A Redesigned Life
Uncovering God's Purpose When Life Doesn't Go as Planned
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.
"Everyone has an idea of how they'd like their life to look. And everyone, at some point, comes to realize that life doesn't always resemble their intended design. If you find yourself at this juncture--observing the contrast between what is and what was imagined--then A Redesigned Life is for you. Just as design books help us decorate our homes, A Redesigned Life will acquaint you with God as the Designer of your life and guide you in adorning the home of your heart. Tracy's wisdom and practical tips in these pages will help you uncover balance, space, and contrast in your life and home."
Trina McNeilly, author of La La Lovely: The Art of Finding Beauty in the Everyday
"Life is art. Life is beauty. Life is by design--or rather redesign--by a God who meets us in the midst of our disappointments, chaos, and heartaches. In a world where little seems to make sense, Tracy Steel draws our hearts back to a creative Creator who has his sleeves rolled up and is busy making our lives beautiful, even if we can't immediately see it. Tracy's use of design principles opened my eyes to the wonder of God-at-work in a thoughtful and fresh way. This book is a treasure and a gift and one that needs to be shared with a friend or small group!"
Tricia Goyer, USA Today bestselling author of over seventy books, including Walk It Out: The Radical Result of Living God's Word One Step at a Time
"We're told, 'Make your plan; then work your plan.' But what happens when your plan doesn't work? In A Redesigned Life, Tracy Steel shows us it isn't that our lives aren't working. Our master Designer is simply working out his best plan in and for us, and this is what we can build true confidence on--a confidence that won't fail us when we need it most."
Lynn Cowell, author of Make Your Move and speaking and writing team member of Proverbs 31 Ministries
"I was laughing and crying before the end of the first chapter. Encouragement and conviction dripped off the page as I leaned in to hear my friend Tracy's heart. This is a must-read book if you've ever felt like life did not go as planned. Tracy tenderly reminds us that God has designed a better life for us!"
Micah Maddox, author of Anchored In: Experience a Power-Full Life in a Problem-Filled World
"With practical suggestions for spiritual growth alongside fun design tips, A Redesigned Life will enhance your ability to create beauty in your home and help you identify the beauty of God in your life. Through personal stories and biblical truth, Tracy will enable you to see more clearly who God is and how he can redesign your life."
Katie Orr, author and Bible teacher
"Tracy is the fun-loving, truth-telling BFF we all need, the one who knocks on the door, coffee and paintbrush in hand, to help redecorate your home . . . and while she's there, just might pull out the Bible and help rearrange your heart too. Tracy's Scripture-rich book will keep you snort laughing even as you are soul searching. Whether it's time to spruce up a few rooms in your heart or for a total renovation, this book will help you embrace and enjoy the unique life the great Designer has drawn up for you."
Elizabeth Laing Thompson, author of When God Says, "Wait" and When God Says, "Go"
"This book is a gentle reminder that the lives our very creative God designs for us are far more beautiful than the ones we try to design for ourselves. Just as rooms in our homes come together through the layering of different elements, so do our lives. Tracy took me on an interior design journey of the heart, and I came out on the other side more aware of the power of my heavenly Father's brushstrokes to paint new life into every corner."
Vanessa Hunt, author of Life in Season
"An interior designer turned Bible teacher, Tracy is someone who has discovered purpose in living a life she never planned. In A Redesigned Life, she invites us to embrace the ways God moves in our lives in order to discover our true purpose--not to live for ourselves but for the One who died to save us."
Lauren Gaskill, author, speaker, and founder of She Found Joy
"Our hearts are a lot like our homes--so many spaces filled with a myriad of life experiences and, in my case, a few cluttered corners. Just as our homes need to be refreshed or renovated, our hearts and minds need God's transformative touch as well. I love how Tracy identifies all the ways that God masterfully redesigns our lives to bring out our beauty and character, no matter how worried or worn out we may be. Her practical exercises and powerful insights will equip you to discover God's redesigned life for you."
Barb Roose, speaker and author of Winning the Worry Battle and Joshua: Winning the Worry Battle
"A Redesigned Life is a must-read for the woman yearning for beauty within a life that has been upturned by the unexpected. Written through the unique and intriguing lens of design theory, Tracy's book gives us a new way to think about God, one that reflects both his creative nature and his deep affection for humanity. Tracy's infectious love for people and Jesus shines throughout as she weaves solid biblical teaching, engaging personal stories, and practical application tools into twelve chapters that will encourage you to recognize God's work in your life and call it beautiful."
Heather M. Dixon, speaker and author of Determined: Living Like Jesus in Every Moment
"Tracy Steel masterfully weaves real life stories with the truth of God's Word. Pulling salient points that match design principles, she encourages Christ followers to run the race well. It's such a joy to have her voice in the marketplace, and I pray that many readers will enjoy and apply the truths found within the pages of A Redesigned Life: Uncovering God's Purpose When Life Doesn't Go as Planned."
Victoria Duerstock, musician, speaker, and author of Heart & Home: Design Basics for Your Soul and Living Space and Heart & Home for Christmas: Celebrating Joy in Your Living Space (September 2019)
"It has been awhile since I've gotten really excited about a book other than the Bible, but A Redesigned Life was one I did not want to put down! I loved Tracy's clever comparison of basic interior design principles with the masterful and meaningful design God uses in our lives every day. This book encouraged me--right where I am--to get my eyes off my circumstances and onto the One who works very purposefully in and through me and has designed good plans for me!"
Amy Hale, speaker, influencer, and Bible teacher
"Reading A Redesigned Life is like sitting on a comfy couch with a new best friend, sipping hot tea and having a soul-stirring chat. Full of humor, solid biblical examples, personal anecdotes, and practical design tips, A Redesigned Life will leave you inspired and equipped to embrace the life God has designed for you--a life full of hope, joy, and a splash of color!"
Jennifer Bleakley, author of Joey: How a Blind Rescue Horse Helped Others Learn to See