Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Amy Bloye & Between Ball Games

Posted October 13, 2022 by meezcarrie in Amy Bloye, Author Interview, Christian, giveaway, nonfiction / 7 Comments


Besides our family and my Lyme Disease doctor being here, another reason we were so excited to move to Georgia was West Ridge Church. We actually started attending online, did the membership class online, and joined a Zoom small group during the pandemic – several months before we moved here from Kentucky. West Ridge Church and its leadership have been such a balm to our hearts, not only in powerful worship & practical sermons grounded in the Word but also ministering to me and my mom through our grief this last year. It has definitely become our church home, and every weekend I look forward to being there. So I’m especially excited to introduce you to today’s guest – Amy Bloye, author of Between Ball Games AND our pastor’s wife!

Amy Bloye has a degree in elementary and middle education from Liberty University. She and her husband, Brian, started West Ridge Church in Dallas, Georgia in 1997. Amy values encouraging equipping and connecting other pastors’ wives and church planting couples through their nonprofit organization, Engage Churches. Amy and Brian speak together at marriage conference and retreats. Amy started Cultivate, an annual retreat for pastors’ wives and women in ministry. She has two young adult sons, Taylor and Zach, two lovely daughters-in-love, an English lab, Gibson and a labradoodle, Lucy Montana.

You can connect with Amy on Instagram.


BETWEEN BALL GAMES by Amy Bloye
GENRE: Spiritual Growth / Christian Parenting
PUBLISHER: Leafwood Publishers
RELEASE DATE: February 1, 2022
PAGES: 204

From energy and injury to surviving middle school, moms are asking questions. They want to know about training, role models, overcoming fear, dealing with ADD, how to talk to their teenagers and how to get them to have a conversation. Moms want to know if they have permission to take care of themselves, how to not act shocked, and how to experience God’s grace and joy in being a boy mom. Twenty-six years of encouragement and wisdom is packed into this short read. Each three-to-five page chapter begins with a story and concludes with a challenging truth and a Scripture reference.

“Authentic and relatable! Each short chapter will grab your heart, empower and encourage you in your journey as you raise a boy.” —Lori Wilhite, founder, Leading and Loving It. Author, My Name is Victorious

“If you are a mom of boys, you will likely find yourself in the pages of this book. You will laugh and you will cry as Amy shares everyday stories that every boy mom can relate to. This is a timely and relevant resource for anyone raising boys or hoping to one day.” —Noel Yeatts, President, World Help

“As a father of two boys and leader of a men’s ministry, I can tell you that if you have a son then you absolutely need this book in your life. It is honest, gritty, and hilarious. I wish I had read it twenty years ago!” —David Mills, Captain, U.S. Air Force, and author The Distance, An Average Joe”s Path to Balancing Family, Work, and Triathlon

 

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Hi Amy! Welcome to the blog!

Amy: Totally dogs! We have two. Gibson and Lucy Montana.

Carrie: aww yay! I’m a ‘totally dogs’ person too 🙂

Amy: TEA 😊 Iced tea. I use stevia sweetener now. Love it.

Carrie: spoken like a true southern gal haha!

Amy: The beach!!  Fills my bucket.

Carrie: that’s what the mountains do for me!

Amy: Print. I like paper and notecards 😊

Carrie: yes! Nothing quite like holding that actual book in your hands

Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?

Amy: Sitting on a bleacher for 20 years!

Carrie: hahaha that does require a superpower!

Q: Who is your favorite book character from childhood?

Amy: Charlotte, Wilber and Fern in Charlotte’s Web. Also I got choked up reading Stone Fox to my third grade class when I taught school.

Carrie: Charlotte’s Web was a favorite of mine too – and oh yes! Stone Fox ♥ (I taught 3rd grade too and I think it’s a rite of passage to get choked up while reading that one)

Q: Writing spaces are as diverse as authors and books. Where is your favorite space to write?

Amy: A table in the corner in my kitchen.

Carrie: sounds like a good place to me! Close to snacks 😉

Q: What is something you wish you could go back and tell your past self who was just starting out as a boy mom?

Amy: To relax and be more fun, laugh a little more and stop worrying about what everyone thinks.

Carrie: there’s freedom & joy in those words!

Q: How did your experiences raising your two boys influence your decision to write Between Ball Games and/or influence what you wrote about? 

Amy: Well, I had so many stories of raising strong-willed boys and so many sweet and funny and crazy things that we went through that I thought I should share them. Almost every chapter, in fact, contains a story about the boys growing up. I was a woman in a house full of men and every day was an adventure! And honestly, we did not know what we were doing, but I knew if they turned out great, it would be because of God’s grace and not our parenting!

Carrie: I think being the lone woman in a house full of men is its own superpower – haha!

Q: Which chapter in Between Ball Games is your favorite – and why?

Amy: We Got An A On Our Gorilla Science Project. This is my favorite because it addresses the tension between helping our kids and teaching them to be independent. The chapter talks about Brian and I working on a school project until midnight and how we really got into that project and made it our own! I tell about how we could say No and not help, but that we chose to err on the side of huge grace and love and encouragement. That is how we want to live life. Big and open hearts and full of support to our boys. In this chapter, I recalled a castle that my Dad helped me build for a high school project, and how his actions, in spite of his unbelievably busy schedule, spoke value into my life in such a powerful way that I decided that I wanted to be someone who lifted others up and loved them big! I cried writing this chapter because it was so powerful to me and I will never regret loving big.

Carrie: I still remember my precious Dad working side-by-side with me on my science fair projects – from building a catapult to drawing a scale model of the White House gardens to growing stinky bacteria in petri dishes to see which toothpaste was best at killing it. Even though I’m pretty sure my lack of science & math ability on those projects is partially what made him go grey in his late 30s, I treasure those memories now more than ever. (PS – Mom helped too, but Dad was the designated science & math guy lol)

Q: What do you most want readers to take away from Between Ball Games?

Amy: I want readers to know that they are not alone in the challenging journey of raising boys. They will relate to the stories and the questions of our mother hearts who want to know if we are doing a good job. I want readers to relax and have fun and stop worrying and pray more than they ever have for those sweet boys. I want them to feel the freedom to take care of themselves in the midst of all of it and to let their little boys and big boys be the wild untamed men that they were created to be.

Carrie: amen ♥

Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.

Amy: Besides speaking at a few conferences and working with church planting couples, those who are starting new churches in cities, I am loving having two GIRLS! Both of our boys got married within 6 months and we are so thankful for their lovely wives.

Carrie: yay! what a wonderful season for you to be in!


Amy Bloye is offering a print copy of Between Ball Games to TWO of my readers! (Void where prohibited by law or logistics.) This giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies which can be found here. Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

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What about you? What makes you want to read Between Ball Games by Amy Bloye? What sports did your kids (or nephews/nieces/grandkids or you) play?

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7 responses to “Author Interview (and a Giveaway!): Amy Bloye & Between Ball Games

  1. Anne

    This book is a real treasure which I would give to my grandsons to enjoy. They are both avid readers and play baseball and tennis.

  2. Patsy Harbaugh

    My husband and I raised two terrific boys. This has to be on the gift list for my son and “daughter-in-love” who are now raising two terrific boys if their own. (I once knew an Amy Bloye. What a coincidence.)

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