Item description for My Life as a Doormat: (In Three Acts) by Rene Gutteridge...
Overview Playwright Leah Townsend doesn't like conflict one bit, but these days she can't seem to avoid it. Conflict resolution has never been so fun in this lively new romp from the author of "Boo."
Act I: Avoid conflict at all costs. Even when someone signs you up for something you really don't want to do. Act II: Try to hold things together, even when your life is spinning out of control. Act III: (You'll have to read the book to learn how it all plays out.)
Playwright Leah Townsend doesn't think of herself as a doormat. In fact, her life is pretty good. There's the gorgeous and dependable Edward (even if he is a little dull), and her challenging career (even if the last two plays were flops). The trouble is, Leah's feeling restless these days. The new play isn't going well. Her agent is handing out ultimatums. And her boyfriend Edward, who insists Leah "doesn't handle conflict well," has the nerve to enroll her in a conflict-management class full of people she's sure are her polar opposites, including a conservative talk-radio host named Cinco Dublin who thrives on the very thing Leah wants to avoid--making waves. Can a conflict-challenged playwright ever learn to stand her ground...even if life doesn't come in three predictable acts?
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Studio: Thomas Nelson
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.46" Height: 0.89" Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Release Date Mar 7, 2006
Publisher Thomas Nelson
Series Women of Faith Fiction
ISBN 1595540849 ISBN13 9781595540843
Availability 0 units.
More About Rene Gutteridge
Rene Gutteridge is the author of several novels including Ghost Writer, the Boo series, and the Occupational Hazard novels. She is a published playwright with a degree in screenwriting and a decade of experience writing, directing, and publishing church comedy sketches. Rene is married to Sean, a musician, and is the mother of two. She is a fulltime novelist who lives and writes in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Rene Gutteridge currently resides in the state of Oklahoma.
Reviews - What do customers think about My Life as a Doormat (in Three Acts)?
good, relevant, refreshing, real Jun 25, 2008
Thank you Renee. This book deals with everyday people, not some fantasy character all neat and proper and "spiritual". I'm learning more and more how important it is to live life authentically and that to do so is to stop pulling an Adam and Eve. Living authentically really allows one to open and truthul not just with themselves, but with God and others. It allows God to move in and through us so we are not controlling circumstances but trusting that God is in control. Its a healthy lifefstyle; one that I believe Jesus embraced. He's my hero. I wish more christian authors wrote about flawed people instead of just flawed cirsumstances.
Love this book! Apr 21, 2008
I have just finished reading "My Life as a Doormat" last night (or to be precise, this morning at 3 am!). I couldn't put it down, I kept on turning pages after pages after pages. The book is funny while made you think at the same time, especially readers who had experienced being 'doormats' in their life (like me!). Rene Gutteridge is a wonderful writer and I highly recommend this book.
Quirky, funny and a great read! Mar 12, 2008
I liked this book from the first line to the last line! Like Leah, I try to avoid conflict, so it was fun to walk with her through all the happenings of her life. Rene has such a great sense of humor and made me laugh several times throughout the book. I was blessed to be able to meet Rene in person recently and she is so wonderful! If you enjoy reading fun stories with quirky characters and situations, then Rene is the author for you!
Unforgettable... Jan 8, 2008
This is the first book I've read in this genre, and now I am hooked! Rene Gutteridge's writing spoke to my heart and soul, and had me laughing so much that it was a true relief and blessing. The characters were so real that their struggles and their victories got me thinking about areas of my own life in surprising ways. This unforgettable book is entertaining, inspiring--and healing. You'll be grateful you picked it up, and likely won't want to put it down.
Please wipe your feet first Jul 1, 2007
Leah Townsend is a struggling playwright who's trying to regain the momentum from the one hit play she had. She's in a relationship with Dr. Edward Crowse, a physics professor who makes all her decisions for her. Her family always assumes she is the perfect child because she does everything they tell her too. Her best friend thinks that Leah will support her no matter what the situation or what time. Leah has been ok with this until one day she decides to change. This leads to Edward enrolling her into an anger management class. Humiliated and reluctant, Leah goes expecting to blend in. However she soon discovers that being a doormat is not what she really wants to be in life.
This book was really difficult to read at first. I really didn't like the way that Leah was being treated by everyone. I couldn't stand that she wouldn't stand up to anybody in her family and friends and how she would just let them walk all over her. I really hated her boyfriend Edward. That guy was such a jerk especially after enrolling her in the anger management class. I mean what type of person does that just because someone tries out something new or disagrees with you? But then as I kept reading, I liked how Leah was changing. She learned to finally deal and resolve conflict instead of just always giving in. I liked how she knew that this could radically change her life and the relationships she was in. She changed her life completely and finally became happy instead of just settling for mediocrity. The anger management classes were fun to read, some of the characters I would have had problems keeping my temper with! I applauded to her decision with Edward. It was funny though to see how he tried to change for her or at least his thinking of what "change" really was. I enjoyed her relationship with Cinco, it was just what she needed. The title of this book really catches your eye as does the cover. It's a great chick lit book and it's one I think a lot of people should read. Don't be afraid to change.