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

Reviewed by: Megan Burkhart, a Professional Writing student at Taylor University, Upland, IN.



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

Author:  Leeana Tankersley

Publisher:  Revell

Publication Date:  April 3, 2018

Format:  Paperback

Length: 182 pages


Always we begin again. These words from the Rule of Saint Benedict are the heart and soul of Leeana Tankersley’s book.

Her words are a breath of fresh air through the too-tight spaces in her readers’ lives. Tankersley openly discusses her own journey to beginning again, and her honesty and wisdom will resonate with any readers re-learning what it means to love, forgive, and take care of themselves.

Readers will feel as though they are sitting right there with Tankersley at her kitchen table at 5 a.m. communing with God and wrestling with what it means to surrender all façades, soul bullying, and other destructive habits they may have developed in their lives.

This book is above all a reminder for readers to stop being their own worst enemies. Tankersley provides example after example of God’s love and grace in her own life. Amidst her questions, doubts, and the crazy busyness as a mother of three, Tankersley leaves room for God to enter in. Whether he meets her over a cup of coffee, in the shower, or carting her kids somewhere, Tankersley recognizes the holiness of these moments. Beginning again happens in these mundane, habitual moments—in the whisper and gentle prodding of a God who makes all things new.


Rating (1 to 5)

4.5 out of 5 stars

Suggested Audience

Christian women seeking a renewed sense of God’s love and healing in their lives. Also geared toward moms and those needing a fresh start in various aspects of their lives.

Christian Impact

Tankersley uses Scripture and inspirational quotes to provide further wisdom and insights on her experiences.


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

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