About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

The Grumble-Free Year: Twelve Months, Eleven Family Members, and One Impossible Goal by Tricia Goyer

The Grumble-Free Year: Twelve Months, Eleven Family Members, and One Impossible GoalABOUT THE BOOK

USA Today bestselling author Tricia Goyer and her family of eleven embark on a yearlong quest to eliminate grumbling from their home and discover a healthier, more thankful approach to life together.

The Goyer home--with two parents, eight kids, and one eighty-eight-year-old grandmother with dementia--is never without noise, mess, activity, and, often, complaining. And it's not just the kids grumbling. After adding seven children in less than six years through adoption, the Goyer family decided to move out of survival-mode and into unity- and growth-mode. They decided to tackle the impossible: a grumble-free year.

With grade-schoolers, teenagers, and a grandmother who believes children should be seen and not heard, plenty of room exists for flunking the challenge. Add to that seven children being homeschooled together in close quarters, and what could possibly go awry?

In The Grumble-Free Year, the Goyers invite readers into their journey as they go complaint-free and discover what it looks like to develop hearts of gratitude. They share their plans, successes, failures, and all the lessons they learn along the way, offering real-life action steps based in scripture so that readers get not just a front-row seat to the action but also an opportunity to take the challenge themselves and uncover hearts that are truly thankful.


'Grumbling is something we do by default.'

Author Tricia Goyer and her husband John set a goal to take their family of eleven through a year where no grumbling was allowed. The results of those twelve months can be seen in Goyer's new book The Grumble-Free Year and it is enlightening, to say the least. This book has twenty chapters filled with great advice, inspiring thoughts, and above all, honesty. Goyer reveals their times of triumph but she is also very honest about the times when they failed and I found this reassuring. When a habit is strong, it is hard to break, and we can't realistically expect to change it overnight.

With a mixture of personal experiences and Bible scripture, Goyer reminds us how blessed we really are and just how destructive grumbling can be. She also offers Reflection Questions at the end of each chapter to help us gain deeper understanding of the text that has been shared. When you begin to read this book, I suggest that you keep a highlighter near by because there are so many quotes worth noting. Two that I especially loved are:

'When we are grumble-free, we are the light of the world. We look different, sound different, and it is noticeable.'

'If our faith is strong, we will not grumble. As we cease to grumble, our faith will grow stronger.'

I know that I have been blessed by reading this book and I believe that it will also bless others who read it. I recommend The Grumble-Free Year highly!

I was given a digital copy from the publisher but a positive review was not required. These are my own opinions.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of ten, grandmother of two, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope. A bestselling author, Tricia has published thirty-three books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Nominee. In 2010, she was selected as one of the Top 20 Moms to Follow on Twitter by SheKnows.com. Tricia is also on the blogging team at MomLifeToday.com, TheBetterMom.com and other homeschooling and Christian sites.In addition to her roles as mom, wife and author, Tricia volunteers around her community and mentors teen moms. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently leads a Teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, AR. 

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