Not What I Designed: The Story of an Extreme Heart Makeover
Not What I Designed: The Story of an Extreme Heart Makeover  -     By: Becky Dietrich
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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 168
Vendor: Deep River Books
Publication Date: 2013
Dimensions: 5.50 X 8.50 (inches)
ISBN: 1937756866
ISBN-13: 9781937756864

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When the final box was loaded into the U-Haul truck, Becky turned and took one last look at the Seattle home that was supposed to be hers forever. A charming welcome plaque hung on the front door. Beyond that, the granite-topped island where her grandchildren loved to gather. Time to face the hard realities: Foreclosure. Bankruptcy. And possibly, homelessness. This sixty-year-old interior designer, a pastor's wife, felt embarrassed. "This is not a situation I ever pictured we would be in as we approached retirement. I am embarrassed. Perplexed. Angry--no, angry is not strong enough. Livid is more like it. Livid at God." -Becky Dietrich, author Becky, a lifelong Christian, responded to the dissolution of her financial security--needs unmet, prayers unanswered--by turning her back on God. But hers is the inspirational story of how God, the master designer, performed an extreme makeover, renovating the blackness of her heart, revealing the idols that had displaced Him, building something new and eternally beautiful. In an era of increasing economic instability, Becky's story is timely. She addresses the faith-defining question we all eventually face: When the world we've designed for ourselves collapses and He's all we have left, is God enough?

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    At a slim 136 pages, Not What I Designed: The Story of An Extreme Heart Makeover might be overlooked as being simply too short to offer any significant insight. Such a judgment would be wrong. Dietrich offers a powerful memoir that details how she affirmed her faith during her college years, despite being a child of the turbulent sixties, witnessed how God should be number one in her life, and then over the next 40 years slowly let the desires of her heart and her family's troubled finances usurp the first place spots in her heart and mind.

    An interior designer by talent and later as a career, Becky created beautiful homes, not to be ostentatious but to offer hospitality, warmth, and comfort to others, But when her pastor husband lost his job, the family unwisely became entangled in a new lifestyle and over the years stress, financial failures and multiple bad decisions moved Becky further and further away from God, until at age 60+ and bankrupt, Becky had a "heart makeover" when she was finally able to put aside what she describes as her "idols." Becky's tale makes it clear that things, goals, and pursuits, that in themselves are not bad or wrong, can become toxic when they allow someone to put a barrier between himself and God.

    As I said earlier, there is a strong message in this tiny volume.

    I received a copy of this book from Deep River Books and Tell Us the Truth Reviews for review purposes. All opinions expressed are mine.
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