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Found Art [Hardcover]

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Pages   220
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.5" Height: 8.25"
Weight:   0.7 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Nov 7, 2009
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
ISBN  031029133X  
EAN  9780310291336  
UPC  025986291334  

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Found Art is a collection of spiritually enriching, uplifting stories from the author?s life. These stories are insightfully woven around the seasons found in Ecclesiastes 3 and include birthing and dying, planting and harvesting, speaking and remaining silent, weeping and laughing, mourning and dancing, war and peace.

Publishers Description
Found Art is a memoir of the year author Leeana Tankersley lived in the Middle East with her Navy SEAL husband during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. After a whirlwind courtship, a move across the world, and the unexpectedly difficult re-entry from a year overseas, Leeana finds her life (and her soul) has been changed forever. With an artist's eye, Tankersley uses each chapter to piece together moments and memories from her journey---a handwritten note from Kuwait, a braid of fringe from a Persian rug, an original poem, a bit of basting thread, a swatch of black silk from a borrowed abaya, a mesquite leaf, a Navy SEAL trident, a receipt from the Russian-Georgian restaurant on Louisiana Street---to create a work of unexpected beauty. Found art emerges ... a literary collage created from salvaged stories of loss, hope, and belief that just might change your soul, too.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Leeana Tankersley holds English degrees from Liberty University and West Virginia University. She and her Navy SEAL husband, Steve, are currently stationed in San Diego, California, with their three children: Luke, Lane, and Elle. Leeana writes about living from the spacious place on her blog,

Leeana Tankersley was born in 1975.

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Not just for wives or women  May 27, 2010
Found Art draws you in to the author's world and gives you a very gentle yet provoking reflection on her life, and vicariously, on your own life.

This book would be great for anyone... not just for wives... or military wives... or women. My husband also loved it.

The story is an autobiographical journey through a year Tankersley spent living in the middle east. As stories of her time in Bahrain emerge so does the deeper story of her faith journey and self-discovery. Tankersley has a loveable voice and endearing humor. Each chapter leaves you wanting more.

The true litmus test of any fine book: It makes me want to push life aside and sit down and start writing.
Like Having a Cup of Tea With a Good Friend  Apr 18, 2010
Rarely do I get the opportunity to enjoy curling up with a book that is satisfying like I did with FOUND ART. This book started off with a delightfully personal narrative by a woman who write the account of her life as a Navy wife. Moving around, having to adapt to a new culture - all are understood by few unless they have been there.

I began to thoroughly enjoy this book, the thoughtful accounts of the author made me feel like I was having tea with a good friend. I found the author's writing to be refreshing, personal, and engaging in a wonderfully refreshing way.

Because I enjoyed this book so much, I tended to reserve my reading time as a bit of a relish- looking forward to it in those quiet alone times when I don't want anything to interrupt me.

I was looking forward all week to reading another chapter in this book, when the most frustrating thing happened. I could not find it at all.

I had asked my entire family about it almost wild with frustration missing my time of reading that I cherished, when I figured out what happened- my daughter was told to get a new art book to put away with her school stuff, and of course, there is paint on the front, and Art in the title. She can not remember what she did with it.

I have put off writing a review of this book until I could at least finish it completely, but so far, after tearing the house apart looking for it, we can not figure out what special place she put it in.

Knowing how much I enjoyed the book so far, I finally decided to at least let you know that since this book caused me to relish it so much. That in itself says a lot. When I finally locate and finish the rest of the book, I will try to update this review to reflect any additional input.
Beautiful and powerful  Mar 23, 2010
Found Art is so artfully written, it is a masterpiece itself. As a former military wife myself, I appreciate the author's opening her world to the rest of us in this memoir. Not only is the content powerful, but her writing style is so engaging, taking the reader on a rollercoaster ride from laughter to tears. This is not just an ordinary retelling of one's story. This is a literary work, a tapestry of words. The tangle of experiences and emotions are woven into something absolutely beautiful, and transformative.
Found Art, Found Heart  Mar 23, 2010
Found Art is an amazing, deceptively small book--for inside its textured painted cover is a world: the world of a journey inside a woman's soul. Leeana Tankersley tells about the first year of her marriage to her Navy SEAL husband, while they lived in Bahrain in the Persian Gulf. The book shows several journeys: the journey she makes during the year in Bahrain, and the journey the following year back in California.

The overlying theme of "found art" is presented artistically in the eight items in her life collage. Representations of themes in her life, Leeana writes about the items themselves, as well as what they represent to her. In doing so, she shares her heart in an open and honest way, and she also invites her readers to do the same. There are even prompts at the back of the book for personal journaling or group discussion.

From the standpoint of being a military wife, I appreciated Leeana's journey. I have not yet been called into a foreign country as a military spouse, so reading about her journey, her spiritual awakening moments, called to my heart in a very special way. Also, the "stones of remembrance" she talks about has always been something that stood out to me in Scripture as well.

All in all, this book came to me at exactly the right time. It was a little "late" because it arrived in my mailbox towards the end of the blog tour timeline, but it was precisely the right time for me, to read. I felt like I was at some sort of turning point in my life, even though we've been in the same place nearly four years and I'm comfortable here in the way one is comfortable being in a place for that long. The eternal twin questions of who am I and what am I doing bombard me as I continue to pray for God to show me what His design is for my life. Where that "sweet spot" is for me.

My desire is to make the most of our opportunities as a military family. As the Air Force moves us onward and southward in the coming months, I will carry Found Art with me, its own work of art that spurs me and prods me to allow God to make my own life into art.
An Interesting Journey of Discovery  Mar 19, 2010
`Found Art: Discovering Beauty in Foreign Places,' Leeana Tankersley's ([...]) first book, is a memoir of the year she lived in Bahrain with her Navy SEAL husband Steve as he was deployed over there during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She highlights her transition into being a married woman (they were married while he was on furlough; she came back with him when his furlough ended), as well as her adjustment to a foreign land.

Leeana's education is in the Fine Arts (in English), and she creates an interesting collage in this wonderful book. Among the materials that she incorporates into her story are a handwritten note from Kuwait, a braid of fringe from a Persian rug, an original poem, a swatch of black silk from a borrow abaya and a Navy SEAL trident.

She paints an interesting tapestry with her elegant use of words:

"My life is wildly all over the place, a collection of all kinds of strange raw material that often make little sense to me at the moment. The war grieves me. Financial woes keep me up at night. Shame haunts me. Fear keeps me company pretty much around the clock. But what if God were taking all of my life - the glorious and the gutless, the griefs and the gains - and piecing each bit together like a collage so that when finished, something extraordinary would emerge?" (p. 12)

Leeana made an insight about herself when she arrived in Bahrain:

"When I arrived in the Middle East, I realized I was looking at a half-me, a fragmented soul walking around town. I had given away pieces of myself, convinced the giving had all been for good causes. During this journey, I discovered it was high time I felt the losses, collected the pieces, and reclaimed myself.
That's the thing about these journeys into foreign places. They have a way of making us different if we will let them. We can resist the beauty that is waiting for us, but if we will enter the frightening place - if we will engage ourselves in the context of this new culture - we will see that there was no shortage of confrontation." (p. 13)

I also was grateful to see that the Lord brought Leeana back to Himself in the midst of an Islamic culture. In the middle of all of that worship which is (in my opinion) misdirected, God reached Leeana right where she was. Here Leeana describes how she was inspired by Fatima, a tour guide at the Grand Mosque in Bahrain:

"I wanted to care about my faith the way she cared about hers. I wanted to love Jesus, no matter what it cost me. I wanted to cry because I was so moved by how his death has given me life. I wanted to pore over the Bible the way she poured over the Qur'an." (p. 131)

She explains what God did for her there:

"He had replaced my heart of stone with a heart of flesh. He had given me a new name. He had called me his own. He had given me a new name. He had called me his own. He had given me rest. He had sent his Son. He had come - in the Gulf and the call to prayer and the souq and Capital Centre and Starview and the meat market - he had come." (p. 136)

I was intrigued by the concept of the book, but honestly wasn't sure how I would really like it. I was somehow under the impression that Leeana was a Fine Arts major (in Art, not English). I am less creative, more left-brained than most artistic type people. So I wasn't sure if I was going to be able to relate to Leeana's style. Although I am not necessarily the artistic type (lately, I have been allowing that side of my personality to exert itself), I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I found her writing to be very creative and artistic - she's very talented!

She currently lives in Coronado, California with Steve and their twins, Luke and Lane, who were born when they returned back to the United States.

This book was provided to me by Zondervan Publishers via the Blog Tour Spot ([...]).

Reviewed by Andrea Schultz - Ponderings by Andrea - [...].

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