Book Review: Breathing Room

Breathing Room by Leanna TankersleyJust a quick note – I LOVE my new job…but it sure cuts into my reading time! Here’s one book I managed to finish…


Have you ever read a book and thought that you would love to be friends with that person? That’s how I felt while reading Breathing Room by Leanna Tankersley. She has an easy-to-read writing style and even with the subject, made me laugh out loud several times.

She tells her story of moving with her Navy SEAL husband and three kids to Bahrain – but that’s not the story. Deep down she struggles with feeling overwhelmed and inadequate. I’ve had these feelings so I could relate to so much of what she wrote.

At one point she writes, “In the Come Aparts of life, we find that we have lost some of our capacity to muster, some of our capacity to perform well.” We take on responsibilities and expectations – real and perceived – and feel we must “perform well” like we have so many times before.

Throughout the book she shares stories of feeling so tired that what she could present on the outside became harder to manage and to keep up. “Certainly there are seasons in life when we must manage. But ‘managing’ can be a habitual state of being, and the next thing you know, we are urgently living out of a perpetual deficit instead of taking the time to investigate what we really need, what we’re really longing for.”

But this is a book of hope – we can grow and heal by giving ourselves permission to pursue rest, to get help, to stop, and to breathe. “We can offer ourselves permission to pursue a passion, to dream, to forgive, to get on the treadmill.”

One of my favorite lines in the whole book is, “Now is the time to care for yourself as you would a dear friend.”

I strongly recommend this book if you’re feeling overwhelmed – like you can’t breathe and you can’t maintain pretenses anymore. There is hope.

I received a free book from Revell (a division of Baker Publishing Group) through The Book Club Network, Inc., in exchange for an unbiased review.

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