Book of the Week

My Beauty For Your Ashes (Promises to Zion Book 1)

Traci Wooden-Carlisle

Number of pages: 478

About the Author


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 to 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 at Humboldt State University she found herself at a loss. She felt caught in the transition between childhood and adulthood. She received a great deal of her answers through a Tuesday night Bible Study. As she continued to attend classes, the Bible became real to her and the scriptures were more than just words on a page. They came to life and she was able to identify with the teachings. She was filled with the Holy Spirit one November evening in 1995 and soon found that when she wrote to God, the Holy Spirit would respond; at times in the form of poetry and other times in conversation. She was amazed, awestruck, and humbled to know that He had not only been listening, but also wished to have a more intimate relationship with her. As she continued to write she joined a smaller church closer to her home in the San Fernando Valley and became an intercessory prayer, volunteered at the juvenile hall in the area, participated in door-to-door evangelism and shared her first love of dance by creating a praise dance team. She surrounded herself with saints and volunteered her services as a graphic artist. Through the early-morning prayer, all night Friday prayer and 3-day shut-ins she started on her journey toward her most desired gift, an intimate relationship with God. Today, Mrs. Wooden Carlisle lives in San Diego with her husband, David Carlisle. She serves as a church Office Manager, teaches fitness classes, continues to praise the Lord through dance, and is currently writing her third book in this Christian-fiction series.




My Beauty For Your Ashes is a Christian-Fictional novel that has a story that transcends the fictional world with real-world problems, solutions and decisions that merge the lives of  people that may otherwise have never met.


Four lives connected by one secret.


In this first book of the series, Paige Morganson, a young Elder who has fought hard to forgive others, truly love, and see herself as God sees her. Her love for God and the peace she has been able to find is her greatest motivation. Elder  Morganson has come back from the brink of suicide and dealt with most of the anger and pain from her past. Now, she serves as a well-loved minister at her church, and full-time writer and women’s motivational speaker.


As Paige juggles these roles, she is also artfully dodging her pastor’s attempts at matchmaking. Her world is rocked when a door she thought closed forever opens once again, spilling secrets even she was unaware of.


Mason Jenson is devastated after his wife of 12 years dies, leaving him with a 9-year-old daughter that reminds him of his precious wife every day. Widower Mason’s top priority is his daughter, Vivian. When a near-fatal accident jeopardizes her livelihood, his search for a living donor brings him face to face with a beautiful, golden-eyed woman who looks oddly familiar.How is he going to move forward in life with the ghost of her staring him in the face at every turn and how will he get over the fear of losing his daughter when she is all he lives for now?


Victoria Branchett has every material need and want, she could ever desire. She has a husband that loves her deeply, but the death of her daughter has clouded her mind and she sees nothing but what she has lost, and is determined to regain it through her granddaughter.  Vivian’s grandmother, Victoria, would also do anything to ensure the health of her granddaughter. But in her mind, Mason Jensen is not to be trusted. Especially since she believes he is to blame for her daughter’s death.


Elder Brandon Tatum comes from a long line of ministers and pastors, and moved into his position without reservation because of the call on his life. He prides himself on not making a move unless he has heard from God, but hasn’t made the effort to acquire the social skills needed to maintain a personal relationship with a woman. Elder Tatum has finally stepped out from under his father’s shadow and is looking forward to what God has in store for his new ministerial career. He has no time for stubborn, golden-eyed beauties who haunt his dreams.

Will the relationship he has with God be enough to help him obtain the love he has been quietly hoping for?


As the years of secrets binding these four together begin to unravel, will they overcome their anger and prejudices to find the peace and love they have long desired?


The key to unlocking the answers…forgiveness.


To purchase this copy, click here: https://www.amazon.com/Beauty-Your-Ashes-Promises-Zion-ebook/dp/B00OIBVBAU/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1CWC75GDX3PKL&keywords=my+beauty+for+your+ashes&qid=1555860416&s=books&sprefix=my+beauty+for+your%2Cstripbooks%2C144&sr=1-1


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