Freefall to Fly

by 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.

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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  1. avatar
    Nilza Brito says:

    Would love to read this book. I dealt with depression for a period of my life and it is a silent disease.

  2. avatar
    Liisa R says:

    Yup, I’ve definitely struggled with depression combined with chronic illness. Would love a copy of her book! :)

  3. Sounds like a great book, I’d love to read it!

  4. What a nice video, too. Looking forward to checking out this book!

  5. I would love to read this book!

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    Jasmine says:

    Yay! Would love to win

  7. As a surviver of postpartum depression, I’d love to read this (and will one way or another – by winning or buying!) :) Beautiful book trailer. Thanks for introducing me to yet another awesome resource.

  8. I would love to win!

  9. Since I move frequently, I think I could relate to her feelings of being overwhelmed by newness and culture shock everywhere she turned.

  10. Would love to read this :-)

  11. avatar
    Jessica says:

    Would love to win!

  12. avatar
    Deanne H, says:

    This book looks really good. THanks so much for the great giveaway!

  13. avatar
    Stephanie says:

    Looks like a fantastic read. Would love to win this book!

  14. Sounds like a great book. Hope I win. :)

  15. I’m very interested in this book!

  16. Thanks for the book recommendation! I’d love to read Freefall to Fly.

  17. This sounds like a great book! Would love to win one in the giveaway!

  18. Sounds like a beautiful read!

  19. avatar
    Abigail says:

    Totally rings true about depression often being the lack of emotion, rather than what is perceived as negative emotions. Thank you for sharing this book with us!

  20. avatar
    Iris H. says:

    Can’t wait to read this book!

  21. I’d love to read this book. Thanks for sharing about it.

  22. avatar
    Jennifer Duncan says:

    I read the review of the book on Amazon and put it on my to read list. Sounds really interesting!

  23. This looks like such a powerful story!

  24. avatar
    Jennifer from Lindsborg says:

    Would love to your book!

  25. avatar
    Carolyn says:

    Been wanting to read this! Thanks for the chance to win!

  26. avatar
    Kelli W says:

    Sounds like a fantastic read. One’s own experience is ten times more helpful than any experts opinion!

  27. avatar
    Shellyne says:

    This book speaks to me, to my heart. Would love a hard copy…

  28. avatar
    Christy S says:

    As someone who also struggles with depression, I would love a copy of this book.

  29. As Rebekah spoke in the video, it made me think of what my husband and I are struggling with right now – do we decide to let go of our fears and “freefall” into adopting the two little foster kids that we’ve been parenting for months? It isn’t the safe decision, but it may be the right decision…

  30. avatar
    Stefanie says:

    I would love to win and read this!

  31. avatar
    Traci H says:

    I am very interested and would love to win this book.

  32. avatar
    Emily R says:

    The book looks great!

  33. avatar
    Christine B. says:

    I would love a copy of this book!

  34. I can totally relate. Wish I couldn’t, but unlike the pain of childbirth, I still remember the pain of depression.

  35. avatar
    marissa says:

    sounds good! thanks for the chance to win.

  36. What an encouragement this book would be! I would love to win a copy!
    Thanks for this and for the regular encouragement in my inbox! Keeps me focused and on track!

  37. avatar
    Bethany says:

    This book sounds great…crossing my fingers!

  38. I don’t know if I am depressed but sometimes I feel like I don’t want to do anything. I think this book will help me.

  39. Sounds interesting – sign me up!

  40. I would love to win!

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    Anna D. says:

    Sounds amazing! Can’t wait to read it!

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

  43. What a beautiful preview vid to the book! I would love to win it!

  44. avatar
    Christie F. says:

    I am always looking for a great book… would love to read this one!

  45. A life of meaning….something we all need to be assured of! Thank you!

  46. This sounds like a great book! I found your words about depression spot on, at least for me.

  47. As an exhausted working mom, I think this book sounds like an excellent source of information and inspiration.