(read the review and details for the contest are below)
It’s not often that I find myself truly blessed by a book and having never read any of Tricia Goyer’s work before I wasn’t certain what I would find in the pages of Blue Like Play Dough. I was so happy and surprised by what I discovered as I kept turning the pages of this book – and I must say I love the cover since it’s in my favorite color and it’s shiny. There was so much more than that though as to what I enjoyed about this book.
Tricia Goyer is a wife and a mom to three and what I found so great, she is a homeschooling mom! She has authored 18 books in both the fiction and non-fiction areas and she was a finalist for the Gold Medallion. She also writes for other publications like Today’s Christian Woman and Focus on the Family. She also does speaking engagements across the country. Mrs. Goyer is one busy woman – aren’t all homeschooling moms though?
Tricia Goyer is transparent in this book, letting readers feel like they are sitting right in her or their living rooms just chatting like old friends. All the time though her love for God just oozes out of the pages, the reader can feel the love of our Saviour as they read this book – I don’t think there wasn’t a page without mention of God or something He did her or her family’s life. Through out the book I found myself laughing like when she was talking about doing school with her son describing verbs and how she’d managed to mix English with P.E. I know I love it when I can justify that I’ve mixed two different subjects so we can finish school faster.
There were also those moments that needed a box of tissues, such as when her Grandpa was dying and he started shouting "I love you Jesus", keeping in mind her Grandparents lived with her. It brought back memories of when I lost my Grandparents, who were so dearly love, unfortunately for me, I don’t have the assurance as to where they are today. I could feel her loss because I remember falling to the floor screaming when I got the news about my Grandpa. The talk with her daughter about suicide, oh my! So many things that just spoke to me.
Then there were the more poignant moments such as when she talked about how memories are made today not tomorrow. I know I am guilty of putting things before my children and my husband – not a good way at making memories. The description of play dough plays a significant role in this book, think of all the undesirable things about yourself like those crumbs that get stuck in the play dough your children play with some are mixed in, some are stuck to the outside, but no matter what you can’t get it out. God can though and He can stretch, pull and squeeze until you meet His needs.
My only issue with the book is the use of The Message for Scripture reference. I am not keen on paraphrases and prefer a more literal translation (translation and paraphrases are two different things) although using the Message did lend itself well to Mrs. Goyer’s writing style. That though, being my only issue is a good thing because I couldn’t take issue with anything else. I wouldn’t let this deter you from reading the book though, there is much to be gained by reading it and to let the Bible used detract from reading it, is not something I would do.
This book was well worth it and I highly recommend it and I know I will be re-reading it when I need a pick up or a refresher on how to be nicer to my children and remember to make memories with them! The thing I liked most though it was like fellowship right in my own home with a fellow Sister who loves Christ and wants to be like Him – not just follow a list of rules – but actually emulate Him to everyone she comes across.
Now for the giveaway! I have one brand new copy of Blue Like Play Dough by Tricia Goyer to give away to one reader who wants to be blessed and inspired!
You can enter every way, 1 time a day, for a chance of 4 entries per day. Make sure to leave me a way to contact you either email or through your blog so I can contact you if you win. Contest ends Saturday August 1st at 12 noon EST. Open only to U.S. residents, sorry.
1. Leave me a comment telling me about how God has molded you to make you His.
2. Visit WaterBrook Multnomah Publishers (a division of Random House) and tell me one book you’d want to read.
3. Follow my blog. On the right side bar and click follow. Leave me a comment telling me you did this. If you already do this tell me that too, don’t re-follow me 😀
4. Visit Tricia’s blog store and tell me one of her other books looks interesting to you.
Remember to leave me a way to contact you and you can enter every way for up to 4 entries every day.