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.
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.
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I discovered this book during a time of my own struggles with anxiety. It was right on time!!! I couldn't believe how much the author's life mirrored my own. This book has helped begin a much needed process of healing in my life. I am eternally grateful for encountering this book.
Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning
This book is so well written. It is a perfect read for young moms that find themselves feeling lost and numb in motherhood. Her story has inspired me to do some hard work in order to allow God to heal past hurts and lead me to live out the dreams and passions He has given to me. I love this book and highly recommend it!