Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Blog Tour: Turning Guilt Trips Into Joy Rides (Review)

G.U.I.L.T.

Let's face it. for lots of women - I'm pointing four fingers back at myself as I type this - Guilt is the new "five letter" word.

You know the feeling. Knots in your stomach, a gagging feeling in your throat.

Guilt can paralyze you. It can keep you from being productive.

It stops you from living up to your God-given potential.

Three friends - Kim Messinger, Janine Boyer and Shirley Brosius - have created a six-month devo plan, that women can use to turn guilt trips into "joy rides".

More than a "turn your frown upside down" plan, this book helps women turn guilt trips into "grace" filled joy rides.

Using the acronym GRACE - for God, Relationships, Acceptance, Challenges and Emotions, the three crafted devos that will give you a nugget of joy - and something to think about (especially if you  read it on a daily basis.)

Grace is definitely a better word "five-letter" word to focus on.

Note: I read this book on my iPhone (e-book version) and I think it would be even better in paperback form - so you could truly dive into one (or two) each day. It's probably a book you could savor, rather than read straight through. It's written in a friendly, easy to grasp method.

On the scale of one to five, I give this a solid three.

More About The Book:
Women today are busy, stressed, and guilt-ridden, yet they long to develop their spiritual sides. Turning Guilt Trips into Joy Rides offers inspirational thoughts based on scripture--brief enough to be read during a television commercial, yet insightful enough to open your eyes to the grace of God on days you change diapers and/or lead corporate meetings.

Each reading suggests a "Guilt Trip to Avoid" and ends with a way to "Take the Joy Ride." The book includes six months of daily readings so that you may establish a habit of connecting with God. Readings are listed under the letters G-R-A-C-E, representing God, Relationships, Acceptance, Challenges and Emotions.

The coauthors hope these meaningful readings will help you deal with guilt--both real and imagined. By applying the insights shared in Turning Guilt Trips into Joy Rides, you may develop a calmer, less guilt-ridden life-style and become better equipped to function as wives, mothers and friends. Younger women often develop patterns of thinking and experience feelings of guilt that carry over into their mature years, so women of all ages will find this book helpful.

About the authors:
Kim Messinger, Janine Boyer and Shirley Brosius had a common bond of Christian service when Christ drew them together for their first small group meeting in January, 1998.

Since then they have drawn closer through life’s joys and struggles and found God to be sufficient for their every need. They call themselves “Friends of the Heart” because their passion is to help women open their hearts and find joy in Christ.

Kim and Janine supported Shirley in writing Sisterhood of Faith: 365 Life-Changing Stories About Women Who Made a Difference, which was released by Howard Publishing, a division of Simon & Schuster, in 2006. More recently the three women worked together to write another devotional book, Turning Guilt Trips into Joy Rides. They have spoken at women’s retreats and events in five states. All three women live in Millersburg, Pennsylvania. Visit their website for more info.

Online Resources
Link to buy the book: bit.ly/HZSBdg 
Find it on Amazon: here
Follow the blog tour: http://litfusegroup.com/blogtours/13480254/guilttrips
Visit their website: http://friendsoftheheart.us/ 
Find them on Facebook: here

It's A Contest
Guilt! She pokes you as you write about your quaint, eccentric aunt. She grabs you as you wander from e-mail to Facebook to laundry instead of focusing on your work. She kicks you as you complain about your husband to a friend.

Have you noticed? Women seem riddled with guilt. And it’s hard to know if guilt is legitimate or simply a product of our imaginations. After all, should we really feel guilty about things over which we have no control?

We are not perfect. We have no control over some things, so it's no use feeling guilty. We can't do it all.

To celebrate the release of Turning Guilt Trips into Joy Rides, Shirley, Janine and Kim are giving away some great prizes during the blog tour. Share your own "guilt trip" or "joy tip" and be entered to win a free life coaching consultation and a $50 Amazon.com gift certificate.

JUST CLICK THIS LINK (http://justforfun.friendsoftheheart.us) and share what trips you up, holds you back or any tips you may have for overcoming guilt and keeping your joy. Fill out the quick form at the link and you'll be entered to win a free life coaching consultation from one of us AND a gift certificate to Amazon.com to use to purchase whatever strikes your fancy!

The contest runs until May 12. The winner announced on this site on May 14.

Spread The Word On Social Media
TWEET THIS: "Guilt trips...we've all got them and we've all been along for the ride." Turning Guilt Trips into Joy Rides bit.ly/HZSBdg @WestBowPress @litfuse

FACEBOOK THIS: Guilt! She pokes you as you write about your quaint, eccentric aunt. She grabs you as you wander from e-mail to Facebook to laundry instead of focusing on your work. She kicks you as you complain about your husband to a friend. Have you noticed? Women seem riddled with guilt. "Turning Guilt into Joy Rides" is a new devotional designed help you deal with guilt--both real and imagined. Click to find out more. http://litfusegroup.com/blogtours/13480254/guilttrips

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.

2 comments:

  1. Thank you, Kaylea, for reviewing our book. As we speak at women's events, we find women weighed down, sometimes even paralyzed, by guilt. So thanks for helping us get the word out about how to lose the guilt and find joy in Christ.

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  2. Dealing with feelings of guilt can be challenging, even overwhelming. Please check out the latest blog at frompanictopeace.com to find help and encouragement in dealing with this very human emotion.

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