- Paperback: 170 pages
- Publisher: Faith Creativity Life Books; 2 edition (April 18, 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0988528622
- ISBN-13: 978-0988528628
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 43 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,713,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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The offer will indeed recycle the "junkpile quote of your life and present it with a new image that will spring forth hope for the soul. "Re-purposed" and "upcycled" will be new terms too many and will be the catalyst for change. If you struggle with any of these areas this is a resource for you:
– Weight loss
– Lack of joy and a sense of hopelessness
– Fear of failure
– Juggling family responsibilities
– Comparison traps
Each chapter centers on a different theme relevant to every day issues women face. This book could be used in a small group setting to elaborate on issues and generate healthy exchanges among woman. I found Rayburn's work to be very encouraging, helping to unpack painful pieces of emotional baggage. Each area is backed up with biblical remedies. Be challenged to study God's word and still yourself before Him.
Michelle Rayburn holds a master's degree in Christian leadership and serves as a speaker and worship leader at women's events. She also is a monthly Columnist for Wisconsin Christian News called "Simply Faith".
I received a copy of this book to help facilitate my review. I received no compensation. The opinions are my own.
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!
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.