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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Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5LOVE THIS BOOKNovember 3, 2019Seasons of GraceAge: 35-44Gender: femaleI am so excited about this book. I can't wait to incorporate it into our family as the new year approaches. It was amazing how much I was able to relate to the content of the book as Tricia shared her story. It was kind of like, "Wow, I could be writing this book." It is so easy to fall into an attitude of discontentment without even realizing it, or become a grumbling martyr. I found so much in common with her.
I am still reading through my copy, because even though I could read through it quickly, I want to take it all in and be prepared to share the message with my family and incorporate it. Seeing the negativity in others is often so easy, but we fail to see it in ourselves. When does stating facts, or truth about a matter or situation turn into actual complaining and negativity and how to do we determine the difference? I know that's something I struggle with personally. In trying not to complain, I end up sounding and feeling more like a martyr and often taking on way more than I should.
Tricia shares her heart and her family's challenge to live a grumble free year more as a story than a self help book with tons of tips and advice. You'll be challenged as they were to give thanks instead of complain, and when you start paying attention, you may realize you complain way more than you thought you did.
I am so thankful to be a part of Tricia's launch team. I received a free e-copy of her book. However, I was not required to write a positive review of her book and all opinions are my own.
Djazgirl5 Stars Out Of 5Finding Healing being Grumble FreeOctober 21, 2019DjazgirlQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5I just finished reading and doing the reflection questions for Part 1 - "Gearing Up." First, as I was reading Tricia's words I kept asking myself, "Did Tricia read my Spiritual Development assignments from college?" Or "Have I had coffee with Tricia before and spilled my guts out to her?" Her life has more similarities to mine than seems possible. I called my parents grumbling "negativity." They always had it worse than everyone else on the block and we always heard about it. I swore I wouldn't be negative when I grew up - and boy, it's hard! But I still do grumble and now I see it in our children. Knowledge is powerful if you decide to to something productive with it. Part 1 has totally "geared me up" and I can't wait to read about and begin Part 2 "The Challenge Begins." I know it won't be easy, but challenging situations and hurdles are often those that produce the most growth. Thank you Tricia for putting into words the things I needed to see about myself and the steps my family and I can take to improve, mature and grow together. I'll re-post after I've finished the book, which probably won't be after too long because it's hard to put it down! (I saw an opportunity to be part of a preview group for this book. I've never done this before - I don't have a lot of free time, however, when I saw the title and considering we are working on grumbling with two teenagers, I decided this was a must read. So far I am not disappointed!)
BethanyAge: 25-34Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5The Grumble Free YearOctober 15, 2019BethanyAge: 25-34Gender: femaleHow many times per day do you find yourself grumbling? Mumbling complaints under your breath? Grumbling to your family or even in prayer? For me, it is more than I would care to admit. Tricia Goyer has a large family of biological and adopted children, and she found herself and her children grumbled on a daily basis. In an effort to be more grateful and to improve family dynamics, she and her husband decided to challenge themselves and their children to not grumble for a year. At first, the family was skeptical, but agreed. There were good days and bad, and this book tells the story of their journey.
I loved how transparent and real Tricia was in this book. She wasn't afraid to talk about her own struggles, and admit that she doesn't always know all of the answers. She shared stories of success and stories where lessons were learned. I felt like I was a part of her family as she shared personal stories and advice. Each chapter ended with reflection questions and a section called "Your Turn". "Your Turn" was suggestions about how to incorporate the grumble free year with your own family.
My favorite thing about this book was that while it gave advice, and included discussion questions, it was mostly a real life story about Tricia's family and her personal experiences. It made the idea of a grumble free year feel doable, and it really has encouraged me that this is something that I could try with my own family. I would recommend this book for anyone that grumbles too much (admit it, you probably do) and who want a home life filled with gratefulness and joy.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review. All opinions are my own.