Saturday, October 31, 2015

Friends of the Heart . . . Turning Guilt Trips into Joy Rides

The cover of our book, Turning Guilt Trips into Joy Rides, shows two women in a convertible with the passenger waving her hands in the air, sort of doing a seated victory dance. We thought it would be fun to mimic the cover while seated in Janine’s jeep. So here we are, waving our books, saying, “Hey, this is a good book. Check it out! Maybe someone you know would like it for Christmas.”

I now wish we would have titled the book something else—maybe Joy for the Journey—because the word “guilt” has a negative connotation. Maybe you don’t give the book as a gift because you’re afraid the recipient might think you’re trying to tell her something. But “Guilt Trips” offers a daily pick-me-up that gives a woman something positive to think about she connects with God each day. The book puts the emphasis on grace rather than guilt.

From the Preface:
            Turning Guilt Trips into Joy Rides happens only by the grace of God, so this book is organized around the acrostic of G-R-A-C-E representing:
            G – God
            R – Relationships
            A – Acceptance
            C – Challenges
            E - Emotions
            Life is not perfect. We long for peace, yet we face challenges and changes. We feel responsible to promote harmony, and then when conflict arises, guilt sets in. We feel we’ve failed. We want to pull the covers over our heads and drop out.
            But God—through his grace—makes a way for us to go on. Rain falls, but the sun rises. Day follows night. Spring follows winter. We grow in grace and faith as we confront our challenges.
            So we can throw off the covers and face the world with confidence. We are not alone. God offers us his divine love and protection. That is what this book is about. On these pages we share stories of how God has made a way for us by his grace and pray that you accept that grace to meet your own needs. (End of Preface)
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