Freefall to Fly

If it were possible to feel an emotion when I went through depression several years ago, that emotion would have been surprised. I never pegged myself as someone prone to depression, and besides, I always thought depression meant crying, walking around feeling sad all the time, and triggered by something traumatic or heartbreaking.

But since my typical depressive state was feeling…. nothing, I wasn’t surprised, because “surprise” is a feeling, isn’t it? And so I went through about two years, off and on, feeling nothing more than something, waiting for something or someone to pull me out of my cloud and make to my usual self.

It’s now been about three years since I was in the thick throes of depression, though I remember the odd, in between-like state as though it were yesterday, and I’m fully aware that those who’ve been depressed before have a higher chance of becoming depressed again—meaning, it’s fully part of my life in some way. And because those dealing with depression are dear to my heart, I love reading words from someone who “gets” what it feels like. If she packages it in a beautiful book that’s perfect for giving to those who need a dose of encouragement? Even better.

Rebekah Lyons’ first book, Freefall to Fly, isn’t only about depression, but it’s a very real part of her story. And because this book is about her story, her words are a gift of comfort to those who’ve had that freefall feeling, not knowing what’s up.


Rebekah tells her tale of moving from the suburban south to the heart of New York City, and what it feels like to be yanked out of everything normal and comfortable and into constant newness and culture shock.

It forced her to answer big questions about her life, like Why was I put on earth?, How do I turn suffering into something beautiful and useful?, and Is this really the way God intended life to be? And in finding answers to her questions, she found healing.

The book is about finding meaning by taking risks, whatever those risks may look like for you.

The end of the book provides space and open-ended questions for the reader to think through her own life as well, making Rebekah’s personal story an application for anybody. Why are you on earth?



Rebekah is giving TEN Simple Mom readers a copy of Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning. To enter, simply leave any comment on this post! (If you’re reading this via email, hop over to the site to leave a comment there.)

Something Fun

art-print-popIf you buy Rebekah’s book, you can enter your information here (scroll down), and you’ll receive three additional gifts: an original chalk art print by artist Dana Tanamachi, a TOMS $5 gift card, and a Freefall to Fly digital soundtrack. Pretty cool!

This giveaway is now closed. Check back on Saturday, May 18 – we’ll announce the winners then.

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Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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  1. I’d love to win a copy of this book!

  2. Rebecca says:

    This sounds like it could be life altering. Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. I’d love to win a copy! The book sounds great. I’ve definitely added joy and meaning to my life in the past few years by stepping waaaay out of my comfort zone and taking some social and physical risks.

    I don’t know if you’re familiar with the blog Hyperbole and a Half, but Allie (the author/illustrator) just posted a great blog post on what her depression was like. For someone who hasn’t gone through it, it was a great explanation.

  4. Knowing all too well the “nothing-ness” feeling of depression, the waiting for the “shoe-to-fall”…I would love to read this book.

  5. If I don’t win, I’ll buy it!

  6. Kristen says:

    I’d love to win and read!

  7. Margaret Petry says:

    I would love to win! I’ve heard about this book and it sounds great.

  8. Kristen says:

    I know that risk and reward go hand and hand but I have difficulty being vulnerable to take the risk. I would love to read this book to help me address some of the life situations I’m going through right now.

  9. Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. I so appreciate how more and more people are open about their depression. Anyone who has/has gone through it knows…it sucks. I can’t wait to read this book and have even suggested that we get a small women’s group at church to go through it this summer.

  11. This book sounds like it would be a wonderful read. Thanks for the giveaway!

  12. Christina says:

    Sounds like something I need to read!

  13. young c says:

    Sounds really interesting…thanks for the chance to win!

  14. Marian Maxson says:

    I’m stoked to read this book!

  15. I think this is a book I need to read!

  16. Wow! Would love, love, love a copy of this book. 🙂

  17. Sounds like a great book! I’d love it!

  18. Leigh Sabey says:

    I’d love to read this book, thanks for the opportunity!

  19. Would so love to read this.
    Sarah M

  20. Meagan S says:

    This sounds like a very helpful book! I would really enjoy having a copy.

  21. I’ve just moved, and can relate. Really in need of hope and godly direction. Thanks so much. I believe it was God that I found this blog today.

  22. MaryBeth L. says:

    I’d love to read this.

  23. Sounds like a great book! I love when people share their stories and benefit others.

  24. Janette says:

    Looks like a good read!

  25. This sounds so good!

  26. Jessica H says:

    This book sounds excellent! I’d love to win a copy.

  27. Sounds like a great book to read – we’ve got some upcoming changes in our lives, and this sounds like a timely resource :).

  28. As one who is abundantly familiar with culture shock and turning myself off to those emotions, I will definitely read this book one way or another! Thank you!

  29. I love the cover artwork! And such a beautiful video too. I would love to read this book, it sounds like just what I need to hear more of right now.

  30. This would be a great read! Thanks for the giveaway.

  31. I would love to win this book!

  32. thanks for the give away!:)

  33. Jessica C. says:

    Would love to reaf this book! We moved across the country recently and I have been sruggling with these kinds of feelings while I adjust to a new place and make new friends.

  34. Roseanne Sabol says:

    I’d love to read this book. It’s a scary thought that a person could be “surprised” by depression. We must stay ever in touch, to the best of our ability, with our interior life.

  35. I would love to win a copy of this book! I too was surprised by depression.

  36. I’d love to win! Looks like a good one!

  37. This sounds fantastic! I suffered alot from postnatal depression after each of our children were born, and would really benefit from hearing how Rebekah overcame her struggles in this area.

    Thanks for the generosity and opportunity to win a copy of this book!

  38. I am currently reading ‘The Woman who Thought too Much’, and I feel this would be a great addition to the current read.
    If I don’t win the book, I will most definitely buy it though. Thanks for the recommendation…

  39. Sounds really good!

  40. Every decade of my life this theme of “what am I here for” rises up in a slightly different way. The “nothingness” is a surprise and is even harder because there is no reasonable excuse to blame the feelings on. The video trailer convinced me to read the book. Buy or win, I believe I will.

  41. Catherine says:

    I’d love to win too. What a beautiful family!

  42. Tami Dymock says:

    This sounds like a great read. I would love to win it.

  43. maureen says:

    I’d love to win.

  44. Beverly Williams says:

    I would love to win this book. It sounds like some of the things I am going through currently. Thanks

  45. I’d love to read this book.

  46. Just moved myself and I would love to read this!

  47. I have really been wanting to read this book and would love to win a copy!!!

  48. Melodie B says:

    Soumds great! Thanks for introducing so many good books.

  49. Tsh, where do I start? I’ve been thinking of you, sharing simply about depression, and just knowing someone out there has an inking , is a life-saver.
    My daughter is experiencing something like you have experienced, my mom has been hospitalized, and I’m hoping I don’t crash and burn in this valley. Thanks for writing! xo

  50. Looks like a great read!

  51. I would love a chance to win as it sounds like a book that would be a real encouragement – so needed!! Thanks!

  52. this book sounds like it is a custom fit for me. I am ‘not’ a risk-taker and lately I have been carrying around this weight like lead in my stomach; seeking my true purpose, feeling like I’m losing time. I know I have to step outside my comfort zone but I don’t know how to do so.

  53. Victoria says:

    I’d love to win a copy too!

  54. It is encouraging to just KNOW that somewhere someone went through something so similar to myself, but wrote a book about it! I, too, moved from a sleepy southern town to the hustle and bustle of Washington, DC then promptly started a family, left my career with grand plans of awesome motherhood, but, suffered ppd and then developed chronic daily migraines. Depression was inevitable. I would love to read her story, and plan on buying the book in any event. Thanks for the chance to win it.

  55. Thank you rebekah for being willing to open your heart to share your story. I have not read the book yet, but even just reading the teaser here I could feel my emotions welling up. This past year has been a journey for me to start learning about depression and it’s effects on me and being willing to accept that this journey is okay. Thank you again, I cannot wait to read it. 🙂

  56. Ashley P. says:

    I would love the chance to win this book. Thanks for having the giveaway!

  57. Kerstin says:

    God turned my life upside down in ways I never imagined possible. I’d love to read the book.

  58. Nickolina says:

    If I won this book I’d be loaning it out to all the young moms of young kids in the throes of this.

  59. “because we all need a freefall to teach us how to fly” such beautiful words.

  60. It must be a nice story to read. A lot of questions to be answered seem to wait between its pages…

  61. Jan Johnson says:

    I could really use this book right now!

  62. I appreciate this review/giveaway. I’m eager to read this book!!

  63. Sounds fabulous! Love to hear the hearts of other women and how they deal with real-life struggles. I could use a good dose of hope about now!

  64. I keep seeing this one pop up on my Kindle as a recommendation. I would love to win a copy!

  65. This sounds like a fabulous book; I’d love to win a copy!

  66. I would love to read this book. Depressing is an odd beast. You are right, it isn’t laying in bed crying all day long. For me it was about numbness and apathy, with the occassional bouts of sadness.

  67. Jamie L says:

    Having dealt with depression off and on since I was 13 (I’m now 31), as well as being a military brat and wife, this book sounds like something I need to add to my library. My most recent depressive episode was a result of moving from small-town North Dakota to Germany, where we live currently. Shortly after arriving, I found out I was unexpectedly pregnant with our third child. Our household goods weren’t delivered until 3 months after we arrived here, while my husband was back in the States for 4 months of training. Despite knowing I’m predisposed to depression and having experienced it before, I am still reluctant to seek help when I need it. So I could totally use an uplifting story to refer back to during times of difficulty. 🙂

  68. I can’t wait to read this book — and would LOVE to win it! Thank YOU for sharing a bit of your walk through depression. It’s always reassuring to hear your own thoughts and fears coming out of someone else’s mouth 🙂

  69. Lisa N. says:

    How brave of her o share her journey with others in a book. I would love to read it!

  70. This sounds amazing…I would adore a copy! Gonna buy if I don’t win one 🙂

  71. My daughter’s brave journey living with anxiety has helped me to finally face my own battle. Getting help alone seems like it’s own free fall, but it’s also leading me tow find my own true self. Thanks, Tsh! You always seem to post what I need to see/hear 🙂

  72. Elizabeth says:

    I would live to read this book!

  73. Looking forward to reading this!

  74. This book has intrigued me! I’d love to win a copy and share with my grown children who are on the verge of a huge move to be part of a church plant! Thanks for the chance to win!

  75. Would love to win this!

  76. I was doing a lot of head nods and just in that 2 minute book trailer, I felt like Rebekah was able to point a voice to the thoughts of so many women. Very excited to read this book!

  77. This sounds like an amazing book! I look forward to reading it!

  78. This sounds like a great resource. I’d love to win a copy of the book.

  79. Kathryn says:

    Looking forward to reading it!

  80. Christi says:

    Tsh you always make our reality… Though sometimes mundane and always hard… A beautiful thing. Thanks for your sharing and the opportunity to win!!

  81. I never would have described that feeling of “nothingness” as depression. You’ve given me something to think about. I’d love to win this book! Thanks!

  82. I’d love to read this book – thank you for the opportunity to win !

  83. Would love to give this to a girlfriend who is struggling with depression right now. Looks like a wonderful read.

  84. Renee' H says:

    Thank you for posting about this book! I would love to win a copy of it!

  85. I would love to win the book!

  86. Even if I don’t win, ill read this book! Just started chemo, questioning a lot of things about what is really important to me

  87. Wow, I’d love to win and maybe share with other ladies as well.
    It has such a lovely cover!

  88. Stefani says:

    This sounds like such a thought-provoking and life changing book!

  89. Wendy B. says:

    After clawing my way back from depression 10 years ago, I fight every day to make sure I never get back to that place. This sounds like a book that will encourage and inspire me. Now that I have three little ones looking to me for an example, it’s even more important to care for myself, so I can care for them. Thanks for talking about such a private, life-altering issue.

  90. julie g says:

    I’d love a copy!

  91. Lindsey L. says:

    I would love to win a copy of this! My husband has gone through depression (before we met) and I would love to read this book to better understand it, and help him when he has those days.

  92. Allison B. says:

    Wow, could I use a copy of this!!

  93. Jennifer says:

    I need to read this book! I tend to thrive on change—moving, newness, the unknown but my current stage in life is at home with 2 little ones and the most change I see is clean diapers, errands, etc…I know its all very important but lately I’ve really been struggling to figure out what I’m created to do. This sounds like a good place to start!

  94. What a great give-away! I keep seeing this book pop up all over the internet… I can’t wait to read it!

  95. Oh, your description of depression is right on. I would love to read this book and see how taking risks bring healing to that dark place.

  96. I’m a first time commenter and recent reader, but the ‘feeling nothing’ idea strikes true. Thanks.

  97. What perfect timing to get this email in my inbox… the summary of this really book speaks to me. This why I love reading, because of the opportunity to share in other’s stories and worlds that might provide a spark or at least comfort in our own.

  98. Thank you for the review! I am about to take a leap of faith and would love to read this book.

  99. I am currently compiling my summer reading list and this will have to have to be added to the list.

  100. This books sounds great!! I’d love to win a copy 🙂