Book Review: Freefall to Fly

A few weeks ago, I attended the If:Gathering {Local} and was very impressed by one of the speakers- Rebekah Lyons. Before this, I was very familiar with her husband- a part of the Catalyst Conference and then founder of Q Ideas, but I didn’t know anything about Rebekah. I must admit that when I first saw the line-up, I was a bit skeptical. Was the conference team giving her a platform simply because of who her husband is? {Little did I know that she is the co-founder of Q Ideas!}

Rebekah’s talk was humble and gentle, yet bold and strong. After the conference, I quickly requested her book from the library and immediately moved it to the top of my reading list when it came in.

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In Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning, Rebekah shares her story of finding her calling, her purpose, her God-given gifts. Her writing style is beautiful and full of authenticity and intimacy. She reveals her good parts and the parts that many would want to sweep under the rug. She tells of her fears of mental illness, of her deep love for her son who has special needs, of her panic attacks, of her being at the end of herself, and of her discovery of the gifts that God has given her. I’m so glad that her mom told her one day at the park, “I always thought you’d be a writer”, because this beautiful lady knows how to write and is impacting the lives of thousands of women around the world through her willingness to share her struggles and journey toward meaning.

At the end of this book, I was tempted to jump on her website, and beg her to let me come visit her for a week, or perhaps mentor me from afar. I slept on the idea, and in the morning thought that that may be a very odd thing for an author to hear from a stranger. So, alas, I’m just hoping that she writes more or speaks somewhere in the midwest within driving distance!

You can follow her on FB, Twitter, or her blog.

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