Blue Like Play Dough: The Shape of Motherhood in the Grip of God  -     By: Tricia Goyer
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Random House, Inc / 2009 / Paperback

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In the hectic life of an everyday mom, could God be doing something wonderful? Tricia Goyer thinks so. In her spiritual memoir, Blue Like Play Dough, this one time pregnant teenager shares her journey to becoming a busy mom and wife with dreams of her own. From laundry folding to multiple readings of "Goodnight Moon", Tricia invites women to see God's loving hand at work in every aspect of their lives. Paperback.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 208
Vendor: Random House, Inc
Publication Date: 2009
Dimensions: 8.00 X 5.19 (inches)
ISBN: 1601421524
ISBN-13: 9781601421524
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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 eighteen books 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.

Endorsements

“I couldn’t put Blue Like Play Dough down. Tricia’s love of God comes through on every page as she shows what motherhood is like when God wields his rolling pin and smoothes the rough edges of her life. Before you know it, your heart will be putty in God’s hands, too.” — Ginger Kolbaba, editor, Today's Christian Woman

“With fresh, disarming honesty, Tricia Goyer gives us a glimpse into the challenges of motherhood and womanhood as we know it oh-so-well. She then gently nudges us to remain pliable in the hands of the One who is deliberate in His plans for us. A surrendered life is a beautiful life. Thanks, Tricia, for giving us an authentic picture of what that sort of life looks like.” — Robin Jones Gunn, best-selling author of the Christy Miller Series and the Sisterchicks series

“A hopeful book that moms will relish, Blue Like Playdough is an honest, peel-back-the-covers look at the creative way God shapes us through childhood and parenthood. Tricia Goyer explores her own weaknesses along the journey, revealing her desire to serve the God who forms strength and joy and perseverance within her. A compelling, fresh read.” — Mary E. DeMuth, author of Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture

“I didn’t even know I needed to read this book until I found myself weeping as Tricia’s story reached right into my mothering heart. Part memoir and part self-help, Blue Like Play Dough is a must read for every mother who has ever doubted her purpose. An honest, hopeful read that will hearten moms no matter what stage of motherhood they are in.” — Tina Ann Forkner, author of Ruby Among Us and Rose House

“The best hostesses make you feel welcome in their home, a part of the family. Likewise, the best authors make you feel welcome as you visit them in the pages of their books. Tricia Goyer does that in Blue Like Play Dough as she invites you to come into her life and hang out with her family, and she doesn't apologize for the messiness of family life. Instead, with refreshing vulnerability and transparency, she shows us all that it’s okay to be imperfect in the hands of a God whose love for his own is perfect.” — Nancy Kennedy, author of Girl on a Swing and Lipstick Grace

“Tricia’s book is a masterpiece on motherhood—sculpted by her hands—shaped by her love for God.” — Margaret McSweeney, Pearl Girls ™: Encountering Grit, Experiencing Grace

“Blue Like Play Dough had me nodding, laughing, crying, dog-earing favorite pages, and saying, ‘Wow, I’m not the only mom who feels that way? I’m not weird?’ Honest, gut-wrenching, and funny—this is the kind of book every mom needs to read and keep on her shelf—like a long-time friend—there to walk beside you, drink coffee with you, encourage you. Loved this book!” — Kimberley Woodhouse, author of Welcome Home: Our Family’s Journey to Extreme Joy

Library Journal

Goyer's book is an impressionistic and accessibly written treatment of the spiritual life—and spiritual challenges—of a contemporary but quite Christian mother, in which she concludes that the best place for herself, her children, and her parenting is "in God's hands." Many readers will enjoy her homely and familiar style.

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Praise for Blue Like Play Dough

“I couldn’t put Blue Like Play Dough down. Tricia’s love of God comes through on every page as she shows what motherhood is like when God wields his rolling pin and smoothes the rough edges of her life. Before you know it, your heart will be putty in God’s hands, too.”
–Ginger Kolbaba, editor, Today's Christian Woman

“With fresh, disarming honesty, Tricia Goyer gives us a glimpse into the challenges of motherhood and womanhood as we know it oh-so-well. She then gently nudges us to remain pliable in the hands of the One who is deliberate in His plans for us.  A surrendered life is a beautiful life. Thanks, Tricia, for giving us an authentic picture of what that sort of life looks like.”
–Robin Jones Gunn, best-selling author of the Christy Miller Series and the Sisterchicks series

“A hopeful book that moms will relish, Blue Like Playdough is an honest, peel-back-the-covers look at the creative way God shapes us through childhood and parenthood. Tricia Goyer explores her own weaknesses along the journey, revealing her desire to serve the God who forms strength and joy and perseverance within her. A compelling, fresh read.”
–Mary E. DeMuth, author of Authentic Parenting in a Postmodern Culture

“I didn’t even know I needed to read this book until I found myself weeping as Tricia’s story reached right into my mothering heart. Part memoir and part self-help, Blue Like Play Dough is a must read for every mother who has ever doubted her purpose. An honest, hopeful read that will hearten moms no matter what stage of motherhood they are in.”
–Tina Ann Forkner, author of Ruby Among Us and Rose House

“Tricia’s story reveals a great truth: that as God uses us to grow our kids, he grows us in the process too.”
–Mary Byers, author of Making Work at Home Work and The Mother Load

“The best hostesses make you feel welcome in their home, a part of the family. Likewise, the best authors make you feel welcome as you visit them in the pages of their books. Tricia Goyer does that in Blue Like Play Dough as she invites you to come into her life and hang out with her family, and she doesn't apologize for the messiness of family life. Instead, with refreshing vulnerability and transparency, she shows us all that it’s okay to be imperfect in the hands of a God whose love for his own is perfect.”
–Nancy Kennedy, author of Girl on a Swing and Lipstick Grace

“Tricia’s book is a masterpiece on motherhood–sculpted by her hands–shaped by her love for God.”
–Margaret McSweeney, Pearl Girls ™: Encountering Grit, Experiencing Grace

Blue Like Play Dough had me nodding, laughing, crying, dog-earing favorite pages, and saying, ‘Wow, I’m not the only mom who feels that way? I’m not weird?’ Honest, gut-wrenching, and funny–this is the kind of book every mom needs to read and keep on her shelf–like a long-time friend–there to walk beside you, drink coffee with you, encourage you. Loved this book!”
–Kimberley Woodhouse, author of Welcome Home: Our Family’s Journey to Extreme Joy

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    Urailak
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    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 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.

    ~This book was provided for review by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.
  2. Susan Titus Osborn
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    February 5, 2010
    Susan Titus Osborn
    In Blue Like Play Dough, Tricia Goyer gives a transparent account of her journey from a difficult childhood home life, resulting in a teenage pregnancy, to her productive life today as a busy wife, mother, and Sunday school teacher. She learned that God could use her past pain to help struggling teens with their problems today. She states, When I'm at the end of myself, God steps in. He takes over.Susan Osborn, Director of the Christian Communicator Manuscript Critique Service and author of 30 books.
  3. Kathy Collard Miller
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 17, 2009
    Kathy Collard Miller
    If you've ever felt like you might slip from God's grip, this book will make you feel secure. Tricia's honesty, vulnerability, humor and engaging stories make you feel like you can keep your grip on God and be gripped by Him. It builds faith, commitment and trust in our great God. It's truly hard to put down. She just pulls you deeper and deeper into saying, "yes, God, I trust you."
  4. Amydeanne
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    September 11, 2009
    Amydeanne
    I never thought I could meet God here. In my home. In my mess. In the midst of my ordinary suburban life. To me, God was someone you met at church or connected with at weekly Bible study. I knew deep down it was possible to have mountaintop moments, but I believe they came during week long spiritual retreats, hour long morning Quiet Times, and a once-a -year womens conference.That is the opening of Tricia Goyers new book called Blue like Play Dough.She talks about trying to read Bibles while Doras on and solitude is hard to come by.Tricia has been there. She knows her mommyhood and understands what we mommys go through.I was sucked into the vortex of this book and couldnt put it down. Tricia has been there, done that and lived to tell with a wonderful outlook that should encourage us. It gives me that warm fuzzy feeling (and not b/c its fluffy but b/c it contains great topics and depth of someone who knows what Im going through.)Having read several of her previous books I was delightfully surprised by her openness in this book and how I felt like I was chatting with a friend (even though I wasnt talking!). I laughed in one breath and was teared up in the next. I think when a lot of us look at big names and think we have so far to go, its so nice to see they learn just like the rest of us and that makes me more interested in what they have to say.Thanks for an excellent read Tricia!
  5. Deb Haggerty
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    September 7, 2009
    Deb Haggerty
    Blue Like Play Dough is a stretching, molding experiece. Tricia Goyer so honestly relates her journey as a mom and as a Christian that I could identify and grow along with her. All of us have those "crumbs" of hardened dough in our lives that we need to turn over to God. Those of us who are moms know how much we are pulled, stretched, and molded as we raise our kids. This is a must read for any mom who feels stretched beyond her limits - play with Tricia and you'll find that blue play dough is peace within and peace with God - no matter what is going on on the outside.
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