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Turning Guilt Trips into Joy Rides Paperback – December 15, 2011
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About the Author
Shirley Brosius, Janine Boyer, and Kim Messenger share in a speaking ministry called Friends of the Heart. www.friendsoftheheart.us Shirley is a Christian educator and the author of Sisterhood of Faith. Janine works in a family business, and Kim is an elementary teacher. All are married with children and active in churches in Millersburg, Pennsylvania.
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Women may be the worst at handling guilt as we try to juggle so many responsibilities. Most of us believe the weight of the world – or at least that of our friends and family and thus everyone important to us -- is on our shoulders.
This book written by a trio of women with long-enduring friendships wrestles with the doubts and conflicts we all experience while offering Bible verses to help remedy our angst.
The first entry I read from the book fit a situation of guilt in my life perfectly. The entries are cleverly organized around the acronym of G-R-A-C-E, representing God, relationships, acceptance, challenges, and emotions.
The three authors distributed the 183 daily (6 months) entries amongst them so we get different perspectives on how to manage the problems of guilt in our lives. They are one page in length—just enough as devotions to pack a punch with love.
The book’s cover with two females driving in a convertible down a shady lane is delightful as it fits the title so well.
This group of authors are also much-sought after speakers for women’s retreats, Mother’s Day events and conferences.
This book would be a helpful addition to church libraries and people struggling with guilt in their lives. And really isn't that all of us?
There is something for every woman in this book. I found life lessons that truly spoke to me. I was humbled as I read about allowing others to help me. That is something I don't always like to do. Since there are those in my family who do not apply themselves. They prefer to be waited on hand on foot. I always felt that if I allow someone to help me or ask for help, I will be like them and be perceived as a "moocher." I took a moment after reading this devotional and surrendered that all to God.
When you do pick this book up and read it, try to read only one page a day. There is a lot a of information, and I can assure you I will be going back and re-reading some of the sections at a later date. I think this is a perfect devotional and would make a great gift for mom!
I was provided with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.
From the back cover: Women today are busy, stressed, and guilt-ridden, yet they long to develop their spiritual sides. "Turning Guilt Trips into Joy Rides" offers inspirational thoughts based on scripture-brief enough to be read during a television commercial, yet insightful enough to open your eyes to the grace of God on days you change diapers and/or lead corporate meetings. Each reading suggests a "Guilt Trip to Avoid" and ends with a way to "Take the Joy Ride" The book includes six months of daily readings so that you may establish a habit of connecting with God. Readings are listed under letters of the acronym G-R-A-C-E, representing God, Relationships, Acceptance, Challenges, and Emotions.
The co-authors hope these meaningful readings will help you deal with guilt-both real and imagine. By applying the insights shared in Turning Guilt Trips into Joy Rides, you may develop a calmer, less guilt-ridden lifestyle and become better equipped to function as wives, mothers, and friends. Younger women often develop patters of thinking and experience feelings of guilt that carry over into their mature years, so women of all ages will find this book helpful.
Guilt. It holds us back, weighs us down and condemns us. Not only did we not do what we wanted but we should have known better and it is wearing us down and tiring us out. The authors know about guilt but they also know how to turn our guilt trips around and make them joy rides. In daily personal stories they give us confessions of taking a wrong turn into guilt but then finding the way out and back into joy. It's encouraging and uplifting. The stories are short, to the point and bringing a wide range of situations we can all relate to. I enthusiastically recommend this book.
Shirley, Kim and Janine are sponsoring a great giveaway . See below for info on entering to win gift certificates to Amazon and a free life-coaching consultation.
Guilt! She pokes you as you write about your quaint, eccentric aunt. She grabs you as you wander from e-mail to Facebook to laundry instead of focusing on your work. She kicks you as you complain about your husband to a friend.
Have you noticed? Women seem riddled with guilt. And it's hard to know if guilt is legitimate or simply a product of our imaginations. After all, should we really feel guilty about things over which we have no control?
We are not perfect. We have no control over some things, so it's no use feeling guilty. We can't do it all.
To celebrate the release of Turning Guilt Trips into Joy Rides, Shirley, Janine and Kim are giving away some great prizes during the blog tour. Share your own "guilt trip" or "joy tip" and be entered to win a free life coaching consultation and a $50 Amazon.com gift certificate.
JUST CLICK THIS LINK and share what trips you up, holds you back or any tips you may have for overcoming guilt and keeping your joy. Fill out the quick form at the link and you'll be entered to win a free life coaching consultation from one of us AND a gift certificate to Amazon.com to use to purchase whatever strikes your fancy!
Contest runs 4/23 - 5/12. Winner announced here on 5/14.
About the authors:
Kim Messinger, Janine Boyer and Shirley Brosius had a common bond of Christian service when Christ drew them together for their first small group meeting in January, 1998.
Since then they have drawn closer through life's joys and struggles and found God to be sufficient for their every need. They call themselves "Friends of the Heart" because their passion is to help women open their hearts and find joy in Christ.
Kim and Janine supported Shirley in writing Sisterhood of Faith: 365 Life-Changing Stories About Women Who Made a Difference, which was released by Howard Publishing, a division of Simon & Schuster, in 2006. More recently the three women worked together to write another devotional book, Turning Guilt Trips into Joy Rides. They have spoken at women's retreats and events in five states. All three women live in Millersburg, Pennsylvania. Visit their website for more info.
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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Litfuse Publicity Group.. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."