Book Review: Downside Up by Tracey Mitchell

“Rejection reveals, alerts, exposes, defines, confirms, and is one of the greatest motivators in life.”

This is one of the opening points Tracey Mitchell makes in her book, Downside Up: Transform Rejection Into Your Golden Opportunity. This out-of-the-box view on rejection is an example of how Mitchell takes an alternative look at the role adversity can play in life.

Mitchell relates to the reader from personal experiences in her own life and those she’s encountered. More importantly, she draws relative stories from Scripture to show that rejection is an emotional wound Christ can heal.

The end of each chapter offers a list of “Chapter Principles” to not only serve as reinforcements for Mitchell’s main points, but also as references the reader can easily access in the future. Following the chapter principles are “Words of Wisdom” which consist of Scriptures and famous quotes that relate to each chapter’s main points. Finally, building on her principles and Scripture, Mitchell offers a “Plan of Action” for the reader to directly apply to their personal life in tangible ways that will last long after this book has been read.

Downside Up, by Tracey Mitchell, is not like any other self-help book I’ve read. My pen went dry from all the notations and underlining I did throughout this book. The amount of ah-ha moments made me take this read a bit slower so I could ingest all the extraordinary points being offered.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through the BookLook Bloggers. program. I was not required to give a positive review.



You can purchase Downside Up: Transform Rejection Into Your Golden Opportunity by Tracey Mitchell here.


To My Under-Appreciated Husband

Dear Husband,

I want so badly to be the wife you deserve…

A wife that greets you at the door, when you come home for work, emotionally stable with a smile on my face.

A wife who could manage our son’s doctors appointments on her own.

A wife that could spend time pouring over recipes to make you the perfect dinner each night.

A wife that didn’t nag or snap at you.

A wife who didn’t need you to immediately take our son after a long day of work.

I yearn to be a wife that is nurturing, selfless and thoughtful.

I’m humbled each day when…

You come home from work greeting me with a smile and asking about MY day as you take our son into your arms to give me a break.

You take time in the middle of your busy day to attend EVERY doctors appointment you can for our son (usually having to work extra to make up for the time.)

You make your own lunch each day and pick us up dinner every night.

You support every weight loss program I try, wake up early so I can sleep in…

…change poopy diapers while getting ready for work, don’t criticize me for wearing cut off pants, crocs and a puke stained shirt in public with you (yes it really happens), and listen patiently as I rant and rave that you aren’t being attentive to my needs (clearly not the case).

Thank you for your unconditional love.

Thank you for providing each day for our family above and beyond what we need.

Thank you for making our son laugh so hard.

Thank you for being an incredible man of God…

…and for giving me a family I never dreamed possible!

Love your incredibly grateful wife.

Happiness in a Pep Talk (from Kid President)

We all need a little encouragement every now and then. Kid President, knowing this, has put together a video you can play each morning as you wake up or to share with your friend who needs a kick in the right direction. Take a moment and spread some encouragement.

Happiness in a card…

While attending college, I worked part-time at a small Hallmark Gold Crown store.  I look back fondly on those 12 hour work weeks and remember the customers whose lives seemed so simple and happy. I took pleasure in wrapping those “perfect gifts” purchased with such care and attention, imagining each recipient opening the folds I was carefully making.  I had fun playing with musical toys and drenched my senses in endless Yankee Candle scents.  I even gained a few pounds from the tempting Russell Stover candies strategically displayed by the cash registers…

But what I cherished most was a single customer named, Irene. Irene was an elderly woman, petite in frame and kind in disposition. Dependant on oxygen and legally blind, Irene would visit each month clutching a crinkled list of names. The time we spent as I read through cards had moments of chuckling over funny phrases, crying over sympathy poems for loved ones lost and light-hearted discussion as we thumbed through endless birthday wishes. I loved these visits with Irene – and looked forward to helping her bring joy into others lives.

For a generation that instant messages, tweets, Facebook posts and emails – sending cards has become a lost art. Nothing can replace the feeling you get – when, sifting through today’s mail you stumble upon a hand written addressed card. Dropping the rest of the mail on the counter and leaning against the wall you eagerly open the envelope.  For a moment in time, forgetting heartaches and stressors, words personally selected and written with you in mind move through your thoughts. You are reminded that you are thought about and not alone.

And, like Irene who came rain or shine to select her cards, sending these parcels of happiness allows you the chance to step outside yourself and put time and thought into another person.

So – have someone in mind that could use encouragement?  Great!- get that parcel of happiness on its way!

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