Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Blog Tour: Book Review: Blue Like Play Dough

I’ll be honest. I’m not a mom. I don’t even play one on TV.

But I am a children’s pastor for a mainline denomination. In this role, I have the opportunity to impact the lives of numerous children (and youth) and their parents.

With that said, I initially picked up “Blue like Play Dough” thinking I should read it, because it might make a good resource for the moms within my circle of influence.

Not only did I find a book that includes spiritual insights and wisdom for moms, I found a book that spoke to my soul.

The first time through Tricia Goyer’s book, I found myself reading to see “what happened” as the stories she told “hooked” me into her manuscript.

Goyer weaved through those stories a series of “spiritual nudges” or “ah ha” moments that began to resonate with my life. Pen in hand, I began to underline some of Goyer’s faith nuggets, as I pondered how they might impact my life.

In her introduction, Goyer explains how she came upon the image of play dough. As she prayed about all of the “hard stuff” in her life, the image of a lump of play dough began to emerge.

She saw her life as a ball of play dough, sitting in God’s hands. The ball of dough would be “stretched” and “molded” into a new creation as God used the various experiences taking place in her life.

Ultimately, Goyer began to realize that she was being transformed by God, one squeeze and squish at a time.

It’s an interesting word picture – to think of your life as a ball of play dough, ultimately being molded into a masterpiece by God – the master creator.

In 23 different chapters, Goyer walks you through her life, and her experiences, first as a single, teenage mother, and later, as a mother, author, homeschooling mom and wife.

One chapter that particularly jumped out at me, involves a “lesson” Goyer learned as a young girl. After being let down by adults, Goyer decided “others couldn’t be trusted,” and that she would simply trust herself.

I found myself saying the same thing a few months ago, not as a child, but instead, as a 30-something single woman. I told a ministry friend that I needed to make a decision, not necessarily because it was the “right” thing to do, but instead, because I was alone – I didn’t have a husband to “fall” back on. I was alone.

Regardless of age, Goyer points out the obvious in her book – we have to remember to put our trust in God, not in ourselves or others.

Blue Like Play Dough won’t leave you “blue” as you read it. It will, instead, hopefully provide you with hope and encouragement, regardless of your stage in life.

-----More About Tricia Goyer, The Book -----
About the book: In the everyday stretch and squeeze of motherhood, Tricia Goyer often feels smooshed by the demands of life. In Blue Like Play Dough, she shares her unlikely journey from rebellious, pregnant teen to busy wife and mom with big dreams of her own. As her story unfolds, Tricia realizes that God has more in store for her than she has ever imagined possible.

Sure, life is messy and beset by doubts. But God keeps showing up in the most unlikely places–in a bowl of carrot soup, the umpteenth reading of Goodnight Moon, a woe-is me teen drama, or play dough in the hands of a child.

In Tricia’s transparent account, you’ll find understanding, laughter, and strength for your own story. And in the daily push and pull, you’ll learn to recognize the loving hands of God at work in your life… and know He has something beautiful in mind.

Read an excerpt: http://triciagoyer.com/cmsdocuments/Blue_Like_Play_Dough_Prologue_CH_1.pdf

About the author: Using her own experiences as a teen mother, and leader of today’s generation, Tricia’s vision is to be a voice of hope and possibility for teenage girls, pregnant teen girls, mothers and wives through her educational and inspirational speaking, workshops and books. Her intention is to serve ordinary women by encouraging extraordinary things with God’s help. Tricia expresses real life, real hope, for real women.

Tricia is the author of 20+ books and has published over 300 articles for national publications such as Guideposts for Kids, Focus on the Family, Christian Parenting Today, Today’s Christian Woman and HomeLife Magazine. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from American Christian Fiction Writers, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion Book Award in 2005.

In her fiction novels, Tricia writes contemporary and historical stories that feature strong women overcoming great challenges. She recreates historic wartime eras with precise detail through perseverant and comprehensive research.

Each of her World War II and Spanish Civil War novels tell the inspiring stories of engaging characters—and a God whose hand is evident in the landscape of history and the obstacles of ordinary lives.

Tricia speaks to groups interested in these eras, with the intention of preserving and honoring the memory of the men and women who served.

She also speaks and conducts workshops for teens around the nation, and offers programs to assist teens and teen moms through Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, which she founded. Tricia is a frequent workshop presenter at the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International Convention.

Want to learn more about Tricia Goyer? Visit her website!

Link to purchase the book: http://triciagoyer.com/store.html

Blog tour schedule! Check out what other bloggers are saying about Tricia's book. http://www.litfusegroup.com/latest/what-is-new/87-blue-like-play-dough-blog-tour

As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Litfuse Publicity Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail

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