A Review & Giveaway!
I was very excited to have the opportunity to read and review
the book ‘The Repurposed
& Upcycled Life
’ Written by Michelle Rayburn – a trash-to-treasure
junky, taking her gifted abilities to new heights – writing a book about it. Her book was combined with what I would call a novel-autobiography-devotional, with a
generous dose of laughter thrown in.

An easy read; that kept me laughing
out loud {seriously, I got some weird looks from my husband while reading.} I
also had a few teary eyed moments.  Michelle was easy for me to relate with. I loved her down right honesty, sincerity and humor. While reading I felt like I a good friend was “talking” to me.

 The Repurposed & Upcycled Life encourages us to find a whole new perspective on every circumstance we
encounter in life.

“Most of us will accept an object that’s
imperfect, but I’ve noticed that people aren’t as willing to accept other people
with their emotional scars and personality flaws. They aren’t as willing to
think of their own junky experiences as something to treasure, either. However,
when we change our perspective, we can begin to see treasure.” – Michelle

“The woman of the repurposed life realizes that
God’s Purpose never changes. It’s our perspective on His purpose that changes.
Instead of wishing for what we can’t have and mourning for what we never had, we
can find satisfaction in what we do have because it’s exactly what Go intended
us to have. God repurposes our intentions when we seek Him before launching our
own plan. – Michelle Rayburn

One of the things I absolutely loved about the book – was at the
end of each chapter, was a time of reflection. This section allowed me to
focus on my relationship with the Lord, while giving several creative ways to
imply and enhance each chapter. I found many of these sections very encouraging
and meaningful.

The book wouldn’t necessarily have to be read from cover
to cover. Each chapter discusses a life circumstance. It would be very easy for
someone to pick up the book and start reading a chapter that was applicable to
their particular circumstance in life, at that very moment.

This book encouraged me once again
that I am a work very much in progress. And I shouldn’t let
my recovering perfectionism {a device the devil uses} to disappoint and fill me
with guilt that “I’m not good enough.” Instead I was encouraged to keep seeking
out the Lord’s grace, because He floods our hearts with hope. And I was reminded again that whatever the Lord starts, He has promised to completely finish! {Phil. 1:6}

“When I feature a project on my website, I
always show a before and after picture. If I didn’t show the before picture, it
would take away from some of the wonder of the after picture. We like seeing a
dramatic transformation. The better it turns out, the more we marvel at the
change. That’s what God wants to do with our trash. No matter what it is, he can
transform it–upcycle it–into something that points others toward his glory so
they will say, ‘Look what God can do.” – Michelle

 Please leave a comment HERE on this blog post to be entered into the book drawing. And if you would be so kind, please send some love Michelle’s way by following and liking her little corners of the web. Be sure and tell her that Esther from Graced Simplicity sent you. :0)

Michelle Rayburn – Website – Twitter – Facebook

{1 winner will be chosen Friday, May 24th, by Random.or}

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This book & giveaway were provided by MichelleRayburn.com – Review was solely based on my own honest opinions. 
I was under no obligation to offer a favorable review.