Pieces of Me: Life of a Recovering Dysfunctional
Just reading the book description of Pieces of Me: Life of a Recovering Dysfunctional had me thinking about how many of us could relate. We have all made choices that placed us into situations we didn’t know how to get out of or really understand how we ended up so far off our planned path.
When you think of success the first thing that comes to mind isn’t an unwed, pregnant, 18 year-old high school drop-out. But that was Diana. At that point she had two choices. She could be a victim of circumstances or a fighter. Diana chose to fight. The choice she made shaped the rest of her life.
Today Diana is a successful entrepreneur and author. In her book Pieces of Me: Life of a recovering Dysfunctional Diana encourages you to follow your dreams and fight for a better life.
Her challenges and decisions in response to life’s obstacles serve to inspire readers of all backgrounds to find new beginnings. Her heart is to use her candidly-written life story to offer hope and inspire people to overcome their own obstacles, identify their own dreams, set goals, and figure out a way forward.
I can feel the pain of regrets and the weight of the baggage that Diana Lynn shares in this story of allowing God to heal your heart and use your mistakes for His Glory.
The word Dysfunctional is used so much today. It carries so much bad emotions that are hard to shake. What the author shares touched my heart as I lived through similar circumstances. Diane Lynn shares: A tragic thing happens to a little girl when her father leaves. She’s left with the unspoken message: “You’re not worth it.”
I grew up feeling that same way. I can relate to many of her experiences of feeling like a failure and then making decisions that not only made things worse, but reinforced the “failure” feelings even more.
Then like the author, I met Christ. I wish I could say that everything was better over night – but it wasn’t. Even once I began to accept the forgiveness and love of Christ, I still had the consequences of my past mistakes to live with and work through.
I may have a different faith base than the author, but I believe that her message can help others. And isn’t that what it is all about? Once we learn about and accept the love and forgiveness of Christ; we need to then be the light to the others around us still living in the darkness.
We do not have to condone the sin to love the sinner. There are people hurting all around us that need to hear the Good News of Christ. There are those sitting in the pews at our congregation that are hurting; although they have a smile on their face because it is Sunday. Others are afraid to come to church because of fear of rejection.
This breaks my heart when I think back on my struggles as a young woman. The bad decisions that left their mark on me both physically and emotionally. I know how blessed I am today. I know how much my sins cost my savior. And I know that I could never have paid the debt for my sins. I am live with the consequences, but my faith and acceptance of Christ as my savior has been the difference in my life. This difference is what I want to share with others that are hurting.
There is one portion of the book that I feel I should mention as a disclaimer.. this section the author describes how she, as a new believer facing the loss of her Mom, makes a decision to consult a psychic. While I can certainly relate having recently lost my father in a tragic accident, this is not a path that I can support. I believe the Scriptures are clear on this topic, but I do understand the desire to want to communicate with them. I miss my dad terribly, and I know that one day we will be together again. Until then, I will miss the time together and look forward to seeing his face once again in Heaven.
As I read through the book a pattern emerged for me. One that I feel shows the true love of Christ. It reminds me that although I have been born again and know Christ as my savior, there are others around me that do not. They are still deep in sin and the pain that goes along with it. We have to reach out through the sin to reach the sinner.
To me, it all comes down to relationships. We need to meet and serve the hearts of those that are hurting instead of just telling them all that they are doing wrong. Why? They already know what they are doing is wrong..they are living it every day!
Overall this was an interesting read. I appreciate the honesty of the author as she shares her struggles as she overcame insurmountable odds. She not only survived but she actually thrived which is the hope of all of us. Her book is an encouragement to all of us to do the same.
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* CWA Disclaimer: In reading this book only one of Diana’s many stories concerned me. As a new believer facing the loss of her Mom, Diana makes a decision to consult a psychic. Please be aware that this is not a decision CWA endorses or supports in anyway. I believe the Bible is very clear about psychics. Instead, I hope this story will be a cautionary tale to believers showing the importance of supporting the brokenhearted through their grief so they are not enticed by the strategies of the enemy.