“Meaning follows surrender,” that is what Rebekah Lyons discovered when she faced a kink in her preplanned life path. That kink was debilitating panic attacks and anxiety. Here is how Rebekah describes one such attack, “The anxiety reached a crescendo on Thanksgiving Day. How I wish I had anticipated this scenario….we were taking the kids to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade…we had big expectations, and even the craziest throngs of people would not stop us…These veteran Macy’s paraders were not going to let me and my three tykes push through to Daddy. Cell service was gone. The crowds even suppressed text messages. I had no way to communicate as I helplessly stood two hundred feet away. Finally my call to Gabe went through, and my frantic voice screamed above the noise, ‘I can’t do it! If you want the kids to see this, you will have to come get them!’ Tears fell as my kids bore witness to my weakness once more. I didn’t have what it took to push through. Not the strength. Not the ability. Not the will. Who was I becoming? The Rebekah I once knew was fearless and aggressive….Gabe wormed his way to us and grabbed Pierce and Kennedy’s hands. I tugged Cade to the back of the crowd – he’d be no match for this moment. I hailed a taxi to head home to baste my turkey and lick my wounds. I’d watch the parade from the comfort of my living room like every other sensible American.” Anyone who has suffered from panic attacks and anxiety understands completely what she was describing. You might even be shaking your head while reading this excerpt. However, Rebekah did not stop there in her book. That is the beginning of her journey that she calls Freefall to Fly A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning.
Lyons’s book is poignant and revealing. Readers can understand where she started and where she eventually ended up as she began to understand the meaning behind surrendering to God. The freefall does no lead to a devastating ending but rather an ability to fly and soar above the storm clouds. In another excerpt, she writes, “For seven months, I’d been consumed by panic attacks and letdowns, loneliness and change. But I saw it now. God was telling a story. A specific kind of story. A daunting, frightful story. He was revealing meaning to me. In the midst of my own blizzard, light was shining through. I needed only to open my eyes to His tinkering and intervention. I was searching desperately to find meaning in my life, unaware that God had been leading me the entire time. I was in an uncontrollable freefall, but God wanted me to learn to fly. Perhaps this painful season of transition was closing for me.”
I received this book free for review from Handlebar Marketing and would highly recommend this book for your bookshelf!