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My Beauty for Your Ashes

(Promises to Zion #1)

4.44  ·  Rating details ·  129 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Elder Paige Morganson has worked hard to overcome the anger, hate and abuse of her past. With God’s help she believes healing and wholeness is within her grasp when she is propelled into a world of secrets and lies that threaten to unravel the very thread of hope she’s clung to in her struggle for peace.

Mason Jenson is a self-made man who has been able to create his own fo
Kindle Edition, 545 pages
Published November 2nd 2012 by Cree Publishing House (first published June 21st 2012)
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Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My Beauty for Your Ashes by Traci Wooden-Carlisle is my first book in Christian-fiction, this is not my usual genres, but I did enjoy it.

Her story affects the lives of four people and how they come to deal with their feelings about God and their situations.

The character of Victoria Branchett losing her only child made me feel like I could be her in some ways. I was able to relate to her as a mother and her feelings about the emptiness about losing a child. I am still working to find all the pos
Jul 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i really loved this book!
It was my first time reading one of Traci s books but wow she did not disappoint. I was so spiritually uplifted by this book. Paige s story, her relationship with God, her struggles , her fears, her joys to go through all she went through and still come out Victorious! wow. This book really encouraged me, it made me want to weep and rejoice with the characters. I was swept with the story, i did not want to put it down. The plot was ingenuous, God's presence so very promi
jane waldoch
Feb 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the best I have read. While I have enjoyed all of the books by this author, the characters in this book really touched my heart. It made me both laugh and cry. While it is fictional, it seems so real, it almost made you pray for people in it. It is a book that I think everyone can relate to in some stage of their life. The only think I didn't like was when I finished it. I am going to read the next two books in this series. I have to find out what happens next. I'm sure you will feel the ...more
Carol Van
Jun 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Wow - what a wonderfully written story about a difficult topic. The story pulled you in from the very beginning. I couldn’t put the book down as it was compelling me to turn the page to see what was going to happen next.
Mar 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A beautifully told story that will make you look at others with a little more hope. Well worth a read for fans of Christian fiction and humanity.
Judy Weiszbrod
Jul 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awesome Read!

I couldn’t put this book down. Great interaction between the characters. It is an exceptional storyline. For the romantic at heart.
This book is filled with multiple characters with each one having a story plus some deep pain to deal with. It’s an emotional read with the trauma of the primary character Elder Paige. The redemptive message of God’s love and forgiveness is shown through her healing of the abuse she suffered at an early age. The book does leave lots of questions about what will happen to the primary and even secondary characters. I’m disappointed with the ending and reading the blurb for rest of the books in the ...more
Oct 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful victory

What a wonderful thing it is to have gone through a traumatic situation and then to come out of it changed: not a victim but a Victor! Praise God that this can happen in His strength alone. Very well done!
Marta Tandori
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
More than just chicken soup for the Christian's soul...If you’re going to read My Beauty for Your Ashes, you had better be prepared for an emotional roller coaster because once you’ve committed to the book – and it certainly shouldn’t take you beyond the second short chapter to do that – you’re in for the whole ride. And what a ride it is! You cannot help but feel at times overcome with a sense of goodness and hope, of anger and despair, of wonderment and a sense of injustice and most of all, of ...more
Dionne Grace
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was gripped from beginning to end! What a wonderful engaging story! It was so much more than I expected. So exciting! I was taken on a journey through Paige Morganson's life and how she touched Mason and Brandon - not one, but two men who were captivated by her beauty and her love for God. I was rooting for both men, and couldn't decide who I loved more!

Through Paige’s sacrifice and pain, there was hope for Mason and Brandon. I was emotionally gripped throughout and reduced to tears.

There wa
Oct 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. In the beginning the author didn't skimp on introducing the characters and by the middle I had some I loved and some I almost hated. This book was expressive physically and emotionally and it truly did take me on a roller coaster ride with all of the twists and turns. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to be inspired by the power a relationship with God can give. Even as things were revealed and the characters tried to work through different struggles I never felt left ...more
Kelly Clare
Aug 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book really took me by surprise. In the times I had to put it down, I was eager to get back to it. I loved how the four plot threads intertwined - it was artfully done. The author's style is well-developed and engaging. I'm not religious (like at all), but I enjoyed this. I did find I skipped over some of the more intense Jesus stuff in places, but I found after the first third of the book, the religious side of things pattered down while the story took flight. If you like reading Christian ...more
Jackie Nolan
Aug 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was my first book by this author. I really liked the characters in this book. They are very relatable and likeable. I feel like with the different POV's you were really able to get to know each character and the problems they were facing. This is a story about love and forgiveness and you're able to feel what the characters are feeling. I loved this book and can't wait to read the next one. Very well written. ...more
Nov 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a genre I don't normally read but was told it is a good book, that said I thought to give it a try. At times it was a little to religious for me but I thought it was well written. All the characters are at different places in their life whether it be on their view of god and what is going on in general. With all these different stories happening, they all tie in together in one way or another. ...more
J Young
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book with a powerful message!

This book is not only a good clean romance novel. It is also a soul-stirring affirmation of faith. Events from Paige's childhood threaten to overwhelm her future and Mason may lose the only thing that makes his life still worth living. This powerful storyline reminded me of some truths that had faded away over the years. My copy of the book was free, but my review is honest and voluntary. This is an excellent book with a powerful message.
Huntis ChoColette
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
God Can and He will Deliver

This was an awesome read. At times I laughed, at times I cried and throughout I prayed. This book is relatable and will make you want to know God's unconditional love for yourself. He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly and beyond our hearts imagination.
Apr 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a beautifully written book. It is full of twists and turns that will keep you turning the pages to see what happens next. It's a wonderful story that shows God's grace and forgiveness . If you like Christian fiction, you will love this book. I received a complimentary copy of this book and was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own. ...more
Aug 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
This book was a very enjoyable read. The author's faith seeped into the characters. I felt all the emotion written. I thought this a well written Christian book and worthy of your time to read about if you are looking for characters who embrace their faith ...more
Neisha Sanders
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the best book I've read in many, many years. It pulls you into the story and you can almost feel each emotion. I love this book...can't wait for the others!!! ...more
Aug 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story. A story of 4 lives intertwined to bring healing, hope and God's love. ...more
Yvette Yearwood
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Must Read

If you've ever wondered if God heard your cries. If you've ever gone through something Sooo painful and thought He forgot about this book!!!
Excel Andy
Apr 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
My Beauty For Your Ashes by Traci Wooden- Carlisle is a wonderful and deep book. I call it deep because it touches some scenarios in the present day society. It has 474 pages and 51 chapters. It is an emotional, entertaining, descriptive and attention grabbing book!

The first few pages were descriptive and emotional. I was impressed at the smooth flow of words and I could imagine along with the writer of the book. The author has great word building skill.

In chapter one,page 12, my attention was d
Jul 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very beautiful story

I would have given it 5 stars, but for the fact that there were so many grammatical errors and typos that it took away from the enjoyment for me. Most were issues with homophones, "passed" used instead of"past", being the most prevalent. There were also a few words that were misused. For example, "drool" instead of "droll" and "reaping" havoc instead of "wreaking" havoc. Still, I loved the story and will look forward to reading the second one. If you're looking for a quick re
Cyrene Olson
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a nicely written and engaging book, but there are quite a few characters to keep track of, and the author jumps from chapter to chapter between them, so at times, I had to pause and let my brain play catch up from a couple chapters ago, for example, just as I was really engaging with the story, the story shifts to a different set of characters in the next chapter. It’s also a longer book by today’s standards, and some of it was a bit drawn out. All in all, this is a well written book, an ...more
Princess Slaughter
Oct 23, 2022 rated it really liked it
Very Enticing

I truly enjoyed the story line, as the story is very realistic and relatable. So many stories always have such a happily ever after and although I don't totally know how the full story will end ( as its part of a series) so far it's not as such. I'm very interested to find out the rest so much so I have purchased all the books. I also love that God is very part of the story even to the unbelievers in the book. It's a great read and God has spoken to me through it. I recommend it to
Patricia Dudley
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wonderful Read

This was the first book I read by Track Wooden-Carlisle, but I have already purchased the second book of "Promises to Zion Series. It was fascinating how the author weaver the characters together. It was truly remarkable to find a romantic novel that has such a powerful presence of the perfect, pure love of God. It has a pure essence that inspires one to go for the gold in GOD. I enjoyed it tremendously. Thanks to you,Traci Wooden-Carlisle for yielding your gift to HIS anointing an
Apr 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
Twist and turns

The only reason I didn't give this story of 5 it was a little slow moving, but very enjoying it kept me on the edge of my seat and there was so many different scenarios going on. The story is very relatable, you can understand a lot of the scenarios and the power of prayer and knowing that God is with you in every situation.
debra k barnarrd
Feb 17, 2022 rated it it was amazing
It first the story was a little difficult to follow because of the different story lines happening, but after I got it organized in my mind I found each story line moved quickly and full of ups and downs and struggles. So much was brought to my attention. I can hardly wait to read the next one in my he series.
Sandi Stover
Jul 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting storyline. I really appreciate there being no vulgarity in this book. I really like the characters. I’m giving the book 4 stars because I thought the story could have moved along better.
Staci Black
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Journey to true strength & Faith

While I have witnessed many wear masks of righteousness. Those who found their true Faith are a blessing amongst us. When service, compassion, love & kindness lead despite the past. There is a difference.
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Traci Wooden-Carlisle began writing poetry and short stories as soon as she was able to form words on paper. She used that as a way of creating worlds, as well as, to communicate with God. A native of Los Angeles, California, she grew up attending United Methodist Church under the leadership of a pastor whose heart was for youth. Once she finished college she found herself at a loss. She felt caug ...more

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