By His Grace

Hey friends, It has been a hot minute since I’ve posted anything on the blog. Anyone who has been around me for any length of time knows that I am passionate about faith and home. Still, when the opportunity came up for me to review Revived & Renovated: Real Conversations on the Intersection of Home, Faith, and Everything in Between by Victoria Duerstock and Paige Rien, I couldn’t resist the chance.

Something you may not know about me is my passion for restoring old things and giving them new life. When I discovered Annie Sloan’s paint, it became my new best friend. I loved that I could take an old dinghy piece of furniture and give it new life. Too often, in our modern world, we toss out the old to make room for the new. If something is broken, we toss it and buy a new one. This got me thinking about why I love repurposing so much. Maybe it’s because before I knew Christ, I was a broken mess, but through Christ, I’ve been redeemed and restored. Not only that, but He has restored to me the years the eaten by the locusts.

“I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten,
the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you. “You shall eat in plenty and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, who has dealt wondrously with you.
And my people shall never again be put to shame.” – Joel 2:25-26

The first thing that caught my attention was the title revived and renovated. I love that each chapter begins with the letter R. I don’t know about you, but I am a sucker for good alliteration.


Revived & Renovated: Real Conversations on the Intersection of Home, Faith, and Everything in Between perfectly dovetails meaningful conversations with scripture coupled with practical tips on real projects to progress in the home. From post-covid feelings to vulnerability, super mom complex, and the connection to our homes. I really enjoyed reading Revived & Renovated and highly recommend.

Some of my favorite quotes.

“Restoration isn’t reinvention. No tears downs, no starting over. Surely God works this way as well. So much of our work with God is a return – to old wounds and to His word and to the original promises to His people.”

“We may not feel energized; we don’t feel useful. And God promises to restore to us the joy of our salvation – which is just beautiful.”

“We avoid being still because busyness feels better.”

“The message of “you can do it all” is so bad for us.”

Revived & Renovated is a conversation on well-loved topics between two great friends.

Victoria and Paige delight in all the dovetails found among the parallels of the work we do in our homes and our souls. Covering topics of home renovation with corresponding Biblical wisdom and perspectives from their personal walks with God, Revived and Renovated will be an encouragement to young and old alike.

Victoria Duerstock

“A multi-passionate creative and entrepreneur fueled mostly by coffee, Victoria Duerstock pursues her dreams with verve and intensity. Wife and mom of three, Victoria divides and conquers the never-ending to-do list while working to maintain her sanity and pleasant demeanor.”

Paige Rien

“When I was working in television, on HGTV’s “Hidden Potential” for five seasons, to be exact, I found out I had way too much to say for TV. I had more to say about making home and making it personal and unique, than time slots between commercial breaks would allow. I have always loved making spaces mine. I can remember at Girl Scout Camp, rearranging the furniture. I can recall how I decorated my first apartment in alarming detail. I am passionate about bringing personal stories to spaces – not just things”

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