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Begin Again: The Brave Practice of Releasing Hurt and Receiving Rest

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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
Paperback, 192 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by Fleming H. Revell Company
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Jennifer Malech
Aug 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I feel like my soul just got a refresh. This book is more than a book. It’s an invitation to let go and embrace our full identity and rest in Christ alone, which says I don’t have to have it altogether to be loved, to be held, to serve, to be known. If you are one who hustles, has a hard time finding true rest, easily becomes entangled by the mundane tasks of life, read this book.
Julie D.
May 03, 2018 rated it did not like it
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 le
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
Begin Again is a beautiful invitation to move beyond being stuck in “overwhelmed” and into the callings and giftings God has given us. Leeana’s vulnerability resonated deeply with me, giving her admonitions a ring of authenticity. This book spoke directly to where I am right now, and I finished it feeling refreshed and energized to step forward into the new beginnings God is calling me to.
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. I picked it up because I saw Shauna Niequist had written the forward, then I returned it to the library and bought a copy. So much truth and encouragement in giving yourself grace and learning what it looks like to live your best life for yourself, in practical ways. One thing that resonated so deeply with my heart and spirit was the truth that it's ok if you're not ready for the "next" step; God is 10p% ok with where you're at, so we can be ok with where we're at, but also wi ...more
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Begin Again: The Brave Practice of Releasing Hurt and Receiving Rest is one book that I felt connected. I laughed so hard when Leanna Tankersley told stories about being overwhelmed involving her kids. That definitely spoke to me! She gives such inspiration on how to deal and move on.

Begin Again: The Brave Practice of Releasing Hurt and Receiving Rest on to one of my fellow overwhelmed mom friends. I highly recommend it! I am giving it a well deserved 5 stars.

I received this book from the publ
Pam Steinke
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I so loved this book that I am on my second way through it. There is hardly a paragraph I've not highlighted. Leeana's brave and humble honesty shines from every page. This book is an excellent resource for anyone battling codependency.
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed the message of this book, but the execution was extremely lacking.

Begin Again is a non-fiction, Christian self-help book written by Leeana Tankersley taking stories from her life and noticing how she has chosen to live by the motto “begin again.”

Again, the message is great. Give your life over to Jesus, He will save you, and help you to start over when times are hard and you’re confused with life. I COMPLETELY agree. I’ve been dealing with some hard stuff and big decisions in the last
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I knew this was a book I wanted to read right when I read its subtitle, “The Brave Practice of Releasing Hurt & Receiving Rest.” I have been through several seasons where I’ve been hurt, living hurt, and have desired to release the hurts to receive rest, freedom, and healing. And I think this is a place we have all been or currently are.

What I found upon reading this book was a book even richer and deeper than I had imagined. I believe this is the result of having an author who has gone deep wi
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Begin Again: The Brave Practice of Releasing Hurt & Receiving Rest by author Leeana Tankersley is a 182 page Christian Living/Women book which is followed by Acknowledgments, Notes, and Author information. The vividly colored cover with fuchsia colored flowers and large white lettering refuses to go unnoticed. It drew me in.

This is the first book I have read by author Tankersley, and I was very impressed. Her style of writing is very much to my liking. After reading a few pages it felt more lik
Sarah Poling
Apr 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-book
I have now read the book, listened (first) and I re-listened to parts of the book as well. In my reading on the kindle, I highlighted aspects and copied quotes into a notebook to review again and again. So I am editing my review.

Leanna Tankersley teaches us about ourselves by sharing her own introspection and process over her adult lifetime. She speaks therapeutically when she reminds us that it is our job (especially as women) to dialogue with ourselves as you would a friend, not an enemy. She
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm excited to share with you this new book by Leeana Tankersley, because it holds a host of wonderful wisdom. A few years ago I had the opportunity to attend a conference in Greenville, South Carolina, called Allume. It was at that conference that I had the pleasure of hearing Leeana speak...WOW! I knew then that I wanted to read her book. At that time the book that she had just finished writing was Breathing Room. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Breathing Room--under-lined words and phrases, and ...more
Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book came into my life when I needed it, then I put it aside and slowly finished it. The main point was when things get crazy and overwhelming and you feel like a failure; take a pause and begin again. As she says, Breathe and begin again!!! I read a lot of this in the Lenten Season and it was like a straight message from God to me to hold on and move forward. God has plans He is reaching for you. A very God focused book, there were a few parts that drug on a bit.

"God's story is a narrativ
Clark Roush
Apr 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I found it appropriate that I finished reading Leeanna Tankersley’s newest book, “Begin Again” a few minutes after midnight as the clock hands advanced into Easter. I found it fitting because Leeanna’s book has a consistent undercurrent of resurrection - the resurrection of the spiritual self on an “as needed” basis as part of one’s spiritual journey.

I thoroughly enjoyed her previous missive, “Brazen,” and it came across to me as a kind of personal manifesto. Leeanna has entered a completely ne
Prairie Sky Book Reviews
May 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“Always we begin again.”  This quote from St. Benedict is the inspiration for Revel author Leanna Tankersley’s newest release, “Begin Again.”  Her last book, “Brazen,” became a very big inspiration in my life after it’s release in 2016.  Now, only two years later, Leanna has written another book filled with inspiration and encouragement that I am positive will impact the lives of women of all ages.

There is something so very refreshing and life-giving about the words “begin again,” and, just as L
Joanne Viola
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It continually amazes me how a book can so align with the current circumstances in my life. God knows exactly what we need to read so that we stop, we grow, and take in His Word for change to occur.

And so it was when I opened the pages of Begin Again: The Brave Practice of Releasing Hurt & Receiving Rest by Leeana Tankersley.

The invitation fully opened and was embraced as the words were before me:

“You would be surprised how unaware you are of pain in your body until you take the time to acknowl
Jalynn Patterson
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the publisher. All opinions are my own.

About the Book:

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 ev
Lindsey Cunningham
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was sent to me by Revell a division of Baker Publishing Group for me to read and give a review. I’ll be honest, other than the cover being beautiful, the title didn’t appeal to me at first. I didn’t think I would connect with the title and the words inside the book, but boy was I so wrong. I couldn’t put this book down. I love the way Leeana writes and several times while reading, it felt as if she had been inside my head, knew my thoughts and had written this book for me only. It is f ...more
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
Title: Begin Again

Author: Leeana Tankersley

Genre: Nonfiction, Christian, Self-Help,

Plot: When you are stuck in a place in your life where you feel you have hit rock bottom and there's nothing else around except for some rocks and a hard place, life can seem pretty down. Nothing ever works out for you and the past just keeps hanging around, dragging you down and burdening you with its unbearable weight and pocketfuls of regret and despair. But there's still hope. A very tiny thin stream of hope t
Kaitlin Scirri
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
In Begin Again, Ms. Tankersley shares stories from her walk with God that all believers can relate to. How many of us feel that we have too much baggage to start fresh in our relationship with God? How often do we remind ourselves of all of our past failures and rebellions rather than allowing ourselves to accept God’s forgiveness? How many times have we promised ourselves that THIS is it … this time, we’re going to walk faithfully and always turn to God and life is going to be one positive, fai ...more
Jun 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Author Leanna Tankersley leads us on a memoir-like path of healing in this important book. She shares with deep vulnerability about her quest to follow God with her whole heart and what she had to lay down in the process. She talks about trying too hard, numbing herself, surviving instead of thriving. By beginning again every morning during a healing season, she learned to face the truth about herself and lean into God’s truth instead.

Her stories are raw and rich. My heart felt heavy as she desc
Karrilee Aggett
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recently we have followed Gods' lead into some great unknowns and we are feeling quite 'set up' to (have to?) embrace beginning again, again. So to sit in the silence, to pause and to pray, and then to find the gift of this book, filled with words and wisdom that are gifts as well... it doesn't take a prophetic gifting to see that God is up to something here!

Insight... Confirmation... Assurance... All of that, yes! Yes and Amen!

To be honest, I have started to read Brazen a few times on my Kindle
Hannah Cox
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When the middle is real, and the ending seems even more real, it seems impossible to begin again. Leena invites anyone who is curious, skeptical, and searching to try beginning again every day. Starting, believing, and trusting again is not a one-time decision, it is a practice. A practice of surrender and walking through the door in the wall saying yes to what is facing us now instead of what was there yesterday. Dropping the old weight and picking up a holy surrender; the practice of beginning ...more
Michelle Arredondo
Apr 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Ah, that cover. Begin Again: The Brave Practice Of Releasing Hurt and Receiving Rest has one of the prettiest covers. So vibrant..beautiful. It's lured me in.

So...overall theme of this book. God is love. When you figure that out...when you really truly believe that then you can move mountains..then you can open your hear to the self help, the motivation, the blessings that can free you of the hurts and pains of the past. That's my summary...based on what I took from this book. It's not a large
Diana Guz
Apr 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It was the cover that drew me in first. As soon as I held this book in my hands, though, I was beyond excited to begin reading. Before long, my highlighters and pencils flew out, and I was underlining, making notes, and checking my own heart. The words are beautiful, poetic, and candid.
What makes Begin Again different from the many books on similar subjects that have come before is, 1) the quality of organization. There is no repetition of the same ideas, disorganized flow of thought, or other
Valerie Sisco
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Leeana's book is inspired by the line from St. Benedict, "Always we begin again." She explains that it can be both enormous — as in a new job, new relationship, new move to a new city — and as incremental as just accepting where you are, without regret, and doing the next tiny thing that moves you forward.

In her friendly, conversational style she shares personal snapshots of her life with three young children and the everyday challenges and emotional hurdles she encounters that threaten to stea
Teresa Skinner
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have finished this book and it has touched so many places in my is so me in many best friend invited me to go to women's retreat through her church because she said it was what I needed...I have always wanted to go to one but couldn't afford and she blessed me by helping me afford to come on this one...anyways during our free time after we returned to room before final evening service I laid across my bed and read, I took a page and a half notes from chapter is so ...more
Nov 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: pre-2020-read
  I can't say what I was thinking when I accepted this book for review, only that it sounded interesting. If you are busy, anything that encourages rest sounds good right? I did listen to this book on audio. And I am no stranger of starting over, beginning again. It seems that I have been doing that in one form or another my entire life. And along with that came the weight that at some point I should have my stuff together. Even when I thought that I did. 
This book was like sitting down to have
Michelle Kidwell
Mar 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Begin Again
The Brave Practice of Releasing Hurt and Receiving Rest
by Leeana Tankersley


Pub Date 03 Apr 2018

I am reviewing a copy of Begin Again through Revell and Netgalley:

When life begins to trip and fail us and failure starts to creep in many of us keep on doing whatever we are doing somehow hoping for different results. Or we look for an escape, a way out of the mess we created for ourselves.

In Begin Again we are reminded that there are ways we can get through these times have
Apr 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This book met me at the exact time when I needed to begin again but wasn't excited about the prospect. Leeana meets the reader where they are and brings them along on a gentle journey to understanding how beginning again isn't a failure but a grace that is given daily. Her words are kind and soft, never condemning. I could relate to her examples and often found myself underlining nuggets of wisdom. She makes releasing what doesn't serve us, the hurts and ways we talk down to ourselves, attainabl ...more
Caitlin (CMAReads)
Apr 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-2018
Thank you to Revell for the free review copy. All opinions are my own.

How easy is it to get stuck in a situation, hurt, or tiredness. I know sometimes I feel like I can’t move past whatever the situation is, and I end up feeling stuck. This book was extremely timely, especially for the season I’ve been in lately.

This book is full of grace, and the reminder that grace is present and available at all times, we only must accept it. Not only does this book portray the gift of grace, but Leeann goes
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Leeana Tankersley is the author of Breathing Room and holds English degrees from Liberty University and West Virginia University. She and her 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,

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