with Tricia Goyer
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 06/22/2021
My Rating: TBR
What does a forty-two-year-old, small-town pastor do when he wins one of the most popular singing competitions in the world? Todd Tilghman and his wife, Brooke, share how decades of unrelenting challenges have taught them a joyful mindset of embracing not only winning The Voice but also "every little win" along the way.
When Todd Tilghman, pastor and father of eight from Meridian, Mississippi, auditioned for The Voice,he counted it as a win simply to sing in front of an audience other than family and church members. Despite no music or vocal training, he not only made it through the blind audition--with all four celebrity judges vying to coach him--he also won the show's entire eighteenth season. Fans were drawn to Todd's tremendous joy on stage, giving them much-needed inspiration during the hard challenges of a global pandemic.
In their first book, Todd and Brooke share how their focus on joy and celebrating every little win has helped them to overcome numerous challenges over their twenty-plus-year marriage. From adopting two children from South Korea to fighting for their newborn son's life to pastoring a small congregation through periods of adversity, Todd and Brooke share the lessons they've learned and the strategies that have moved them from fear to faith to ever-present joy.
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"In this uplifting debut, Tilghman, a Mississippi pastor and past winner of The Voice, and his wife, Brooke, emphasize the importance of celebrating small steps along the way to achieving one’s goals. In alternating sections, the couple explain how they have learned to exercise faith over fear and live joyfully by identifying ordinary “wins” in every situation—such as Todd’s early days singing in front of church members before graduating to bigger stages, a small but important “win.” Brooke, meanwhile, embraced her authentic self after struggling with anxiety, and learned to concentrate on her people skills when running the church while Todd was away with The Voice. Todd describes how Brooke encouraged him to audition for The Voice despite his hesitancy and acknowledges his previous tendency to be a people pleaser: “I’ve overcome the burden of trying to do everything right, and instead I simply follow where God leads me and share the love of Jesus the best I can.” In their transparency about choosing optimism, the Tilghmans will inspire Christians to focus on the small things."
About the Authors
Parents of eight, Todd and Brooke Tilghman currently live in Tennessee, moving closer to Nashville for Todd's leap-of-faith to pursue music full time. From 2011 to 2020, Todd was the pastor of Cornerstone Church in Meridian, Mississippi. He has the distinction of being the oldest winner, at age forty-two, in The Voice's history. Todd has been singing in church since he was eight years old, and he is currently writing and recording songs for his first album to be released in 2021. Brooke continues to cheer him on. @todd_tilghman @brooketilghman
USA Today bestselling author Tricia Goyer has published eighty books, has written more than five hundred articles for national publications, and is on the blogging team at TheBetterMom.com and other homeschooling and Christian websites. She is a two-time Carol Award winner, a Christy and ECPA Award finalist, and regularly receives starred reviews in Romantic Times and Publishers Weekly. Tricia is a wife to John, a mom to ten kids and a Nana to a growing number of grandkids. Connect with her at TriciaGoyer.com