Friday, July 31, 2009

Blue Like Play Dough

Today my husband worked a short day and my in-laws are in town. This gave me the unusual opportunity to consider a nap.....I had the chance to take a LONG nap but I passed on it. WHAT???? That's crazy! Any mother of four who has the chance to take a nap (long or short) should take it. Why on earth would I pass up this chance? Because I wanted to finish the book Blue Like Play Dough by Tricia Goyer.

Now, I will confess that I read fast so I managed to get the reading in and still have time for a short nap so it wasn't all sacrifice. This book is wonderful. It hit on several parenting, spiritual, and life issues that were timely. Some of the topics I enjoyed most:

  • There's no need for Excessive Self-Sufficiency.
  • One of the best ways of Finding and Sharing God's Love is thru Relationship with others
  • Remembering that TODAY is life, don't wait for the illusive tomorrow.
  • Trust and respond to your inner voice!
  • If you feel disconnected or "a little off"--- you probably are, but you can fix it. Get into the word and spend some time in prayer.
  • There are no "side trips" on your journey with God, every season has a purpose. God can grow you thru it.
  • Make the effort to tuck God's word in your kids hearts (ie: bible stories and memorization) and use creative ways sometimes... For instance, lights out or bedtime can be extended ANY time for reading God's word.
  • The hard stuff isn't easy (like your teenager being arrested for stealing) but thru it we see God in different ways.
This book may well be the best book I have read so far this year. I plan to read it again while on vacation next week. But, better yet, I have a copy to GIVE AWAY. Comment here on the blog OR on Facebook by Aug 8 to be entered in a drawing for a free book (I'll mail it to you). If you aren't the winner, you should still get this book!

Summary: 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.

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.

3 comments:

Tara said...

Ooh, ooh! Put me in the drawing, put me in the drawing!

Sharon, the "topics you enjoyed most" were welcome water for this mama soul! 'Perfect reminders after a spiritually and emotionally, roller coaster of a week!

Big hugs to you,
Tara

macymiamom said...

Sharon,
I especially loved the part about RELATIONSHIPS and the WORD. Such a good reminder. I need to get this book. Sounds like a good read for tranisional times! ;)

Sharon Simon said...

Sorry it took me so long to do the "random number generator!"
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TARA, That's you!
Congratulations! I will put your book in the mail tomorrow. :)