Friday, April 27, 2012

Book Review - Turning Guilt Trips Into Joy Rides

About the Book:

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 the letters G-R-A-C-E, representing God, Relationships, Acceptance, Challenges and Emotions.

The coauthors hope these meaningful readings will help you deal with guilt--both real and imagined. By applying the insights shared in Turning Guilt Trips into Joy Rides, you may develop a calmer, less guilt-ridden life-style and become better equipped to function as wives, mothers and friends. Younger women often develop patterns of thinking and experience feelings of guilt that carry over into their mature years, so women of all ages will find this book helpful.
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.
My Review:
I got so much out of this book! I think what I liked the most was that it was written by three different women at different times of life. I love the writing style of each author, too, which is a real plus. Each one had so much wisdom to share and I learned so much. Not only that, the book is very well written with lots of personal andedotes. I liked that I could read one little devotional a day and it really made me think about how the Lord works in my life and the life of others. It also, on many occassions, helped me to realize a lot of the stuff I go through, other women do to, and that the Lord is there each step of the way. I loved the Scripture references, too.  All in all, just a wonderful book that I will refer to again and again. 
You can buy the book HERE
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.
*This book was provided to me for my honest review by LitFuse Publicity
Blessings - Julie


  1. Sounds like a good book! I'll have to look for it!

  2. Thank you, Julie, for reviewing Turning Guilt Trips into Joy Rides. We're happy to hear you enjoyed our individual writings and the organization of the book. We haven't yet arrived, but we hope to remind women that we're on this journey together and God will be faithful.


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