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.

This is a very inspirational book that follows the author through her own struggles to find her true life’s calling amidst the everyday struggles of life. After packing up and moving her family to New York, Rebekah soon falls under the powerful grip of panic attacks as she strives to achieve more purpose and meaning from her life- but in order to do so she must face her fears and stay the course of a life that increasingly causes her more and more terror. But once she chooses to give everything to God and trust in Him to lead her, she realizes that sometimes our greatest weaknesses can become our greatest strengths.

I love the message this book offers to women. It is so easy to get lost in the battles of daily life, putting your cares and your dreams on the back burner as you push to get through each day. Freefall serves as a reminder not to forget who we truly are, not to bury our talents and gifts out of  fear but to put our faith in God and trust that we can make a positive difference in the lives of other people. I have always struggled with purpose in my life, but I was struck by a statement Rebekah made towards the end of the book: “We must call out and name the gifts we see in each other.  We must speak up and encourage our loved ones when we see them coming alive. I’m convinced God wants to use you to bring someone else’s gifts to life.” This seemed incredibly profound to me… maybe “purpose” isn’t just about being or doing one particular thing, but reaching out to and touching other people- simply being there for the ones you love, to nurture and strengthen the small sparks of ability in their hearts, preventing the cares of the world from snuffing it out. To me, this is a beautiful thought.

As a final note, though I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I chose to give it only three and a half stars because I found it quite a bit repetitive in its theme. For me, it also could have done with fewer allusions to the title, which happened quite consistently throughout the book. Nevertheless, it’s a good read, and I really enjoyed it.

Rating: 3.5 stars

Thanks to Handlebar Publishing for hooking me up with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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