Thursday, April 11, 2013

Freefall to Fly {A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning} by Rebekah Lyons

Book Description:  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.

My Thoughts:  I "so needed" this book!  To know that I'm not the only one going through these thoughts and emotions.
I found it interesting that Rebekah talks about our Pinterest fantasies.  The feelings of inadequacy that women get because their homes may not be as neat or as organized as those on Pinterest.  Or the fantasy that all women are exercising and thin.  When in reality we all struggle in some way.
We miss the fact that we live in a "fake" world.  Electronics can be a curse because we tend to forget about "real" people and only see the fake.  Yeah! That family Christmas card looks perfect after it's been photoshopped.  
This is a great book to help us women, especially, to see the reality of life.  
On page 157, Rebekah mentions what her friend Shannon tells her, "Perhaps your anxiety comes from fear of not knowing your purpose." 
Isn't that good for us all?  Do women overall fear because of face book, photoshopped pics and Pinterest that we're not quite up to snuff?  That one question by Shannon made me really think!  Also,  Rebekah  writes about trusting God when you're alone with three kids, your husband is miles away on a business trip and your oldest begins to gasp for breathe and you need to get to ER now.  God is with you no matter where you are in life. This is great read that will encourage you, as a woman of God, to seek Him and He will give you the courage to surrender to His will.
*This book was provided by Handlebar Publishing*

  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Books (April 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414379366
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414379364

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