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Turning Guilt Trips into Joy Ridesb y Shirley Brosius, Janine Boyer, Kim Messinger

Monday, April 2, 2012
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.

Goodreads Summary

The three coauthors offer 183 days, 6 months, of page-long inspiration. Each begins with a “Guilt Trip to Avoid”, then a short scripture passage, a personal story, and ends with a suggestion of how to “Take the Joy Ride”. Family stories of sickness and loss, of caring for loved stuffed animals, of rejection at work, and of busy, “cluttered” lives will make the circumstances of the daily reflection more real for readers. The book is organized around the acronym “GRACE”…beginning with a section on God, then Relationships, Acceptance, Challenges, and Emotions.

The number of daily reflection, inspirational books surprised me. This year I’ve read quite a few. This one, like many others, is sometimes a joy to read. My teens may probably think books like these are corny, but I’ve found that focusing on suggestions – such as those in the “Take the Joy Ride” section (my favorite part) improve my day, give it meaning, and help me practice introspection…rather than rushing through without thinking.

Three and a Half Stars

*Reviewed by Colleen*

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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.

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 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 to use to purchase whatever strikes your fancy!
Contest runs 4/23 - 5/12. Winner announced here on 5/14.

Follow the rest of the tour here!
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