Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Repurposed and Upcycled Life: When God Turns Trash to Treasure

Title: THE REPURPOSED & UPCYCLED LIFE: When God Turns Trash to Treasure
Author: Michelle Rayburn
Publisher: Faith Creativity Life Books
November 2012
ISBN: 978-0578110424
Genre: Nonfiction / Christian Living

Are there experiences you’d rather toss in the dumpster?

Life is frustrating sometimes. It can be hard and ugly. Hurt, frustration and regret can make everything seem hopeless. But, God has a plan for everything in our lives. He offers unconditional love and grace, despite our imperfections. He offers hope where we see only despair.

Discover the repurposed and upcycled life. This is a life where no experience is wasted. Like the best trash–to–treasure decorating project, it's a life where God repurposes our junky experiences. It's where he upcycles—turns hopeless situations into something so much better than we ever imagined—when we let him work with the trash. When we surrender to his leading, God demonstrates his creativity in revealing how our greatest disappointments, mistakes, and painful experiences can be priceless treasures.

Through humor and stories, Michelle Rayburn addresses how to unpack emotional baggage and let go of the past. Readers will learn how to confront perfectionism and negative attitudes, change perspective on circumstances, and let go of regret and shame. It's an opportunity to learn how to build positive healthy relationships, and dream big and live with purpose. Through inspiration from God's Word and examples from everyday life, readers will discover the joy–filled, hope–rich way of viewing their past, present, and future.

This book will show readers how to:

Ø      unpack baggage and deal with the past
Ø      confront perfection and negative attitudes
Ø      change your perspective on your circumstances
Ø      let go of regret and shame
Ø      build positive healthy relationships
Ø      dream big and live with purpose

THE REPURPOSED & UPCYCLED LIFE is humorous and well-written. Very engaging. It identifies issues that we’ve all struggled with—such as labels that we think describe us. Fat. Ugly. Stupid. Unlovable. Fill in your own adjective. She shows us how to let them go. Don’t try to hide behind your children in the family picture. Everyone who sees the picture will know what you look like anyway.

She also shows us not to sweat the small stuff. Let go of the things you regret. They are past. Water under the bridge. Gone. Start thinking positive. Embrace your present. Don’t live in the past or the future. Take the time to enjoy the now.

Wise advice administered in a funny way that is sure to bring the point across without beating us over the head or boring us to tears. Recommended. $12.59 paperback.  $5.69 Kindle. 159 pages. 

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