Breathing Room: Letting Go So You Can Fully Live - eBook
Breathing Room: Letting Go So You Can Fully Live - eBook  -     By: Leeana Tankersley
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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Revell
Publication Date: 2014
ISBN: 9781441246134
ISBN-13: 9781441246134

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Leeana Tankersley, like so many of us, began to feel overwhelmed by life. And like so many of us, she assumed she was struggling not because life is inherently difficult but because she was personally failing in some way. She knows firsthand what it is to bully yourself, to put yourself down for not being able to keep it all together, to compare yourself to others and find yourself lacking. But she's also discovered that all of the hurt and hostility and pain only add up to a life of holding your breath. What if we could exhale and let go?

Breathing Room
is her beautiful release of self-condemnation, her discovery of the rest that comes when we give ourselves some space to breathe. She draws readers in through shared experiences of perfectionism, jealousy, and striving and shows them how to let go, how to be radically on their own team, and how to experience the broad grace that Christ has offered all of us.

Anyone who has been trying to do it all, who has been putting on a strong front and yet secretly struggling, will find in Breathing Room both a trusted friend and a generous Savior.

Author Bio

Leeana Tankersley holds English degrees from Liberty University and West Virginia University. She and her Navy SEAL husband, Steve, are currently stationed in San Diego, California, with their three children: Luke, Lane, and Elle. Leeana writes about living from the spacious place on her blog, www.leeanatankersley.com.

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  1. Karen Ketcham
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Inspirational Christian non-fiction
    June 26, 2015
    Karen Ketcham
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    BREATHING 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
  2. loriweller
    Lancaster,Pa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Learning Tool!!!!
    April 11, 2015
    loriweller
    Lancaster,Pa
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Breathing 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.
  3. jacquiR
    Illinois
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Breathing Room
    February 12, 2015
    jacquiR
    Illinois
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Breathing 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.
  4. Shai
    Norfolk, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beyond Five Star Good
    November 30, 2014
    Shai
    Norfolk, NE
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Every 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.
  5. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Encouragement for overwhelmed mothers
    October 30, 2014
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    No 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.
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