You Are Free: Be Who You Already Are

You Are Free: Be Who You Already Are

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You Are Free: Be Who You Already Are by Rebekah Lyons

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 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.

Christ doesn’t say you can be or may be or will be free. He says you are free.

Dare you believe it?

In You Are Free, Rebekah invites you to:

• Overcome the exhaustion of trying to meet the expectations of others and rest in the joy God’s freedom brings.

• Release stress, anxiety and worry, to uncover the peace that comes from abiding in His presence.

• Find permission to grieve past experiences, confess areas of brokenness, and receive strength in your journey towards healing.

• Throw off self-condemnation, burn superficial masks and step boldly into what our good God has for you.

• Discover the courage to begin again and use your newfound freedom to set others free.

Freedom is for everyone who wants it—the lost, the wounded, and those weary from all of the striving. It’s for those who gave up trying years ago. It’s for those angry and hurt, brilliant and burnt by the Christian song and dance. You are the church, the people of God. You were meant to be free.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780310345527
Publisher: Zondervan
Publication date: 02/21/2017
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 80,689
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Rebekah Lyons is the author of Freefall to Fly: A Breathtaking Journey Toward a Life of Meaning and Founder of Q Women.

She is the mother of three, wife of one and a dog walker of two living in Nashville. Rebekah is an old soul with a contemporary, honest voice who puts a new face on the struggles women face as they seek to live a life of meaning. Through emotive writing and speaking, Rebekah reveals her own battles to overcome anxiety, depression, and consumer impulses - challenging women to discover and boldly pursue the calling God has for them.

Alongside her husband, Gabe, Rebekah serves as cofounder of Q Ideas, a nonprofit organization that helps Christian leaders winsomely engage culture. Her favorite pastime is spent with her nose in a book and a discriminating cup of coffee in hand.

Website: http://rebekahlyons.com

Blog: http://rebekahlyons.com

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You Are Free: Be Who You Already Are 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
ACReads More than 1 year ago
Feeling like we are tied down is a common feeling. Life is tough and we can be dealt a bad hand and our experiences hold us captive. There are many books out there that try to remind you of who you truly are. Some try to tell you that you’re the issue, but what Rebekah Lyons does is take you on her own journey and show you how experiences shape us. She doesn’t tell you this as an outsider, she shows you the issues from someone that’s been there. Experiences are the upside to the book. Feeling free is a mentality that can be hard to grasp. But with Rebekah telling her story, even if you may not relate to her situation, you can understand the same feelings and can help shift through what’s going on to you. This is definitely a study group type book. If you find a couple people, it would be great to work through. Overall, the book is a good solid reminder that you can break away from your chains and leave behind the thoughts that held you down. It’s a good book if you want to keep exploring the subject of learning to be free.
polkadottyplace More than 1 year ago
I read You Are Free by Rebekah Lyons this month. It was a good read. I enjoyed the chapters of the book that dealt with finding and pursing your God given callings in life and parenting the most. Her message of God being in all the details of our lives, waiting and praying were really inspiring. The book has Bible stories, Bible characters and verses quoted throughout. It does more than just quote the verse number, it gives explanations and ties the Bible story to current times. It was a quick read that would be really motivating to anyone who struggles with anxiety, finding their purpose in life or anyone in a season of waiting on the Lord for answers. I enjoyed reading this book on my own, but think it would be a great book to enjoy with a small group or book club.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Honest and Heartfelt, this is great for any reader.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Some books speak straight to your heart, echoing your own stories and struggles, and You are Free by Rebekah Lyons is one of those for me. There are so many things Rebekah shares about her life and thoughts that resonated with me. This book met me at just the right time. From Ann Voskamp's foreword to the heartfelt acknowledgements to the quotes throughout the book introducing each chapter, You are Free shares this significant, life-altering message from Jesus of freedom given to us in Galatians five. The fifteen chapters build upon each other in a chronological way through Rebekah's own freedom journey. Although the stories span many years, there is a seamlessness to it all. As I read, I felt like I was listening to an older sister speak truth and love and wisdom straight to me. I felt encouraged and challenged at the same time. Reading about Rebekah's journey of freedom in Christ was a lovely gift and set my heart on the truth of the Word. It reminded me that I am not alone in my own struggles with legalistic tendencies, striving and achieving, fear and depression, trying to figure out my calling, and not always feeling freedom to rest or celebrate or enjoy the life I've been given. It reminded me of the power of continually surrendering to the Lord. It reminded me of the power of sharing our stories. You are Free is a story of hope covered in sound theology. Although I loved this book and definitely recommend it, I can see how some might not resonate with it because their experiences and stories are much different. Nevertheless, the truths presented in it are sure. For me, it did my heart much good to read these beautiful words.
Kozlof More than 1 year ago
Rebekah Lyons takes her readers into the depths of her heart as she explains the freedom Jesus bought and gave to his followers. From her personal experience with anxiety and the approval issues Lyons teaches her readers not only the path to this freedom but the truth of it's power in our lives. The most important factor she includes is the statement Jesus makes on this freedom: you are free. Not you will be free, not I will bring you freedom, but that you are free. From here we are invited to walk in the freedom, release stress and anxiety from our daily lives, discover courage and walk in the purpose (calling) we have specifically been given. I selected this book based on the referral of others and was soon glued to the statements within. Not typically a fast reader I finished this book in two days, though admittedly I skipped the questions included for the sake of reading. Speaking of the questions, talk about soul searching and revealing, even if you don't complete them all it's worth sitting and finding yourself searching for God's heart within them. Not one to pass on my books, this one has already found a new home and I am told it will be moved on from there. You are free is an easy read and will keep you interested right to the end as you discover what freedom means in your context. I fully recommend this book to anyone looking for some empowerment in their lives. Biblical truth is conveyed, vulnerability is offered and in the end you will hopefully find that you have been changed by the statements and questions within. *I received this book free through tooklook bloggers in exchange for a review. These are my personal thoughts.
TJMill More than 1 year ago
This book is outstanding. Lyons shares narratives from her freedom journey and provides thought-provoking, not cheesy, questions at the end of each chapter for the reader to look into their own life. Every chapter is not going to resonate with everyone, but I think that's one of the pluses with this book: each chapter could be read on its own for someone struggling with that specific thing. I feel like this would be an excellent book for counselors to use with clients as a way to explore life history and how the past is holding back their present.
MichelleSieburg More than 1 year ago
The work of Christ alone makes you free. In You Are Free by Rebekah Lyons, the author shares her personal journey to freedom in Christ. For each of us, finding freedom looks a little different, but the truth is always the same: Christ is enough. Christ did the work on the cross for you. Freedom is ours to claim as we surrender to the saving work, love and grace of our Savior. Rebekah’s humble spirit and deep love for women shines in this book as she walks you through each way the Lord drew her to freedom and showed her what a life of freedom could mean for her and for others in her life. We are free to be rescued, called, thirst, ask big things, wait, rest, grieve, and help set others free. In a world that tells us we aren’t enough, don’t have what it takes and can’t be rescued from things that easily ensnare, this book is a bright torch of truth and freedom from God’s Word. Are you ready to throw off everything that burdens you and be set free? This book is a great place to start!
debalynn More than 1 year ago
Rebekah’s book has already become one that I have gone back to re-read several times. Her honesty and openness about her struggles to find the freedom that Christ wants us to live in are so relatable. As a fellow perfectionist and control freak, I have lived my life striving for things to be perfect, pursuing some elusive goal of what the perfect life looks like and never measuring up to a totally unrealistic standard that I have set for myself. You are Free helped me to dive deeper and work towards being free to live the freed life that Christ desires for all of us. This book spoke so deeply to my heart and soul that I pre-ordered several copies to share with friends. I believe that the truth in these pages can be life changing if you allow yourself to dig deeply, feel the emotions, and allow God to work in your life.
manda_nichole More than 1 year ago
I cannot say enough wonderful things about this book. Rebekah talks about her struggles with grace and transparency. Reading it feels like you are sitting down to coffee with a good friend. Only the conversation you are having dives deep into the hidden parts of your soul, uncovering a longing to break free from things that have been holding you back for so long. Rebekah champions the things that you already know, the things that God has been whispering to you all along and helps you step out and embrace the freedom that can only be found in Christ.
smulder2 More than 1 year ago
Rebekah Lyons draws you in through rich truths and rich story to create a work that both challenges and pushes the reader without pushing them away. She brings you along as she unfolds freedom in her own life and invites you to do the same. After reading You are Free I keep seeing this image in my mind of an old table, gouged and stained from years of abuse but sturdy. Lyon’s comes to the table and unfurls a crisp and beautiful cloth in the air. It drifts quietly down, covering over all the evidence of this tables past-making it renewed and refreshed- ready to be used for what it was intended for all along.
ReneeMGilhart More than 1 year ago
You are Free by Rebekah Lyons is a great book to help you live in the freedom that Jesus Christ gave us when he died and resurrected. Rebekah used her real life experiences that we can relate to, along with scripture to explain how Christ has set her free and how we can all experience that freedom. I will apply much of this to my life everyday, I could especially relate to the chapter “Free to Ask”.
SarahEKoontz More than 1 year ago
The truth is we all long for more freedom. The premise of this book is not “how to get free” it is “how to embrace the freedom you already have.” God sent His Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross for our freedom, yet many Christians struggle to break free from the burdens and bondage of their past. Rebekah Lyons is not preaching from a pulpit, she’s raw and real and ready to walk alongside you as you learn to live in freedom. Her life is messy and complex and relatable. God helped to set her free from anxiety, the performance trap, and her expectations of the picture perfect life. And once she broke free, she discovered that freedom is worth sharing. Her heart is good and kind and honest. Her writing style is very much like the cover of this book—clear and easy to understand with a few decorative flourishes. A few of my favorite quotes from the book are: The life of the believer hangs in the balance between the now and the not yet. God cares more about our presence than our performance. The secret to strength is weakness. Freedom is contagious. Freedom helps us set others free. This was the first book of Rebekah’s I have read. I enjoyed getting to know her through her writing and look forward to reading more of her work in the future. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to understand the freedom that we have in Christ.
Patti_Rosell More than 1 year ago
Rebekah Lyons’ newest book is both a conversation, where she shares so truthfully the way God has met her over the years in desperate places, but also an invitation to you. Her story is a means to point you to the larger story of God in His redemptive work through time. The Gospel is the answer to all the ways we may not feel we measure up. This book walks you through areas of life, both declaring the truth that Jesus has already secured your place and giving you freedom to explore where you may not be living in the fullness and abundance Jesus has already secured. This is a book to read through, to go back and journal through and then to have as a resource to keep turning when you need a fresh voice around a specific season you may be walking. It provides much content to process in community and would be great to read on your own and discuss with others. Rebekah is a truth teller of our generation and her words point us back to Jesus. The beauty of walking in freedom is that we are available; available to love fully, without reserve and in obedience to all God puts before us. Rebekah’s words have been a sweet companion in my process of wanting to walk in the freedom secured for me in Christ. May it be so for you!
Flutterbella More than 1 year ago
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 loved the style of the book written by a friend on the journey and I found myself rushing to finish the next chapters. I got to the place where I find myself currently only to find I'd reached the end of the book without any directions for moving forward. It seemed to end abruptly without resolution. I only had the ebook so I wasn't able to really make notes as I would have done in the paper copy. I could see the passion for seeing others set free. It was part memoir, part how-to which made the sudden ending more noticeable. The biggest takeaways were to be honest before God and to learn to trust Him more. He will guide you step by step into your freedom. It was a really good book. It confirmed that I was truly on the path to finding my freedom. I wouldn't call it life-changing but still worth the read. Received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
JLYoung More than 1 year ago
This book! I felt instantly connected with the author from the very beginning. I felt like she was telling a story about me. She is very relatable and real. She isn't afraid of the dirty, of the ugly, or of the hard things. She runs full force into them and relies on God to conform her to his likeness. The book covers such things as freedom to be rescued, free to be called, free to confess,... thirst, ask, begin again, wait, rest, grieve, be weak, celebrate, be brace, love and to set free. Through personal examples, scripture, other well known Christian authors etc she paints a clear picture of what life is like before freedom, how one can become free through the power of Jesus and what it looks like to live a life of freedom. This book is a must read. I will be reading it again! So much amazing truth. I received a digital copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.