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A memoir of transformation, Rebekah Lyons shares her experiences of depression and invites women to step into God's freedom
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Is it love, fear or infatuation that drives you to make a massive life changing decision? To abandon the safe option and risk everything to follow your heart’s desire – to find your true calling in life. This book while specifically for women has much to teach men about making decisions, not choosing to live with regret but to rediscover what makes you come alive.
But just because you’re searching for meaning doesn't mean it’s going to be easy and cost free. ‘Freefall to Fly’ follows Rebekah Lyons’ experiences – painful and passionate as she decides to move her not-for-profit business, her home, husband, family, cats and whole focus of her being from the safety of familiar Atlanta to the big city jungle of New York.
For 7 years seven years the couple’s work had focused on educating Christian leaders in creative ways to engage their industries and cities, to take chances and be bold. Yet faced with her own relocation to the alien city of New York, she found she had no answer when faced with the possibility of failure and pain.
With no material support and no safety net, she tells how her life went first into freefall before she learned how to fly and to soar. In this vulnerable memoir of transformation, she describes her crippling depression and anxiety, and how she was overwhelmed by the pressure to be domestically efficient, professionally astute, and physically attractive.
Falling without a safety net terrifies us, she writes – even though God has equipped each of us with wings on our backs, rusty from disuse. Wings we’ve had since childhood that have been clamped down so long they aren’t sure how to spring forth anymore. And so we fear they aren’t strong enough to carry as we peek over the lip of the ledge.
Instead of flying, we fear the fall and keep back from the edge. Rebekah’s book tells how she stood for too long despite the move that beckoned to fly. Her story is an encouragement for you to overcome your resistance, to stop fighting your calling and following it. To surrender to promise and walking into an unknown, scary, irrational future with faith and confidence.
Freefall To Fly by Rebekah Lyons was published by Tyndale House in April 2013 and is our 44798th best seller. The ISBN for Freefall To Fly is 9781414379364.
- Who Will Catch Me?
1 Midtown Daydreams
2 Park Avenue Meltdown
3 Panic in the Heavens
4 Girl Meets Depression
- Hope Reborn
5 To Live This One Life Well
6 Santorini Bliss
7 Whispers of Relapse
8 Beautiful Surrender
- Embracing Your Calling
- About the Author
“Rebekah Lyons writes a vulnerable story of her unexpected winging into the light and dark of mothering, womanhood, and visionary
living, only to discover what it means to find the full hope of the sky.” - Ann Voskamp, Author of the New York Times bestseller 'One Thousand Gifts'.
“My friend Rebekah Lyons has done what every writer wants to do: she has told her story with such grace and clarity that the reader can’t
help but find glimpses of her own story. An important, well-written boook that will feel both familiar and inspiring.” - Shaun Aniequist. Author of 'Cold Tangerines', 'Bittersweet', and 'Bread and Wine'.
“Surely God wants to use those who are rescued to help rescue others. Rebekah Lyons bravely shares her story of freefall into the arms of her Creator as her search for meaning led to surrender. May we all find hope and courage in our journeys as we embrace the life God intended for us.” - Christine Caine, Founder of The A21 Campaign and author of 'Undaunted'.
“Everyone has to make a leap—of hope, of courage, of life. Rebekah Lyons wants to make sure that nothing — anxiety, despair, depression, or fear—holds you back. She shares candid and powerful stories from her own life with courageous honesty. By the time you finish reading, you won’t be able to resist the opportunity to fly into the fullness of life.” - Margaret Feinberg. Author of 'Wonderstruck' and 'Scouting the Divine'.
“Rebekah Lyons is an elegant and honest writer who speaks to the weighty struggle of human experience while simultaneously elevating
its astonishing beauty and the transformative power of surrender. I’m thrilled Rebekah has given the world a book full of her ideas and
insights. All who read Freefall to Fly are invited into a beautiful journey infused with truth, hope, and love.” - Melissa Moore Fitzpatrick of Living Proof Minstries.
The Dark Night of the Soul in the City That Never Sleeps. At first glance, Rebekah Lyons’s life path seemed straightforward: walk the aisle, take the short road to motherhood, and build a family on a suburban cul-de-sac in the South.
But life looked radically different when her family relocated to the heart of New York City. She was forced to navigate a new normal with three kids, two toy poodles, and a minivan. Blindsided by crippling despair, Rebekah wrestled with bigger questions women often ask: Why am I here? Does my life matter?
In a Western culture driven by performance and Pinterest fantasies, her story echoes the rise of loneliness, depression, and anxiety that women are facing at all-time highs. Why are expectations and lifestyles breaking us down in unprecedented ways?
In this beautifully moving memoir of vulnerability, courage, and ultimately transformation, Rebekah shares her journey into the unknown—a thrilling, terrifying freefall that eventually led to flight. Searching for meaning, she stumbled on surrender, discovering that meaning follows surrender.
Rebekah found freedom when she faced her greatest fear, and she invites other women to do the same. For it is only when we freefall that we can truly fly.
"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." - Publishers Weekly.
|Author / Artist||Rebekah Lyons|
|Publisher||Tyndale House (April 2013)|
|Number of Pages||200|
|Page last updated||8th May 2017|