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My Life as a Doormat (in Three Acts)

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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?

Reading Guides

Reading Group Guide

  1. What was your first impression of Leah Townsend?
  2. What do you think Edward's motivations are in life?
  3. Why do you think Leah had such a hard time telling Edward how she really felt?
  4. What do you think were the aspects of Leah's mother's personality that molded Leah into the person she is?
  5. How much do you think other people help shape us and our views? How much of it is our personality? How much of it is our circumstances?
  6. What areas of your own life do you feel you're a doormat? What areas do you feel you have an easier time standing up for?
  7. If a person you loved told you to pick between him or her and the person you love, what would you do?
  8. How did you feel about Cinco? Did you like him? Do you know people like him, and if so, how do you relate to them?
  9. What did you think was the funniest passage in the book?
  10. What did you think was the saddest passage in the book?
  11. Did you ever feel angry with Leah? If so, why?
  12. Which character could you most relate to in the book?
  13. Which character could you least relate to?
  14. If you have felt like a doormat in your life, what were your motivations for letting someone else run over you?
  15. Discuss the balance between Jesus' teachings about how we should relate to one another, and the idea of standing up for oneself. Can they co-exist?

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My Life as a Doormat (in Three Acts), Rene Gutteridge

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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?

More Information

Length 324 Pages
Publication Date March 7, 2006
Company
  • Thomas Nelson
ISBN-10 1595540849
ISBN-13 9781595540843
Height 8.1"
Width 5.3"