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Where Does a Mother Go to Resign? Paperback – April 1, 1979


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Reissue edition (April 1979)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0871236060
  • ISBN-13: 978-0871236067
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #499,086 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Renowned for her unerring sense of humor and bestselling books that take a look at the lighter side of the spiritual life, Barbara Johnson is also a woman of triumphant faith who, with God's help, has overcome family crises and great suffering.

Born in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Barbara Johnson attended Bob Jones Academy and Bob Jones College as a student. She spent early years working as a medical secretary and an investigator for the Board of Medical Examiners. Married to Bill Johnson, the family had four sons.

Barbara's book Where Does a Mother Go to Resign? is the story of the tragedies that befell the Johnson family from her husband's debilitating accident to the death of two sons. Through this gripping memoir, she reveals how she was able to emerge triumphant with her faith intact and her spirit unbroken.

Heavily involved with Spatula Ministries, an organization tailored to help parents in crisis, Johnson continues to write with both humor and wisdom.

size : 5.2 x 8

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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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I love Barbara Johnson and her life stories, in a comical way.
Radia Berry
If you are looking for help with this in your life you will be blessed by reading it.
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It is very real and very helpful to any parent experiencing this.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Ron Cantrell on September 4, 2001
Format: Paperback
Barbara's willingness to share her experiences with others has helped my wife and I through the dark years of three teens. A healthy way to look at life's troubles and go on - not "just survive" but go on into the fullness and humor that life also brings. Generally I highly recommend it to all, but I especially recommend it to those presently on their own dark road. Who was it that said "We read to know we are not alone?" Thanks Barbara for letting us know that we are not alone.
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27 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 25, 1999
Format: Paperback
For persons struggling with news of a loved one leading the homosexual lifestyle this book is most helpful. Barbara is the true Christian when it comes to acceptance and understanding, but in this book she admits her frailities on learning the news from her son.
You will laugh and cry with her, you will understand and you will learn to wrap yourself in God's comfort blanket.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Anna Klein on February 3, 2003
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The first time I read this book, I was more conservative than I am today and I knew nothing about this alternate lifestyle or the people who live it. I found this book stunning. I laughed, cried, and was swept into Barbara's pain.
Unfortunately, somewhere along the line I became more liberal and when I picked up a copy of this book at a yardsale last year, thinking it would be interesting to read it again, I found myself wincing. I understand Barbara's pain; still, unless you are a seriously conservatively religious person, her sheer devastation will be hard to understand.
Yet Barbara has a gift. Her diary is full of it. For those parents stunned by a child's revelation, this book will be helpful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Son Mother on September 12, 2009
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All of Mrs. Johnson's books are stimulating and helpful. This one presents problems we all face as we move into the "after children" time of life. Reflecting on what happened in childrearing shows all of us that our situations were not unique to us. Barbara successfully handled hers and I successfully handled mine, but at the time I was in them, I wondered if what I was doing was correct. Many times, as the title implies, I wished someone would just tell me she was in the same quandry I was in. Someone said to my husband and me that when children were small they stepped on your feet, but when they were grown they stepped on your heartstrings. How very true. Her book gives insight into her experiences which could be called "Everywoman's". Thank you, Barbara, for your book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By palliott@nwol.net on July 11, 1999
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I read this book in the 1980's with wonder and awe at Johnson's ability to shadow box with her feelings of devastation...beginning with when she learned her youngest son was homosexual. Every page of this book brings one to the only conclusion possible to survive....truly a case study on "what doesn't kill you makes you stronger". She leads the reader through... step by step...tiptoeing in a minefield of emotions while being pulled under by the force of quicksand. A struggle of being a mother who is bombarded with grief and wants to quit...but can't.
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By Joy on May 19, 2014
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Barbara takes everyday painful events and turns them into victories with Jesus' Help! she leaves you crying one minute and LOL the next. Awesome!
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By Mara-lee on April 21, 2014
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Bought this right after finding out my daughter was a lesbian. I needed help! I wanted to honor God, and I wanted to honor her even if she was displaying a dishonorable choice. Love does cover a multitude of sin, and this authors use of humor helped her display her love for her son. A merry heart DOES do good like medicine, and I sure do suggest this to other parenting friends who have come to a new level of knowledge with their teen or adult children. May God walk with you as He has with me, even by reading this book.
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By Jane Renich on January 15, 2014
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A great book. I read it right through. Well written with good advice. Will use it in some of my studies.
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