About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Saturday, September 14, 2019

A Redesigned Life: Uncovering God's Purpose When Life Doesn't Go as Planned by Tracy Davis Steel

A Redesigned Life: Uncovering God's Purpose When Life Doesn't Go as PlannedABOUT THE BOOK

A Redesigned Life: Uncovering God's Purpose When Life Doesn't Go as Planned by Tracy Davis Steel

The very existence of HGTV, the DIY movement, and Pinterest proves we love great design. We adore plans and perfectly staged rooms. But what happens when we discover we are living a life we did not design? When our dreams lie in tatters or when we experience loss of any kind? What happens when life feels like one big Pinterest fail? Where is God in the midst of what doesn't make sense? Does he care?

Drawing from time-honored design principles such as movement, contrast, and pattern, former interior designer and Bible teacher Tracy Steel offers frustrated and discontented women the assurance that God is their ever-present, caring Designer. With a mix of wit and wisdom, Tracy proves through biblical examples and personal testimony that God remains true to his plans and purposes, accomplishing them in and through us in every season of life. She helps us recognize God's design principles, enabling us to embrace our sometimes messy lives, especially when they're ones we never would have designed for ourselves.


Many women enjoy learning about the new trends in home design and decoration but how often do they think about redesigning their lives? Tracy Steel is a former interior decorator who has written a book with design tips for both our homes and our lives. Step by step, she shows how the concepts of interior design are comparable to the design that God has used for each of us. Steel reminds us that even though we may have helped design our homes, it is God, the original designer, who has planned our lives.

Steel uses Bible scripture, inspirational thoughts, and key design principles to guide us and encourage us as we work to make the changes needed. I have learned so much from reading this book and I am inspired to apply these design principles to my own life. A Redesigned Life reminded me that just as my home requires upkeep and renovation, my life is also in need of repair and renewal!

We all fail. But God is holy.
We lie or exaggerate. God is honest.
We wound. God heals.
We hold a grudge. God extends Grace. (p. 85)

A Redesigned Life is a book that needs to be marked in, writtten in, and referred to often and it is a book that I highly recommend.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell and wwas under no obligation to post a positive review. These are my honest thoughts.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


Tracy Steel graduated from Kansas State University with a BS in interior design in 1998 and has a master’s degree in biblical and theological studies from Phoenix Seminary. As a project designer, Tracy created and coordinated the design and space planning of commercial spaces for clients such as Bank One, Wells Fargo, Express Scripts, DHS, and Lockheed Martin. Moving from one type of interior design to another, Tracy then worked in full-time youth ministry, serving as the director of female students at Scottsdale Bible Church. God’s true design for Tracy now involves improving the interior space of the hearts and minds of women around her. This military wife and mother of two enjoys linking up with other bloggers, leading Bible studies at her local church, and speaking at various moms’ groups and women’s ministries events nationwide. She is also the author of A Redesigned Life, and Images of His Beauty, a 10-week Bible study for young women that focuses on identity, overcoming and healing through Christ, and bearing the image of Christ. 

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