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Karen Ketcham4 Stars Out Of 5Inspirational Christian non-fictionJune 26, 2015Karen KetchamQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5BREATHING ROOM by LEEANA TANKERSLEY
This is a book for everyone who needs a reminder that they do not have to be perfect. Breathing Room is something we all need to give ourselves and often. Leeana describes many life moments and challenges that although may be different from each of us specifically, they are all the same in concept.
This book will be a blessing to all who feel overwhelmed. Relax and become your own best friend not your own enemy.
Thank you to the author and publisher for the copy of this book I received through The Book Club Network (bookfun.org) in exchange for my honest review
loriwellerLancaster,PaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great Learning Tool!!!!April 11, 2015loriwellerLancaster,PaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Breathing Room is not a self -help book. It is a book, by a person's own examples in living, how to go about and "breathe". It demonstrates that there is a better way of living then existing with all of society's expectations. Leeana shares her struggles in life and all the good and bad ways she coped. I learned alot about myself(both good and bad) throughout the book. The book also is strong in showing how with Christ we can do and be anything.
I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
jacquiRIllinoisAge: Over 65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Breathing RoomFebruary 12, 2015jacquiRIllinoisAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Breathing Room is an encouraging book by Leeana Tankersleywords that help a person who is in a time of self-condemnation, a time of inability to cope, or a time of struggling to manage life. She calls these times, the Hard. She relates her own struggles when her family moved to Bahrain for her husbands job as a Navy SEAL. She has been through the difficult times and confronted the toxic voices that attack with accusations of inadequacy and failure. The story of her experiences in itself is an interesting read, but the wisdom that she imparts about beginning again, accepting oneself and releasing the negativity, and living each day are very helpful. She encourages a person to continue in the midst of oppression, insecurity, self-doubt, and resistance and to reach out for help with life. This quote from the book seems to summarize her intent: Show up and participate in what life has in front of you, in what God is doing in your life. Each chapter begins with a meaningful quote from literature or someone famous or from scripture. She includes a recommended reading list at the end and her blog site in which the reader can gain more help and insights. I would recommend this book to everyone whether or not you are experiencing struggle with life at this time. It would be a good reference book to have on hand. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
ShaiNorfolk, NEAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Beyond Five Star GoodNovember 30, 2014ShaiNorfolk, NEAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Every once in awhile a book comes along that is truly exceptional. A perfect rating does not seem like a good enough way to commend the author. Every once in awhile a book comes along that has the reader talking back to the book while reading it; maybe with replies of, Amen! Absolutely! Finally, someone understands! Every once awhile a book comes along and makes the reader feel like they are meeting one on one with the author. Breathing Room is that book.
Often Christian books are encouraging but not always understanding. They provide an encouraging word but rarely have I found, as a reader, that they truly speak about the suffering in such a way that does not minimize it or gloss over it. Rather, Leanna Tankersley gets in the knee deep pain right along with the reader.
Breathing Room speaks wonderfully to women in many stages of life -- from a new mother to a matured wife to a new believer. With quotes from many different areas, Leanna Tankersley applies literature and wisdom to each chapter with practical understanding from real life experiences. I loved when she spoke about homesickness, being overwhelmed and just needing to breathe. She uses scripture throughout the book as well as stories from The Bible and gives them real life application.
There are so many great quotes from this book and I wish I could list them all but a few of my favorites are:
In a section where Mrs. Tankersley tells a story of Stephen King, she talks about stealing time away, Carve out a corner in this world, steal some time like Stephen King, and get to work. The world is waiting for you. Yes, small little everyday you. Yes, you, Worthy old you. (pg. 96)
Mrs. Tankersley is speaking of Jesus healing the woman with the issue of blood and she states, Jesus is so good like that. Saving the one. Even if, especially if, that one has been discarded by everyone else. (pg. 116)
When it was time to pull things together, I could make it work. I could be as high functioning as needed, actually. But so little came from a place of ease or centeredness. My living and this has been true of me for as long as I can remember almost always originated out of a place of stress and striving. I rarely felt comfortable in my own skin. (pg. 146)
To say I enjoyed Breathing Room is such an understatement. It is a book that I will keep on my bookshelves and one Ill gladly share. Its a book that is applicable to every age group and one that moved me beyond words and into a new area of acceptance. I recommend it, I loved it and in a rating system of five stars for the best book, Id give it 10.
I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Encouragement for overwhelmed mothersOctober 30, 2014bookwomanjoanOak Harbor, WAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4No matter what you look like on the outside, Tankersley writes, if you are hurting on the inside, this book is for you. If you are holding your breath, holding it all together, this book gives you the encouragement to exhale.
Tankersley shares her own experience of coming apart on the inside. She had concentrated so much on the needs of her young twins she had forgotten about herself. She writes about the toxic voice that says you'll never be good enough. She rejected parts of herself, she tried to pray yet there were no words. She experienced depression and panic. She is honest about the ways she tried to satisfy the ache in her soul, tried to fix what she felt was broken.
She shares the lessons she has learned: sharing life with friends, making amends, stealing time for herself, reaching out for help, learning to mourn, and learning to pay attention to the moments of insanity. She arrived at a place where she gave herself permission to choose herself, to be a friend to herself, to laugh, to recognize the fullness. She discovered she could go to a space called her own to meet with God.
This book is an encouragement to mothers of young children. Tankersley went with her navy SEAL husband to Bahrain for his tour. She took her toddler twins and then gave birth to a daughter while there. There were times she felt like she was living at the corner of Lost and Overwhelmed. She adds some humor too, like the time she and her family were out to eat. Her brain was so completely tangled, when it was time to pay, she pulled a pack of wipes from her purse, opened the plastic lid and handed one to the cashier. Receiving a strange look, Tankersley realized what she had done.
Tankersley is a Christian and writes from that perspective. This book is not full of Bible verses or theological instruction. It is full of suggestions and encouragement born from experience. If you feel like you are sinking and need a lifeline, this is a good book to read. It would be a good book to give to a young mother who is overwhelmed with all that life and children can throw at her.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through the Book Club Network for the purpose of an independent and honest review.