5 Minutes for Books: Blue Like Playdough

by Jennifer Donovan

I’ve read many of Tricia Goyer’s books. I’ve enjoyed a few of her novels, but I’ve mostly explored her non-fiction — discovering her views and experiences on parenting, marriage, being a teen parent (and a parent to a teen). . . and she’s never let me down. Goyer writes with complete openness that’s come as a result of her self-reflection (and responsiveness to God’s hand in her life). But unlike many of us who feel as if we’ve learned a lesson that we want to share, she manages to share her own experiences confidently, yet without the holier-than-thou attitude that often accompanies it.

That said, I was pretty sure that I would enjoy her newest book, Blue Like Play Dough: The Shape of Motherhood in the Grip of God. However, I didn’t anticipate just how much it would reach me right where I needed it. Within the first few pages, Goyer’s words brought a lump to my throat — she was getting to me!

Her overarching theme was just the reminder I needed at this moment: I could find and be found by God in the middle of this parenting stage in my life. If I let it, God will use parenting to shape me in the midst of also guiding me towards other purposes that He has for me.

Perhaps this hit so hard because lately I’ve been trying to fit God in instead of letting Him completely in. Perhaps because as my youngest child enters Kindergarten this fall and my oldest continues in Intermediate, I am reminded more than ever how short this parenting season actually is (even though it stretches on day by day).

Told in short chapters where Goyer shares a scriptural lesson followed by a real-life situation from her life as a parent, Blue Like Play Dough is an easy read. Unlike other non-fiction books that I usually put down at some point no matter how engaging they are, I read this book straight-through within a couple of days.

Another great factor about this book is that Goyer uses vignettes from pregnancy all the way through the later teen years, making this a book that will encourage all moms. She also tackles issues such as caring for aging parents/grandparents, pursuing your God-given dreams in the midst of motherhood, homeschooling and more.

We have two copies to give away (U.S. residents only, please). Leave a comment if you are interested in winning a copy for yourself. We’ll announce the winner in next week’s column.

Also, join Tricia tonight (Monday) from 5:00 – 7:00 PACIFIC time at her Facebook launch party for Q&A, prizes and more.

The winner of last week’s book, 1000 Times No, is #46 Mommy Magee.

Written by 5 Minutes for Mom Contributing editor Jennifer, who also blogs at Snapshot and manages 5 Minutes for Books.



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Jennifer Donovan has been a part of the 5 Minutes for Mom team since 2007. She writes product reviews, covers events, and manages the 5 Minutes for Books weekly column and website. She lives in Houston and blogs at Snapshot about life with her family.

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1 Dorit Goossens-Lessard July 27, 2009 at 12:40 am

would love to win a copy and share with my bible study moms
Thanks!

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2 MaryBeth July 27, 2009 at 1:48 am

This sounds like a great read! Thanks for the chance to win.

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3 Mozi Esmes Mommy July 27, 2009 at 1:54 am

I’ve been hearing a lot about this book! Would love the chance to own and read it…

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4 susan July 27, 2009 at 2:15 am

I’m always looking for a good read. Thanks for the suggestion!

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5 Sarah W July 27, 2009 at 4:21 am

I would love to win a copy of this book!

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6 BusyJulie July 27, 2009 at 6:19 am

I’m always up for an encouraging read! Thanks!

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7 WackyMummy July 27, 2009 at 6:35 am

That’s what I need… a parenting book that’s actually enjoyable to read and helpful to boot. Put me down for one, please! =)

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8 Just Mom July 27, 2009 at 7:21 am

I would love to win this book! Please enter me and thanks for hosting the contest!

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9 denise July 27, 2009 at 7:51 am

I would love to win this book.

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10 edj July 27, 2009 at 8:05 am

Please include me in the drawing.

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11 Tammy July 27, 2009 at 9:02 am

I’m always eager to tackle a book on parenting. With 5 kids to rear who doesn’t need some help! Would love a copy!

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12 K in KY July 27, 2009 at 9:10 am

Just found a link to your site on the Pioneer Woman’s site. This book sounds like exactly what I need right now. I would love to win a copy!

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13 Gahome2mom July 27, 2009 at 9:10 am

This book sounds like an interesting read. (children) Thanks.

gahome2mom/at/gmail/dot/com

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14 LBDDiaries July 27, 2009 at 9:13 am

Just discovered your site through Pioneer Woman. I’m so glad to have discovered you! Yours is an awesome site and it sounds like an interesting book.

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15 Gloria July 27, 2009 at 9:32 am

As I first time mom I am always looking for ways to “fit God in.” I would love to win a copy of this book as it sounds like it is exactly what I need at this time.

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16 kris July 27, 2009 at 9:35 am

just came across this site through thepioneerwoman.com… love the sound of the book…mother of 3 :)

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17 melissa July 27, 2009 at 9:42 am

sounds like a great book! thanks for the contest!

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18 Leslie Marshall July 27, 2009 at 10:02 am

I’ve been looking for a good book to read and this looks perfect! Reading your blog for the first time and love it!

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19 Joslin July 27, 2009 at 10:16 am

I haven’t heard of this book yet and it sounds great!

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20 Karen July 27, 2009 at 10:19 am

This looks like a great book for all mothers. Thanks for the giveaway chance!

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21 Marla Taviano July 27, 2009 at 10:37 am

I want this book!!

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22 BreeAnna July 27, 2009 at 10:41 am

sounds like just what I need right now!

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23 Kelly O July 27, 2009 at 10:43 am

From what you’ve said about the book so far, I am getting it if I win or lose :)

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24 WInning Readings July 27, 2009 at 10:48 am

Just a note that we’ve posted about this giveaway on Winning Readings:

http://winningreadings.blogspot.com/2009/07/blue-like-playdough.html

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25 Darla Baerg July 27, 2009 at 11:02 am

This sounds like my kind of book! Hope to win!

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26 Carrie July 27, 2009 at 11:26 am

I’d love to win a copy of the book, it sounds great!

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27 Maria July 27, 2009 at 11:31 am

I would love this one!

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28 Annette W July 27, 2009 at 11:40 am

This sounds like a good book for all of us! Thank you!

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29 Holly July 27, 2009 at 11:44 am

I would love to win a copy of this.

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30 mary July 27, 2009 at 12:36 pm

This book looks awesome….I hope I win!

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31 Christie Jensen July 27, 2009 at 12:38 pm

It seems like an iteresting book – you can never stop learning and I like learning from others.

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32 Staci July 27, 2009 at 12:42 pm

i’d love a copy!

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33 FireMom July 27, 2009 at 1:01 pm

I’d love to win. I can’t help but think that this would be a good book for the second study in the mother’s Bible study that I’m planning, forming and fretting over (despite the fact that God tells us not to be anxious but… AH!).

Thank you for the opportunity.

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34 Julie July 27, 2009 at 1:29 pm

This looks like a great book!
juliesweeps at hotmail.com

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35 Christen Hill July 27, 2009 at 2:03 pm

This book looks really good! I’d love to read it!

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36 Linda V July 27, 2009 at 2:11 pm

This sounds likea book moms need to read. So often we don’t see how God is using us as parents!

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37 Kristie July 27, 2009 at 2:25 pm

Sounds like a great book to read!

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38 Jen Nutzhorn July 27, 2009 at 2:51 pm

I would love to win and read this book!
artandjen at juno dot com

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39 sarah July 27, 2009 at 2:57 pm

wow, this sounds really cool. it would make a great gift for my mom!

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40 The Diaper Diaries July 27, 2009 at 3:18 pm

THis book looks fantastic!!

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41 Marj McClendon July 27, 2009 at 3:23 pm

This sounds like just what I need right now. Thanks for a chance to win.

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42 Linda July 27, 2009 at 3:42 pm

This would help a lot of moms I know in many different ways, myself included. Please enter me. Thank you.

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43 Sarah S July 27, 2009 at 6:54 pm

had to laugh at the title — i read Blue Like Jazz a little while back, and while i loved it, the title of this one hits pretty close to home. i have three little ones under 5 . . .

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44 Amanda July 27, 2009 at 8:19 pm

This sounds phenomenal! I’d love to win!

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45 Elli July 27, 2009 at 9:39 pm

looks like a great, helpful book!

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46 Holly July 27, 2009 at 10:24 pm

This one looks terrific.

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47 Julia July 27, 2009 at 10:54 pm

Enter me please. I’ve enjoyed Tricia Goyer’s WWII series.

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48 SarahHub July 27, 2009 at 11:00 pm

Hmmm… I read Blue Like Jazz before I became a mother. I bet this is a good one for me at this time in my life! I’d love to win it!

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49 Brandi July 27, 2009 at 11:15 pm

I would LOVE to win a copy of this book. It’s on my “to-read” list on GoodReads! Thank you!

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50 Courtney July 27, 2009 at 11:39 pm

Looks like a GREAT read…thank you!!

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51 Kim July 28, 2009 at 8:41 am

Sounds like a great book — I’m very interested!

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52 The Gang's Momma July 28, 2009 at 8:48 am

Would love this one. I’ve heard great things about it and I’m looking for some good stuff to use for my fall session of our mom’s ministry at church.

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53 The Gang's Momma July 28, 2009 at 9:07 am

Would love to win this. I think it’d be a great resource for our upcoming moms’ ministry this fall! Thanks for the chance to win it.

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54 Chris July 28, 2009 at 9:12 am

Would love some mommy encouragement!

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55 Cynthia Mercado July 28, 2009 at 1:12 pm

I would love to win this

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56 LaVonne July 28, 2009 at 1:43 pm

I have seen this book floating around the blogosphere. I am interested in it!

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57 julie July 28, 2009 at 3:52 pm

This sounds like a perfect book for me! Even if I don’t win, I’ll still want to read it.

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58 Corinne July 28, 2009 at 4:53 pm

This looks great!

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59 Marjorie R. July 28, 2009 at 6:46 pm

Sounds great, count me in.

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60 Elizabeth July 29, 2009 at 12:29 am

I’m definitely interested in this book!

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61 Tricia July 29, 2009 at 12:37 am

I loved reading your review of this book and think I need to read this book as well, your review really hit home for me. Thanks for sharing.

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62 Sherry Kyle July 29, 2009 at 6:22 pm

Thanks for your review of Blue Like Play Dough. I’d LOVE to read this book. I have an elementary girl, junior high boy, and two high schoolers—freshman girl and junior boy. I need some encouragement!

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63 Alyson July 29, 2009 at 9:05 pm

I would love to read the book based on your review.
Alyzabeth’s Mommy for Ten Months!

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64 Angela July 29, 2009 at 9:19 pm

I would love to win this book. I’ve actually been searching the internet for contests giving this book away! lol.

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65 jill watkins July 30, 2009 at 3:33 pm

I would love to win a copy- and I could use help with my kids.

jill.watkins@gmail.com

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66 Amy July 30, 2009 at 11:40 pm

You’re right, Jennifer! It does sound like one I’d like! Sign me up!

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67 Nancye Davis July 31, 2009 at 2:36 pm

I would love to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the chance!

nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

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68 Brenda S. August 1, 2009 at 10:40 pm

This sounds like a great read! Thanks for the chance to win.

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69 Benita G . August 1, 2009 at 11:12 pm

I would love to read and own this book.

bgcchs(at)yahoo(dot)com

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70 kathy pease August 2, 2009 at 8:47 pm

Thank you for the AWESOME GIVEAWAY.. Please count me in :)

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71 Angela Winesburg August 2, 2009 at 11:03 pm

I would love to read this, hope I win! Thanks for the chance!

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72 Annmarie August 3, 2009 at 2:11 pm

This looks like such an interesting book to me, especially because I normally don’t read such books & have reached the point in my parenting that I think I need it!

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