Book Review: Blue Like Play Dough

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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)! (

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:

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: watch a video and read the endorsements

Link to purchase the book:

Blog tour schedule! Please post link in your blog tour post!


Christa at Christa Allan

Mary at Home Steeped Hope

Julie at The Surrendered Scribe

Martha at Our Family’s Adventures

Katrina at Callapidder Days


Wendi at Wendi’s Book Corner

Amy at In Pursuit of Proverbs 31

Nicole at Gidget Goes Home

Sunny at That Book Addiction

Jennifer at Quiver Full Family


Angie at God Uses Broken Vessels

Deborah at Comfort Joy

Cathy at Word Vessel

Melissa at A Weak Rose

Amy at Amy’s Random Thoughts


Gina at Portrait of a Writer

Heather at Mumblings of a Mommy Monk

Stacey at Jamee Forever

Amy at The 160 Acre Woods

Mindy at Ponderings of the Heart


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

Pam at Without Fear

Margaret at The Cappuccino Life

Tanya at In The Dailies

Scoti at Springs Writers


Jamie at Surviving the Chaos

Dena at Mother Inferior

Danica at The Journey of Writer Danica Favorite

Leticia at My Daily Trek

Kelly at Love Well


Jeanette at His Marvelous Work

Jill at Christian Work at Home Moms

Krista at Welcome To Married Life

Laura at Lighthouse Academy

Marta at Marta’s Meanderings


Kaylea at My Scrappy Life

Heather at Life As We Know It

Jubilee at Notes of Jubilee

Stacey at Cedar Valley Publishing


Deborah at Books, Movies and Chinese Food

Christy at Christy’s Book Blog

Danielle at Miss.Mouthy

Kate at A Simple Walk

Donna at Write By Faith


Angela at All that Naz

Niki at My Journey

Mimi at Mimi’s Pixie Corner

Deena at A Peek at My Bookshelf

Sarah at Real Life


Patty at Fresh Brewed Writer

Tara at Tara’s View on Books

Janice at The Nearsighted Bookworm

Shera at Froggy Reviews

Kara at Ramblings-n-Writings


Suzanne at There’s No Place Like Home

Pamela at Aunt Pam’s Closet

Kelli at The Zen of Motherhood

Virginia at Ginny Smith

Lynetta at Open Book


Betsy at Betsy At Large

Christi at Christi’s Blah, Blah Blog

Christa at Life…One word at a time

Lauren at Baseballs and Bows

Amy at Peek-A-Boo ICU


Laura at Laura Willam’s Musings

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