Thursday, May 3, 2018

Book Review - Begin Again


What happens when life begins to trip us up and failure starts creeping in? Many of us just keep on doing the same thing, hoping for different results. Some of us look for escape, to find a way out of the mess we feel that we've created. But neither enduring nor escaping is ultimately what we need.

The answer is to allow ourselves to begin again, every day, in every part of our lives. Through engaging, lyrical prose, Leeana Tankersley shows women how to forgive themselves, develop new and healthier patterns of living, and do away with resentment and regret. Her life-giving words will free women who are feeling stuck and allow them to clear out the debris to make room for what God wants to do in their lives. To begin again is to open the window, even a crack, to let the breeze of grace come in. It is a call to stop running from our fears. To take one small step toward becoming the brave women we were made to be.


Leeana Tankersley is the author of Found Art, Breathing Room, and Brazen, and holds English degrees from Liberty University and West Virginia University. Leeana's writing has been featured in The Huffington Post,,, and She is a regular contributor to MOPS, both as a writer and speaker. Leeana speaks to groups all over the country about waking up those beautiful and sacred parts of each of us that can go dormant. She and her husband, Steve, live in San Diego, California, with their three kids. Learn more at


I was looking forward to reading this book because I think we all come to a point where we want, or even need, to begin again in our lives. Unfortunately, this book didn't give me any kind of direction at all.

The author shares a lot of her own insecurities and brings us into her life, which I really appreciate in an author. To be let into someone's life, is a privilege and always makes a book more enjoyable. That just wasn't the case for me in this book.

I was hoping for some Biblical truth to lead me into learning how to begin again with God's help. There was very little Scripture in this book or leading on how to find a feeling of rest or beginning our lives anew. I'm wondering if this book is for the younger woman or for a baby Christian? I just know it did not resonate with me and when I put the book down after reading it, I couldn't say that I really gained anything from it.

I really hate giving a bad review but I must with this book. I felt like it was written in a rambling manner and had no real direction. I didn't come away from this book feeling that I had learned anything or had more insight. I didn't highlight one thing and that's always a clue for me that it's not a book for me.  I just gained nothing from this book. I can only give this book 1 star out of 5.

*This book was provided to me for my honest review by Revell Books

Blessings - Julie

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