Review: Downside Up by Tracey Mitchell

Title: Downside Up
Author: Tracey Mitchell
Publication Date: June 11, 2013
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Self-help, Christian Non-Fiction
Pages: 204
Source: Paperback from Publisher


Synopsis (from Publisher): A harsh reality of life is that it’s not always enjoyable. Everyone has experienced rejection. Whether in the form of hash words, unreciprocated love, loss or betrayal. Most people perceive rejection as a negative occurrence, when, in reality, rejection can be one of the most powerful tools in life.
Downside Up contains step-by-step guides, resources, and inter-active pages necessary to restore lost identity and transform dreams into reality. Downside Up offers wisdom, guidance, and personal application while also outlining and establishing key biblical principles that promote emotional and mental wellness. Readers will:
  • Understand the importance of developing a positive and God-designed self-portrait
  • Identify their life’s purpose and maximize their potential for success
  • Discover the value of godly mentors and other positive relationships
  • Overcome negative thoughts, fear, and lack of self-confidence
Rejection is not about experiencing loss. It is an asset for fulfilling your dreams.

"The key to conquering rejection is learning how to turn it into the greatest motivator in your life. God did not make a mistake when He created you."

      Downside Up is a book that tugs at your heartstrings. Everyone faces rejection, and everyone reacts to it differently. However, this book is not for the faint-hearted. It is very likely that it will open Pandora's box for some people. There are some who have yet to come to terms with the fact that the emotions that sometimes dictate their behavior is indeed a result of rejection. We are all guilty of it. But this book gives us hope. Although rejection is a difficult pill to swallow, we can still turn it around for good and can use it to grow and gain self-confidence.

     In Tracey Mitchell's new book, she tackles the monster of our insecurities and takes us through the transformation of using them to reach our maximum potential that God has for us. Mitchell organizes her thoughts nicely, beginning with "The Top Ten Truths About Rejection" in which I found myself responding, "that is SO true!" 

     Within the first few pages, I found myself picking up a highlighter and marking it up because I found things that struck close to the heart or I thought would be useful for me to use as encouragement later on. This book isn't just about me, but every girl around me. We all have to face rejection at some point, and it can either keep us from fulfilling our dreams, or fuel them.

     Downside Up reminded me of "Captivating" by Stasi Eldredge, just more focused on a specific angle. I believe this could be an encouragement to this upcoming generation like "Captivating" was for mine. This book spoke to my heart, and I also thought of some girls in my life who could also use the words of wisdom and love that Mitchell communicates. 

     This is a great inspirational book for women of all ages that I will definitely pick up again!

May you find your "Golden Opportunity,"

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