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The Repurposed and Upcycled Life: When God Turns Trash to Treasure [Kindle Edition]

Michelle Rayburn
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Book Description

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.


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  • File Size: 597 KB
  • Print Length: 172 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0578110423
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Faith Creativity Life Books (January 4, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JRQJ6TO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #358,628 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
[Mrs. Stanish posting] This is such an awesome book. You'll laugh (out loud!) and cry (keep some tissue handy) and you will be so amazed and inspired at how God can take what we think is a hopeless mess and turn it into a treasure that glorifies Him. Buy this for every woman in your life who has ever questioned her worth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Written, Engaging, and Practical September 5, 2014
Format:Paperback
We've all taken a garment out of the closet that looks fine—until we put it on. Then the color makes us look sallow, the waistband is too tight or too loose or it or it just isn’t us anymore? We should toss it, yet we put it back on the shelf to play the same scene over and over.

Humor is the spoon Michelle Rayburn uses to dish out funny, inspirational and applicable personal stories that inspire us to clean our spiritual and emotional houses, give up the guilt, and to embrace the positive aspects of our current lives. Her experienced guidance helps to examine 11 negative types of baggage, to peel away the trash and look for the treasure in every area– all those things we kid ourselves into thinking no one else knows about.

Emotional garbage, guilt and bitterness out – healing and changed attitudes and perspectives in. Each chapter is short enough to finish in a 10-15 minute devotional time, but has enough depth to keep you pondering – and asking yourself if this (action, habit, emotion, reaction) will build up your life – or not. If not, Rayburn empowers the reader to “carry out the trash,” and keep only what builds you up so you can turn and build up others.

Well written, engaging and practical, this little book is a treasure you will want to glean from time and again
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One quick look into Michelle Rayburn's book and you find yourself wondering where this friend has been all those years!
There are no other words to describe the warm feeling you get as you discover her witty and very refreshing writing, she comes through clearly as the sort of woman each of us would like to call Friend!

Michelle's jocular approach to sharing personal experiences and the resulting wisdom gives you the opportunity to see the extra emotional baggage we each carry. If we are honest and we must be as she was with herself, there are many areas in our lives we could improve upon. Unlike other testimonies and devotionals The Repurposed and Upcycled Life is filled with the joys of discovering what treasures we can become in the eyes of God.

Women especially appreciate the need to feel special and in order to do it, we must learn to accept ourselves, deal with past mistakes, change our perspective on those circumstances we cannot change and let go of regrets. Ah, regrets...Not an easy one!
But best of all, Michelle's arguments will help each of us to build stronger relationships, dream big and live with purpose!

With hilarious chapters titles such as 'Dust bunnies and bad hare hair days' and 'Chicken Coop for the Soul' Michelle's brand of humour leaves us with a comforting dose of care and support.
This is one book every woman should read if we are to retain our sanity in this often crazy world and learn to love ourselves as God loves us!
Following each chapter, a segment about Faith, Creativity, Everyday Life reveals God's unexpected gifts, all part of the many lessons you will learn here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A life-changing read! August 29, 2014
By Kimfurd
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
“What if we were real: What if we were as honest about our failures as we are about our successes?” (p. 2)

Michelle Rayburn explores this question from every possible angle throughout her book, The Repurposed & Upcycled Life. She walks the reader through a myriad of situations, some from personal experience, some from the experience of others. Michelle takes the Scripture and teaches transforming truths about successfully navigating life in a fallen world. She uses her unique talent of repurposing “junk” and applies the practical truths of the Bible to each step of a transformational journey. She wants everyone to walk in the freedom and purpose of God’s plan for their lives, and her book equips folks to do this!

Each chapter packed with things you will want to remember, so please read with your highlighter at the ready! At the end of the chapter Michelle offers a section called Getting Personal. Here you will find a section entitled Faith where she asks purpose-filled questions of self-examination. She follows this with a section entitled Creativity where she offers ideas of creative activities that give your situation a concrete re-purposing. The last section is entitled Everyday Life gives practical ways to put what you’ve learned into action.

This is a book that will bring healing and hope to many people in a variety of situations. Don’t rush through this. Take time to absorb what God has for you in these pages. This book has been a love note from God in my life!! How I praise Him for Michelle Rayburn’s ministry!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The One Book You Need to Read This Year. July 31, 2014
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The title of this came at just the right time. We were going through things in our house to see what we could get rid of and what we could recycle or repurpose. This book does the same thing with events in our life. The whole gist of this is that when you look at your life and things you are holding onto you need to ask yourself if you need to continue to hold on to it. Is it important? Chances are it is not. Can you use it to change things in your life to improve things? I have always seen myself as a fairly positive person. However, there are areas in my life that when I bring them back up, turn into something very negative. I had to ask myself if it was doing good or harm in my life? I had to give myself permission to let go of it. It definitely was not something God wanted me to hold on to. It is like holding on to a grudge. God has so much more for us. This book is full of ways to help you do just that. If there is one book you need to read this year it is this book. I will recommend it to all of my readers and my family and friends. I need to understand that sometimes sharing the way God has helped me with something I've always seen as trash in my life can often be a form of treasure for others. We don't know how sharing will often help someone else who is or has gone through the same thing. They feel alone and need to see that God can take any trash in our life and turn it into treasure.

I received a copy of this book to help facilitate my review. I received no compensation. The opinions are my own.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very inspiring
I enjoyed reading this book. So many places in it that I thought she was writing about me. It was very inspiring and helped me put things into their proper place within my little... Read more
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Wonderful, delightfully fresh look at life! A real blessing!
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A humorous and thought provoking book, to help you take an honest look at life!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Repurposed and Upcycled Life
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. Read more
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Published 3 months ago by Brenda Bright
5.0 out of 5 stars The best sort of Repurposing!
As someone who loves to repurpose things - It is so neat to things about how God can repurpose me and "trash" in my life and make it into something beautiful. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Artsy Abbi
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read about serious issues
Who among us hasn't been plagued at one time or another by something--fear, doubt, a bad childhood, mistakes or failures, etc.? Read more
Published 4 months ago by Debra L. Butterfield
4.0 out of 5 stars Encouraging, Uplifting and Informative
This book is another in a long line of 'Keepers' for me and should be added to every spiritual library out there! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Pamela S Thibodeaux
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Michelle wants to help you connect the dots between faith, creativity, and everyday life and discover the joy of finding God in the most unexpected places. Years ago, she left her career as a registered nurse to raise her family, and along the way, she discovered her true passion for writing, speaking, and singing.

Along that path of discovery, she tried many side ventures, including: a wedding coordinator, rubber stamp demonstrator, custom painter and decorator, craft instructor, craft seller, and web designer. Pile on her hobbies as a quilter, scrapbooker, and avid reader, and that's a lot of dots to connect! For the sake of sanity, she has exchanged most of those roles for the thrill of putting words on paper.

Michelle lives in an unusual home that was formerly a little country church with a parsonage attached. The church half of it is a hundred years old, and the rest is gradually coming out of the dreadful 50s and 70s decor with ongoing updates and renovation. She loves trash-to-treasure decorating and has filled her home with creative makeovers of "junk."

As a wife and a mom of two boys, Michelle's hidden motive as a speaker for women's events is the welcome escape from the testosterone zone to get a good dose of estrogen and female companionship.

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