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From Kirkus Reviews

"In her debut work, Deitz loses the wrong job and sets out on a journey to find the right one but ends up finding something much more important-a solid relationship with the Almighty. The highlight of the work is Deitz's storytelling; she has a keen ability to fully craft characters and vividly relate events so that the reader is immersed in a substantial world. A delightful read with solid insights into a life of faith." - Kirkus Reviews

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Employed by God: Benefits Packaged with Faith won the Religious Non-Fiction category of the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Awards and placed silver in Christian Nonfiction for the 2012 Readers Favorite Contest.

2014 Source: 22nd Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards
Judge Number: 44
Entry Category: Inspirational

Employed by God starts out with a powerful scene, one that is relevant to our economic times: Tracy loses her job over something so slight it is arguable she should have been reproached, much less terminated. Even those who have not lost jobs can empathize with this situation, for many people feel their employment hangs by a thread. The author is the last thing from an egotist, for even when she is worried about having cervical cancer, she focuses on the stories of others who suffer in other ways, from Alison's aging father coping with loss of identity to Tammy, the friend with a terrible marriage and a horrible illness. While it is clear that the theme is human dignity and how to keep it or restore it through faith, each chapter providing therapeutic Christian faith study questions (to participate in which, readers do not need to be experts on either the Old or New Testament), the author is careful not to be glib. Struggle is the underlying motif, and struggle does not go away. I like the care with which the author moves back and forth through time, telling anecdotes and analyzing situations, and I found the stories about Mongolia fascinating. The ending is satisfying because it brings back the person who fired Tracy in the first place. The author's writing style is lucid and appealing.  -- Writer's Digest

"Tracy writes well and descriptively; readers will be able to picture the scenes and enter into the emotions she experienced. In this kind of economy, certainly many readers will be able to relate to her job-loss experience. The Scripture and questions she includes at the end of each chapter are insightful and will help readers apply the lessons she learned to their own lives." (The Writer's Edge)

"Tracy’s story is easy to read and relate to because she is speaking from her heart. She is teaching the reader what worked for her in her time of distress. She shows that when we give our life to God and strive to grow closer to Him, He will give us a peace and comfort that only He can give. This would be a wonderful Bible study, and Tracy helps by including study questions and scriptures at the end of each chapter. I highly recommend this book to anyone going through a loss of any kind." -- Reviewed by Joy H. for Readers Favorite

"The reader will find courage, forgiveness, and spiritual growth here. Employed by God is well worth a reader’s time and money." --Pat W. Kirk

"Rising to God's call can sometimes mean many odd things. "Employed by God: Benefits Packaged with Faith" is a memoir of faith from Tracy S. Deitz as she discusses traveling the world with good intentions. From aiding a remote village in Mongolia to teaching at a maximum-security prison, she relays what she has learned and hopes others would rise to the call. This book is an enticing and much recommended pick for Christian studies collections." -- Michael Dunford for Midwest Book Review
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 13, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466370823
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466370821
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,883,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In fall of 2009, Tracy S. Deitz abruptly joins the nation's ranks of 14 million unemployed workers, and the event immediately challenges the very core of her Christian beliefs. In whom does she really trust? After struggling with pride and despair for many months, she finally faces her worst fears.

This is when her greatest adventures begin as she encounters unsung heroes and reflects on situations that range from her taking part in a medical mission to Mongolia to working in a maximum-security prison. What happens when our ideas of destiny collide with God's invitation to serve?

Throughout the whole process of rediscovering God, Deitz comes to a new understanding of how he calls us and what it means to trust in him. Based on the structure of Psalm 23, the chapters in Employed by God: Benefits Packaged with Faith combine her personal story with Bible passages and include study questions for small-group discussions. How would an unexpected job loss affect your faith? Adults who have faced unemployment, the death of a loved one, or adversity of any kind will be filled with hope as they read examples of how God works in the lives of ordinary people. This truly inspiring book will help renew our gratitude, teach us how to forgive mistakes, and guide us toward personal fulfillment. Employed by God: Benefits Packaged with Faith won the religious non-fiction category in the national 2012 Next Generation Indie Book contest and is a finalist in the 2012 Readers Favorite Contest.

EMPLOYED BY GOD is a kind of memoir taking us through the history and soul-searching of Ms. Deitz losing her job and then finding her calling as "employed by God." The book is very well-written and cleanly edited (which is good, as Ms. Deitz is a former-editor!) and it is interesting reading.
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Soon as I started reading "Employed by God: Benefits Packaged with Faith", I found myself unable to put it down. The Author, Tracy S. Deitz, explains how her negative life experiences taught her the Lord's love. Through Tracy's own struggles she turned to the Lord. By making this choice she was filled with God's pure love. She explains how his strength, wisdom, and peace overcame these negative experiences. Only then was she able to reach out in His love and help others. As Tracy writes on page 128 "God valued heart attitudes more than prestige".

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Life really does "turn on a dime." Our family has faced adversity in the form of a struggle with cancer. This book helped us to see how faith produces maturity. Tracy's insights helped us to feel gratitude as we came to know God in a more personal way. We had overlooked the many blessings that came from our experience and put those difficult years aside with no further thought. But, after reading Tracy's book, we came to celebrate the new found trust we had in the Lord and the many heroes that helped us during this crisis. Our benefits were truly packaged with faith - and this book shed new light on our journey. A wonderful resource for anyone facing a sudden upheaval in life.
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Employed by God talks about Tracy's firing and the period of unemployment following it. She relives her grief and anger at the loss.

I appreciated the moments of imperfection she shows as well as the times of courage. She snaps a few times. She loses patience. She gets discouraged. She finds herself angry with God. Her appealing transparency gives the reader a glimpse of a real person. In fact, she paints each person she mentions with a full brush. Everyone in the book could be someone you know.

She makes good use of her time away from the work world. She tells of one harrowing mission trip, and a miracle she expected that didn't happen. She felt she knew how God would act, and then, since His ways are not our ways, she felt cheated. How could He not intervene in a child's tragedy?

She went with her Buddhist friend on a yoga trip, and, though she found some things meaningful, other things offended her and caused discomfort.

Every experience builds her compassion and shows a new reliance and love for God.

The reader will find courage, forgiveness, and spiritual growth here. Employed by God is well worth a reader's time and money.

I received this book from the author. We have not met. This is an honest review.
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I have had the privilege and honor of being friends with Tracy Deitz for more than 15 years. She has just written a book that describes a time in her life that she became unemployed. Whether you are employed or have recently lost your job, this book will not only lift your spirits but will cause you to laugh and cry. We all know the feeling of embarrassment when faced with the loss of a job and Employed By God lets us know we are not alone. This book is not only a great read, but would be great as a study guide or for a book club
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Her book is first rate description of the remarkable journey of a soul from darkness and uncertainty into love and light. I identified with the writer's experience of being fired and about the healing power of service. Life's challenges make more sense when we can reach out our hand to people going through tough passages.

The story is well told and organized and the pacing is crisp, so it's easy to read and enjoy. I loved the running commentary given in the chapter headings, very witty and appropriate. The author's use of language is meticulous, colorful, inspiring, and engaging. She takes us with her to visit Mongolia as a missionary, to teaching in a prison school, to a yoga meditation, to a nursing home, to a friend's tough family reunion, to falling in love, to a banquet with her now forgiven enemies and so much more as well as to that basement job from whence she was released.

i like the way the author ends chapter with a quote and thought-provoking questions and I hope her process of enlightenment may light a path for many others too. Read it and reap. She has plumbed the depths and emerged with a shining strength of character and faith.
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