station wagon where she was exiled to the backward-facing seat that offered a dizzying view of everywhere they'd been. Still in the early stages of obsessively agonizing over her future, Potter was already fairly certain that her life purpose would not involve large numbers of children and/or a small bank account. Surely, she was destined for something greater...at the very least her own private bathtub.

Flash forward to the 1970's...finding a career direction and a meaningful life path included a series of hits, misses, and detours. Just a week after receiving her BA degree, Potter received her Mrs. because she feared she might "wander the rest of her days, single and alone." Total first marriage detour/delay time: 21 years. Her first choice, a career as a comedian, was wiped out a few years later when she instead chose to become a college instructor.

The next three decades were filled with many signs from God for Potter, including numerous career changes, an early mid-life crises (her own), some skinned knees by her own three children, and lots of humor in between it all. A wife, mother, and now grandmother, she has remained in Fort Collins, Colorado, since graduate school. Potter, a confirmed sign tracker and interpreter for years says: "Those six Yield signs you drive by may be a call to let go, let God. That Help Wanted: Inquire Within notice at the local coffee shop could be guiding you to do a little 'inside' work, and the Speed Limit Ahead sign might be a reminder that we're the ones setting limits in a world of unlimited possibility."

Potter's commentary on life (aka her rants at God from a personal, backyard hot tub) is rolled into her first in a series of books, If Only God Would Give Me a Sign! It is the every woman's (and every man's) guide to enlightenment and a fun "how to" on interpreting the signs, from the absolutely absurd to the most mundane. Loyal fans love her digestible, comedic insights offered in her quirky, yet grounded messages on life's meaning and the signs that offer responses to those challenges and questions. She knows from personal and professional experience what people need to hear to relate and laugh from deep inside.

You can contact Linda at www.lindampotter.com, linda@lindampotter.com

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dorah on August 5, 2011
Format: Paperback
I loved the book. Linda has chosen a light hearted way to show us how to recognize the helpful signs that show up every day. It was so easy to relate to the many signs she has included in the book and I could also relate easily to her life stories. By sharing life experiences, she demonstrates that not only does she have a sense of humor, so does God.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Donna on August 6, 2011
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So appreciate Linda sharing her stories, foibles and challenges with us. As I read the book, I found myself going "That's exactly what I do." A must read for those looking for signs in their own lives!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barbara Bue on August 5, 2011
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Love this book! Funny stories filled with wisdom and insight, great material for ministers writing talks and sermons! Buy one for yourself and another for a friend, you won't be sorry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Edward Halley on February 28, 2012
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This book does a great job of encouraging you to quit taking everything so serious and look around yourself. There are lots of signs, inspiration and guidance if you'll just get over yourself, be in the moment and pay attention. So many of these types of books can be so dry and serious, which this book is not. Not that the subject matter isn't important and serious, as it is, but its so much easier to learn and grow when it's done with a smile! If Only God Would Give Me a Sign!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Viveka von Rosen on August 6, 2011
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I love Linda's book! It not only inspirational - its fun and engaging. I have the attention span of a gnat these days - so the fact that I read most of the book in one sitting says A LOT!!! I highly recommend "If only God Would Give Me a Sign!"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rose Marie on February 25, 2012
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This book was so delightful and inspiring for me. I have given it to many of my friends and they have all said the same thing,"Awesome" I know I have always gotten signs and directions but did not always give myself permission to pay attention to them. After reading this book it is absolutely so much easier to trust my gut and because of this book I have made some course corrections on my path in life and my career and am now laughing all the way to the bank. Read it and be delighted with all the signs you will now recognize along your path.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christian Hageseth on February 28, 2012
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Linda is definitely an incarnation of Erma Bombeck. She is funny. But beneath the humor are profound insights into the relationship between us human beings and God. Yet that is not accurate. Linda sees God a one complete whole in which the entire universe and, yes, you and I are a part. I laughed all along and I put the book down to ponder for a good long while. This is a wonderful, deep, spiritual volume for those who want to enrich the meaning of their lives.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PKK on February 24, 2012
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Wouldn't it be great if God would just give us a sign and all our problems would be solved? Linda Potter tells us the signs are out there, but it's up to us to recognize them and figure out their meanings. Potter's humor shines through as she offers practical sugggestions for interpreting these signs based in her own personal experiences. Street and traffic signs take on whole new meanings as you discover new ways of looking at them.
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