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A Redesigned Life (Book Review)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          "Well, darling, it's that time of year again," she says to me as I slowly wake up. "Shake a leg, handsome, Spring cleaning time!" Ugh, those words, they mean moving furniture, clutter, and a possibility of having to, dare I say, throw out trash? I shudder pulling covers back over my head, daring to go back to sleep, and then she comes back in: "Benjamin Herrell!"

          "Okay, I'm up!" and I stomp out of bed.
           In reality my wife and I, while we do at times get after one another, we've never had a conversation like that; at least not that I'm aware of. But we have, at times, picked up, cleaned up, de-cluttered and made our living space more bearable for ourselves. God is the same toward us. In the same process of examining our lives, getting us to see the good, and to remove the bad, so that we have better space and live a right life with Him it means we go through those moments of "redesigning" with Him.

          Tracy Steel has done this with her book A Redesigned Life. Throughout the book she is saying, "for a more productive, Christ-centered walk, we sometimes have to get into the thick of things and help Him in cleaning our messes up." Yes, He indwells us with His Holy Spirit as we abide and remain in Him. But it means we also have to show up on cleaning day and help Him out by saying, "Yes, Lord, You're right this has to go, this too, and, um, maybe not that just yet." We argue with Him, we plead, and after long soul searching hours we give Him the right to do with us as He wills: "Yet not as I will, but as You will," He says to the Father (Luke 22:42).

          To further my claim that this is a book worth reading that Tracy has written well, she gives a dose of her honesty in telling us what she's been through, how she lives her life, and what we can do to better ourselves in our Christian walk. I've come away feeling refreshed by reading this book. Also, it makes a great gift for anyone who's struggling at the moment with whatever is going on.

          I received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell for a fair and honest review.

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