Begin Again: The Brave Practice of Releasing Hurt and Receiving Rest

Begin Again: The Brave Practice of Releasing Hurt and Receiving Rest


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What happens when life begins to trip us up and failure starts creeping in? Many of us just keep on doing the same thing, hoping for different results. Some of us look for escape, to find a way out of the mess we feel that we've created. But neither enduring nor escaping is ultimately what we need.

The answer is to allow ourselves to begin again, every day, in every part of our lives. Through engaging, lyrical prose, Leeana Tankersley shows women how to forgive themselves, develop new and healthier patterns of living, and do away with resentment and regret. Her life-giving words will free women who are feeling stuck and allow them to clear out the debris to make room for what God wants to do in their lives. To begin again is to open the window, even a crack, to let the breeze of grace come in. It is a call to stop running from our fears. To take one small step toward becoming the brave women we were made to be.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800727147
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/03/2018
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 239,149
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Leeana Tankersley is the author of Found Art, Breathing Room, and Brazen, and holds English degrees from Liberty University and West Virginia University. Leeana's writing has been featured in The Huffington Post,,, and She is a regular contributor to MOPS, both as a writer and speaker. Leeana speaks to groups all over the country about waking up those beautiful and sacred parts of each of us that can go dormant. She and her husband, Steve, live in San Diego, California, with their three kids. Learn more at

Table of Contents

Foreword Shauna Niequist 11

Introduction: Restless 15

Part 1 Too Tight

1 On Opening Up 21

2 Held 29

3 Donations for Those Less Fortunate 36

4 Scared-Sacred 46

5 You Are the One You Have Been Waiting For 52

Part 2 Brave in the Becoming

6 Let the Dead Trees Go 61

7 You Weren't Consulted 69

8 Do Not Feed the Stray Cats 74

9 Surrounded by a Great Cloud of Witnesses in Target 83

10 Bullying vs. Believing 88

Part 3 Holy Awakening

11 A Threshold 99

12 Bring Her to Me 106

13 Love Is the Fuel 111

14 This Is the Work We Are Doing 115

15 Speak Louder 123

16 Around My Neck 130

Part 4 On the Other Side of Surrender

17 To Give Back 139

18 I Become Myself 145

19 Maybe There's Not That Much to Do After All 151

20 Rituals of Rest 157

21 Twilight Comes Twice 163

Epilogue: Practices for Beginning Again 169

Acknowledgments 183

Notes 185

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Begin Again: The Brave Practice of Releasing Hurt and Receiving Rest 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
Begin Again Is about each day a new day - a fresh start and you can begin again. I like when it says in the book "it is certainly difficult to not get impatient even contemptuous come out with ourselves with our utter nervousness in life. And" this book has great advice - makes you feel like it is OK to make a mistake because tomorrow is a new day and we get to begin again now is not something refreshing to hear? I received a copy of this book from the Publisher; all the opinions expressed in this review are all my own. if you would like to read more of my Christian book reviews go to - I look forward to seeing you there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Description "What happens when life begins to trip us up and failure starts creeping in? Many of us just keep on doing the same thing, hoping for different results. Some of us look for escape, to find a way out of the mess we feel that we've created. But neither enduring nor escaping is ultimately what we need. The answer is to allow ourselves to begin again, every day, in every part of our lives. Through engaging, lyrical prose, Leeana Tankersley shows women how to forgive themselves, develop new and healthier patterns of living, and do away with resentment and regret. Her life-giving words will free women who are feeling stuck and allow them to clear out the debris to make room for what God wants to do in their lives. To begin again is to open the window, even a crack, to let the breeze of grace come in. It is a call to stop running from our fears. To take one small step toward becoming the brave women we were made to be." This book is such an inspiration! Using her own life as an example, Leeana Tankersley imparts wisdom to women readers, inviting them to begin again--to just start over, even after mistakes and mishaps and to realize the importance of our calling. For any woman feeling stuck or defeated, Leeana's first person accounts of her own feelings of discouragement and defeat and her journey toward becoming all that God created her to be will be an encouragement. When we forgive ourselves, we become more gentle and loving toward ourselves and are better equipped to move up and on, making room for God's grace. "God has opened up spaces in my life. He has cleared a path for me and has provided opportunity. He's given me certain resources, talents. He's done that for you too. I can bury that opportunity out of fear that I'll mess it all up. Or, I can open my hands and give away what he's given to me." Page 125 We must open our lives to the opportunities presented to us and live fully, giving away what God has gifted us to share. There are no mistakes, only learning opportunities. Begin again, and again and again.
Teadrinker More than 1 year ago
St. Benedict is quoted as saying, "Always we begin again." Leeana Tankersley refers to this quote extensively throughout Begin Again. Begin Again is divided into four parts: Too Tight, Brave in the Becoming, Holy Awakening and On the Other Wise of Surrender. She shares parts of her life and her heart throughout the book. Everyday throughout her journey she shares how she begins again and looks to God for her inspiration through the day and through her life. I could relate to some of the author's stories and appreciated her honesty and realness. Throughout the book, she touched my heart and soul. Although, after awhile, as I was reading Begin Again, I started to feel more melancholy right along with the author as she shared some sad parts of her life. Then I began to feel a bit down rather than lifted up. Tankersley does share practical ways to begin again in the reader's life through stories from other real women and how they relax, gather courage and begin again anew each day when they need to. Those practical tips were probably my favorite part of Begin Again and I liked that the book ended on a helpful note. I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.
academy252 More than 1 year ago
This book is repeatedly reminding us that we can start over... begin again.  No matter where we are, how we have messed up or how overwhelmed we might feel we can just begin again from the basics and go forward.  That is a great message.  We all need that message.  This book is a Christian self-help type book but it reads like a blog.  Each chapter is a snapshot of Leeana's life with some kind of focus on how she was helped through a hard or challenging thing in her life.  More like vignettes I suppose.  Again... not a bad idea. The problem is that this book never really connected on a deeper level for me.  I could relate to some things with relationships or situations but then it never really seemed to have a real plan outside of her repetitive thoughts on beginning again.  It was really a book steeped in "Emergent Church" speak.  I might have seen the name "Christ" or "Jesus" one or two times in the entire book and they were both in scriptures she added to a chapter.  She referred to God a lot and capital "L" Love from time to time but Jesus was certainly not lifted up in this book outside of that.  She quoted people that I have found to have questionable theology over the years of study that I have done.  She had some funny interpretations of some scripture she shared that was not well researched.  I am thinking specifically of the story of Abraham being told to sacrifice his son Isaac.  She used The Message as her main Bible text source.  When an author focuses on The Message like this I always go to another Bible to see what God's Word REALLY says and it has never failed to be very different from Eugene Peterson's "interpretation"... which is exactly what it is.... his commentary on the Bible rather than a reliable text.  At one point she said that God told her to take her phone out and look up a text on the Parable of the Talents... in the middle of church.... while ignoring the worship and sermon that was being given.  According to her He even told her to read the passage in The Message.  There was nothing she mentioned that she gleaned in the chapter that could not have been gleaned from any other Bible translation. It was a very basic interpretation she pulled from it and not specific to The Message.  She could have gotten those focus words (or very similar words) from just about any translation.  On this passage it was similar.  I also have a hard time believing God is telling people to whip out their phones and ignore what is happening in the worship service much less pointing someone specifically to The Message.  That was troubling for me.  If your church is so bad that you need to be on your phone during worship maybe you should find another church?  Maybe??? There was just nothing super solid that I walked away from this book with... begin again... a few quotes and vignettes on how that played out in her life.  It was very repetitive from beginning to end.  I am glad she grew through this message but it was not "book" worthy.  All of it could have been put into a longer blog post or a small blog series but it was not a blog series I would stick with for sure.  This book is just not one I would recommend to anyone else.  I really struggled to get through it.  I wanted to put it down and walk away but I promised a review.  I had a lot of conversations with my husband about books like this in general as I read it.  It left me flat and wanting a whole lot more with more practical application.  I am an outline with points
Kaits_Bookshelf More than 1 year ago
In Begin Again, Ms. Tankersley shares stories from her walk with God that all believers can relate to. How many of us feel that we have too much baggage to start fresh in our relationship with God? How often do we remind ourselves of all of our past failures and rebellions rather than allowing ourselves to accept God’s forgiveness? How many times have we promised ourselves that THIS is it … this time, we’re going to walk faithfully and always turn to God and life is going to be one positive, faithful walk with the Lord from here on out. All believers have been there. And all believers find themselves inevitably failing again and starting over again. Because we're all just human. Ms. Tankersley meets readers right in the trenches of life – stripping away the Instagram filter that we all seem addicted to, hoping to make it seem like we’ve got it all figured out when really we’re feeling lost and clueless. Beginning again really means beginning again and again and again. Because we’re human and we make mistakes and we wander and stray and get lost and confused. But just when things seem like they’re falling apart, transformation is available with a chance to start fresh…again and again and as many times as we need it. Begin Again is divided into four parts and each part has five or six chapters. It could easily be read as a chapter-a-day devotional or used for discussion in a small group. If you enjoy devotionals and would like to read about ways to forgive yourself, love yourself, and walk forward with God, then give Begin Again a chance. It is available now! I received a free review copy of this book from Baker Publishing Group. All opinions are my own. Read full review at:
sesquius More than 1 year ago
This book was an easy read which is probably why I spent my evening reading through the book. I found the author to be engaging and welcoming, bringing me further into the chapters. True, I may not have kids that engage every aspect of my life, but I'm equally as tired and overwhelmed at times. To often I do feel restless and stuck within my own life, which is partially why I chose this book to read. While the book is not filled with referencing Bible verses each chapter does begin with either a quote or verse.  That said, the book is something I would equate to as being a reminder to let God be first and not our individual needs and expectations. While we aren't being preached to with how to live our lives, we are encouraged to let go sometimes and see where God will lead us. Those moments that give you pause, and then bring a smile to your face. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher, and was under no obligation to post a review.
Amaack More than 1 year ago
This book is like a light breeze that blows a flower across the meadow. It moves you from this place of being stuck in tight, uncomfortable places, to being brave as you become more of who you are. It’s in that place of becoming who we were created to be that allows you to acknowledge who God is and what he’s bringing to life inside of you. Then, when we surrender it all, we are fully able to begin again. Tankersly reminds us that we have a chance to begin again, over and over in our lives. With our selves. With the way we practice our faith and understand who God is to us. With the ways we interact with those around us. We have to choose to loosen our grip on those hurt places within us and begin to live again. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This review is my own, honest opinion.
amybooksy More than 1 year ago
Begin Again: The Brave Practice of Releasing Hurt and Receiving Rest is one book that I felt connected. I laughed so hard when Leanna Tankersley told stories about being overwhelmed involving her kids. That definitely spoke to me! She gives such inspiration on how to deal and move on. Begin Again: The Brave Practice of Releasing Hurt and Receiving Rest on to one of my fellow overwhelmed mom friends. I highly recommend it! I am giving it a well deserved 5 stars. I received this book from the publisher, but was not required to write a review. This review is 100% my own honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of BEGIN AGAIN: THE BRAVE PRACTICE OF RELEASING HURT AND RECEIVING REST by Leeana Tankersley from Revell Reads in exchange for an honest review. The foreword is by Shauna Niequist. I chose this book to review because I’m in the process of “beginning again.” I lost my job, and with it, what I believed to be my career. I felt miserable. Hopeless. Lost. It has taken me a long time to get over the hurt of it, and now I’m seeking to pick myself up by my bootstraps. I found this book to be beautiful. In many ways, it opened my eyes and gave me a fresh hope. The author speaks to us from a place of hurt in her own laugh. In that sense, it makes the reader trust her. She has lived what you have lived, even if it is in a slightly different way. This is a religious book, and the religion is heavy. I’m not sure I would recommend it to those who have a different faith, although many of the examples apply to any of us.
KatrinaEpperson More than 1 year ago
When I saw the cover for this book my first thought was the flowers reminded me of spring and the beautiful colors coming. When I read the excerpt I thought this is a book I would enjoy reading and I did. It was sort of like opening a window into my heart. It reminded me from the first page that wherever you are in your life, you can begin again, whether it's a new day, month, season, year or even hour. The author opens her heart and shares her story of the valleys she's fought and the mountains she has climbed during her life. She's very open about her struggles. This is a well written book that is easy to navigate through and understand. Leeana Tankersley reminds us that no matter what struggles you are facing today there is another chapter in you story. The pages are full of both inspiration and faith. This is a book that would be great for anyone. *I received this book from the publisher as part of their book bloggers program. I was not expected to write a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Leeana shares how the Rule of Saint Benedict--always we begin again--has become a lifeline for her. This life that we have been given has plenty of hardships, disappointments, mess-ups, and begin again moments. How comforting would it be if instead of feeling defeated or like a failure we remembered that we can begin again? Life is in essence a series of beginning again's--each day is brand new, and we are given the opportunity to start anew. The Benedict monk's teach how repetition--beginning again--is in essence a holy expression of life. Our culture is not big on beginning again, but what if this is the very thing that will help to bolster us into new life? What if this is in fact the way to rest--the soul drenching rest that our heart's desire? Leeana's book is divided up into four parts--Too Tight, Brave in the Becoming, Holy Awakening, and On the Other Side of Surrender. Too Tight We often know that the way we are doing life just isn't working, but still we hold on. Sometimes we have to let go--die--to what we know in order to begin again. Forgive yourself for not knowing what you didn't know before you learned it. --Elisha Goldstein Brave in the Becoming We are going to have to let others come alongside us, if we ever hope to begin again the soul work that God has in store for us. Holy Awakening We know longer have to strive for the love of God, because we have always had it! What has remained separated and unreachable will let itself be drawn into the love you have been able to receive. One day you will discover that your anguish is gone. It will leave you because your weakest self let itself be embraced by your love.                  --Henri Nouwen On the Other Side of Surrender When we offer our creating to God--whatever that looks like in our own lives--we remember who we and who he is. We remember that we are to take our place in the creation story. We remember that we were made to pour out. We were made to give ourselves back to him; this is how we find ourselves. --Leeana Tankersley.  I hope this review will wet your appetite for this book. Wonderful read--much to be gleaned from this book.
FayJac More than 1 year ago
What should you do when you are feeling stuck, cornered, restless, bullied, scared, or tight? “Always we begin again,” said St. Benedict and that is the premise for Leeana Takersley's book, Begin Again. She compares beginning again in our lives to opening all the doors and windows in our house and letting the breeze blow through and clean out all the hurts and fears and vulnerabilities in our lives. There are lots of good things in each chapter as she moves through feeling tight and scared to bravely letting things go, awakening to love and acceptance and finally surrendering to God and to rest. Leeana is open and honest about herself and her struggles and gives you permission to wait or say, “I'm not ready.” Although this is a good book, I struggled with it in a few ways. I did not see a Biblical premise for the book or much Scripture in it. It seemed almost like each chapter was just rambling without a lot of thought or structure. I did not find much of it very interesting and had trouble grasping the concept of what she was trying to get across. Leanna seems to be a well-known speaker and author but I did not find this to be a book that I could recommend as a how-to book for women on what the author calls, “The brave practice of releasing hurt and receiving rest.” I can only give this book a 2 out of 5 star rating. She does talk about “releasing hurt and receiving rest,” but I can only hope other women can get more out of it than I did.
NKBookReviewer More than 1 year ago
Begin Again: The Brave Practice of Releasing Hurt & Receiving Rest by author Leeana Tankersley is a 182 page Christian Living/Women book which is followed by Acknowledgments, Notes, and Author information. The vividly colored cover with fuchsia colored flowers and large white lettering refuses to go unnoticed. It drew me in. This is the first book I have read by author Tankersley, and I was very impressed. Her style of writing is very much to my liking. After reading a few pages it felt more like a chat. I was talking with a friend about our problems and what needed done. She was transparent about her challenges and life, but she didn’t linger over longer on them. The book was well written, easy to understand, well researched and organized. It had Scriptural references and was inspiring as well as encouraging. I felt refreshed after reading it. The author was genuine and to the point in her book. She wanted to be helpful and was. I gleaned things from “Begin Again”. Based on a quote from St. Benedict, “Always we begin again.”, this book was written as encouragement for readers to trust God and begin again when dealing with trials in life. The author leads us to see God is with us every step of the way whether we are struggling with pain, day to day issues, marital problems or whatever the case might be. God is still there as we begin again and helps us with that. We are not alone and never stuck. Always we may begin again. The author provides practical, useful tips and information to assist readers that want to start afresh. Her ideas are to get readers moving beyond the past and the hurt it carries. Relying on God and His plans for our future help us start over. She advises to begin again with God directing your way. None of us can do this on our own. Author Tankersley also says we must realize we have a hurt or pain, whether emotional, mental, or physical. Then we should call out for help. Wow! Easier said than done sometimes, but none of us can do all things alone. So, the author encourages us to begin again by trusting God. Recognizing there is pain and a problem that needs fixed is the starting point. Then she explains we need to realize what we are dealing with can be enormous, as in a move, new job, new relationship, or as small as accepting where we are, without regret. So we need to do the next tiny thing that moves us forward. Readers are nudged to listen for God’s guidance as we change things and handle our life. Aren’t you glad God allows us to write our own stories and edit them every single day? I certainly am very thankful. Actually I am blessed He is there to help and show me what needs to be changed. We receive as many “do overs” as we need. Maybe we need one every morning. That’s okay. God offers them freely and generously. This book made me realize that more. It steered me toward the sunshine of God and today, and away from the gloom of yesterday and its regret and pain. I gladly recommend this lovely, soul stirring book. It stepped on my toes in parts and gave insight on what I could do to change. Do this as a reading group! There are so many that will relate and love the chance to discuss and pray. At times I wondered how the author knew I needed to read just that particular message. Bet she had a little help from above, don’t you. Rating on this is definitely 5 out of 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When the middle is real, and the ending seems even more real, it seems impossible to begin again. Leena invites anyone who is curious, skeptical, and searching to try beginning again every day. Starting, believing, and trusting again is not a one-time decision, it is a practice. A practice of surrender and walking through the door in the wall saying yes to what is facing us now instead of what was there yesterday. Dropping the old weight and picking up a holy surrender; the practice of beginning again. Taking care of the soul and embracing the art of soulful rest. This book shook up my heart in the best way. I think this is Leena’s most vulnerable and honest book to date, and am so thankful she embraced beginning again and pursues it in her life, so that I could lean in and listen to the whisper of promise Beginning again is something I know well. This book reminded me that to begin I must surrender and in that surrender I will find life, it may look mundane or open up into a brand new adventure. No matter the context, beginning is daily as the sunrises rises I have another chance to start from scratch again. To anyone who is searching, scared, and worn down by your weights, this book is a beautiful invitation. I encourage you to read it and see if Begin Again is for your today and if not, maybe it is for your tomorrow.
Sunny Horstmann More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so so much! I keep trying to put it down in order to savor Leeana's beautiful and deep words. Her ability to articulate the inner wrestles we face daily and bring readers into the light and truth of God is a treasure. I feel like so many of us need...
ColoradoKristen More than 1 year ago
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.' This book is a solid, hopeful, absolutely ENJOYABLE read for any woman who leans toward muscling or pushing her way through every season, albeit cray or calm. Without a doubt, it is the welcomed space where our exhaustion meets God's grace.
BellasMama04 More than 1 year ago
As with her previous books, Leeana brings thoughtful encouragement as we seek to rise above internal voices and external influences that want to punch us in the face. She reminds us that the practice of beginning again allows us to breathe in to surrender, forgiveness, and the healing we’re seeking. Always, we begin again.
SarahJoBurch More than 1 year ago
Leeana graciously affirms the "scared sacred" work of beginning again, gently breaks down every argument one might have about how they don't actually need to begin again, and in the end gives a whole epilogue of practical ways to begin again. As always, her writing is filled with grace and truth and exact words I needed at the moment. Whether you're feeling stuck or sad or lonely or afraid or lost or just-fine-thank-you-very-much, this is a delightful read that I highly recommend.
Andrea684 More than 1 year ago
This book!!!!!! I cried through every single chapter! Leeana has a way of making it seem like you are sitting across from her having coffee and she is looking into your soul! Every word spoke to me and changed the way I now treat myself! I just finished this book and I want to read it again immediately! Do yourself a favor and read this as soon as you can! You will not be disappointed!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Every now and then you come across a treasure that helps you believe what you find hard to hope is true. This engaging, funny, relevant new book by Leeana Tankersley reminds us that beginning again is not only a joy but a welcome friend. So many of us struggle with a desire to be perfect, to get stickers on our charts with no gaps, and see a perfectly followed map from start to finish. But in the process of such striving, forgetting that we are covered in flesh and far from perfect, we too easily give up not wanting to 'start over.' This refreshing book not only gives us permission to quit laying out such unrealistic expectations, but fully invites us to accept what we might be tempted to view as defeat as an invitation to begin again, armed with knowledge, experience, and grace. I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. To say I am grateful to have been chosen to do so is a significant understatement.