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You Are Free: Be Who You Already Are

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Have you bought the lie? Many of us do. We measure our worth by what others think of us. We compare and strive, existing mostly for the approval of others. Pressure rises, anxiety creeps in and we hustle to keep up.

Jesus whispers, I gave my life to set you free. I gave you purpose. I called you to live in freedom in that purpose. Yet we still hobble through life, afraid to

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Kindle Edition, 238 pages
Published February 21st 2017 by Zondervan (first published February 2017)
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Zachary Houle
It’s with a bit of a heavy heart that I sit down to write this review. Zondervan is a quality publisher, and I usually enjoy books from them. And, I have to admit, the premise behind Rebekah Lyons’ You Are Free is quite promising. Basically, it’s a book about freeing yourself from whatever binds you — fear, anxiety, a raft of other negative emotions — and becoming one with God. I can get down with that, but the book still left me, unfortunately, cold. There are a few reasons for that. For one, i ...more
Sarah
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love books. I love the smell of books. I love the design of books. I love reading, period. As a result, I believe in the sanctity of books, and I would not dare write in, highlight, or dog ear a book. Not even if my worst enemy lent me their favorite book and my worst passive-aggressive tendencies showed themselves would I dare crack the spine of a book.

But I wrote in this book. I highlighted the ink right off the pages of this book. I read and reread and read again the words in this book.

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Scott
Jul 22, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not quite a successful mix of an inspirational tome and a memoir, but certainly not a bad book. While the scripture study and references were often first-rate the author's repeat mentions about some parts of her life (living with her family in a Manhattan high-rise apartment, seemingly constant national or international jet-setting travel, etc.) made things less relatable on occasion.
Lisa
Jan 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the kind of book you want to read slowly and let the words pour into your heart. I can't wait to read it again. I love that you don't necessarily have to read this from front to back. You can pick a chapter that meets you where you are and start there. Great book!
Nikki Kamp
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rebekah Lyons is so courageous and honest. I am so thankful she wrote about mental health struggles. This book was a beautiful one for anyone who struggles to stop performing for God. Perfect timing in my life and I loved it.
Stephanie
May 09, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
I read this book as part of a Bible study group at work this year, and I was extremely disappointed in it. While Lyons' message (freedom from earthly sin and self-doubt) is a much-needed one for myself and many, her execution of that message is severely disjointed and limited. The book lacks a strong Biblical foundation, and it is often more stream-of-consciousness than clear, logical writing. Furthermore, I found it difficult to connect with Lyons, who leads a much different lifestyle than my o ...more
Lindsay Brandon-smith
This book was exactly what I needed, when I needed it. If you are worn out from the striving, if life just feels like too much, if you are frustrated and spinning your wheels... take a step into true freedom. God's already given it to us but we choose lesser things. Rebekah uses stories from her own freedom journey to gently speak truth to her readers. This book is not a light read but one of those books you need to take your time with, processing and doing some very important heart work. I will ...more
Kaytee Cobb
I thought this was a decent collection of personal stories illustrating the way that God can work through you to bring freedom. Biggest takeaway: confess your shortcomings and failings and he will heal them and replace them with his grace. Rebekah's stories are approachable and human (not high-and-mighty or flawless). She is genuine in her writing. It just didn't grab me in a change-your-life kind of way. But that cover!
Ashleigh O'Hara
Nov 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rebekah put into words how I often feel dealing with Anxiety, Depression, and PTSD. She gave examples that I could relate to. She even literally helped me slay some of my biggest giants yet or at least the ones that my Anxiety & Fear created!! ...more
Joan
Apr 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Scripture says we Christians are free but our everyday lives may seem anything but free. That was the case for Lyons who fought anxiety and had panic attacks. She takes us through her own journey to freedom. This is a personal account of her being healed from anxiety, finding her calling, believing and declaring she was free, thirsting for God's presence, asking God for anything, realizing God is her true home, resting, abiding, writing, grieving, being weak, celebrating, journaling, and sharing ...more
Jennifer
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“Freedom is for those who have nothing else to protect:” a prophetic message for quarantine! Rebekah Lyons’ You Are Free is an invitation to untie the mask we’ve put on somewhere on the path to perfection that has stifled us with self-condemnation until we’re suffocating for survival. To throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance--perspiration and panting breath--the race marked out for us! (Hebrews 12:1)

“Blessed are the broken who go
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Bethany Baird
Jul 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I feel like Rebekah Lyons is my kindred spirit. Her life experiences are so similar to mine it's uncanny. I read her last book just finishing up counseling for anxiety and depression. I read this book while being in the craziest transition of a move from Los Angeles to Boise. Her move from New York City to TN and her words speak to so much of my current feelings. It has been such a hard move on so many levels. LA is more home than any place I've lived. I loved the home we are selling it's all be ...more
Melodie Pearse
Mar 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Rachel Hughes
Apr 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Had really great conversation with a group of multi-generational Christian women about the issues/chapters of this book. Not an amazing read on its own.... but great for a study with others! Rebekah Lyon’s story is incredible and God has done awesome things in her life! A good reminder to be still and know that God’s got it, and he is good.
Moira
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Uplifting, inspiring read. It felt like spending time with a good friend.
Laurajane Barber
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bible-study, 2018
I had no idea how much I needed this book.
Mindy B
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am still processing this book. It's a book I wanted to throw and yet agreed with her. It's about brokenness and healing from Jesus. It's good and hard. I think I might have to read it again just to fully understand this message.
Jill
Mar 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read this book for a bible study, and it gave me peace and freedom. This is definitely a book to go back and read. It provided several prompts for journaling and introspection, and Lyons shared her personal story to illustrate concepts. Very inspirational!
Taryn magnusson
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I will
Go back and read parts of this book again as well as answer the questions. It would be great to read as a group!
Kate Carnevale
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Rebekah speaks words of truth we all need to hear. This book opened my eyes and spoke to my heart at an important time. Such a blessing for anyone who may struggle from anxiety, depression, unworthiness, fear, or hopelessness. She covers it all! Thank you, Rebekah!
Angela
Nov 16, 2018 rated it did not like it
I have no theological issues with the overall premise (the idea that we are free in Christ and should live in that freedom and grace, not in slavery to the law, which Jesus fulfilled perfectly for us), but I think people who need that message would be far better served by studying Ephesians to see who they are in Christ and Galatians to understand their freedom in Christ.

I am very disturbed by the chapter about a message the author received in a dream that "sounded biblical." She spends the res
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Angela Henderson
I really wanted to like this... the blurb read like it was perfect from following on the previous book my study group had read. I was hoping for more biblical insight from scripture on having freedom to be who I am because of what I believe. Instead it felt like it was a memoir of an author which documented her struggle with anxiety, and how she was healed from it. Maybe because I haven't struggled with anxiety, I didn't really connect at all with her story. If nothing else, our study group had ...more
Melissa
The chapter titles are illuminating and convicting on their own (all are not listed):
Free to be Rescued
Free to Confess
Free to Thirst
Free to Wait
Free to Rest
Free to Be Weak
Free to Be Brave

All that weakness enumerated, yet "home is wherever God is. And God is ever with me" (106).

The only thing still nagging me is what does this freedom and transparency and genuineness look like when other well-meaning people insist on being armored up against vulnerability and fear and holding up their masks of p
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Nathan Albright
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: challenge2017
[Note: This book was provided free of charge by BookLook/Zondervan. All thoughts and opinions are my own.]

Part of the occupational hazard of being who suffers openly and conspicuously from mental health issues [1] as well as being a prolific reader and reviewer of Christian books is that one reads a lot of books that deal with becoming free from problems like depression and anxiety. Like this particular book, these books in general are nearly always books being written by women, for women, and a
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Amory Blaine
Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I really struggled with this one. On the surface, it's a breezy devotional memoir filled with sunny spiritual platitudes about overcoming anxiety. The author did it, but can't quite say how. She just...got healed one day. And that's amazing! But it's also confusing, and her well-intentioned sincerity can't make up for that issue.

Beyond that, there's some fluffiness to the theology that managed to perturb both my legalistic evangelical upbringing AND my ongoing deconstruction. Some of it was just
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Laura
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’m glad I read this. I don’t typically identify with books written for women such as this simply because I’m not wired with the same set of emotions as many of them and feel, at times, like an outcast. I’m really not much of a crier and don’t connect with all these powerful moments that happen in the various authors’ lives the minute they burst into tears. But I respect what they’re trying to say. These stories are often beautiful and feminine and sincere, powerful strengths that, again, this b ...more
Sarah
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I’ve always loved the calm, refreshing contrast of cobalt blue on white. The cover’s pretty design drew me in like the pattern of my Blue Willow dishes. Inside this book I found a treasure of truth.

This book is unique because it reads like a memoir, one of my favorite genres. In each chapter, Rebekah unfolds her life story bit by bit. As an adolescent, she desperately tried to fit in. She was a striving people-pleaser, floating between social groups for attention. Rebekah struggled with a family
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Amy Moritz
Not a book I would normally pick up, but I heard women talking about it on the Abiding Together podcast and it seemed interesting and I needed something meaningful for Lent other than St. Augustine's Confessions. (How did that book NOT kill me?)

What I took most from this book was a chance to examine my own tendency toward striving. What's next? What have I done lately? What am I doing now? What am I accomplishing?

The thing is, we are fine as we are, not needing any accomplishments to prove our
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Deanna Wiseburn
Jesus whispers, I gave my life to set you free. I gave you purpose. I called you to live in freedom in that purpose. Yet we still hobble through life, afraid to confess all the ways we push against this truth, because we can’t even believe it. We continue to grasp for the approval of anyone that will offer it: whether strangers, friends, or community.

I found that I resonated with much of Rebekah's story. This book like others recently read talks about the importance of getting honest with God. I
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Tara Rounds
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
You are Free by Rebekah Lyons is the story of how Rebekah was freed from panic attacks and anxiety through her relationship with Jesus. She uses her personal experiences and the Bible to show us how we too can be free in Christ. In reading God's Word, believing God's truth, and applying it to her life she gains freedom and a deeper relationship with Jesus. She sees how God loves her, shapes her life, and uses her in her weaknesses for His purposes.
Chapters include Free to Be Rescued, Free to Co
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Rebekah Lyons is a designer, strategist, wife, and mom. She serves alongside her husband, Gabe, as executive director of Q, a learning community that mobilizes Christians to advance the common good in society. In her role at Q, Rebekah gives leadership and strategic direction to where the movement is headed and manages day-to-day operations. Any given week includes volunteering at the Midtown Preg ...more

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