I read Leeana Tankersley’s first book, “Found Art” several years ago. I found it to be a fascinating read about life and faith as Tankersley lived in the Middle East with her husband as he served in the US military. Somehow she fell off my radar screen and I missed her second book “Breathing Room”. I’m glad I didn’t miss her third production, “Brazen: The Courage to Find the You That’s Been Hiding”.
Tankersley has grown as a writer since “Found Art”. She’s just as thoughtful and introspective as before but her writing has gotten even better over time. Throughout this latest work, Tankersley seeks to reclaim the word “brazen” and return to its original meaning of “without shame”. Women have so many moments in their lives when they silence themselves, attempt to make themselves metaphorically smaller or muffle their own voice. Bit by bit, Tankersley encourages women to reclaim who they are as a child of God.
At the end of each essay, the author asks the reader to pause for personal reflection and also create a “Brazen” board as a tactile reminder of who God created them to be. For those of us who struggle greatly with hiding themselves under a bushel, Tankersley reads like a trusted friend or a wise teacher.
Brazen is a thought-provoking read whose contents linger in the mind of the reader long after the book is completed.
I received Brazen in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review.