The Brave Practice of Releasing Hurt and Receiving Rest
"Always we begin again."
What do we do when we feel stuck, restless, cornered in our own lives?
We can shut down. Or we can begin again.
To begin again is to open the window, even an inch, to let the breeze of grace come in. It is a call to open our hands when all we want to do is clench our fists.
Join Leeana Tankersley as she shares a journey of beginning again--in her relationships, in her faith practices, and with herself. Her small, daily shifts dramatically influenced her larger ways of doing and being, allowing her to trade trying for trust, striving for surrender. If you've been feeling stuck, Leeana's life-giving words will show you how to forgive yourself, develop new and healthier patterns of living, and do away with resentment and regret.
"Every book Leeana writes instantly becomes my new favorite book."--Myquillyn Smith, author of The Nesting Place
"A sacred invitation to walk forward in our own lives without shame or regret. I want to give this tender, powerful book to every woman in my life."--Emily P. Freeman, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Simply Tuesday
"Easily the most beautiful thing I have read all year. Profound and soulful, it is a book that will change everything you believe about releasing hurt and choosing rest."--Mandy Arioto, president and CEO of MOPS International; author of Starry Eyed
Leeana Tankersley is the author of six books, including Breathing Room, Brazen, Begin Again, and Always We Begin Again, and holds English degrees from Liberty University and West Virginia University. Leeana's writing has been featured on the Huffington Post, cnn.com, incourage.me, and aholyexperience.com. She is a regular contributor to MOPS International as both a writer and a speaker. Originally from Southern California, Leeana and her three kids now live in Central Virginia. Learn more at www.leeanatankersley.com.
"Every book Leeana writes instantly becomes my new favorite book."
Myquillyn Smith, author of The Nesting Place
"Begin Again is a sacred invitation to walk forward in our own lives without shame or regret. Leeana Tankersley's words stir the soul and hold space for anyone who feels stuck, overcome, or undone. I want to give this tender, powerful book to every woman in my life."
Emily P. Freeman, Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Simply Tuesday
"Begin Again is easily the most beautiful thing I have read all year. Profound and soulful, it is a book that will change everything you believe about releasing hurt and choosing rest. Charming and generous, Leeana is the type of writer who gives words to the things we have trouble saying out loud, and offers gentle wisdom that is both fresh and deep. A unique mixture of raw honesty and expectant hope, Begin Again leaves you better in every possible way. This is a book you will want to share with your friends and read multiple times."
Mandy Arioto, president and CEO of MOPS International; author of Starry Eyed
"Like many, I'm at a point in my life when family, work, and personal responsibilities shimmy and shove something into every nook and cranny of my day. I power through my schedule until it becomes a straitjacket of sorts, and I wonder why I can't escape the feeling of failure that comes with all the unmet expectations I've placed on myself. If, like me, you've wondered why you never seem to 'arrive' at graduation day of the I-Have-My-Act-Together class, find genuine rest and peace within the pages of Leeana's spectacular book. She wisely shows us that we don't need some kind of magical class or long list of steps to be able to forgive ourselves as we figure things out. We need only to settle into a simple practice known as 'begin again.' Begin Again is a solid, hopeful, absolutely enjoyable read for any woman who leans toward muscling or pushing her way through every season, albeit crazy or calm. Without a doubt, it is the welcomed space where our exhaustion meets God's inexhaustible grace."
Kristen Strong, author of Girl Meets Change: Truths to Carry You through Life's Transitions
"Begin Again is inspirational, but it isn't a self-help book. It is a treasury of grace. With humor and wisdom and a poetic voice, Leeana reminds us we are not required to fix ourselves and every day offers countless moments in which we can begin again to receive rest and renewal. Leeana filters Scripture, poetry, and ancient wisdom through the lens of the ordinary extraordinary life she and her family live in an old California house scented with jasmine and sheltered by rustling palm trees. Leeana makes room for us in this place and invites us to join her on a journey that begins again and again, yet carries us forward with each new beginning. Now I know that beginning again is not a sign of failure. We begin again because every day offers some fresh grace blowing in as if through an open window. This book is for every woman wondering how to open that window and how to keep it open."
Christie Purifoy, author of Roots and Sky: A Journey Home in Four Seasons
"Leeana's eloquent, yet everyday, honesty will give you both the yearning and courage to begin again, no matter what end you may find yourself at. Begin Again is like a rich conversation with a dear, and wise, friend who gently encourages you to open the window of your soul and release all that has stifled you. Leeana's words are brimming with empathy, nourishment, bravery, and an appreciation for the process of change. With each turn of the page I found myself saying, 'Me too.'"
Trina McNeilly, author of La La Lovely: The Art of Finding Beauty in the Everyday