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Book Title: Ponte Una Flor En El Pelo y Se Feliz: El Dolor Es Inevitable, Pero El Sentirse Miserable Es Opcional = Stick a Geranium in Your Hat and Be Happy|
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The author of the book: Barbara Johnson
Edition: Casa Bautista de Publicaciones
Date of issue: March 28th 1994
ISBN 13: 9780311461387
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Reader ratings: 3.5
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Please don't slam me for this review as my opinions of this book may not reflect your opinions. I think I am being a bit generous giving this book a 2 star rating. Couldn't really justify a one star rating but at the same time couldn't go any higher either. It wasn't that the book was really bad just some of the author's viewpoints I certainly didn't agree with. I had to keep telling myself that the author was born when life was simpler and times have certainly changed along with how people view certain things in life. I get the basic message that the author is trying to get across in this book (it's really a self help/motivational book). That life is going to throw you curve balls and in time you will get over whatever your troubles are so in the mean time you might as well find joy in your life wherever/whenever you can. There are highs and lows in every person's life. There were two big issues I had with this book which led me to my low rating. The first being all the scripture/Bible quotes. I totally get the fact that the author is a devout Christian and she was drawing on her own life experiences and the fact that her faith in God helped her get past the pain of some pretty devastating experiences. I am not judging her based on her religious beliefs, I just don't want to hear Bible quotes every other paragraph or so. The second issue I had with this book was the author's view on homosexuality. It turns out that one of the devastating experiences in her life is that she discovers her one son Larry is gay (one other son is killed in Vietnam and one is killed in an accident by a drunk driver). A good portion of the book is devoted to how she handles this fact. She starts a ministry to help other mothers get through crisis with their children such as homosexuality, alcoholism, drug addiction. I really found her viewpoints to be very old school and sorry, downright prudish. I had to keep telling myself that this book was published 27 years ago when the gay community was looked at differently than today and the author was a grown woman with adult children. The era in which the author grew up in was a time when homosexuality was not socially acceptable and when you throw in her being a devout Christian it certainly explains her viewpoints. There was one particular paragraph in the last chapter that really rubbed me the wrong way. Here are the two sentences in that paragraph that I totally had issues with. "Support and love your child in every legitimate way you can, but do not support the sin that has him in it's grasp. You want your child to know that home is a loving, warm, comfortable place, but it is not an incubator for immature behaviour." First off, I do realize in her Christian faith that being gay is a sin but there are worse sins her son could have committed other than being gay. At least he wasn't out murdering innocent people. The second part I had the issue with is the immature behaviour part. A thirteen year old throwing a temper tantrum in a store because you didn't buy him a toy is immature behaviour. A grown adult coming out of the closet (whether you are male or female) and admitting you are gay is NOT, in my opinion, immature behaviour. Again I had to remind myself of the age of the author and her upbringing, her religious beliefs and the time frame of when these events took place. I would like to think that we, as a society, have come a long way in our views of gay people and I am sure that we have a long way to go still. So if you think you can read this book without getting tired/bored/irritated with all the bible quotes or if you think you can read it without getting annoyed and wanting to throw the book across the room then by all means read this book. If you don't think you can do either of these things then stay away from this book. Far, far away.
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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.