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. Jennifer R says:

    I would also love to read this book. It’s always good to find those pick-me-up books.

  2. Darlene says:

    Would love to win and read. Sounds like something alot of people go through.

  3. Sheri Grissen says:

    This sounds like a wonderful book! Thanks for making us aware of all these great writers!

  4. I would love a copy of this book. I myself have had bouts of depression over the years and wondered WHY? In fact this morning I woke up feeling all out of sorts and need to be deliberate today in doing tasks that make me feel productive and give myself a break if I don’t accomplish something so I don’t spiral into another freefall. God bless Rebekah for this book!

  5. The book looks wonderful. I’d love to read it. As you probably know, I went through my own bout of depression a few years ago, as well. And I’ve been struggling with taking risks and doing big things, but I’m doing something big (for me) this summer and we’ll see how it goes. I’m praying God will give me wings on the way down. 🙂

  6. One way or another, I look forward to reading this book! 🙂

  7. sounds really good!

  8. It’s book sounds fabulous, I’d love to win a copy

  9. I’d love to read this book, and then pass it on to those I love who’ve struggled with depression.

  10. Jessica Saunders says:

    depression has touched our family this past few years, it’s devastating to live with some days.

  11. Karen K says:

    Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance to win it!

  12. Hillary says:

    Yes please!

  13. Hanna DeMaster says:

    Would love to win a copy!

  14. I’d love a copy. 🙂

  15. Sarah Royal says:

    I would love to read this book! Great timing. Much needed.

  16. Can I have it? pluh-leeeze? 🙂

  17. I’d love to win!

  18. I got choked up watching this video. thank you for sharing. wether i win or not, i’ve added this book to my list and bumped it to the top.

  19. Wow! Sounds like an incredible book!

  20. I look forward to diving into this book!

  21. Jennifer says:

    The opposite of depression is vitality. Rebekah’s book, hopefully, will be yet one more step towards our society understanding depression’s true nature.

  22. Would love to win this book!

  23. Carolyn says:

    I could really use this book.

  24. This book looks like something I need!!

  25. I would love to win a copy!

  26. Ilo Richardson says:

    This book seems very interesting. I, too, always though that depression was all about crying and sadness. But I realized that just because you don’t have the obvious symptoms that one can still suffer from depression. And sadly, I still have phases of depression. Thankfully it is nothing that requires medication.

  27. So interesting how things have a way of “showing” up just when you need them. After the birth of my child I thought it was just PPD but then digging deeper I realized it was so much more then that, it was my depression resurfacing but even more. Only recently armed with a clearer diagnosis am I climbing the hill to recovery again. – of course I would love this book to be apart of this climb.

  28. Shelley says:

    Love any book that tackles the hugeness of “What is my purpose on earth?” A question that haunts me regularly. Would LOVE to win and read this book!

  29. Please enter me in the book giveaway!

  30. Tracy Holcombe says:

    Sounds like a good read. Thanks for the suggestion.

  31. davis ann says:

    sounds wonderful!

  32. Carmen Woitas says:

    Thank you for this post, I never knew a lack of emotion was asign of depression. When I had my last baby I just layed there and was surprised by lack of reaction…I. mean I successfully had a vbac, but I didn’t seem to be happy or sad or anything. On the video I tell the dr and my mom,’ I must just be in shock.’

    Thank you again for sharing.

  33. This sounds like a good book. I’d love to win a copy. I’m new to this blog and am really enjoying the posts!

  34. I would love to read this!

  35. Meredith says:

    Would love to win a copy of the book – thanks for a great giveaway!

  36. I can’t wait to read this! Thanks for sharing…sounds like a story worth sharing.

  37. JennaMarie says:

    I could really use a book like this right now. Fingers crossed…

  38. Kathryn says:

    This really sounds wonderful. Would love to win a copy. Thanks for the giveaway!

  39. Courtney says:

    Sounds like an amazing book!

  40. I think this would be helpful in understanding my journey. I was diagnosed with pmdd when my youngest was six months old. It’s been four years and while things are much better, any insight would be appreciated.
    Thank you for sharing!

  41. I haven’t heard of this, but your book recommendations are always spot-on. Very interested to read it.

  42. Depression is something I have delt with in the past and something I struggle to identify and and face head on when I see it coming. I am always grateful to those who are willing to write about it. Reading about other people’s struggles always seems to help. If I don’t win one I will be buying one! Thanks and God bless! Trish

  43. Thank you for this…definitely on my “to-read” list. I have also suffered from depression, and since starting to speak openly about it have been amazed to know how many women share my story.

  44. Sounds really interesting!

  45. Cheyenne says:

    Would love to win!

  46. Christie says:

    Wow, so timely and well-said. The book sounds great.

  47. Julie Hawkes says:

    I would love to win a copy of this book. I have been through depression and I know how difficult it is.

  48. I’d love to win a copy!

  49. This book sounds lovely. I especially love the accomanying artwork. I really appreciate both of you stepping out to share your experience with depression. I think there is a great stigma surrounding depression. Most people don’t exactly understand what it means, or that it is something they are facing. I would love to read this book to help articulate the realities of depression and relate to those struggling with it as well.

  50. Sounds like a great read!!!

  51. It is hard for us to see we are not alone in our depression, though we know others suffer it’s so hard to see past our own depression to embrace the help we could recieve. This sounds like a wonderful powerful book, thanks for the chance to win.

  52. I’d love to win this book!

  53. This sounds like an amazing book, I would love to read it. Thank you for the giveaway, Tsh!

  54. This books looks like a great read. If I don’t win it, I’m pretty sure I’ll be buying a copy 😉

  55. Kellie Budge says:

    Looking forward to this read.

  56. I have a friend who NEEDS this book. She is in the midst of it. I would love to give her this book and read it for myself to help understand better where she is at.

  57. Sounds like a great book. I’m so grateful that more people are talking about this! I would love to win a copy 🙂

  58. Really looking forward to reading this.

  59. Yes.

  60. Elizabeth B. says:

    I am sitting outside a functional medicine doctor’s office, waiting for my first “holistic” doctors appointment ever. Western docs haven’t been able to help me. One if my symptoms is depression. I’ve never read a book about someone’s journey through depression. I am thinking it could be very helpful. So I shall enter this drawing! Thanks.

  61. Sounds like a good book!

  62. Would love to win a copy! I’ve seen it shared around the net for the past few weeks and it seems perfect timing for me to read it…

  63. Rachel Jalbert says:

    love love to win

  64. I so need to read this…. right now.

  65. Very interested in her journey.

  66. Julie Gaunky says:

    Life is all about changes, and they just don’t seem to stop coming! Right now, they are all wonderful changes…love wins! I haven’t always been that lucky, so I am fully enjoying the changes in my life now.

  67. Abby Aberle says:

    This book sounds like it would be so helpful to me!

  68. Courtney B. says:

    I’d love to win a copy of the book!

  69. Thanks for the offer to win the book!

  70. Brenda P says:

    Yes, please. I need this. Amen. 😛 Thanks for such a wonderful review.

  71. I would love to win a copy of this book!

  72. Krista G says:

    What an awesome story! Thank you for sharing and the opportunity to win the whole story. 🙂

  73. I’d love to win!

  74. Rachel Hornung says:

    This looks like it would be an awesome read. I would love to win a copy!

  75. I have been in a deep depression for about two weeks. Going to the Dr. today to get some help. I would love to read this book. Someone just a couple weeks ago recommended it and it’s on my list to purchase. Once I can finally get off the couch.

  76. Wonder if this is the kind of depression I have been going through lately?!…

  77. I think it must take remarkable courage to be able to come out of these kinds of experiences and write about them for the benefit of others. I would love to win a copy, thanks so much!

  78. Rachel C. says:

    Would love to read this!

  79. Jessica K says:

    I am so anxious to read this book! The issues she addresses have been on my heart for ages.

  80. kristen says:

    id love to win a copy. as having gone thru this myself and just recently another family is in the midst of it right now, feel that this would be a huge help and blessing. thanks for the opp!

  81. I would love to win a copy!

  82. I am interested in this book. Thanks for the giveaway!

  83. Rebekah says:

    Love to add this to my summer reading list!

  84. Would love to win a copy.

  85. Would love to win a copy!

  86. I’d love to win a copy! Those questions about life and meaning are some that I ask myself often. I’d really like to read her story!

  87. I think I need to read this book. It might be just the support that I need right now in my life. Thanks, Tsh.

  88. Great giveaway!

  89. I heard Rebekah share last summer and she is truly a beautiful, tender hearted soul. Her book is on my “To Read” list, so winning one would be wonderful!

  90. Beth W. says:

    This sounds like a wonderful book about depression.

  91. Would loveto win. Her story sound a little like mine. Depressed for the past year and a half and daily climbing out of it with Gods help.

  92. catharine says:

    Having been there myself, I love to read words from those who understand.
    Adding this to my summer reading list!

  93. Debbie C says:

    Great giveaway! Thanks!

  94. I have two people in my life who are struggling with depression. Maybe this book would help me understand where they are coming from better.

  95. Heather says:

    I’ve cycled through depression a few times and have had postpartum depression with each of my three children. I would love to win this book, thank you for the giveaway.

  96. Really need this book at this time in my Sounds like a super book

  97. This sounds like such an intriguing book. It’s going to be a must read whether i win a copy or not.

  98. rebekah says:

    I’d love to win, thanks for the chance!:)

  99. Feeling nothing can be worse than feeling anything no matter what is it. Sounds like a good read. Thanks for being willing to share.

  100. Sounds like a great read. I’d love to win it! But I’ve put it on my wishlist, just in case!!