Monday, October 13, 2014

Breathing Room by Leeana Tankersley - REVIEWED

About the Book:

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.

My Thoughts:
If you can’t breathe, stop.  Never move or act of that place.  Wait until you can breathe…Do the exact opposite of what that anxious defensiveness is convincing you that you must do.  The. Exact. Opposite.  Just be still.”  (p.66)

I look to Christ who, last time I checked, has not asked me to do his job for him.” (p.68)

Show up and participate in what life has in front of you, in what God is doing in your life.  Continue to lean in.  Continue to open your eyes.  Continue to scout the beauty.  Continue to create.  Continue to love.  Continue to get well.  Continue to breathe.  (p. 207)

Leeana Tankersley’s latest book, breathing room, has been a healing balm to my heart.  It has been like sitting down with a trusted friend and listening to her share her heart, and then, in turn, sharing my own heart – with God.  What a gift! Leeana uses her experience in a foreign country – with three toddlers – and a Navy SEAL husband who is gone a lot – to frame a common place that all believers find themselves in when they forget to breathe.  To breathe the love, the redemptive freedom, the solid foundation of relationship with Christ – and be nourished and be made whole.  When we allow the lies of the enemy to be the voice who constantly tells us how undeserving, how unloved, how imperfect we are, we forget to breathe in the truth of God’s love for us and the relationship He offers us daily.  And we must choose daily, to walk with Him despite what our circumstances may say about us.

I’ve pretty much highlighted this book to death.  Leeana has a way of stating things so clearly, so personally, so succinctly, I found myself thinking, “Yeah!  That’s right! That’s how I feel!  I need to remember this!”  Then, by the time I reached the end of the book, I found myself thinking, “I can have this same, honest, close relationship with God that Leeana does – despite the yuck I’m currently navigating in my life.

God knew the need of my heart, and He sent encouragement and words of life through the Leeana Tankersley’s book, breathing room.  I am SO GRATEFUL!!  How I praise God for this book!  I encourage everyone to absorb the truth in this book!  If you are struggling, hurting, are discouraged, defeated…you need to read this book!  If you just come through a challenge and everything is great, you need to read this book.  Every believer will recognize this journey.  Everyone will rejoice in God’s faithfulness to walk us through whatever trial we face, even if it is the voice of our own defeat, and show His love toward us through His renewed mercy – day by day.  What a gift!

About the Author:
Leeana Tankersley holds English degrees from Liberty University and West Virginia University. She and her Navy SEAL husband, Steve, are currently stationed in San Diego, California, with their three children: Luke, Lane, and Elle. Leeana writes about living from the spacious place on her blog,

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