Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Book Review: Freefall to Fly

I'm naturally drawn to authors, bloggers, speakers, and people in general who aren't afraid to tell it like it is, empty out their skeleton-filled closets and let it all hang out. (Enough metaphors for you there?) Perhaps their willingness to open up and be vulnerable gives me the courage to do the same in some ways. It's that openness and vulnerability that made me appreciate the latest book I read for review, Freefall to Fly by Rebekah Lyons

The book begins with Lyons and her family preparing to leave their friends and familiar life in Georgia to move to New York City to work with a ministry there. Although excited about the prospect of starting a new life in a new city, the excitement soon wears off and Lyons finds herself battling anxiety and depression. She is particularly open with the reader in sharing these struggles and their impact on her marriage, her family and her relationship with God. 

Lyons isn't afraid to share her wrestling with trying to find her meaning in life in the midst of heartache and depression. I'm not sure how many Christian books are on the market that address depression, anxiety and other like issues, but I'd be willing to bet they're a small minority. I think Lyons' honesty is refreshing and would be an encouragement to any woman who's had similar struggles or who just struggle with trying to figure out God's purpose for their lives.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Handlebar book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255“Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”