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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.
- ISBN-13: 9781414379364
- ISBN-10: 1414379366
- Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers
- Publish Date: April 2013
- Page Count: 200
- Dimensions: 8.17 x 5.9 x 0.78 inches
- Shipping Weight: 0.77 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-02-11
- Reviewer: Staff
Lyons, cofounder of Q, a nonprofit Christian leadership conference, suggests by her subtitle that “meaning” is an important value to her. But by choosing to reveal what she means slowly, Lyons often abandons readers in their own “freefall” as they watch her think. The author narrates triumphs and troubles, freckled with Bible quotes, as she reaches for self-understanding. She opens with a dramatic move from an Atlanta suburb to manic Manhattan, symbolized by her elder son’s meltdown smack in the middle of Park Avenue. Anecdotes disclose her panic attacks, her lifelong connection to words, and her salvific Tuesday-morning meetings with women who insist that she tell the truth about her worst fears. Lyons’s worthy points almost excuse the work needed to get to them through her choppy style, far too reliant on sentence fragments and larded with description. Her stories meander toward reasonable lessons, such as, “one must experience pain in order to experience healing” and “meaning follows surrender.” But readers’ impatience is understandable. (Apr.)