Deuteronomy 6:6-7

And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. ~ Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Freefall To Fly by Rebekah Lyons - book review

The Book

Women today are fading. In a female culture built on Photoshopped perfection and Pinterest fantasies, we've lost the ability to dream our own big dreams. So busy trying to do it all and have it all, we've missed the life we were really designed for. And we are paying the price. The rise of loneliness, depression, and anxiety among the female population in Western cultures is at an all-time high. Overall, women are two and a half times more likely to take antidepressants than men. What is it about our culture, the expectations, and our way of life that is breaking women down in unprecedented ways?

In this vulnerable memoir of transformation, Rebekah Lyons shares her journey from Atlanta, Georgia, to the heart of Manhattan, where she found herself blindsided by crippling depression and anxiety. Overwhelmed by the pressure to be domestically efficient, professionally astute, and physically attractive, Rebekah finally realized that freedom can come only by facing our greatest fears and fully surrendering to God's call on our lives. This book is an invitation for all women to take that first step toward freedom. For it is only when we free-fall that we can truly fly.

When I opened the package containing this book, I was pleasantly surprised with a pretty, hard covered gem. Not that I don't appreciate a paperback, but there's just something about a smooth and sturdy hardcover book that puts me in the mood for a hot cup of tea and some extended reading time.
But it wasn't looks that caught my attention with Freefall To Fly. The subject matter spoke to me, and I knew that this was something I needed to read.

Anxiety. Depression. Heavy topics. And honestly, some of the books that I've looked through on this subject are hard to get through, They can be stuffy, dry, clinical. There are plenty of "how to's", spiritual instruction and sometimes even medication.
Now, some of this can be very beneficial, and necessary at times. So, I'm not trying to discredit or preach against them. But personally, I know how  crippling it can be to go through the darkness.

I hadn't read more than a chapter or two, when I  thought, this author gets me. Rebekah Lyons spoke to my heart through this book. I found the her style to be just what I have been looking for in a book on this subject. Page after page found me saying, Yes! That's it! That's what I'm talking about! I guess I saw myself in her story.

I think maybe that's due to the fact that she writes it as an autobiography. Lyons shares and encourages the reader to seek hard after God, but she doesn't give a 5 step program that guarantees a cure. She acknowledges that we aren't rescued the same way, or at the same time.

I have a fresh perspective of my life and circumstances after reading this book, and I look forward to paging through it more. We see the pain, and sometimes we need to step back and look at what God may be doing through it all. And sometimes, we won't be able to see what that is, and we need to cling to Him anyway, and all the more.
Freefall To Fly is a book that I will be recommending to my girlfriends for sure.

Want to check it out? Find it here - Freefall To Fly

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