Book : Freefall to Fly + A Giveaway

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do you want your life to count for something?  to have meaning?  the answer to that is, probably, yes.   i do.  badly.  some days, in the midst of the daily mundane routine, i question how it all adds up.  i know that being a mom is crazy important and carries more purpose than i realize.  but some days i can’t  seem to find the meaning behind the mom.  i know it is there.  somewhere.  because before four kids, and, really, before growing up, it was there.  and through all these in between years, i’ve come to know that meaning goes beyond what we do.  and has much more to do with who we are.

Freefall to Fly, A Breathtaking Journey Towards a Life of Meaning, is a book that i’ve recently read on the topic of meaning.

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and, i’m so excited about this book  because it’s a great one but also because it is written by one of dearest friends, rebekah lyons (you may remember rebekah, and her family, from the land of nod feature a few months back…i helped decorate + style their home).

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but back to the book. … Freefall to Fly is a story.  a journey, to be exact.  it’s rebekah’s personal  journey towards a life of meaning told in a very honest, raw and real way.  a few years back, rebekah and her family packed up the familiar and left for new york city with 3 kids in tow.  as her friend, i remember  basking in her braveness and wanting a piece of it for myself.  but, taking risks and being brave doesn’t always come easy.  in the thick of it there was everything from midtown daydreams to park avenue meltdowns.  and then came a beautiful surrender.

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it was over this past christmas break, when rebekah sent me her manuscript to read. i curled up under the covers and found myself reading into the early morning hours because i just couldn’t seem to put it down.  yes, because it was a story that i wanted to see through until the end but also because i couldn’t help but find myself hidden inside the words and the pages and the pages and the words.  i seemed to be finding bits and pieces of myself that had been missing for some time.  i was found in words like, “facing our fears opens the way forward.”  (the brave piece seems to go missing with me more than i care to admit).  after reading every last word, i’d say i’m a little more found, and gently reminded that i want to be moving forward, even if it scares me.   i’m certainly on this journey towards a life of meaning.

i’m  excited to GIVEAWAY one copy of Freefall to Fly today (CLOSED)
*all you have to do is leave me a comment.  and if you’d like to share, i’d love to know what it is you’d love to do in life, if nothing was holding you back. (giveaway ends 5/16)

also, anyone who subscribes to rebekah’s blog will have a prelude and 1st chapter of Freefall to Fly delivered to their inbox.  you can subscribe here.  And…EVERYONE who purchases Freefall to Fly will receive three awesome gifts An original chalk art print by chalk artist, Dana Tanamachi, a $5 TOMS gift card, and a Freefall to Fly digital soundtrack. (I really did say everyone. Swoon!)

lastly…tonight you can join gabe and rebekah lyons, Q founders,  on launch night (tonight / april 9th at 8PM) for a Live Simulcast from NYC discussing womanhood and calling.

UPDATE : winner #33 rachel!

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Responses

  • Danielle
    Commented on April 9th, 2013 at 9:56am

    This book sounds amazing.

    As for your question… dare I say I don’t know yet? I have a general idea: promote intercultural understanding through satisfying work, surround myself with loving, supportive people including a partner (and eventually) children, and explore the world more at every opportunity. If nothing were holding me back, I like to think that’d all be attainable, but I guess I have yet to find out :)

  • Paula
    Commented on April 9th, 2013 at 10:24am

    This book sounds perfect! This year is dedicated to purpose. Mine to be exact. It seems as life changed I wasn’t quite ready. Now I am lining it all back up.

  • Amy
    Commented on April 9th, 2013 at 10:25am

    This book sounds like exactly what I’ve been looking for! Since having my first child I’ve often found myself questioning the meaning of everything.

    As for what I’d love to do in life….TRAVEL…everywhere….with my little one in tow so I can show her the world.

  • Lara Blair
    Commented on April 9th, 2013 at 10:29am

    To leave a legacy as a teacher….that is the plan. I’ve had a very successful photography career with a published book and I had a complete change of heart about my life direction in the past year. My creative friends who know how hard I’ve worked think I’m nuts…but the heart wants what the heart wants. For me, that means returning to teach elementary school. I can’t wait to get back in there and create a magical classroom for my students. Going to bed at night knowing that I did something important is what I’ve been missing…. I understand it now.

    Can’t wait to read Rebekah’s brave book…we all need to read more stories of bravery.

  • Anne
    Commented on April 9th, 2013 at 10:35am

    I’m really looking forward to reading this!

    If I had nothing at all holding me back, of love to be a short term missionary, taking groups all over the world and dragging my kids along with me. :)

  • sandra santa lucia
    Commented on April 9th, 2013 at 10:42am

    Love your post today on la la lovely! The author and book which you featured today looks like a book to read and great for gifting to someone close. PS: I recently started a new board on Pinterest: blogs of interest – pinned the book along with author’s blog.
    http://pinterest.com/pin/47428602298479245/

  • ginger from the style of being
    Commented on April 9th, 2013 at 11:15am

    Ack. Just the cover is beyond brilliant. And I’m sure the rest of it is too. I have a terrible weakness for stories of people who moved to new york.

  • Anitra
    Commented on April 9th, 2013 at 12:17pm

    I have been hearing the buzz on this book lately! how wonderful that you are doing a giveaway!

  • Leah G
    Commented on April 9th, 2013 at 12:32pm

    I keep seeing this book pop up everywhere…it’s a sign! :) looking forward to checking it out!

  • MeaganS
    Commented on April 9th, 2013 at 1:24pm

    What a great giveaway! Thanks for the chance!

  • Jennifer
    Commented on April 9th, 2013 at 1:52pm

    LOVE books that keep you up all night!!! Can’t wait to read it. :)

  • Joanne Viola
    Commented on April 9th, 2013 at 2:14pm

    I truthfully do not know what it is I would yet like to do but I still would love to read this book. Ijust feel that there is more yet that I need to do. Thanks for the opportunity!

  • Mel P
    Commented on April 9th, 2013 at 2:17pm

    This book sounds so amazing and inspirational. What a journey to up and move to New York City with three kids in tow. I’m sure her bravery will rub off on many!

  • Sheri
    Commented on April 9th, 2013 at 3:17pm

    This book looks great!

    If I could, I would pursue my writing. If only…

  • Carrie Smith
    Commented on April 9th, 2013 at 5:25pm

    I love books that grab you and won’t allow you to put them down, and this sounds like one of those! Sounds awesome!

  • Katie
    Commented on April 9th, 2013 at 10:01pm

    Oh this sounds like exactly what i need in my life right now! Ive been feeling so exceptionally lost lately and always always always tend to find my way back through words:)

  • Leah G
    Commented on April 10th, 2013 at 4:29am

    I’m in the process of reimagining what I’d like to do. I recently gave north to a beautiful son, and left my job in youth ministry to stay home with him, I’m do grateful that our family is in a position where I can do that, but it has definitely caused an identity crisis for me! so now I’m back at the beginning of figuring out what I’m called to do, and how it works in combination with my call to care for my son! so as far as what my dreams for my life are… I’ll have to get back to you when I figure that out! :)

  • Bonnie
    Commented on April 10th, 2013 at 5:24am

    Great post! If I could do anything with my life I would like to combine travel with volunteer work.

  • Erin
    Commented on April 10th, 2013 at 5:32am

    This book sounds like just the tonic for my recent path xo

  • megan
    Commented on April 10th, 2013 at 6:48am

    I would love to read this book, thanks for the awesome giveaway. Sounds like it would be a inspirational read.

  • Sarah-Thorne Davis
    Commented on April 10th, 2013 at 7:55am

    I’ve recently started reading your blog and I love your style and content! Now that I am a ‘stay at home mom’ to a 16 month old daughter and son on the way I recently re-read The Happiness Project. Sometimes I have to stop and focus on the future and goals because it’s so easy to get wrapped up in the day to day of raising children. Im learning how important it is to think about my own happiness and motivation in order to be the best parent to my children.

    Thanks for introducing us to the book…I will definitely be buying it soon!

  • Trina
    Commented on April 17th, 2013 at 2:14am

    thank you so much. i’ve been a stay at home mom for 10 years now (woah!). it’s a tough job….but so worth it. but you are certainly right that you need to take care of yourself so you can be the best parent to your children! xo . trina

  • Emily
    Commented on April 10th, 2013 at 8:58am

    I want to change lives. I was always so inspired by the TV show Extreme Home Makeover because people’s lives were changed in such a profound way. While I’m not someone who can tear down and make over a whole house, I’m really, really organizationally gifted and I’ve been known to rip out and remake master closets, home offices, pantries, etc. I would do that all day every day for everyone if I could.

  • MizJo
    Commented on April 10th, 2013 at 9:00am

    I have been thinking about this book since you mentioned before. Put me down for a chance to win! I’m excited to read this one.

  • Richelle
    Commented on April 10th, 2013 at 11:24am

    I am so inspired by mothers who are willing to put things on the line for their families. I would love to read this book and see what she has to say. I am not a mother, yet, however I would love to have the expertise and advise from those who are living the dream.

    Love, Richelle from Lynn + Lou

  • Jess
    Commented on April 10th, 2013 at 11:35am

    I would soooo love to win! Buying te book either way, but would love a copy I give as a
    Gift ;) hope to win!

  • Vanessa
    Commented on April 10th, 2013 at 2:01pm

    Very intrigued by the premise of this book. Would love to get my hands on a copy!

  • Kat Skull
    Commented on April 10th, 2013 at 2:14pm

    Oh, I would love to read this book!

  • Tara
    Commented on April 10th, 2013 at 9:13pm

    This book looks great! I would love to win a copy. Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Darci Miller
    Commented on April 11th, 2013 at 8:58am

    Just bought the book with the awesome free gifts on amazon, but I would love to gift one to a dear friend. I cannot wait to read it and share with others.

    Darci

  • Trina
    Commented on April 17th, 2013 at 2:10am

    hope you love it as much as i do!

  • Darci
    Commented on April 17th, 2013 at 1:35pm

    @Darci Miller,
    I’m excited to read it but bummed it didn’t come with the gift card and art print like it said it would. Does that get shipped later?

  • Trina
    Commented on April 17th, 2013 at 2:58pm

    i think you have to fill out the form on this page : http://qideas.us5.list-manage2.com/subscribe?u=9a4f8c0f643d9a2616b02bcd1&id=5ce61fd082
    try that ;)

  • Rebekah Lyons
    Commented on April 11th, 2013 at 6:53pm

    Lovely ladies, I had to peek in and see what you guys were saying about meaning. Trina is a dear lifelong friend and she inspires me with her huge heart daily.

    I’m grateful she’s featuring Freefall on here, I’ve loved reading all your comments of bravery. Cheering you on and hope you enjoy the book.

    xo
    Rebekah

  • Sheri
    Commented on April 11th, 2013 at 9:03pm

    I read the first chapter online and now i really want to read the rest of it. I would love to win a copy!

  • Annie
    Commented on April 12th, 2013 at 11:44am

    Love the sounds of this book!! And as for your question.. I think i’m on the track to doing it, but perhaps I would just do it all more? To a greater extent? Like all the small inhibitions would be lifted and I would be filled with ultimate courage.

  • Rachel
    Commented on April 13th, 2013 at 2:55pm

    If nothing was holding me back in life, I would be a mommy blogger. . . I hope to get there one day.

  • MelissaW
    Commented on April 13th, 2013 at 10:21pm

    I’d love to travel the world and really meet people, not just pass through to the next tourist destination.

  • Casey
    Commented on April 14th, 2013 at 3:44pm

    Wow. Thanks for introducing me to rebekah and this book! If I could do anything tomorrow, I would be at a job I loved helping people while providing for my family. With a little travel on the side :)

  • Trina
    Commented on April 17th, 2013 at 2:09am

    that sounds like perfection!

  • Stacey
    Commented on April 14th, 2013 at 8:49pm

    Thank you for introducing me to this book!
    And as for your question, I would love to spend all my time in youth ministry and developing leaders :D

  • Trina
    Commented on April 17th, 2013 at 2:08am

    youth ministry is a lot of fun! xo . t

  • CEM
    Commented on April 16th, 2013 at 10:04am

    Sounds lovely :) I need to track down a copy of this.

  • Jess D
    Commented on April 16th, 2013 at 12:22pm

    So want to read this book!

    I would love nothing more than to make music that moves the soul and takes people to a place where they can not help but know that God exists and loves them deeply. Workin on it. :)

  • Trina
    Commented on April 17th, 2013 at 2:08am

    you are already doing it! can’t wait to see / hear more of your singing! xo . t

  • Julia
    Commented on April 16th, 2013 at 3:42pm

    This looks like an amazing book.. just what I need in my life right now :)

  • Mac
    Commented on April 23rd, 2013 at 5:30am

    I love reading.. where can i find a copy of it

  • Trina
    Commented on April 23rd, 2013 at 10:03am

    wherever books are sold…and amazon :)

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