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 completely identify with the “freefall” description, though I never thought of it quite that way! I am finally coming out of the fog after struggling with depression for more than a year. Depression is sneaky…it takes you down little by little, until you’re so buried, you can’t remember what “normal” felt like. My saving grace was my family, and a conversation with my a friend who encouraged me to seek out counseling. I am learning what it takes to keep me well…and I finally get what people mean when they say you have to take care of yourself in order to be a better mom. Hope, grace and love are blessings that I no longer take for granted!

  2. This sounds fantastic!!

  3. looks like a great book

  4. Sounds like a great book!

  5. I’ve just recently started to soar again myself – long long road from ocd pp…
    I would love to read this book.

  6. would love to read this book…

  7. This book sounds like a must-read! Hope i win a copy!


  8. I mentor many women for a college ministry and this book sounds fantastic and motivational!

  9. I would love to win a copy! Thanks for the giveaway

  10. Sounds great!

  11. i’d love a chance to read this book!

  12. laura W. says:

    Would love to read that book!

  13. So grateful for your description of depression. I wish everyone understood it better. I’d love to win a copy of Rebekah’s book. Thanks!

  14. Coming up one the one year anniversary of my divorce, I really feel this could be a timely read for me 🙂

  15. Yes please.

  16. Heather k. M says:

    Would love to read this book!

  17. Wendy KJ says:

    Exactly what I need right now. I am now ending my fourth marriage due to infidelity and dishonesty…on his part. Husbands seem to be my challenge in life. I have little self-worth and need to pick myself up. I have two teenage children still home with me. I need to be strong for them…and for me.

  18. The state of “nothing” is something that millions of us experience at some stage in our lives. It is comforting to know that while the feelings are uncomfortable, talking about it doesn’t have to be and can help heal through those difficult times.

  19. Juanita says:

    Thank you for this offer, and also for posting the video.

  20. Oh this sounds wonderful!

  21. I NEED this book!!!! I do struggle with depression. It has gotten better but every now & then it rears its head & catches me off guard. Right now, I am in a season of needing encouragement & for The Lord to be my anchor of hope.

  22. This books sounds incredible. Thanks to both of you for offering the giveaway!

  23. The books sounds great. I have suffered with depression through out my life and it’s always encouraging to hear other’s experiences and what has gotten them and continues to get them through those times.

  24. Pick me 🙂 Looks like a great book to read!

  25. Barbara says:

    I think this book would be an encouragement!

  26. There is a history of clinical depression in my family, and I’ve struggled with it personally. It’s a difficult thing to live with – for both the person who is suffering with it and for those who love him/her. The book sounds like a great read.

  27. Lisagrace Alsbury says:

    I would love this book!

  28. As a mom who has also suffered from depression, I would love to hear the insight Rebekah has to offer!

  29. Karen L says:

    having just started coming out of my deep depression fog, I would love to win a copy of this book.

  30. i would love to win this book!

  31. Thanks for introducing me to another great book.

  32. Maybe. I’m still stuck on my path to no where. I know what nothing feels like. I know what wanting to do something so badly feels like, and then self-destructing again and again, wondering what I’m supposed to learn or become from this. It’s interesting how just a few clicks away, there is someone who may understand the nothingness of “how long will I have to endure this”… God speed. I hope I remember to read your book and find some respite from…nothing.

  33. Thanks, Tsh! Anything that helps us trust God more is a good thing.

  34. I know these feelings all too well. Definitely putting this book on my TBR list!

  35. Michele says:

    I’m torn – I read the preview on Amazon and part of me really wants to read this story fully and the other part is afraid of the effect it will have on me. Like some of the other women above, I am experiencing depression (and anxiety disorder). Its comforting to know others have not only experienced that emptiness but pulled through it.

    I embraced minimalism in September last year – the lifestyle change is helping me to work through it. Tsh’s blog and book have been tremendous help along the way. Thank you both for the inspiration you give.

  36. brooke wagen says:

    i would love to read this. finding meaning in risk and joy in loss is near and dear to my heart and family.

  37. Cathy G says:

    Yes please, I’d really like a copy, had immediately added to my ‘to read’ list and then saw this giveaway. Looks great and v relevant for me at the moment.

  38. sounds like a great book! i’d love to win a copy. Thanks!

  39. Kristen says:

    Would love towin the book!

  40. Need to read book. Putting in on my list, you know just incase I don’t win. 😉

  41. So intrigued by this book and hope to win.

  42. This is EXACTLY the book I want to read on my summer break from teaching. So happy to have entered — thank you for sharing!
    Heidi 🙂

  43. Jenn M. says:

    I would love to read this book! Thank you!

  44. Count me in! Read an interview on Christianity Today and was looking forward to hearing more about the book. Thanks for the review.

  45. Very true! Taking chances is the way to really feel life! Thats why i skydive!

  46. Depression means “deep reason” – wud love to read this book. Feel will be able to relate to Rebekah, me too have recently moved from Mumbai, India to Antwerp, Belgium and my lifestyle has changed drastically….keeping fingers crossed for the free copy.


  47. Would love to win this book to share with many, many women. She states in a podcast that 1-in-4 women are on antidepressants or clinically depressed. Wow! Praying for God to use her words mightily. Thank you, Tsh, for offering this opportunity. So generous 🙂

  48. Jennifer says:

    This looks like a wonderful book to read over and over…I have fought depression all of my life and would find solace in Rebekah’s beautiful words!! Thank you for the giveaway!!

  49. Stephanie says:

    This book looks wonderful!

  50. This sounds like a great read.

  51. Just what I would love to read at the start of my summer vacation!

  52. Brittany S says:

    I have this book on my library wait list, but it would be so much nicer to have my own copy :-). And thanks, Tsh, for the honesty to share a bit of your story.

  53. As I read about your book, a friend of mine came to mind. She is struggling to get to a better place. I would love to win this for her. Thank you for writing the book.

  54. ejfalke says:

    As a fellow depression sufferer, I would love to read this book. Thank you!

  55. I would love to read this book. The past few years have been hard ones, with depression part of the story. It’s encouraging to hear the stories of others who have surfaced.

  56. Would love to check it out!

  57. This looks like an excellent read that will hit home to so many readers.

  58. Thanks for the book recommendation. I just finished reading “Man’s Search For Meaning” by Viktor Frankl a few weeks ago. Have you ever read it? I think that reading stories of people finding their purpose and their meaning in life inspires others to do the same.

  59. Sounds like I need to read this book. Stat.

  60. It sounds like exactly the book I need right now, and I’d love to read it, whether I win a copy or buy one. 🙂

  61. Sounds really good and excellent for a book club too!

  62. Whether I win or not I am going to find a way to read this book. This article has hit home in so many ways for me. I’m trying to find my purpose and meaning of being here on earth. I am really scared, excited and thankful at finding out what this journey will hold.

  63. This sounds so familiar to me, having been caught by surprise by depression as well. I would love to read this book ~ I am in a similar state of questioning and spiritual journey. Thanks for the information about the book!

  64. kathy w says:

    I have suffered from depression for years and would love to read this book.

  65. Catherine Casey says:

    I’d love a copy of this book. I’m having a really bad day!

  66. Ohhh this seems like the perfect book for me! I would love to win! 🙂

  67. I’d love a chance to read this!

  68. Rebecca says:

    That looks great. I love the quote on the art, very inspiring

  69. I have been wanting to travel but, do not want to with a small child who is now 4 but, maybe this might give me the inspiration or kick in the pants I need to just do it.

  70. Sounds like a great book. It’s going on my “to read this summer” list. Love to win one!

  71. Love to win!

  72. Caitlin says:

    Sounds like an interesting book. Having struggled with depression myself I am always interested in hearing about the experiences of others. Thanks for the opportunity.

  73. sounds like a gem of a read…and an encouraging one too, from one mom to another. 🙂

  74. I would really like to win a copy of this book. Thanks for the chance!

  75. As someone who has been through depression this sounds like an amazing read!

  76. would love to read this one!

  77. This sounds like an amazing book!

  78. Sounds like a wonderful thought provoking book.

  79. Would love to give this a read. It’s true…you ARE more prone to depression once you’ve had it. I’ve revisited that nothing feeling more than I like to admit…

  80. Erica R says:

    Sounds like an inspiring book.

  81. Jennifer says:

    I’d love to read that. It sounds like a great book!

  82. Thanks, Rebekah, for sharing 10 copies of “Freefall to Fly”. That’s most generous!

  83. Depression kinda sucks. Motherhood and my 30’s much harder than I expected.
    Can’t wait to read this book 🙂

  84. Sally P says:

    Thanks for this awesome giveaway!! Count me in 🙂

  85. Would love to read this!

  86. I love your site. I just found this site yesterday when I feel like the most unorganized person in the world if it is about daily plan. So I found you and printed some ideas from here ( Thanks so much. They’re just perfectly all I need for this time. I’m on my way to be more organized, hopefully.

    And then today I’m back to your site, and landed in your home page, and read about this giveaway.

    It seems like coincidence that yesterday I printed some ideas from yours because I want to be more organized, today I read about depressin book, and some people say unorganized is one of depression signs…

    I hope I’ll be the lucky one to win your book..

    Thanks again

  87. This looks like a great and powerful story!

  88. this book sounds awesome! I’d love to read it this summer

  89. Kim Donohue says:

    These are questions I have wondered about too…would love to read the book! Thanks!

  90. Thank you for the opportunity to “win” a book, Tsh and Rebekah. And thank you, Rebekah, for writing your story so that others may relate and heal. I haven’t dealt with depression myself, but I’ve walked through it with a very close loved one who has for years and years. I’d love to read Rebekah’s story and then pass it on to my mom.

  91. I have gone through depression and still battle with it. I would love to win a copy of this book.

  92. Lisa P. says:

    Would love to read her book!

  93. Lindsay says:

    Hope to win!

  94. This sounds like a great book.

  95. My life over the last 4 years has felt like a freefall that might end up in a big splat! My hubby had a huge mountain biking accident 18 months ago. (He’s recovered now!)My youngest (of 4) has Down syndrome, a hearing impairment and mild/mod vision loss. My life has been caring for those I love over the last 4 years but there are parts of me that seem lost in the last couple of years. I know God has taught me amazingly through these times and I think I need to hear what Rebekah has to say to me because I want to come out of this tough time flying! Please let me win this book!

  96. Mary Beth says:

    I would like to win this book because, having been depressed on and off for 23 years, I am still searching for ways to understand and live with it.

  97. This is exactly where I’m at. I’ve struggled with depression for years and my husband is dealing with depression right now, too. We need a freefall. I think if I don’t win this book, I’ll buy it. Thanks for making it available and known!

  98. What a fantastic giveaway. I’ve moved 10 times in 14 years. All different cities, states, and a foreign country with a husband deployed. I’ve been in free fall and would love to read this book.

  99. Bethany says:

    I’ve been battling depression for years and am currently in recovery from postpartum depression and anxiety. Part of that journey is finding ways to redeem the hard things that I’ve experienced; I think this book could be a great help. Can’t wait to read it!

  100. Perfect timing!