A Redesigned Life by Tracy Steel is a book that speaks to my soul. The subtitle is “Uncovering God’s Purpose When Life Doesn’t Go As Planned”. Now, who can’t relate to that?
I love the premise of the book. Tracy Steel was an interior designer who thought she had her entire life mapped out. Then God stepped in and said, “No, I have something else in mind for you.” She thought she’d live in New York City, drive a Mercedes, and carry a Prada purse on her arm. Instead, God brought her to Phoenix, Arizona and led her to student ministry. Instead of holding designer purses, she’s holding her arms out to the hurting.
In a world where Christians and churches have lost sight of God’s design for us, Tracy reminds us by tying in spiritual principles with design principles. It’s a rather unique approach and one that accomplishes its goal.
I especially love the chapter on knowing when to say yes or no. She reminds us that “rejection and no are not always bad things,” and “God will override our plans – even if other people support them – whenever they don’t align with his emphasis for us.” Rejection or disappointment is never easy, but if we can console ourselves with the reminder that He knows what’s best for us, we can try to look at the situation thought His eyes rather than our nearsighted vision.
If you’re dealing with life situations that weren’t of your choosing, pick up a copy of A Redesigned Life and be encouraged that God’s ways are not our ways, and His ways are so much better than ours.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of the book from the publisher. All opinions expressed are my own.