Monday, July 27, 2009

Book Review: Blue Like Play Dough

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.

Author Bio:
Tricia Goyer is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including Generation NeXt Parenting and the Gold Medallion finalist Life Interrupted. Goyer writes for publications such as Today’s Christian Woman and Focus on the Family, speaks to women’s groups nationwide and has been a presenter at the Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) national convention. She and her husband, John, live with their family in Montana.

My Review:
What is messy but moldable? Motherhood. Blue Like Play Dough is the second non-fiction book that I’ve read from Tricia Goyer. I read her other book, My Life, Unscripted, a couple years ago. I like her writing style…very casual, friendly, and easy to read. Tricia shares her life experiences, including her mistakes, with sincerity and humility. From a difficult childhood, teenage pregnancy, homeschooling blues, to being a busy wife and mom and writer. In Blue Like Play Dough, I can relate to some of the things she shares, such as desiring to be a perfect wife and perfect mom , raising 3 kids (one girl and two boys), learning in homeschooling, memorizing God’s Word, listening to God-given radar, actively supporting crisis pregnancy centers, etc. Have you ever been discouraged by the challenges of motherhood? Are you trying to juggle too many things? This book serves as a gentle reminder for us to surrender all to God. When we do that, we will see something beautiful because God will mold and shape us to be the moms He wants us to be. I enjoyed reading the book; it made me pause and pray (for my kids, my husband, and myself). I also cried when I was reading Chapter 20: "When Death Stopped at Our House." This book offers encouragement and hope for moms in their journey of motherhood.

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You can read the fist chapter here.
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~This book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.

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