Monday, April 29, 2013

Book Review: Looking for Wings

Handlebar Publishing in conjunction with Tyndale Publishing provided a complimentary copy of Rebekah Lyons' memoir Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning in exchange for an honest review.
     Sometimes just when we think we have our lives figured out God seems to drop us into unfamiliar landscape. A landscape so utterly foreign to us that we can't stand on our own two feet. It is as we gather our bearings and stumble a few times that beauty is beheld and something amazing appears.
     Author Rebekah Lyons provides a candid account of her journey through such a scenario. Rebekah's days in Georgia were nice and sweet. She had a great group of friends and a supportive husband. Before she knew it life indelibly changed as her family moved to New York City. The change from suburban, Southern mama to an NYC urbanite was a switch that seemed to throw her off and left her helter-skelter grasping for normalcy. Panic attacks and anxiety punctuated her day affecting her kids and her daily life.
     It's in this desolation Rebekah seeks encouragement from other women and begins to find her calling. If God had never led her to New York she would have missed out on the opportunities to uplift others in similar situations. Women today in the hustle and bustle of life can easily fore go their own identity in exchange for feeling like the super mom as we easily tend to our families before ourselves. We need to find a balance. Rebekah while sharing her own story lends inspiration to the reader to identify her own calling, her own beauty reclaimed.
     As a woman who has struggled with depression, anxiety and panic attacks for almost 20 years I cannot only see myself in Rebekah's story, but also am relieved that someone else is voicing such pain. Freefall to Fly is gripping and heart-wrenching. The rawness and sheer emotion that is lent to the page lends validity to my own emotions and journey and I'm sure to many others as well.
     If you are a co-sufferer or know a woman who is in her own desert right now Freefall to Fly is a must. Rebekah's story may look different than your own, but the emotions will unite your heart to the author's. Even if you are someone who simply wants to reflect Lyons' book will help you do that. I urge women to grab a hold of their journey and dare to dream, dare to fly. These pages just may open up a new sky to spread your wings.


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