The Repurposed and Upcycled Life:
When God Turns Trash to Treasure
By Michelle Rayburn

Through inspiration from God's Word, a generous dose of humor, and everyday examples, discover the joy-filled, hope-rich way of viewing the past, present, and future. 

January 2013
ISBN-10: 0578110423
ISBN-13: 978-0578110424

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From the Back Cover

Are there experiences you'd rather toss in the dumpster? 

Discover the repurposed and upcycled life. With her laugh-out-loud Erma Bombeck way of looking at life, Michelle will help you see how some of your greatest disappointments, mistakes, and hurts can be beautiful treasures from God. Part memoir, part inspiration and self-help, this book will help you: 

  • Unpack emotional baggage and deal with the past

  • Confront perfectionism and negative attitudes
  • Change your perspective on your circumstances
  • Let go of regret and shame
  • Build positive healthy relationships
  • Dream big and live with purpose

Through inspiration from God's Word and examples from everyday life, you'll discover the joy-filled, hope-rich way of viewing your past, present, and future.


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“Michelle Rayburn offers great grins right alongside a sweet biblical boost. Love the combo! The Repurposed and Upcycled Life moves us toward finding joy—even in the toughest spots. Bring on the repurposing!”

—Rhonda Rhea, speaker, radio personality, author of How Many Lightbulbs Does It Take to Change a Person




“Michelle had me laughing from the first paragraph in her intro. I thought, Now here’s a woman I can relate to. She’s hilarious. She’s creative. She’s real. And she packs an important message about how God can repurpose the not-so-fun stuff of our lives into something beautiful. This book will entertain you and give you a new perspective. You can’t go wrong with that.”

—Twila Belk—a.k.a. the Gotta Tell Somebody Gal—speaker, writer, co-author of Heavenly Company and I Believe in Healing

“Michelle Rayburn has always had a way with discarded things, remaking them into something uniquely useful, beautiful, and a conversation-starter. She does the same thing with words and stories in The  Repurposed and Upcycled Life, encouraging her readers to find the treasures that rise from each page. Her transparency and sense of humor help make this book at once meaningful, challenging, and charming as the antique door she's repurposed as a room divider. Her gift for finding new purposes for items that seem to have lost their usefulness is more than equaled by her gift for applying that principle to life's difficulties and disappointments in this treasure of a book.” 

—Cynthia Ruchti, radio personality, novelist, speaker, and author of the upcoming Ragged Hope: Surviving the Fallout of Other People's Choices (Abingdon Press)

“Who knew a combination of hilarity, transparency and faith could produce such a relatable, applicable book? Michelle Rayburn gives us an honest look at what life looks like when we let God repurpose us for His good pleasure.”

—Kathy Carlton Willis, author and speaker