Book Review: Always We Begin Again
Updated: Oct 13, 2019
Here is the second book in the trifecta: Always We Begin Again, by Leeana Tankersley.
I'm going to do this review a little differently and share a bit about my life and starting over.
I'm not a fan of starting over. For the first 33 years of my life, I was constantly starting over. I grew up very poor and was often homeless. I craved stability and having roots. I envied my friends who had their own room or never had to move. I hated being constantly uprooted.
When I got old enough to be on my own, I vowed to never struggle financially as my family did, and to always have a stable place to lay my head. However, I never lived this way- I would not buy furniture, I slept on air mattresses, kept my things in boxes and I lived in short term housing. I never allowed myself to be rooted and was always looking to move again. It was all I knew.
In 2015, God asked me to put down roots and buy furniture. I cried. I was so afraid to do so. I was so used to starting over, I didn't know how to settle down and just stay put. With a friend as support, I purchased my first ever couch. Slowly I bought more furniture. I've been in my current place for almost 5 years. It feels so good to finally put down roots.
With all that being said, I still struggle with beginnings and change. God is trying to help me with this and that although things change, He never does. He'll ask us to start over, to start something new. We just have to trust Him.
My Review: Leeana helped me take a new look at beginnings. Instead of fearing them, she wants you to embrace them. She knows what it means to start over and she uses each day of her devotional to encourage you in beginning again.
Each day in this devotional, the reader is given a word as a theme along with words of encouragement. For example, one of the days involves surrender. Leeana talks about how God has used this word in her life then she gives the reader a prompt, asking them how God may want them to surrender something to Him. Each day, she provides devotions and questions that are thought provoking and allow the reader to have a deeper relationship with God. I love the vulnerability and humility that she shares with her readers. I recommend this book to anyone that is struggling with unwanted change in their lives. You will be encouraged.
About the Book: No one wants to be sidelined, stuck, shamed or silenced. But the difficulties of life have a way of putting us in a corner, and we often don't know how to move forward. It's so easy to blame ourselves or our circumstances, to get bogged down in discouragement and toxic thinking. But that's not what we were meant for, and that's now how God wants us to live.
Leeana Tankersley has good news if you're struggling; each new day is an opportunity to being again. In her warm tone and welcoming style, she offers one hundred short readings to encourage and motivate you to being in your relationships with God, your family, your friends and yourself.
Because there is a hand reaching toward you, there is always grace available and there is always a chance to being again.
About the Author: Leeana is an author and speaker, both of which she's been doing for a decade. Leeana enjoys encouraging women to take back their lives and to have a rich, life-giving relationship with God. She holds workshops and retreats for women teaching them to shut down things that bully the soul and to embrace what God has for them. You can find out more about Leeana at https://www.leeanatankersley.com/
Thanks so much for reading! Drop me a line if you pick up the book and let me know what you think.
Until next time,