Your past does not define you

Your Life Still Counts: How God Uses Your Past to Create a Beautiful FutureYour Life Still Counts: How God Uses Your Past to Create a Beautiful Future by Tracie Miles

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“God still has a plan for you–not in spite of your past, but because of it! Do regret and shame over your failures, sins, and shortcomings make you wonder how you could ever be loved, much less used, by a holy God? Tracie Miles felt the same way until she discovered the path to healing, peace, and significance.

She helps you recognize that God not only has a purpose for you, but He has prepared you for your divine purpose based specifically on the experiences of your past. Through her own story and stories from other women who have discovered God’s purpose for their lives because of adverse experiences, Tracie helps you see how God can turn pain into purpose. You will find forgiveness and healing from the troubles of your past, discover the courage to step out of your comfort zone to help others find hope and strength, and be inspired to step into the beautiful future God divinely designed for you.”

So many of us truly believe that we are forever defined by our mistakes and bad choices and that once we’re found at fault… there is no redemption, there is no forgiveness. In her book, “Your Life Still Counts”, author Tracie Miles, opens wide her own story to show that you are not defined by your mistakes, missteps or greatest sin. She, along with many other women, brings us a remarkable story of forgiveness, redemption and renewal.

Ms. Miles open wide the raw wounds her choices made in her life i.e. an abortion, and invites us in for the journey to wholeness and healing of those wounds. A return to wholeness and healing that is only offered by God intervening in her life and setting before her His choice of how to use her past to create an amazing future.

Each chapter of this book is honestly written and includes a short story of pain and healing from dozens of other women. In addition, we are offered “Purposeful Ponderings’, that provide the reader or for that matter a small group thoughts to ponder on in relation to their own life. I, for one, felt blessed to have been able to read this book. Thank you Ms. Miles.

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About the Author: Tracie Miles is a conference speaker for Proverbs 31 Ministries and a monthly contributor for the ministry’s “Encouragement for Today” devotions. She also has her own active blog as well as popular Facebook and Twitter pages. With a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, she spent fifteen years in the corporate world before becoming a speaker and writer for God’s kingdom. Tracie and her husband, Michael, have three children and live in Charlotte, North Carolina

*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book through the Bethany House Blogger Review Program, in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.

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One thought on “Your past does not define you

  1. <wpb Evangelist Francis Epps, God has a plan for all of us. He doesn't look at your past, He looks at your obedience. If you still have breath in your lungs, you are still a candidate to be used by God.


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