Tricia Goyer’s Blue Like Play Dough

bluelikeplaydoughThis book kept me up late! Check out the book cover…see the subtitle in small print?

“the shape of motherhood in the grip of God”

I love that!  Tricia’s done it again, with God’s blessing, of course! This spiritual memoir of how God’s molded and shaped her life really hit home with me. Every mom will be able to relate and be blessed by this fantastic gal’s personal journey of ups and downs and how God’s using it all for His glory.  I can’t wait to pass it around my circle of moms.

In chapter four, “If Love Showed Up in Sneakers”, I found myself nodding at Tricia’s fetish for perfect housekeeping and her realization over time that people are more important than clean houses. Oh I’ve struggled with that one! My heart squeezed when she described her choice  to see “love” in the upturned couch cushions and messy sock drawers of her life.  Such love is represented only in a home blessed with husband and kids.

In chapter 22, “Pressed In-Between”, tears dripped off my chin as I read how the Goyer’s dream vacation to Disney World with Tricia’s live-in Grandma went from being half-dreaded to a memory that her family will cherish forever.

Talk about being stretched like play dough… Tricia is in her mid-thirties– she homeschools, takes care of her live-in Grandma, writes books, helps her husband and kids in a children’s weekly drama ministry at their church, is hugely involved in her local Crisis Pregnancy Center…if anyone is qualified to write a book on the topic of being stretched beyond–WAY beyond–our comfort zones, it’s Tricia.

With no further ado, here’s the good info!

tgoyer-headshot-2009Blue Like Play Dough

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 recognize the loving hands of God at work in your life… and know He has something beautiful in mind.

About the Author

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.

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A Special Note from Tricia:

Are you a mommy who feels squeezed by Motherhood? Could God be shaping something beautiful in you?

In my new spiritual memoir, Blue Like Play Dough I invite women to discover the extraordinary in the ordinary! To learn to see God’s hand lovingly at work in every aspect of your life—from laundry-folding to the umpteenth reading of Goodnight Moon.

And now I’m inviting YOU to come bring your stretched self and attend a fun Facebook Launch Party for Blue Like Play Dough!

I know you’re busy (and tired) so I’m bringing the festivities to you! So grab your comfiest chair and slip away from that long To-Do list and join me for a two hour Play Dough Party. I’ll be sharing some of my mothering experiences (the good and the bad), hosting a fun trivia contest, giving away Mommy Play Dough Packs, answering questions, and getting to know YOU!

I’d be honored to have you as my guest – and to prove it I’ll be giving away 2 ginormous Mommy Play Dough Packs to two party attendees at random! The winners will be announced at the end of the party. Grab your friends and let’s party! oh, and don’t forget your camera! Snap pictures during the party and upload them during the festivities. I’ll be giving a prize away for the best photo!

So come join me on July 27th from 5-7 pm (PST)! Friend me on facebook and join the fun!

Get One, Give One Campaign (GO-GO)!


With the release of this book Tricia is also launching the Get One, Give One Campaign!

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

All you have to do is buy a copy of Blue Like Play Dough on Christianbook, on Amazon, or at your local bookstore, and then go to Tricia’s Go-Go page and fill out the form. EASY!

Cooking and Food

Garden Sauce with Fresh Veggies

ZucchineYesterday’s lunch was a veggie fest! I decided to share my impromptu recipe here after my middle daughter gave it the thumb’s up! She typically is the hardest to sell on squash!

Yellow Crook Neck Squash with Blossom

Between my oldest sis and Farmer John, we have gotten a truckload of zucchini and yellow squash here lately. What a blessing! Especially as I ran out of room in my “fenced-to-keep-chickens-out” garden and didn’t plant any squash this year.

So to make this garden sauce, it’s okay to get inventive and do your own veggies…substitute broccoli and cauliflower and carrots, whatever you like…but if you halfway like yellow squash and zucchini, then you will LOVE this!

Garden Sauce for Pasta

  • 2 yellow squash, sliced and quartered
  • 1 med-large zucchini
  • 1 large onion
  • favorite seasonings–I use garlic powder, and Real Salt’s Organic Seasoning salt
  • 1 large tomato–preferably straight from the garden, burstingly red and so ripe so that the peel is about falling off…peel it and dice it
  • 1 cup mozzarella

In a large skillet saute the first three ingredients in olive oil till tender. Add seasonings and tomato, and mix well. Toss the mozzarella  into the mix and let it begin to melt. Serve over your pasta, or mix your pasta into sauce.

Delicious and easy!

Serves 5 as a side dish.