Saturday, March 13, 2010

Found Art-Book Review

Found Art by Leeana Tankersley, written about her year in the Middle East with her Navy SEAL husband, began with much introspection. At first, I became a tad put off, but reading further, she got me thinking. (I think that was the point.)

Leeana found special places and people in Bahrain who touched her spirit and mind.

My son fought in the Iraq war, so her method of walking that unknown road, resonated with me.

Leeana touched me with her passionate chapter about the Grand Mosque, when she found God there.

This book is written art from her soul. "Pain, like no other place perhaps, is where our art is born, where our stories are written, our canvases brushed, our scores composed. Though we so often want to deny the discomfort, suffering is one of the few things that can lead us to the place where we find the God we so desperately long for." (pg 166-167)

Leeana risked baring her innermost thoughts to write this book. May God bless her work.

Leeana TankersleyA native of San Diego, Leeana Tankersley received her B.S. in English from Liberty University and her M.A. in English from West Virginia University. After marrying her husband, Steve, Leeana lived in the Middle East during the Iraq war and returned to San Diego to work at Flood Church. She and Steve now live in Coronado, California with their twins Luke and Lane.
Learn more about Leeana at

I received this book at no cost for reviewing from Blog Tour Spot.
Read other reviews here. Check out her book on Amazon.


Janean said...

i knew a lovely born-again young couple from Bahrain. they were some of the kindest, well-educated and tender-hearted people i've known.

Anonymous said...

Interesting, honest review. thanks Karen! :O)

Laura said...

This book looks so interesting! I love the quote.

Thanks, Karen. (Hey, can I borrow it?) :0)

Kathy C. said...

You read some interesting books.

Karen said...

Janean, wow, small world.

Diane, your welcome. :)

Laura, of course you can borrow it!

Kathy, these are from the blog tour spot. Helps me read all kinds of things.

Dave said...

Thoutghful words Karen. - Dave

Kathryn Magendie said...

Oh, I LOVE that cover! BEAUTIFUL!

Jeanette Levellie said...

Karen: I think it's wonderful that although you were originally put off by this book, you opened your heart and came around. Good for you!

Audience of ONE

P.S. Free book givaway on my blog through Tues. noon!

Karen said...

Dave, thanks.

Kathryn, I love it too. It's actually raised a bit! Great!

Jeanette, thanks, I'm learning to read and enjoy all different types of book.

Auntie Cake said...

Hi Karen,
I will have to be on the lookout for that one. I spend way too much time reading, but I just can't help myself!

Hilary said...

That's a fine review. I'm glad you came to enjoy the book. :)

Deb said...

That quotation! I've got to think about the suffering part.

Not an easy road.

Great review, Karen.

Sweet dreams.

Karen said...

Kate, you can never read too much.

Hilary, it's easy to make a quick assumption. I should know better.

Deb, thanks. Life is different for all of us. But our God is the same.

leeana said...

Thank you so much for taking the time to read and review Found Art, Karen. As the mother of a veteran, I'm sure you saw some of my stories through a unique lens. And I love that the Grand Mosque chapter was meaningful to you. What a unique experience that was. Thanks again!

Karen said...

Leeana, you are most welcome. It was a pleasure to read and see the perspective through eyes of a wife. Blessings!