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If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother    by Anita Renfroe order for
If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother
by Anita Renfroe
Order:  USA  Can
Navpress, 2006 (2006)
*   Reviewed by Rheta Van Winkle

The book jacket describes Anita Renfroe as a humorist who does talks - called live comedy concerts - in front of Christian groups. If It's Not One Thing, It's Your Mother deals with many aspects of motherhood from pregnancy to childbirth to dealing with teenagers to what she calls a Momwich. A Momwich is the experience of being caught between your daughter and your mother, perhaps all living in the same house, making yourself the filling between those two slices of humanity.

Renfroe skates lightly over motherhood, however. There are no real, earth-shaking problems dealt with in this book. In fact, there is nothing that can't be resolved by talking about the problem or praying about it. For a book billed as humorous, the blatant Christianity, frequent references to the Bible, and a sincere belief that there are no problems that cannot be solved by faith and prayer seem jarring to this reader. I read the book expecting it to be a humorous take on motherhood, but found it so preachy in tone that I was happy to get to the end.

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