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Rhythms of Renewal: Trading Stress and Anxiety for a Life of Peace and Purpose

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Daily struggles with anxiety and stress make it difficult to receive God's peace. Rhythms of Renewal will help you trade your anxiety for the vibrant life you were meant to live through four profound rhythms: rest, restore, connect, and create.With encouraging stories and practical steps, Rebekah Lyons will help you begin an intentional, lifelong journey toward sustained ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Zondervan
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Sep 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was excited to receive an advanced digital copy of Rhythms of Renewal just as I was about to begin a two week sabbatical focused on rest and renewal. Rebekah shares 20+ practices and routines she has established in her life to cultivate an emotionally, physically, spiritually and relationally healthy life.

This book was a great reminder of the importance of making time for self-care in the daily rhythms of life. Many of these rhythms are things I’ve heard or even practiced before but Rebekah
Patti Pierce
Sep 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rebekah Lyons has created a book worth reading in Rhythms of Renewal. Reading this book, I felt like I was having a conversation over a cup of tea or coffee at a kitchen table. The book contains personal accounts, stories, Scripture, teaching and more. Truly it is a book worth reading.
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rebekah Lyons describes four "Rhythms of Renewal" she implemented in her life after anxiety attacks. She describes two input rhythms: Rest and Restore and two output rhythms: Connect and Create. Each of the four sections has several examples of what and how she implemented each in her own life.

This book is an introspective as you allow it to be in your own life. While I couldn't relate to each adaptation in Lyons life, it makes me think how in my own life and family I can take tools she
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book really covered how to handle anxiety and stress in a way that is Biblical in today’s modern, technologically connected environment. I especially appreciated the sections related to social media as well as being fueled by a posture of rest. Anyone in todays society will be able to relate to this material as it’s so authentic and lays out tangible ways to rest and renew your spirit.
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book by Rebekah Lyons! It was very uplifting and filled with resourceful information!

The author does a brilliant job of baring her heart to the reader in a way that is as engaging as it is wonderful. She shares stories from her personal life experiences that helps the reader not only relate but empathize with her story.

This book is filled with solid content and life lessons that will continue to inspire and encourage readers way past its release date. I recommend this book
Oct 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Good book but Rebekah writes as a mother and a lot of the book is family focused so a better part of the book didn't feel applicable to me
Lori Jorgensen
Sep 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rhythms of Renewal was like a breath of fresh air while sitting on the beach and meditating. I can’t tell you enough at how much I needed this book. It definitely took me to a place of relief and rest. It helped me bring my thinking back to giving God my best yes and saying no to all the rest and living life in a restful place.
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! It has impacted my life already! The practical steps help create a rhythm and routine that brings balance to everyday life. I would highly recommend this book. I’m already reading it for the second time and taking notes. It is life changing!
Lauren Shanks
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
This might be Rebekah’s best book yet! It’s gorgeous inside and out. I love the way God’s truth and light speaks through her and brings refreshment and rejuvenation to the soul. Every tired and weary mama should read this!!
Cris-Annette Nicholas
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Cassie Williams
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book fell into my hands at the right moment in my life. As someone who suffers from panic attacks, anxiety and depression - this book is a beautiful guide. I checked it out from the library because I was hesitant. So glad I did and now I can’t wait to go get my own copy and work through it, taking time to practice each rhythm.
Kimi Copeland
Nov 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved it. Very timely as I have been wrestling with anxiety. Breath of fresh air. Hopeful. Empowers me to keep being vulnerable because then it helps others not feel alone. Grateful for her vulnerability.
Susan Bricker
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I love how Rebekah Lyons bares her soul in beautiful ways to impart the powerful messages in her newest book, Rhythms of Renewal. She shares Scripture, research, personal stories and experiences, her own struggles with combatting anxiety and stress, and four rhythmic practices to incorporate peace, rest, and renewal in our emotional, physical, relational, and spiritual health. The author writes with a fresh and genuine approach, an engaging and honest vulnerability, and the voice of “I was there ...more
Lisa Jacobson
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well-written, thoughtful, and potentially impactful (if you take it to heart!). I honestly felt both challenged and encouraged by this book.
Laura Shughart
Nov 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I feel like this book was exactly what I needed in this season of life. Incredibly practical and an easy read.
Tara Rounds
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rhythms of Renewal is written by Rebekah Lyons. This book is broken into four main rhythms of life- Rest, Restore, Connect, Create. Under these rhythms are practical ways to carry out these rhythms in our lives thus leading to a more balanced life. These are ways that can help decrease our stress and anxieties through evaluating our relationship with God and our daily routines leading to a more abundant and joyful life. These rhythms can also help us grow in our relationship with God and others ...more
Jessica Stone
Sep 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rebekah Lyons did it again! She wrote an exceptional book. Rhythms of Renewal is a work of authenticity and vulnerability. This book is filled with practical principles and life changing practices. I will be reading this book over and over again. There is so much depth to it and hope for anxiety and depression. I am so very grateful to have received a digital advanced reader copy of this book. I cannot wait to get the physical book in my hands to highlight and take notes in!
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book came to my attention just as I was beginning a new school year as a special education teacher, with a busy three year old at home. So, when I read the tagline “Trading Stress and Anxiety for a Life of Peace and Renewal”, I thought, “Bingo! That is the perfect book for me to dive into as life begins to get a little more hectic! I was not disappointed.

Lyons write about four rhythms of renewal: rest, restore, connect, and create. Each rhythm includes seven chapters that highlight
Kimberly C.
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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In Rhythms of Renewal, Rebekah Lyons describes her response to Viktor Frankl’s writings as “grateful for words that leapt off the page, giving language to a yearning in my heart.” This perfectly captures my own response to Rhythms of Renewal. This book is God’s provision for my being. For that, I am grateful.

Rest, the first of the four rhythms, is a theme God has on repeat for me. “Quiet helps us become more emotionally resilient and empathetic to others.... Quietness
Lauren Nicholas
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rhythms of Renewal is a gentle but convicting guide toward regulating your life rhythms to fully live connected to the King of Kings. Rebekah has practical steps that she lives by and that anyone can step into at any level of their walk with Jesus. Through her powerful stories, Rebekah tells how when we lay down the need for understanding, we are given His power and authority, which releases strength and peace into our lives.

This book is a total game changer for me in two ways: The first is
Allison Lycke
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"Rhythms of Renewal" is both a breath of fresh air and a field manual for cultivating a life of rest. Rebekah is a gifted story-teller and communicator, and her warmth and wisdom captivated me from the very beginning.

Throughout the book, Rebekah outlines four rhythms (Rest, Restore, Connect, and Create) to encourage us to cultivate a life of peace and purpose. Beautiful stories from her personal journey are woven with scripture, helping us connect our own stories with God's story and accept the
Megan G
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rebekah’s book, “Rhythms of Renewal” came at just the right time for me – a time where I needed to be reminded of rhythms, intentional practices that calm my spirit, lead me to Jesus and help me to be intentional about life and joy! In her book, she writes about four main rhythms, “Rest”, “Restore”, “Connect” and “Create”. In each of those rhythms, she talks through personal stories and presents practical ways to incorporate them into your life. Incorporating these things into my life is already ...more
Megan Kenyon
Becoming a mom has been one of the hardest transitions of my life! My stress and anxiety sky rocketed which turned me into a completely different person than who I thought I would be as a mom. I am one to search and seek for anything and everything that would help me somehow find a new norm that isn’t so stressed and focused on anxiety. Let me tell you about this book- rhythms of renewal is now one of my favorites ever. The way Rebekah writes makes me feel like I’m not alone because someone else ...more
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Trading Stress and anxiety for a life of peace and purpose! I read that on the cover and said um yes sign me up!

Rhythms of Renewal is a book that touches on topics such as isolation, depression, anxiety, worry, friendships, feelings of being too much or not enough, identity. Basically all the things I myself struggle with.

In the book you don't just read about this and say yup I struggle with that it is woven with hope and stories you can relate to. Rebekah gets it she's been there.

I read her
Amanda Furby
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The ideas of input and output rhythms are two I never thought about before reading Rebekah Lyons’s Rhythms of Renewal. As a busy mom I’m used to pouring out my energy for my family, friends, and responsibilities. Learning to find balance between rest, restoration, connection, and creativity is like taking a deep, restorative breath I desperately need! In this book Rebekah shares the importance of input rhythms that invite the peace of Jesus into our lives while balancing the output rhythms that ...more
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book has meant so much to me! The things I felt were off balance in my life, yet I couldn't put my finger on, were all addressed to help me find that peace.
The natural rhythms of rest, restore, connect and create make so much sense as Rebekah shares how to put them into practice.
Many simple ideas throughout the book, like preparing for sleep by turning the lights low, writing your thoughts down and resting from technology before heading to bed are provided to help you understand each
Carlyn Canady
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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This is the third book I have read by Rebekah Lyons, and this might be my absolute favorite!

Do you find yourself in a constant state of worry, anxiety, stress, exhaustion and frustration? Frustration with God that He isn't answering fast enough? Or your kids for nagging them over and over about the same pile of tissues that has been on the floor of their bedroom for a week? Or what about your husband? Friend? Parent?


Often, the cause of frustration comes from within. Something isn't
Elaine Funk
Sep 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As I find myself in a new season of life, this book has been a gift; helping me to see the importance of setting rhythms into my life. My husband and I have recently launched two daughters into college and have a freshman in high school still at home. Going from managing a family of five to three on the daily has found me a little lost and not quite sure of what to do with the extra time this change has brought. For 20+ years, my home and caring for my family have been my passion. Rebekah Lyons ...more
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever struggled with stress, fear or anxiety? Do you, like me, know the terror of a panic attack? We are not alone! Author Rebekah Lyons has walked this journey, too.
In her newest book--Rhythms of Renewal—she invites us to explore the God-given rhythms of rest, restoration, connection and creativity to help us learn ways to trade our stress and anxiety for a life of peace and purpose.
Rebekah grabbed me from page one. I was right there with her on that Saturday in October, when the
Leah D
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rhythms of Renewal feels like a story of Rebekah Lyon’s life merged with a “how to” on living life purposely. The book outlines, through storytelling, how to find the elusive “balance” of life through four key renewals: rest, restore, connect, and create. Rebekah so eloquently invites readers into gracefully taking a deeper look into their lives through the lens of natural rhythms that God created to provide a life of meaning and passion. She does this masterfully by weaving facts, psychology ...more
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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 ...more
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