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As we navigate the winding path of life we undoubtedly encounter roadblocks and detours that delay and distract us from our destiny. Beauty for Ashes provides the emergency roadside assistance that one will need along the journey to arrive.Stephen J Thurston II
I believe that Beauty for Ashes is a VERY inspiring read! It is thought provoking, impactful and relevant: It causes the reader to inspect themselves and take inventory of areas that may have been hidden or buried. In a world where there are constant reminders of the negatives, I found it refreshing to be reminded of how God can take your failures, insecurities and shortcomings and produce something that is.....Lovely....Beautiful. Thank you for penning this book! It is one that I intend to utilize and share during my mentor sessions!
This book has been an eye opener for me. I have personally overcome and been delivered from things that have hurt me in my past, bad relationships, divorce, and many disappointments. However, after reading this book I have discovered that I am not as whole as I thought I was because of the after effects of my experiences. Thank you for reminding me through God's Word that I am fearfully and wonderfully made and that I can be whatever God has called me to be, and not to let fear and disappointment keep from me from His will for my life, not what I think or what others think it should be. You are a blessing and a gift and I'm thankful for you.
In my opinion Beauty of Ashes is a book that takes you on a journey between you and God. Reading it in a short time period really doesn't do it justice. I am still working through this book as it has a WONDERFUL workbook attached to the topics. It has really slowed me down and caused me to truly dig deep into myself to uncover those things that need to be strengthened. I am learning to love myself in a way that is unapologetic and unwavering. I'm ridding myself of years of self-imposed guilt and shame for past mistakes. And most importantly, I'm living MORE in God's love.
I've discovered so much about myself in the past year and everyday as I become more aware of God's presence in my life, I learn something new about myself. The journey isn't always a smooth or enjoyable path, but it is NEEDED and TREASURED.
I'm Worth It!
For me, there are a lot of things I have learned to suppress and pretty block from my memory; but that still have an impact on my daily life and for me the first sentence of Chapter 5 "Brokenness is the opposite of God's desire for your life," truly sticks with me. It's easy to put on your make up, curl your hair, put on your flyest outfit and smile for the world, but still be completely a mess on the inside. Over the past year, I have done A LOT of reflection and self assessments to come to a place where I am happy with who I am; and once I was able to accept myself...flaws and all, I have seen a complete shift in how God has blessed me. In chapter 11 you said, "Call upon God in the midst of your trials, and He will enter into your suffering with you." While something all Christians should know, it is a lot more difficult than I thought. It's hard to admit...event to God at times the things that we struggle with, especially when you're trying to live your life a certain way before the world. But truly letting go and letting God take complete control is the most AWESOME thing I could have ever done. "By exposing your humble, hurting parts, you allow God's light to shine through into others' lives...also from chapter 11
Beauty for Ashes was an extremely comforting read. It presents God's healing and loving nature in an easy and very obtainable manner. I truly love how Melanie writes as if to only foster closeness, forgiveness and wholeness to a person's spiritual walk, as opposed to forcing a harsh reality check for one's personal decisions.
As a woman who has taken many, many years to grow out of self condemnation because of periods of low self esteem, trials and tribulations with men, and disappointments from people, it was reassuring to be reminded that no one's journey is isolated. All of us share in similar struggles, and most importantly, so too did Christ!
As one who has spent several years reading many books with advanced theological suggestions and analysis, Melanie's approach is very user friendly, and almost makes the reader feel as though they are having a one-on-one conversation with someone who is invested in their well-being. I loved each scripture reference which further emphasized each point.
Beauty for Ashes provides a daily reminder to readers that God is the author and finisher of all things. It captivates the essence of building an intimate relationship with God. The design of the chapters is non-intimidating and forces the reader to take an introspective look at how he or she can adequately apply God's Word to his or her life. The most influential chapter for me was Chapter 8: God's Beauty Tips for Fear because in 2016, my family suffered job loss and battled sicknesses like never before, and I was a bit fearful about what the future held for us. Although I trusted that God would deliver us, I was still fearful. After reading "You have a perfectly loving, infinitely strong Father, and you can freely bring your fears to Him," I was reminded that God IS Loving and Strong and fully capable of handling anything we (my family) encounter(ed). I was further encouraged by reading "(Instead of having fear).. acknowledge what you are feeling and then affirm your trust in God out loud or in a whisper." Yes, it was ok for me to feel fear, but I could not let that fear overcome the trust I had (have) in God. Point Taken!! Melanie Ivey's commitment and true understanding of the Word of God permeates throughout the words in this book and she is an excellent writer of promise. I look forward to reading many more works by her.