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Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning Hardcover – April 9, 2013
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I do have two reservations about this book. First, it really is for women who have significant means and connections and lots of access to back-up child care and homemaking support and/or a spouse with a very flexible job. I was struck by how much of the book finds the author traveling, working out, drinking coffee, at her book group, on retreat, etc. Second, there's a funny underlying message that comes out of the book, which is that personal achievement (successfully "using your gifts") will bring us fulfillment. If we're not careful, that can just be another layer of busy-ness rather than the surrender to God that the author positions it as. Over time, some women may find that just as tiring as the busy-ness of raising a family.
Here are some of the things I marked from the book:
"Limitations of the mundane that used to come so easily. This city would push me to get on my knees, to grovel, to fully enter into my weakness. To strike a child's pose. Rest there. In my cries of lament, I heard a word so clearly it almost sounded audible. Stay. What does that even mean? Stay in the freefall. A truth hit me in that moment. All my life. I've been running. Running to the next greatest thing" (pg. 35)
"We aren't depressed because we are getting old; we are depressed in the prime of our lives. During the years when we ought to be making some of our greatest contributions to others and to the world, we are stuck. Caught in a quagmire of confusion, hardly able to put one foot in front of the other. What is going on? And why now? I'm no medical doctor, and I have no degrees in psychology, but I do love to listen to the stories of women. Women who are in the sweet spot of this demographic who are fighting to make sense of their lives. I hear the stories, unpack their pain, and consistently find a common perpetrator. We don't know who we are." (pg. 67)
"Every life path always works this way, crooked and bending with every decision we make. As difficulty presents itself, do we retreat?Read more ›
Also, the mental health angle falls flat. The author makes it clear she has a temporary form of mental disease so it's not clear why she deems herself an authority on the subject when talking to the 1/4 of women with mental illness. Those women often have a more permanent form of mental health issues and this book is patronizing and dismissive towards them. For example, she speaks lovingly about her father who has been battling chronic mental health issues for years but in the next breath tells women that their anxiety and depression is due to their resistance to following God's call. Is the same true for her father? Is the chapter devoted to him a thinly veiled admonition that he isn't close enough to God and should follow her much more Godly example? The story in which she relates her father-in-law agreeing with his impertinent grandchild that he "buried" his artistic gift by not accepting a scholarship years ago made me cringe, both for the disrespect of the child and to the man.Read more ›
I enjoyed most of this book. It was fairly slow in some parts and the language is a little flowery, but overall I liked it! I think it would be a great book to read through with a friend or small group for a laid-back discussion. I think most young, stay at home moms like myself struggle with the questions about life that Rebekah brings to light. Talking about social media, she says, "These worlds are fun to create. They allow us to imagine a world that's a little brighter, fuller, shinier, fancier, and more fashionable than the ones we actually live in...These alternate realities fill our waking hours and give the impression that we are contributing to the world when deep down we feel unremarkable."
I was also struck by something one of her friend's said. It was, "Many people discover their calling, but sometimes you still have to wait for it, and that can be quite difficult. But God taught us to wait and learn during that time. He helped me commit to joy and being present. He strengthened me to embrace the now.Read more ›
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Great story of how to overcome obstacles in life. Easy read. Well worth the little I paid for it.Published 1 month ago by Kat
Rebekah shares her struggles and her triumphs in a heartfelt, transparent way. I was able to easily identify and I am ready to start my own journey of finding my life of meaning.Published 3 months ago by Vanessa Jackson
I LOVED this book. I've read it cover to cover and I really enjoy the author's authentic voice throughout.
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By the third chapter in, I was highlighting different lines for future reference.Published 4 months ago by Kim CALDWELL
I read this book at a time in my life when I really needed it. I appreciate the transparency that Rebekah has shown to help guide the rest of us on our journey. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ginger
If you find yourself at a crossroads of where to go, empty of yourself but deep inside you, you know there is so much more, this is a must read book for you! Read morePublished 7 months ago by mommalu
Freefall to Fly is a great read. Well written and applicable for Christian living.Published 8 months ago by Carol Eberwine
This has been such an easy read yet a deep read at the same time. Rebekah uses her experiences to help the reader examine her own life, talents, and. Struggles. Read morePublished 8 months ago by IL Pam
Through her own story, Rebekah inspires others to go deep into their life and find the path God has for them. Great start to a wonderful journey of self discovery!Published 8 months ago by Jennifer