Breathing Room by Leeana Tankersley
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Publishing Date: October 7, 2014
AN INVITATION TO BREATHEI received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Buy direct from the publisher today!
Catastrophe or no catastrophe, if you are unhinged, disoriented, suffocating, or otherwise generally dragging, I'm inviting you to pull up a chair at this table . . .
Breathing Room is a beautiful release of self-condemnation, a discovery of the rest that comes when we offer ourselves some space to breathe. Vulnerable and winsome, Leeana Tankersley shows you how to stop beating yourself up, how to be radically on your own team, and how to truly experience grace. If you've been putting on a strong front and yet are secretly coming apart, you'll find in these pages a trusted friend.
If anyone is their own worst enemy, it's me. I've been my enemy for years and years. I could never do anything right, I was never pretty enough, I constantly reminded myself of my failures and sins. The description above is from on the back of the book, and it is an accurate description. 'Breathing Room is a book about coming apart and coming back together again.'
Tankersley does two amazing things with this piece. First, she holds our hand and walks us into the idea of being our own best friend. Women folk, isn't that just the truth? We say horrible things about ourselves, internally and externally, that we would NEVER say to our best friend. So why on earth is it okay for us to say them to ourselves?? The simplicity comes right out of the book and smacks you in the face.
The second thing I thought Tankersley does well was to share the importance, and normalcy, of losing it for 'small' reasons. Sometimes there doesn't need to be a 'big' life change (death, loss of job, pet, etc)for a person to lose it. Sometimes life just builds up and up and up until...well, until you are quite lost.
Catastrophe or no catastrophe, if you are unhinged, disoriented, suffocating, or otherwise generally dragging, I'm inviting you to pull up a chair at this table.
It doesn't really matter to me what the outside of your life looks like. If the inside of you is struggling, this is your book, baby. I'm your girl. (pg 15)It was a blessing to feel normal for feeling lost and confused for no real reason, other than life. I think many a mom could use this reminder. Heck, any WOMAN could use this reminder. It is okay to take time for yourself and find some spiritual whitespace.
'Breathing Room' is getting 5 stars from me and I am labeling it with a label of 'immediate re-read'. I know Tankersley's message is one that will get forgotten by me again and again. And again and again I will need her reminders. If you like vulnerable, honest authors who are encouraging and truth-revealing, 'Breathing Room' is for you!
PS: Check out this podcast Leeana Tankersley did with Kathi Lipp. Its a fun introduction to the author and her message!!