Springs Writers provides a FREE conference-quality workshop the first Monday of each month (except December, July & August) from 6:00–7:45 pm, Woodmen/Academy Hobby Lobby Classroom Room [against back wall behind "Employee Only" double doors], 6950 North Academy, Colorado Springs, 80918

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The cross. A symbol of fashion, fad or faith?

"Christianity is a religion founded on the mystery of the cross of Christ." —Leo the Great, Pope from September 29, 440 to 10 November 10, 461

Book Review: The Mystery of the Cross: Bringing Ancient Christian Images to Life

Author: Judith Couchman

Paperback: 227 pages

Publisher: Intervarsity Press

ISBN-10: 0830835393/ISBN-13: 978-0830835393

The cross. What does it mean to you? A symbol of fashion, fad or faith?

Occasionally, I read a Christian book that grabs my interest and my heart. I confess…the majority of modern-day, nonfiction Christian books recycle the same old yadda, yadda, yadda making me question, “Have I become a skeptic regarding the profoundness of today’s Christian literature?”

Then a book comes along that offers a refreshing and authentic look at faith, provokes deeper thought and prompts tears from deep within. The Mystery of the Cross: Bringing Ancient Christian Images to Life by Judith Couchman provided to me one of those rare reading experiences that engaged my biblical, artistic and historical inquisitiveness, spiritual intellect and emotional core.

Couchman deftly weaves forty art images of the cross and little known historical facts with biblical passages. The spiritual insights, like a quiet beckoning, intertwines with the reader’s heart to investigate not only the meaning of the crosses we carry in our lives, but the cross carried by Jesus and Christ followers in bygone times.

It’s rare that a writer can turn factual information and antiquated artifacts into penetrating spiritual insights that pierce the heart. Drawing upon a vast array of resources, Judith steps outside the common Christian reference material. The author traces the enigma of the cross’s appearance in pre-Christian times, other cultures and religions. Yet she skillfully transports the mystery of the cross back to how the cross imprinted ancient Christians and our lives today. A master writer, Judith’s command of research, vocabulary and spiritual depth enhances an intriguing read, plus the reader’s takeaway—factually, artistically, theologically, emotionally, and spiritually. Many of her stomach-grabber meditations compelled me to stop to reflect upon the truths fleshed out. Yet I felt a delightful tension and curiosity urging me to continue reading until I’d consumed the last page.

The book also includes the award-winning artist Anne Elhajoui’s delicate line drawings, a classy interior book design, and notes for each chapter. My only wish for this book? More pictures or illustrations of the artifacts described. Readers can also access a free, downloadable study guide.

Judith writes, “The forty short chapters can be read for art appreciation, historical information, personal meditation, spiritual formation, small-group discussion, Lenten observation, or worship insights.” The Mystery of the Cross: Bringing Ancient Christian Images to Life invites readers to delve into the mystery of a deeper walk in their faith journey with Christ.

This book, an enriching addition any devotional library, is not another fashion or fad book—it’s designed to become a classic.

Read the introduction.

Read an excerpt The Mystery of the Megolith.

Author Bio

Judith Couchman is an author, speaker, writing coach, and art history instructor. She's published more than 40 books, workbooks, and compilations. Her books cover topics as diverse as discovering your purpose, shaping the soul, thriving in difficult times, body image, art history, church history, flower gardening, and breadmaking. Judith presents seminars based on her books and serves as a writing coach for people who want to publish nonfiction.

Judith also teaches art history courses as a part-time instructor for the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Judith holds a B.S. in education (English and journalism), an M.A. in journalism, and an M.A. in art history. She lives in Colorado. Visit Judith's blog and website.

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Table of Contents

Part One: Ancient Echoes of Christ: The Cross in Pre-Christian Times

1. The Mystery of the Megalith

2. Egyptian Signs of Life

3. The Healing Cross

4. Ugly Roman Power Symbols

Part Two: The Pain and the Glory: The Cross and the Suffering Savior

5. Shouldering the Cross

6. The Garden and Golgotha

7. Inscription Insights

8. The Man of Sorrows

9. Descent from the Cross

Part Three: Early Signs of Faith: The Cross and the First Believers

10. Crucified with Christ

11. The Everywhere Cross

12. Graffiti Marks and Mocks

13. The Sign of Jonah

14. The Outstretched Hands

15. Signs of the Cross

16. The Absent Crucifixion

Part Four: The Great Conversion: The Cross and Early Religious Freedom

17. The Emperor’s Vision

18. Searching for the Real Thing

19. A Cross in the Desert

20. The Missionary Cross

21. Becoming More Christian

Part Five: Daily Signs of Salvation: The Cross in Ancient Everyday Life

22. A Cross for the Darkness

23. Hoping for the Cross

24. Fear No Evil

25. The Trustworthy Standard

26. Coins for the Kingdom

Part Six: Ways to Worship: The Cross in Early Church Life

27. Walking the Cross

28. Follow Me

29. The Cross and the Water

30. Breaking the Bread

31. Take This Cup

32. Decorating the Sacred

33. The Iconoclastic Cross

Part Seven: Enduring Mysteries: The Cross and Its Eternal Power

34. Pilgrims of the Cross

35. The Ecumenical Cross

36. Desperately Seeking Sanctuary

37. Hearts Up

38. The Veiled Cross

39. The Eternal Kingdom

40. To Rise Again

A free copy of this book was provided to the reviewer.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

November FREE Workshop: What’s Missing from Your Writing Toolbox? Get the Power Tools You Need to Power Edit Your Manuscript

When: November October 9, 2009, 6:30p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Where: Stone Chapel, 280 East Woodmen Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80919
Workshop Description: Do you want to push your writing to the next level? Do you want publishers to take you seriously?
  • Kris, a prolific, beginning writer, has no clue how to self-critique or edit.
  • Kelly, an intermediate, published writer, submits self-edited articles with obvious sloppy, editorial faux pas.
  • Kyle, a published and experienced writer, doesn’t recognize lazy writing habits that drive critique group members and editors crazy.
What do they all have in common? Their writing toolbox lacks crucial power tools to ramp up their writing from good to great. Scoti Domeij’s jam-packed workshop includes:
  • Top 10+ must-know ways to develop the skill of self-critiquing to edit your manuscript—tomorrow.
  • Self-critique/editing checklists to polish your manuscript—next week, next month, next year.
  • Discover quick fixes for common and not-so-common mistakes
  • Learn 2 easy ways to flip dull, passive sentences into active, powerful copy.
  • Find out 3 user-friendly tips to figure out your most common writing errors and how to fix recurring problems.
  • A valuable list of online resources and recommended books to further your writing and editing skills.
  • An interactive critique and editing time to mark your WIP (work in progress).
Bring 1-2-3 pages or your entire WIP, colored pencils or highlighters and one blood-red pen. And don’t forget a little extra spit to shine your rough draft to polish ready for submission.
Speaker: Scoti has used her writing, editing and research skills to write educational curriculum for Standard Publishing, David C. Cook, Rainbow Publishers, Christian Ed Publishers, Harvest House Publishers, Precept Ministries International, Focus on the Family, Gospel Light Publishers, and The Association of Christian Schools International.
As Senior Research Assistant/Art and Editorial Production Coordinator for the 27-part film series entitled That the World May Know. Scoti also wrote Favorite Bible Heroes and co-authored: Wrong Way, Jonah! with Kay Arthur. Her stories were included in The Mommy Diaries: Finding Yourself in the Daily Adventure edited by Tally Flint (Revell) and Christmas Miracles by Cecil Murphy and Marley Gibson (St. Martin’s Press). She’s written over 300 articles, some of which have appeared in The New York Times, Contemporary Christian Music, Family Life Today, School Daze magazine, Southwest Art, Bookstore Journal, Single Adult Ministry Journal, The Orange County Real Estate Digest, World Report, Get Up and Go, Charlotte Parenting, Focus on the Family magazine, and other parenting magazines. Currently, Scoti, the Colorado Springs Single Moms Examiner, writes a daily column for www.examiner.com and a monthly Solo Parenting column in Colorado Springs Kids magazine

Find out more about Scoti:
New! Springs Writers Critique Group
Springs Writers will offer a critique group opportunity on one Saturday each month at Scoti Domeij’s home. Writers will receive feedback on their manuscripts and also learn how to critique other writer’s manuscripts. Dates and details will be available soon.
Please note: Springs Writers does not meet in December to help you enjoy the holidays with a little less stress.
Snow Policy: If School District 20 closes, the evening workshop will be cancelled. If the school district is not closed, we will make our decision to cancel a workshop by 3:00 pm and email the Springs Writers E-News subscribers. You may also call 719-548-9723 for snow closure information.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Breathing New Life into Faith

“I see more passion for trees in the Sierra Club than I do for Jesus in the church.”—Richard Dahlstrom

Breathing New Life into Faith

Author: Richard Dahlstrom

Paperback: 272 pages

Publisher: Harvest House Publishers (July 1, 2008)

ISBN-10: 0736922148

ISBN-13: 978-0736922142

About the book

Your physical body needs oxygen in order to survive. Inhale, exhale ... one leads naturally to the other. Inhale too long and you feel as if your lungs will burst. Exhale too long and you get light-headed.

The same rhythm is essential in the life of faith. You inhale life-giving strength from God through things like prayer, study, solitude, and silence. You exhale generosity, hospitality, and service to the poor. If you try to do one without the other, you wont' last very long.

This fresh perspective on the classic disciplines of the faith will empower you to process the oxygen of the Spirit. Discover how you can develop a balanced spirituality that reflects the life of Jesus and keeps your faith growing stronger.

About Richard

Richard Dahlstrom is Senior Pastor of Bethany Community Church in Seattle, WA, in the heart of the city, among university students, young professionals, families, the homeless, and the elderly. He is also a popular teacher in North America and Europe for the Capernwray Missionary Fellowship of Torchbearers. He holds a M.Div. from Talbot Theological Seminary.

For more information

Check out Richard's blog.

Watch a video about the book.

Follow Richard on Twitter @raincitypastor.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

October FREE Workshop: Dialogue: Everybody's Talking About It

When: October 12, 2009, 6:30p.m.–8:00 p.m.

Where: Stone Chapel, 280 East Woodmen Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Workshop Description: In fiction, dialogue allows your readers to eavesdrop on your characters. When you're eavesdropping on someone, you never know what you're going to hear. In the same way, your readers never know what your characters are going to say. If your dialogue bores your readers, you'll lose them-every time. In dialogue, every word must count. Count for what? What is your dialogue accomplishing? In her workshop Dialogue: Everybody's Talking About It, author and editor Beth K. Vogt:

  • reveals five things dialogue can accomplish
  • shares two surefire ways to use your dialogue to your advantage
  • lists the 10 ways to make sure your dialogue is "done right," so that it passes an editor's standards
  • provides interactive time for you to create dialogue using writing prompts.

Speaker: Beth is a national speaker and author of Baby Changes Everything: Embracing and Preparing for Motherhood after 35. She is the editor of Connections, the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International leadership magazine. She contributes regularly to MomSense magazine and to the Hearts at Home blog. Beth is also the national Parenting Toddlers to Teens Examiner for Examiner.com, the fastest-growing local content network in the U.S. Her stories are included in Chicken Soup for the Soul: A Tribute to Moms and The Mommy Diaries. Beth has been published in Discipleship Journal, Virtue, ParentGuide, ParentLife, and The Christian Communicator.

Find out more about Beth:

Beth’s website

Mommy Come Lately blog

The Writing Road blog

7 Secrets Every Christian Writer Needs to Know

The following outline is taken from Lorraine Pintus' Powerpoint.

1. What it means that you are “called” to write.

· Faithful servant multiplies the gift and is praised. (Matthew 25:21)

· Worthless servant buries the gift and is rebuked. (Matthew 25:30)

· The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it. 1 Thessalonians 5:24

2. That obedience is more important than a publishing contract

3. The power of the written/spoken word

· My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the SPIRIT’S POWER, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on GOD’s POWER. 1 Corinthians 2:4

4. The value of your writing toolbox. Your toolbox is:

· T: Technique

· O: Others

· O: Observe Trends

· L: Library

· S: Solitude

5. The importance of wrestling

· “The author who benefits us most is not the one who tells you something you did not know before, but the one who gives expression to the truth that has been dumbly struggling in you for utterance.”—Oswald Chambers

6. The priority of the Three W’s: Worship, Wait, Write

7. The need to maintain a growth mindset

· Mindset: A collection of individual thoughts that, over a period of time, influences how we perceive life.

· Fixed mindset: Human qualities/abilities are determined early on; they are fixed, established traits

· Growth mindset: Human qualities are something we cultivate. Central attitude is LEARN, LEARN, LEARN!

· “Our mindset is not a personality quirk; it creates the mental world in which we live. It shapes our goals and attitudes and predicts whether or not we will fulfill our potential.”–Carol Dweck, PhD, The New Psychology of Success

· Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your power of your out-stretched arm. Surely nothing is too difficult for you. Jeremiah 32:17

Recommended Books on Writing for Beginning Writers

A Complete Guide to Writing for Publication by Susan Titus Osborn

AP Stylebook (for editing newspaper and magazine articles)

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

Creating Fiction by Julie Checkoway

Eats Shoots & Leaves by Lynne Truss

Fiction Writing Demystified by Thomas B. Sawyer

Getting into Character by Brandilyn Collins

On Writing Well by William Zinsser

Plot & Structure by James Scott Bell

Scene and Structure by Jack Bickham

Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Renni Browne & Dave King

Stein on Writing by Sol Stein

Techniques of the Selling Writer by Dwight Swain

Telling Lies for Fun and Profit by Lawrence Block

The 38 Most Common Fiction Writing Mistakes (and how to avoid them) by Jack Bickham

The Artists Way by Julie Cameron

The Chicago Manual of Style (for editing books)

The Christian Writer's Market Guide by Sally E. Stuart

The Elements of Style 4th Edition by William Strunk and E.B. White

The Marshall Plan for Novel Writing by Evan Marshall

Writer Tells All by Robert Masello

Writing the Breakout Novel by Donald Maass

You Can Market Your Book by Carmen Leal

Monday, September 14, 2009

Blog Book Tour and Contest: Boy-sterous Living

Blog Book Tour: Boy-sterous Living: Celebrating Your Loud and Rowdy Life with Sons

Author: Jean Blackmer

Paperback: 192 pages

Publisher: Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City

ISBN-10: 0834123908

ISBN-13: 978-0834123908

First, I LOVED the title, Boy-sterous Living: Celebrating Your Loud and Rowdy Life with Sons, because it encapsulated my surprise at how loud and energetic raising boys can be. As a mom of two boys, I was not prepared for how different boys are. I laughed out loud at Jean's hilarious stories. This encouraging book helps moms of boys realize they are not crazy—the mom or the boys. Both are different and wonderful. If you need a better insight into your sons and how to relate to them, then you'll enjoy this book. Jean provides wonderful ideas of things to do with your sons.

About the Book

Raising boys isn't easy. Life with them is loud. If it's quiet, they're probably up to something. Boys are messy, competitive, fearless, and proud. Living with them pretty much guarantees that you're in for an adventure.

As the only female in a house with three sons, a husband, and two male dogs, Jean Blackmer has learned a lot about living with boys. She knows that as a mom it isn't always easy to communicate and connect with these creatures of noise and energy. Everyday, they force you to live in a world where bugs are cool, safety is an afterthought, and "talking is torture."

In Boy-sterous Living, Jean shares a few of the priceless stories and laugh-out-loud lessons that she and her boys have experienced over the years. With humorous insight and practical advice, she offers encouragement and ideas to help both mothers and fathers impact and shape the lives of their sons. From understanding their love of sports to overcoming the superman complex, Jean shows moms how to find joy and contentment in everyday life by celebrating the laughter, passion, noise, and endless energy boys bring to our lives.

Additional features include:

  • Thoughtful questions to help parents explore their views on raising sons
  • Bible verses to help parents apply God's truth to the trials and joys of raising a family
  • Suggestions for more information on several topic and issues related to parenting boys.

About Jean

Jean is currently the Publishing Manager for MOPS International and she's been freelance writing for 16 years. She has been published in a variety of local and national publications, including: Guideposts, MomSense, Today's Christian Woman, Christian Parenting Today, American Girl, Proverbs 31 Woman, Chicken Soup for the Mother and Son Soul, Chicken Soup Cookbook for the Busy Mom's Soul, Focus on the Family's Teen Phases, Guideposts Miracle Series, and others.

She also co-authored her first book, Where Women Walked: Powerful True Stories of Women's Perseverance and God's Provision. (Tyndale/Focus on the Family, 2004) This book was nominated for a Gold Medallion Award.

Jean graduated from the University of Colorado in Boulder with a Bachelor's (1987) and a Master's (1992) degree in Journalism. She lives in Boulder with her husband Zane; three boys, Josh, Jordan, and Jake.

To find out more about Jean, visit her website.

Boy-sterous Living Contest

Enter your grossest or funniest moment as a mom of a boy (No boys? That's okay – we still want to hear your story!) and you could win movie tickets and a snack for you and a friend to escape! Share your story by emailing your entry to amy@litfusegroup.com. This e-mail address protected from spambots.

Or post your stories on the Moms Raising Boys Facebook page. You'll need JavaScript enabled to post your story or view stories by others on the Moms Raising Boys Facebook page.

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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

September Workshop: 7 Secrets Every Successful Writer Must Know

September FREE Workshop: 7 Secrets Every Successful Writer Must Know

When: Monday, September 14, 2009, 6:30–8:00 p.m.

Where: Stone Chapel, 280 East Woodmen Road, Colorado Springs, CO 80919

Workshop Description: Lorraine Pintus will share seven secrets that cover everything from methods to marketing to motivation. These secrets are the culmination of over thirty years of her experience in public relations, marketing, and writing. Lorraine will also help each writer identify your "writing mindset" and determine how to break through obstacles by moving from a "fixed mindset" to a "growth mindset."

Speaker:Lorraine's early background heavily emphasized marketing and media. She served as media relations manager for a Fortune 200 company, promotion manager for the University of California, and a press manager for a gubernatorial candidate. In the last fifteen years, her work has focused on writing and speaking. She has written for many major magazines, including Country
and Today's Christian Woman. She is co-author with Linda Dillow of the best seller, Intimate Issues (WaterBrook Press) and of Intimacy Ignited
(NavPress), Diapers, Pacifiers and Other Holy Things (Cook Communications), and Gift-wrapped by God (WaterBrook Press). She currently speaks at conferences around the world, and serves as a writing and speaking coach.

Find out more about Lorraine:



Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Book Blog Tour and Contest: Sunflower Serenade

Book Blog Tour and Writing Contest: Sunflower Serenade

The days are long and lazy, the corn is high, the sunflowers are in bloom, and everyone in Bedford is gearing up for the biggest event of the summer: the annual county fair. But when a Nashville music producer approaches Bob about using Heather Creek Farm to film a country star's new music video, he and Charlotte are faced with a dilemma. Will they allow the glamour and enticements of big-city life to encroach upon their peaceful home? Will the excitement of celebrity drown out the simple joys of summer?
Charlotte is uncertain about her ability to care for three grandchildren who are not thrilled to give up the beach and sunshine for snow and farm chores! But she sees a chance to make amends and will do whatever it takes to keep her fragile family together. Feel the courage, strength and commitment of this family as their lives unfold in the Home to Heather Creek series.

About Tricia

About Tricia: Tricia Goyer is the author of eighteen fiction and non-fiction books, including Blue Like Play Dough. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005. Tricia writes magazine articles for publications like Today's Christian Woman and Focus on the Family. Tricia also enjoys speaking. She and her family make their home in Montana.

The Home to Heather Creek Series

Charlotte Stevenson's world is turned upside down when her daughter, Denise, dies in a tragic car accident. She ran away at eighteen and Charlotte has never forgiven herself. Now, Denise's children, abandoned by their father, are coming from California to live on Heather Creek Farm in Bedford, Nebraska.

Buy Sunflower Serenade. This book is the tenth in this series. If you want to order other books from this series, please call 1-800-431-2344.

City Girl Goes Country! Contest

Playing on one element of the book — big city entertainers vs. old county fair —share your funniest story (about you or someone you know) about a time when you as the "city girl" goes to the country or "country girl" goes to the city. To enter the contest, click here.

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Friday, July 24, 2009

Blog Book Tour: Blue Like Play Dough

"By physically going to God every morning, "I'm placing myself in His hands. His love smoothes out the rough edges and reminds me I don't need to do everything for everyone. I just need to accept love and give it. He'll Take care of the rest."—Tricia Goyer

Blue Like Play Dough:

The Shape of Motherhood

in the Grip of God

What mom hasn't felt exhausted, guilty and like a failure, especially single mothers? Born to a single mom, Trisha's honest take on parenting will especially encourage single mothers who buy into the lie that our children are unable to establish healthy marriages and homes.

Trisha shares her insight on mothering from the perspective of a rebellious pregnant teen to busy wife and mom. She offers hope to all moms that God shapes and molds us into the mom's he created us to be.

From stepping over dog throw up to tucking God's Word into our children's lives, she reveals that motherhood is not about perfection, but about enjoying your precious time God has given you to parent. It goes far too fast.

Read an excerpt from Trisha's book.

Buy One, Give One: Help for Teen Moms

Her "Blue Like Play Dough Go-Go Campaign" encourages teen mom's, too.

For every copy of Blue Like Play Dough purchased, Trisha will donate a copy of My Life Unscripted or Generation NeXt Parenting to a pregnancy, teen or family support ministry (while supplies last).

All you need to do is buy a copy of Blue Like Play Dough on Christianbook, on Amazon, or at your local bookstore, and then click here to fill out a form.Tricia Goyer's Go-Go Campaign!

About the Book

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.

Product Details

Price: $13.99

Paperback: 208 pages

Publisher: Multnomah Books

ISBN-10: 1601421524

ISBN-13: 978-1601421524

About Trisha

Tricia Goyer is the author of twenty books including From Dust and Ashes, My Life UnScripted, and the children's book, 10 Minutes to Showtime. She won Historical Novel of the Year in 2005 and 2006 from ACFW, and was honored with the Writer of the Year award from Mt. Hermon Writer's Conference in 2003. Tricia's book Life Interrupted was a finalist for the Gold Medallion in 2005. In addition to her novels, Tricia writes non-fiction books and magazine articles for publications like Today's Christian Woman and Focus on the Family. Tricia is a regular speaker at conventions and conferences, and has been a workshop presenter at the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) International Conventions. She and her family make their home in the mountains of Montana.

Other Author's Weigh in on 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

"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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