Blue Like Play Dough by Tricia Goyer (Review & Giveaway)

A delightful read about faith and about family, and about God’s Hands molding it all together into something beautiful.

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The everyday push and pull of motherhood often leaves Tricia Goyer feeling, well, smooshed. Can you relate? In Blue Like Play Dough, Tricia shares her unlikely journey from rebellious, pregnant teen to busy wife and mom with big dreams of her own.

Sure her life is messy and beset with doubts. But God keep 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…

Blue Like Play Dough flowed from the moment I opened the first page. With moments that caused me to laugh in acknowledgment,

“One day while praying about the hard stuff in life an image came to mind of a lump of play dough.  As I focused on it I realized the lump was not something my kids held in their hands, but that God held in His.  I was that lump.  God was molding me and he had something in mind.

The image was there and then it was gone.  Donald Miller had Blue Jazz.  I had play dough.  I tried not to be disappointed.”

TriciaaboutTricia writes with experience of what it is like to be a young mom trying to raise children to the best of her ability yet still having dreams of her own.  Tricia is honest about her short comings and openly shares the triumphs and the trials of struggling to do it all.

When Tricia writes in this book about letting go and relaxing a bit allowing time for herself and time for the kids to learn to just play and be together I think I felt my own soul relax a little.  Having two grown boys I still go through moments of the what if’s (what if I hadn’t worked so hard when they were younger, what if I had been at home more, what if…)

Tricia speaks openly about her short comings and her fear of being judged my others.  She like many of us, carries with her that need – that desire for acceptance and I love how throughout the book God continues to show up.  As Tricia says,

“The problem isn’t whether God will show up.  It’s all about me not being aware that He is already here… that He has been in my life all along.  And that he doesn’t care about my mess.”

Author Bio:

Tricia Goyer is the author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction, including Generation NeXt Parenting and the GoGoButtonGold 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.

Random House has generously sent me a copy of this book to be given away to one of my readers.  To enter:

1.  Leave a comment here with a book title of Tricia’s that you would enjoy reading (besides this one)  Tricia has 18 books out, on her website you can see the books under the books tab.

2.  Blog or tweet about this giveaway on a separate comment and receive another entry

3.  Go to Tricias website *Give one Get one Promo... tweet or blog about this and leave a comment link here and earn 3 extra entries

Tricia Goyer’s Website

*Tricia Goyers Give One Get One Promo

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I received this review book and an extra book to give away compliments of Elizabeth at Random House

This book is a G Rating

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Posted on July 31, 2009, in Book Giveaways, Book Review and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 35 Comments.

  1. Oooh… cool! I tweeted about this, but I don’t know how to put tweet links.

    From Dust to Ashes I think. It’s historical fic and I love historical fic.

  2. I would love to read her Home to Heather Creek Series! It looks so good! Love those kind of books.
    thanks for the giveaway – If I win and like this one I’ll go get that series!
    dcf_beth at verizon dot net

  3. Blue like Play Dough sounds great. At her website, I found several books that piqued my interest, including the Generation Next ones, but I think the one I would want to read first (after Play Dough!) would be “The Swiss Courier”. It’s a WWII secret agent/historical novel and sounds great.

    Thanks for fun giveway and intro to another new-to-me author.

    JHolden955 (at) gmail (dot) com

  4. The Swiss Courier I would love to read this.

    chocolateandcroissants at yahoo dot com

  5. The series that goes with Sunflower Serenade sounds really good..


  6. I would love to read The Swiss Courier.

    chocolateandcroissants at yahoo dot com

  7. tweeted: Blue like Play Dogh

  8. tweeted her giveaway by Blue Play Dough Generation Next Parenting or My life unscripted fre

  9. I would enjoy reading Sunflower Serenade!!!

  10. I like the sound of From Dust and Ashes.
    Thanks for the great giveaway.

  11. The Heather Creek series sounds good! I’d love to read them!

  12. Ms. Goyer wrote “Every Sunrise.”

  13. I’d like to read Pearls Girls. Thank you.

    betty.m1947 at yahoo dot com

  14. I would like to read her historical fiction and nonfiction books:
    Arms of Deliverance and one of the Generation Next books.


    Thanks for posting at MckLinky. 🙂

  15. I posted her Give One Get One book thing on my right sidebar at . GAhome2mom Blog


  16. I added Blue Like Playdoh by Tricia Goyer to MckLinky on my blog. 🙂


    I will try to tweet it later but I have to help my dh hang curtains in our sunroom. (12 windows to do) lol

  17. I would like to read many of Trish’s books. I’ve put quite a few on my wishlist- Generation Next Parenting, From Dust and Ashes, and The Heather Creek Series all sound good. Please enter me. Thanks!


  18. Blue Like Playdoh @bookjourney than 5 seconds ago from web

    tweeted @gahome2mom

    Stage One: Dusted the blinds. Ugh! lol

  19. I would love to read Sweet September. Please include me in your giveaway.

  20. I would love to read her Arms of Deliverance – A Story of Promise. She has a number of historical fiction books that look fantastic.

  21. The Swiss Courier sounds good

  22. I’d like to read My Life Unscripted: Who’s Writing Your Life?!

  23. There are two that looked intersesting, The Swiss Courier and Arms of Deliverance.

  24. Hi Sheila…I would love to read “My Life Unscripted.”

  25. I blogged about this over at my new blog “Embrace the Whirlwind with Laurel-Rain Snow.”

  26. I think I would go with The Swiss Courier

  27. Tricia Goyer seems like an awesome author with many wonderful books to choose from. I will definitely include her on my list of author’s to read. I chose 2 books that looked interesting: “From Dust to Ashes” and “Night Song” (I can see a library or a bookstore soon!!)

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  28. Tweet! Tweet!

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  29. I Tweeted about the Buy One /Give one

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