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Monday, July 27, 2009

Blue Like Play Dough by Tricia Goyer - Blog Tour and Giveaway


Category: Religion - Christian Life - Women's Issues
Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Multnomah Books
On Sale: July 2009
Price: $13.99
ISBN: 978-1-60142-152-4 (1-60142-152-4)

Where to Buy: Want to pick up this gem? Go to Random House's website by following this link: Blue Like Play Dough by Tricia Goyer



Summary (from the publisher):


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 recognizes the loving hands of God at work in your life… and know He has something beautiful in mind.

About Tricia Goyer (from the publisher):



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 .


FROM ME: YOU MUST CHECK OUT TRICIA'S WEBSITE! I capped that for a reason! First of all go to www.triciagoyer.com, but don't stop there go to this section: On Writing - My Writing Journey. I cannot begin to tell you, how much Tricia's story has impressed me and inspired me to start my own life's journey. She is truly inspiring. Also be sure to go to The Blue Like Play Dough Go-Go campaign! Why? Because in this world there are young women out there who are pregnant, who have lived some rough lives and who need to know that they are blessings and they are precious. Tricia is going to donate a copy of My Life Unscripted or Generation NeXt Parenting to a a pregnancy, teen or family support ministry. This is while supplies last. Follow the link or click on this cute lil button to get more details.

Tricia Goyer's Go-Go Campaign!



My review:

I was pleasantly surprised by Tricia's open and honest take on her life. To be honest, I have not known many imperfect Christians. I know myself, and I have been rather candid here on my own struggles, but to read a book by a well-known Christian author who is so open with the ups and downs of her life was something that I didn't expect. I almost laughed with glee over the fact that I had found a book that I could relate to. YAY Tricia! What a joy it was to read a book from a woman who understands the way I have felt in my life as I struggled as a single mom, being the wrong girl, filling the love void completely the wrong way, and being totally and often painfully aware of my own imperfections. Tricia's walk in life has not been identical to mine, but so many of her struggles and triumphs rang true to me. With REAL stories, Tricia communicates to the reader how God is present in all things. You see how God works and is working in her life. How God brought her husband John into her life and how John absolutely was Tricia's perfect fit.

Not one of us is perfect, but we are perfect in the eyes of God and as our father, he is going to provide people and experiences to us to help us understand His love and purpose better. We will go through experiences that aren't pleasant, but each thing we move through we GROW through.

This fabulous book goes through many points of Tricia and her family's life. You are going to jump around a bit, but that really is its beauty. I think many people will see themselves in Tricia's story from childhood and beyond. I could see Tricia as a little girl wanting so desperately to feel loved. Who couldn't relate to the frazzled state that many of us fall into as the day-to-day life demands keep pounding on the door and pretty much shove that door right onto us?

Reading what Tricia went through and what she has learned, and reading how she tackles life's events now, has inspired me. God loves me just as he loves her. What an exciting thing to know that God has his own plans for my life! He has set me apart for His purpose! Isn't that amazing. Because truly God loves us, you, me, our families, and our neighbors. Each and every one. We all can reach out to him at any time during our day, and He is reaching out to us. How cool is this?

I certainly recommend this fabulous read! This book will finally give you the permission to stop worrying about how you look to everyone else and start seeing yourself for the fabulous child you are. The ups and downs in your life are taking you somewhere sweet. Listen and learn what God has in store for you!

Thank you to Liz at Random House for sending me Blue Like Play Dough for review and for giving me a copy to give away on my blog to one lucky reader! This giveaway is open to the US or Canada. Please leave an email address properly disguised if one isn't attached to your blog or if you are not a blogger so I can contact you if you win. The winner will have a week to get back to me. This giveaway will run until August 8th.

MAIN ENTRY: To enter leave a comment simply stating why you would like to win this book. Not just enter me. Open up! :)

ADDITIONAL ENTRIES (Please leave a separate comment for each):
+5 Go to Tricia's website www.triciagoyer.com and come back and tell me something you learned there (a book she wrote, a ministry she is involved with...just gooooo!)
+1 Become a follower of this blog. If you are a follower let me know.
+1 Tweet this giveaway and come back with the link.
+5 Blog about this giveaway and come back with the link.

That is it. Pretty simple. Do one, do two, do as many as you like, but don't forget to do the MAIN ENTRY first. Honestly, this book is a treat!

62 comments:

ANovelMenagerie said...

A little inspiration would be great for me right now!

Enter me.

I subscribe... but, you know that already!

Sheri

Marjorie said...

I am a new follower and would like to win this book. We all need a little inspiration.

cenya2 at hotmail dot com

carolsnotebook said...

This sounds like a book I can relate to and also get a lot out of.

I visited her website and learned she writes contemporary romance, too, like Sunflower Serenade.

Thanks for entering me.

carolsnotebook at yahoo dot com

Sheila DeChantal said...

Good review! I am posting mine on this book as well this week! :) I have two tours this week and they are my first ones! :)

Woo Hoo!!!

Lynnette Labelle said...

I love your wedding pic. And how true is that? Rats!

Lynnette Labelle
http://lynnettelabelle.blogspot.com

gahome2mom said...

I didn't get to request it at First Wild Card Tours because I have others I am reading right now. Thanks.

gahome2mom/at/gmail/dot/com

gahome2mom said...

Book - Blue Like Playdough http://bit.ly/1nQ1to

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gahome2mom said...

Love Finds You in
Lonesome Prairie Montana
Coming December 2009


This book sounds yummy. I think I will like it. :)

Thanks,

gahome2mom/at/gmail/dot/com

gahome2mom said...

follower

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Danielle a.k.a Yellie said...

I struggle a lot with how I appear to people both physically, spiritually and as a mom. I think women are so hard on themselves and need a reminder (some of us more frequently than others) of who we are to God. I would love the chance to win this book!

danielle78@comcast.net

Bridget said...

Hi! Just posted on Win A Book. No need to enter me.

Lee said...

I'd love to read this book. It is a source of support and offers devine guidance. This is a great giveaway and please count me in

chinook92(at)gmail(dot)com

Lee said...

I visited Tricia Goyer's website and found out that she is a keynote speaker and offers workshops. The Mentored Soul: The Transformation of Life is interesting.

chinook92(at)gmail(dot)com

Lee said...

I follow your blog

chinook92(at)gmail(dot)com

wade said...

i would love to win this book to add to my collection..love reading..make the winter months go by faster

thanks

wadesherry@hotmail dot com

Danielle a.k.a Yellie said...

I learned from her website that she 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. Very cool!

Extra Entry #1

Danielle a.k.a Yellie said...

I learned from her website that she 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. Very cool!

Extra Entry #2


danielle78@comcast.net

Danielle a.k.a Yellie said...

I learned from her website that she 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. Very cool!

Extra Entry #3


danielle78@comcast.net

Danielle a.k.a Yellie said...

I learned from her website that she 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. Very cool!

Extra Entry #4


danielle78@comcast.net

Danielle a.k.a Yellie said...

I learned from her website that she 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. Very cool!

Extra Entry #5


danielle78@comcast.net

Danielle a.k.a Yellie said...

I follow your blog!

danielle78@comcast.net

Beth said...

I'd love to win this for my aunt - I think she'd really enjoy it.

BethsBookReviewBlog AT gmail DOT com

Beth said...

I'm a long time subscriber, and new follower.

BethsBookReviewBlog AT gmail DOT com

Susan said...

I'd like to win this for my daughter, who is a struggling single mom.

MoziEsmé said...

I struggle as a mom all the time! Some encouragement from a fellow struggling Christian would be welcome...

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

MoziEsmé said...

And now I'm a follower!

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

Winning Readings said...

I've posted about this on Winning Readings:

http://winningreadings.blogspot.com/2009/07/blue-like-play-dough_28.html

Nancy said...

Thank you for stopping by my island. I don't often have to write a review of a book that is not favorable. I'm a book lover, so it hurts to have to do that.

On the other hand, Blue Like Play Dough is a book I wanted to read, but didn't get my request in time to get it. You make it sound like a book I would really like. I'm so far from perfect. People keep wanting me to write a book using my life as a basis, but I've not been the perfect Christian and thought that wouldn't be a book someone would want to read. Now I'm rethinking that.

Victoria said...

I love reading books about motherhood!!

Thank you!
victoriah40@gmail.com

Tammy's Bookshelf said...

Please enter me.

+1 for being a follower

boop144(at)comcast.net

Annette said...

Five Entries- I learned that God spoke deeply to her...and asked her to join Him, as he does all of us.

Annette said...

Five Entries- I learned that God spoke deeply to her...and asked her to join Him, as he does all of us.

Annette said...

Five Entries- I learned that God spoke deeply to her...and asked her to join Him, as he does all of us.

Annette said...

Five Entries- I learned that God spoke deeply to her...and asked her to join Him, as he does all of us.

Annette said...

Five Entries- I learned that God spoke deeply to her...and asked her to join Him, as he does all of us.

Annette said...

Five Entries- I learned that God spoke deeply to her...and asked her to join Him, as he does all of us.

(Since I can't check to see if I did it four or five times, please ignore this comment if it was number 6! Our phone rang...twice!)

Annette said...

I would like to read this book because parenthood is a struggle, though a big blessing. I would also like to give it to my sister...a young single mom.

Julie D said...

I need something to get me out of this rut I'm in.

Debs Desk said...

I have read some great reviews and would love a chance to win. Please include me in your giveaway.

I am a follower.
Thanks
Debbie
debdesk9(at)verizon.net

Holly said...

It looks terrific. That's the simple reason I'd like to win!

Anonymous said...

Everyone has struggles in life. The question is how we handle ourselves on this journey that we take. I'm always interested in reading a book that explores difficulties, and in which people prosper.
Thanks for the opportunity.

bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

I learned that her upcoming books include: Sunflower Serenade, The Swiss Courier and Love Finds You in Lonesome Prairie Montana.

bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

#1

Anonymous said...

Her upcoming books include Sunflower Serenade, The Swiss Courier, and Love Finds you in Lonesome Prairie Montana. #2

bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

#3 Her upcoming books include Sunflower Serenade, The Swiss Courier and Love Finds You in Lonesome Prairie Montana.

bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

#4 Her upcoming books include Sunflower Serenade, The Swiss Courier and Love Finds You in Lonesome Prairie Montana.

bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

Anonymous said...

#5 Her upcoming books include Sunflower Serenade, The Swiss Courier and Love Finds You in Lonesome Prairie Montana.

bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

"Miss" Anita said...

I'd like to win this book because I've seen one of her other books, read snippets of it, and really liked what I read! :)

roseinthemorning [at] gmail [dot] com

"Miss" Anita said...

Wow! I learned that when she joined God at work where He was already at work, He opened the doors for her writing to "take off." She didn't think she could start a Caring Pregnancy Center in her area, but when she "joined" God, He worked through her writing to open the doors of a great ministry in her own area.

roseinthemorning [at] gmail [dot] com

"Miss" Anita said...

Does that little "+5" mean I can give myself 5 entries for going to her site and telling you something I learned? Do I need to come up with five different things? Well, an additional thing I learned is that she and I are fairly close in age because she said she was 28 in 1999, and I turned 29 in late 1999.

roseinthemorning [at] gmail [dot] com

"Miss" Anita said...

Another thing I learned while visiting her site (for a 3rd entry), is that her grandfather passed away from cancer.

roseinthemorning [at] gmail [dot] com

"Miss" Anita said...

(entry 4 of 5) From her site, I went to her blog and enjoyed this post:

http://triciagoyer.blogspot.com/2009/07/this-is-why-i-write.html

It gives a quote from someone who's read Blue Like Play Dough. I like the theme I "hear" in many people's assessment of her writing... very conversational.

roseinthemorning [at] gmail [dot] com

"Miss" Anita said...

entry 5 of 5 for going to her site:

I learned that even though we may be close in age, her kids are older than mine. So, my hubby and I waited longer to start having kids. :)

roseinthemorning [at] gmail [dot] com

"Miss" Anita said...

I'm a follower of your blog.

roseinthemorning [at] gmail [dot] com

"Miss" Anita said...

I tweeted about this here -->

http://twitter.com/HSBSuzanne/status/3104385391

roseinthemorning [at] gmail [dot] com

"Miss" Anita said...

I blogged about this giveaway (entry 1 of 5)

http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/Suzanne/713784/


roseinthemorning [at] gmail [dot] com

"Miss" Anita said...

I blogged about this giveaway (entry 2 of 5)

http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/Suzanne/713784/


roseinthemorning [at] gmail [dot] com

"Miss" Anita said...

I blogged about this giveaway (entry 3 of 5)

http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/Suzanne/713784/


roseinthemorning [at] gmail [dot] com

"Miss" Anita said...

I blogged about this giveaway (entry 4 of 5)

http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/Suzanne/713784/


roseinthemorning [at] gmail [dot] com

"Miss" Anita said...

I blogged about this giveaway (entry 5 of 5)

http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/Suzanne/713784/


roseinthemorning [at] gmail [dot] com

Anonymous said...

Sometimes we all need a little inspiration.

denise_22315(at)yahoo(dot)com

carolsnotebook said...

I also posted this on my blog.

http://carolsnotebook.wordpress.com/2009/08/01/giveaways-in-blogland-11/

carolsnotebook at yahoo dot com

Steph said...

A book like this is so relevant to me as a Christian and stay-at-home mom. I'd love to hear what she has to say.

ms0812@zoominternet.net