Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Book Review: Don't Say I Didn't Warn You By Anita Renfroe

You'll Laugh Out Loud and Say 'That's so True!'
By Terry Robins
Many people know Anita Renfroe as the performer of the "Mom Song," or from her appearances on Good Morning America, but are not aware that she is also a talented humorous writer. With her combination of wit and truth, Renfroe touches on topics of motherhood and other conditions of womanhood with hilarious insight that will have any woman laughing aloud as she relates completely to the situations that life throws at her every day in her book "Don't Say I Didn't Warn You" (Voice, 2009).

Renfroe tells it like it is with a twist that makes even finances funny: "....I've had money and I've had no money, and I can tell you from experience that money can, indeed buy you a more comfortable brand of misery." This from her chapter titled "Money Can't Buy You love-But it Can Buy You Chocolate!"

One whole chapter expounds the psychological information one can find by just examining a woman's purse! Who thought so much information could be discovered by investigating what a woman carries around with her every day! It is her "purse-onality," and if you have a friend who tells you she doesn't carry a purse because she doesn't need it, watch out when you ride in her car because her car IS her purse!

Over and over again the reader will find herself (or himself) laughing aloud as she reads about another every day fact or event that is suddenly illuminated in a new way with humor, causing the reader to say out loud, "That is so true!" Want to feel more normal? Make sure you hang out with people weirder than you!

For a break from reading heavy mystery or murder novels, serious self-help books, or shallow romance novels, “Don't Say I Didn't Warn You” offers a fun, light-hearted and even eye-opening escape to a land of pure self-indulgent fun for women (and even some guys) of all ages!

You can buy the book here.

Terry Robins is a retired middle school teacher and serves at her church in the Kansas City area running its drama ministry and cafe and resource center. She has three daughters and four grand children.

A review copy of the book was provided by the publisher.

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Lauren Yarger, Bio

Lauren Yarger has written, directed and produced numerous shows and special events for both secular and Christian audiences. She co-wrote a Christian musical version of “A Christmas Carol” which played to sold-out audiences of over 3,000 in Vermont and was awarded the 2000 Vermont Bessie (theater and film awards) for “People’s Choice for Theatre.” She also has written two other dinner theaters, sketches for church services and devotions for Christian artists.

Yarger trained for three years in the Broadway League’s Producer Development Program, completed the Commercial Theater Institute's Producing Three-Day Training and produced a one-woman musical about Mary Magdalene that toured nationally and closed with an off-Broadway run.

In 2008 she was a Fellow at the National Critics Institute at the O'Neill Theater Center in Waterford, CT. She writes reviews of Broadway and off-Broadway theater with a Christian perspective for Reflections in the Light (http://reflectionsinthelight.blogspot.com/) and is editor of The Connecticut Arts Connection. She also is a contributing editor for BroadwayWorld.com

She also reviews books for Publisher's Weekly and is a member of the National Book Critics Circle. She formerly was Connecticut theater editor for CurtainUp, a national theater web site bsed in New York and a reviewer for American Theater Web.

She also served as Executive Director of Masterwork Productions, Inc. and worked in arts management for the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford and the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.

She is a freelance writer and member of the Drama Desk, The Outer Critics Circle, The American Theater Critics Association, The League of Professional Theatre Women and The CT Critics Circle.

A former newspaper editor and graduate of the University of Missouri’s School of Journalism, Yarger lives with her husband in West Granby, CT and has two adult children.

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All contents copyright © Lauren Yarger 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013. All rights reserved. For reprint permission, contact masterworkproductions@yahoo.com.

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