Keeping God at the forefront during life’s challenges from a designer’s perspective.
We’ve all struggled when our dreams haven’t materialized or when life takes a right turn when we were aiming left. A Redesigned Life: Uncovering God's Purpose When Life Doesn't Go as Planned addresses this exact scenario.
Author Tracy Steel tackles how to regain your footing when your life isn’t aligned to God’s plan. Her unique and enjoyable twist is the perspective of the interior designer that she utilizes brilliantly throughout. Both helpful and humorous, Ms. Steel’s anecdotes paint a very clear picture of design concepts as applicable to life.
One of my personal favorites was the analogy of being in an “all red room” and needing some white space. In most of the “designing” examples, I could feel the points being made, giving ‘A Redesigned Life’ emotional appeal beyond the words.
As much as I enjoyed the designer’s perspective of this book, there were two terms/concepts that I had difficulty processing. “God’s movement” and the “Process of Sanctification” were somewhat obscure, although I understood the points by definition.
Each chapter ends with “Muse Minutes” that are helpful segments for self-reflection. “Design Tips” are interesting designing tips that are applicable to life.
Although scripture references are not a main focus, they’re present and relevant and ensure Ms. Steel’s guidance is based upon the Word.
Kudos to Ms. Steel for not only painting a rosy picture of a relationship with God but also tackling the dreary gray. We’re loved by God, which is wonderful, but there’s also the accountability aspect that we can’t gloss over. God’s wrath is as real as his love and we need to examine our lives honestly. “What sins are clouding our vision?”
The topics in ‘A Redesigned Life’ cover the gamut: Making God your focal point, Staying steadfast when dreams die, Seeing God more clearly, Forgiveness, Grief, etc.
I sensed Ms. Steel has the same thirst (obsession) to know Jesus as I have. As she described the “joy” of loving Jesus, I felt a kinship that I don’t always feel with an author. Although I’m not in a place in my life where I’m particularly struggling, I could see how this book could be helpful for someone trying to get their footing when “life hasn’t gone as planned.”
Anyone looking for a boost after a setback in life would enjoy this book. More importantly, it can also serve as a general dose of Christian inspiration and direction for taking a relationship with God to the next level.
Tracy Steel graduated from Kansas State University with a BS in interior design in 1998. Moving from one type of interior design to another, Tracy then worked in full-time youth ministry, serving as the director of female students at Scottsdale Bible Church. God's true design for Tracy now involves improving the interior space of the hearts and minds of women around her. Currently stationed in Washington, DC, this military wife and mother of two is now in seminary pursuing her master's degree in biblical and theological studies. To learn more, visit tracymsteel.com.
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Author Shirley Alarie began writing adult and children's books to benefit two causes she loves. 'Hope in the Hood' portrays the incredible story of Colleen Adams providing hope and help to disenfranchised inner-city youth. 'A Healing Haven' showcases the amazing work of Shawn Jayroe and her incredible volunteers at RVR Horse Rescue. Children's books 'A New Friend for Gilbert' and the Dominick the Donkey 2-part series are based on real animals and events at RVR. Now Shirley writes for Jesus - including children's books, her FindingGodAmongUs blog, and as a Christian adult and children's book reviewer. Need a freelance writer? Check her out.