Friday, April 27, 2012

Turning Guilt Trips into Joy Rides

Turning Guilt Trips into Joy Rides
Authors: Kim Messinger, Janine Boyer and Shirley Brosius
Publisher: WestBowPress
ISBN: 9781449732639
Paperback: 208 pages
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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.

My Thoughts:

As a woman, I know we carry around guilt - if we intentionally do it or not. Ingrained or taught, guilt seems to just be a part of us. I know there are days I wonder if I could have done more, if I had only visited more, if only... and at times these guilt trips seem to bog down my relationship with God - maybe to the point of feeling unworthy to come to Him.

Turning Guilt Trips into Joy Rides is a wonderful devotional that focuses on these guilt trips we give ourselves. With 183 days of devotions, you can change how you look at those guilt feelings and change your outlook. These quick devotions won't bog you down, but in just a few minutes a day, you will find your guilt lessening and your relationship with God deepening.

A great devotional for women of any age, Turning Guilt Trips into Joy Rides is a must have for any woman who has felt the guilt pangs.

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.

See what others on the tour are saying about Turning Guilt Trips into Joy Rides.


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.

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I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher for this tour. I was not required to write a positive review, but instead, one that gives my honest opinion.


  1. Thanks for reviewing Turning Guilt Trips into Joy Rides. We're happy you appreciate and can relate to our topic. One little correction, the book contains 183 daily devotionals, enough for six months. Keep reading and enjoying. :)

  2. Thank you for pointing that out. I don't have a clue why I put that number down when I knew it was six months! My sincere apologies. I've fixed my mistake.