Book Review: Blue Like Play Dough

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BlueLikePlayDough

I have been waiting to read this book since it was first mentioned about a year ago. It’s been on my Amazon wish list for a long time. Thanks so much to Amy from LitFuse for allowing me to review this book.

Blue Like Play Dough by Tricia Goyer is all about Tricia’s life when she puts herself in God’s hands and lets Him stretch and mold her. The vignettes share all sorts of stories from Tricia’s childhood right up until the day the manuscript was sent off to the publisher, it seems. I must have been in a bad mood when I started reading this because I felt a little frustrated. As I read I started thinking, “Well, that’s nice for you, but what about me?” I wanted to see notes at the bottom that said, “Here’s what YOU need to do to have a life like Tricia’s or to handle situations like Tricia or to trust God like Tricia.”

As I continued to read I noticed a thread running through each story. Tricia turned her life to God. Not once, not twice but every day and in every situation. Blue Like Playdough really encouraged me to set aside at least a few minutes with God every day.

Tricia not only lets us glimpse into her soul, she let’s us take a good look around. She shares difficult choices and experiences that ultimately helped God shape her. She talks about getting crumbs in her Play Dough. She shares how God continues to shape her and stretch he and how He is shaping her kids, her family and her community.

Oftentimes as moms, we are really busy trying to hold things together…laundry, cooking dinner, laundry, housecleaning, laundry, saying hello to our husbands, and again, more laundry. Tricia shows how we can take time to be with God and our family during this time. We don’t have to step away from everything for a once-a-year time of spiritual retreat. She also stresses the time to shape our kids to love God, our ultimate ministry.

Tricia’s writing style is easy to read and her chapters are short, which is just what busy moms need. Take a look at some of the exciting blog tour information and enjoy being stretched.

TGoyer headshot 2009

A note from Tricia: Are you a mommy who feels squeezed by Motherhood? Could God be shaping something beautiful in you?

In my new spiritual memoir, Blue Like Play Dough I invite women to discover the extraordinary in the ordinary! To learn to see God’s hand lovingly at work in every aspect of your life—from laundry-folding to the umpteenth reading of Goodnight Moon.

Get One, Give One Campaign (GO-GO)! (http://triciagoyer.com/gogo.html)

With the release of this book Tricia is also launching the Get One, Give One Campaign!

For every copy of Blue Like Play Dough purchased, she’ll donate a copy of My Life Unscripted or Generation NeXt Parenting to a pregnancy, teen or family support ministry (while supplies last).

All you have to do is buy a copy of Blue Like Play Dough on Christianbook, on Amazon, or at your local bookstore, and then go to Tricia’s Go-Go page and fill out the form. EASY!

Help us spread the word about the Go-Go program by putting this button on your website/blog: (see the button here)

Tricia Goyer's Go-Go Campaign!

Blog Tour Info

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: (shorter bio here)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.

Author website: http://www.triciagoyer.com watch a video and read the endorsements

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

Blog tour schedule! Please post link in your blog tour post! http://www.litfusegroup.com/latest/what-is-new/87-blue-like-play-dough-blog-tour

7/20

Christa at Christa Allan

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Mary at Home Steeped Hope

http://homesteepedhope.com/

Julie at The Surrendered Scribe

http://thesurrenderedscribe.blogspot.com/

Martha at Our Family’s Adventures

http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/Martha/

Katrina at Callapidder Days

http://callapidderdays.blogspot.com/

7/21

Wendi at Wendi’s Book Corner

http://wendisbookcorner.blogspot.com

Amy at In Pursuit of Proverbs 31

http://www.InPursuitOfProverbs31.com

Nicole at Gidget Goes Home

http://gidgetgoeshome.com

Sunny at That Book Addiction

http://thatbookaddiction.blogspot.com/

Jennifer at Quiver Full Family

http://quiverfullfamily.com

7/22

Angie at God Uses Broken Vessels

http://godusesbrokenvessels.blogspot.com

Deborah at Comfort Joy

http://comfortjoydesigns.blogspot.com/

Cathy at Word Vessel

http://wordvessel.blogspot.com/

Melissa at A Weak Rose

http://www.aweakrose.blogspot.com/

Amy at Amy’s Random Thoughts

http://www.amychristopher.blogspot.com

7/23

Gina at Portrait of a Writer

http://portraitofawriter.ginaconroy.com

Heather at Mumblings of a Mommy Monk

http://mommymonk.blogspot.com/

Stacey at Jamee Forever

http://jameeforever.blogspot.com

Amy at The 160 Acre Woods

http://the160acrewoods.wordpress.com/

Mindy at Ponderings of the Heart

http://philippians4verse8.blogspot.com:80/

7/24

Melody at Kids, Cakes, Dishes, Laundry…In That Order

http://www.kidscakesdisheslaundry.blogspot.com

Pam at Without Fear

http://withoutfear08.blogspot.com/

Margaret at The Cappuccino Life

http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/cappuccinosmom/profile/

Tanya at In The Dailies

http://tanyadennisbooks.com/

Scoti at Springs Writers

http://www.springswriters.blogspot.com

7/25

Jamie at Surviving the Chaos

http://www.survivingthechaos.blogspot.com

Dena at Mother Inferior

http://denadyer.typepad.com/

Danica at The Journey of Writer Danica Favorite

http://www.danicafavorite.blogspot.com

Leticia at My Daily Trek

http://leticiasworld.blogspot.com/

Kelly at Love Well

http://www.lovewell.blogspot.com

7/27

Jeanette at His Marvelous Work

http://www.HisMarvelousWork.blogspot.com

Jill at Christian Work at Home Moms

http://blog.cwahm.com

Krista at Welcome To Married Life

http://www.welcometomarriedlife.com

Laura at Lighthouse Academy

http://lighthouse-academy.blogspot.com/

Marta at Marta’s Meanderings

http://martasmeanderings.blogspot.com

7/28

Kaylea at My Scrappy Life

http://kaytebug2002.blogspot.com

Heather at Life As We Know It

http://thelittlesprouts.blogspot.com/

Jubilee at Notes of Jubilee

http://www.notesofjubilee.com

Stacey at Cedar Valley Publishing

http://www.cedarvalleypublishing.com/blog

7/29

Deborah at Books, Movies and Chinese Food

http://books-movies-chinesefood.blogspot.com/

Christy at Christy’s Book Blog

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Danielle at Miss.Mouthy

http://missmouthy.com/

Kate at A Simple Walk

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Donna at Write By Faith

http://writebyfaith.blogspot.com/

7/30

Angela at All that Naz

http://allthatnaz.blogspot.com/

Niki at My Journey

http://nikinowell.wordpress.com/

Mimi at Mimi’s Pixie Corner

http://tagsandotherformsofmischief.blogspot.com/

Deena at A Peek at My Bookshelf

http://deenasbooks.blogspot.com

Sarah at Real Life

http://www.reallifeblog.net

7/31

Patty at Fresh Brewed Writer

http://freshbrewedwriter.blogspot.com/

Tara at Tara’s View on Books

http://tarasviewonbooks.blogspot.com/

Janice at The Nearsighted Bookworm

http://www.thenearsightedbookworm.blogspot.com

Shera at Froggy Reviews

http://froggyreviews.com

Kara at Ramblings-n-Writings

http://ramblings-n-writings.blogspot.com

8/1

Suzanne at There’s No Place Like Home

http://clickingherheels.blogspot.com

Pamela at Aunt Pam’s Closet

http://insearchofhealthylife.blogspot.com

Kelli at The Zen of Motherhood

http://www.thezenofmotherhood.blogspot.com

Virginia at Ginny Smith

http://www.virginiasmith.org/index.html

Lynetta at Open Book

http://www.lynetta.blogspot.com

8/3

Betsy at Betsy At Large

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Christi at Christi’s Blah, Blah Blog

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Christa at Life…One word at a time

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Lauren at Baseballs and Bows

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Amy at Peek-A-Boo ICU

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8/4

Laura at Laura Willam’s Musings

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