The Grumble-Free Year: Twelve Months, Eleven Family Members and One Impossible GoalTricia GoyerThomas Nelson / 2019 / Trade Paperback$13.49 Retail:5 Stars Out Of 5 13 Reviews
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kelannlong5 Stars Out Of 5Rumble that grumble right out the door...November 7, 2019kelannlongTrue confession: I knew I was grinching (as we call it at our house) on occasion. I didn't like I was doing it---but only after the fact, of course. However, it was my multi-generational family's grumbling that was really crawling up my spine. This book seemed to float down from heaven at the perfect time. Ironically, when I started reading The Grumble Free Year, my eyes were opened to how much I mutter, the "why" behind my anst, and how much it affects the people under my roof and those I work with.
Just when I thought she'd peaked with Walking It Out, Tricia Goyer has truly done it again! With her transparency, bravery, and heart for following Jesus, she shows us transformation is possible. Being grumble free goes from being an accepted impossibility we tend to shrug off to a positive reprogramming that invests in the people around us as well as ourselves. Did we intentionally start out as grumblers and decide to pass it on to those folks God has given us to nurture? Absolutely not, but like Tricia said, "There are so many big things that need taught, it's the real stuff that too often gets overlooked." With verses to back up her insight, she addresses this "faithless complaining" we've allowed to become ingrained in our reactive fabric and how it breaks God's heart. With time, patience and a reliance on Him, we can embrace gratitude and shine Christ's light brighter than we ever have before.
An example of "Preparing not to grumble when something is coming you know you will grumble about" is so practical. Many tips with doable steps are sprinkled through her family's real life journey. (By the way, they deserve huge kudos for being willing to be highlighted in this adventure.)
It's so comforting to be reminded "If this world had its act together, there would be no need for Christ." Instead, He is there for us to lavish us in love and cover us with grace. And that is certainly nothing to grumble about.
Anbee5 Stars Out Of 5A Real-Life Glimpse into a Refocused FamilyNovember 5, 2019AnbeeYears ago, I fell in love with Tricia Goyer's fiction. To this day, her Liberators series remains my all-time favorite World War II fiction! But, I don't think I can say anymore that they are my favorite of her books. Last year, Calming Angry Kids made a strong impact on my perspective on all relationships, not just the parent-child relationship. I keep several copies on my shelf, ready to hand out to people who are working through relationships with angry people.
Then this year came along, and I began seeing references to The Grumble-Free Year. Had it been any other author, I would have expected idealistic suggestions presented in a cutesy format, as is often the case with books like this. But with Tricia as the author, I knew better. I knew this would be a lived-out, real-life, honest picture of what this "impossible goal" looked like for her family. And I wasn't disappointed. What else can you expect when you see quotes like these:
"What was God asking us to give up? The right to ourselves. The right to say what we felt no matter how it sounded."
Or, "We were eight months in, and I was at the point in our journey where I was starting to wonder whether this was a good idea at all."
Don't get me wrong. Tricia had the ideas. But, she hasn't handed us a book of those ideas. Instead, she has opened the door of her home and given us a glimpse into the many ways those ideas slammed hard into reality. How some of them ended up working in the most unexpected ways. And how the journey ended up being very different than expected. I think my favorite quote in the whole book actually sums up the family's year quite well: "I wanted an easier life, but God gave me what I really needed: full commitment and full satisfaction in him."
And that's the gem of this book. The Grumble-Free Year isn't about sharing a list of "fool-proof" ideas that will stop grumbling in your home once and for all. Instead, it's a book about how one family began a journey toward allowing God to transform attitudes and move their focus to Him instead of to their own complaints.
That's what I love about The Grumble-Free Year. It's not a book that leaves real-life families saying, "But, you don't know my circumstances! These ideas won't work here!" Instead, it leaves us recognizing that the power of God can work just as strongly in my life as it did in Tricia's. It can mold the hearts of my children just as it did for Anna, Grace, Maddie, Alexis, Sissy, Aly, and Buddy. It points back to the power of the gospel in our lives. And that's why I'll joyfully recommend and share The Grumble-Free Year.
GrandaddyAAge: Over 65Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5Amazing ChallengeNovember 5, 2019GrandaddyAAge: Over 65Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What would you do if you felt led of the Lord to challenge your family to twelve months of no grumbling? Maybe your first thought is "no sweat." Maybe your family includes you, your spouse, and one or two kids, so the idea is not that daunting. But consider this: Tricia Goyer and her husband John had ten children. Two adult children were already on their own, while one adult son was still at home, plus seven adopted children from the ages of six to seventeen. In addition, Tricia's grandmother, who was in the early stages of dementia, lived with them. Imagine eleven people in one home setting out on a year-long journey of no grumbling. Follow along as she shares their experiences of learning and growing together through some extremely difficult times. Although time does not permit sharing every detail of the year, she does not sugarcoat any of it, but has a good mix of successes interspersed with troublesome situations. Each chapter includes questions for reflection and material to help other families to evaluate where they are and how they are progressing. Readers are encouraged to do more than simply read the material but to apply the lessons in their own families. I received an advance copy of this book from the author. This is my honest review. All opinions are strictly my own. #thegrumblefreeyear
ConnieKentuckyAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Fighting UngratefulnessNovember 5, 2019ConnieKentuckyAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Author Tricia Goyer and her husband John set a goal to take their family of eleven through a year where no grumbling was allowed. The results of those twelve months can be seen in Goyer's new book The Grumble-Free Year and it is enlightening, to say the least. This book has nineteen chapters filled with great advice, inspiring thoughts, and above all, honesty. Goyer reveals their times of triumph but she is also very honest about the times when they failed and I found this reassuring. When a habit is strong, it is hard to break, and we can't realistically expect to change it overnight.
With a mixture of personal experiences and Bible scripture, Goyer reminds us how blessed we really are and just how destructive grumbling can be. She also offers Reflection Questions at the end of each chapter to help us gain deeper understanding of the text that has been shared. When you begin to read this book, I suggest that you keep a highlighter near by because there are so many quotes worth noting. Some that I especially loved are
'Grumbling is something we do by default.'
'When we are grumble-free, we are the light of the world. We look different, sound different, and it is noticeable.'
'If our faith is strong, we will not grumble. As we cease to grumble, our faith will grow stronger.'
I know that I have been blessed by reading this book and I believe that it will also bless others who read it. I recommend The Grumble-Free Year highly!
I was given a digital copy from the publisher but a positive review was not required. These are my own opinions.
Karina5 Stars Out Of 5amazing, real and rawNovember 5, 2019KarinaQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I got the privilege of being on the book launch for this book and was able to read an advanced copy. I wasn't quiet sure what I was getting myself into when I started reading this book. I am so glad I was able to read it though! I loved that Tricia's children were a huge part of this book. Their personalities and Tricia's writing made this book fun, interesting and thought provoking. I enjoyed the questions at the end of the chapters. This book was awesome! It was on time in my own life and really made me think about my own grumbling! I related so much to the authors attitude and thoughts. A great book for understanding what's behind the grumbling and how God can teach you so much more, if you're willing and allow Him to.