- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Revell (Oct. 1 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0800719840
- ISBN-13: 978-0800719845
- Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 1.7 x 21.3 cm
- Shipping Weight: 295 g
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #159,232 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life Paperback – Oct 1 2012
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"If you struggle with trying so hard, being so good, and hoping so much for joy and grace in the mundane, savor this book." ---Mary DeMuth, author of Thin Places --This text refers to the Audio CD edition.
From the Back Cover
You're strong. You're responsible. You're good. But . . .
. . . as day fades to dusk, you begin to feel the familiar fog of anxiety, the weight and pressure of holding it together and of longing left unmet. Good girls sometimes feel that the Christian life means doing hard work with a sweet disposition. We tend to focus only on the things we can handle, our disciplined lives, and our unshakable good moods.
But what would happen if we let grace pour out boundless acceptance into our worn-out hearts and undo us? If we dared to talk about the ways we hide, our longing to be known, and the fear in the knowing?
In Grace for the Good Girl, Emily Freeman invites you to release your tight hold on that familiar, try-hard life and lean your weight heavy into the love of Jesus. With an open hand, a whimsical style, and a heart bent brave toward adventure, Emily encourages you to move from your own impossible expectations toward the God who has graciously, miraculously, and lovingly found you.
"If you struggle with trying so hard, being so good, and hoping so much for joy and grace in the mundane, savor this book."--Mary DeMuth, author of Thin Places: A Memoir
"It is such a joy for me to recommend Emily's book to you. She has profoundly ministered to this recovering good girl."--Angela Thomas, bestselling author and speaker
"Emily Freeman is one of those rare writers: profoundly biblical, lyrical, transparent--memorable. Her emancipating words on these pages offer the needed keys to all the good girls longing to take wing--and soar home to God's heart."--Ann Voskamp, New York Times bestselling author of One Thousand Gifts
Emily Freeman is a writer for DaySpring (a division of Hallmark) and has also traveled as a writer with Compassion International. Emily extends a daily invitation on her blog for women to create space for their souls to breathe. Join the community of grace dwellers at www.ChattingAtTheSky.com.
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I didn't really know how much of a good girl I really was, seeing as though I didn't grow up in a Christian home and was a bit rebellious in high school, but Freeman's book spoke gently to deep, locked up places in my heart that I didn't even know were there. Pleasing others has been a major theme in my life. Following unwritten rules, or being paralyzed by fear because of not knowing the "rules" is something I also still struggle with. Now that I am a Christian, I do find myself putting pressure on myself to do everything right, to be perfect, and to make everyone happy.
"Grace for the Good Girl" is a book of 18 chapters in three parts: 1) The Hiding, 2) The Finding, and 3) The Freedom of Being Found and takes you on a journey through the masks that we create for ourselves, removing those masks, and living in the freedom we receive from Jesus. This book spoke to me powerfully and I strongly recommend it to any woman. I would love to read this in a small group setting with other women, to get real with one another and remove the masks we have created for ourselves. In so many ways I thought that I was alone in the way I felt, and through this book (and "A Confident Heart" by Renee Swope) I am realizing that many other women suffer from the same internal battles that I do.
Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
Words completely fail me for this book. I have no clue how to convey to those of you who may be interested in this book, exactly what it means to me. I will say that when I was only halfway through the book that I went onto Amazon and ordered eleven more copies. ELEVEN. Why would I want eleven more copies of a book I already have? Because I couldn't count 6 people off the top of my head who I felt would love this as much as I love it. And it's the kind of book I want to have extra copies on hand, just in case I come across other people who are interested in it. And by the time the books arrived, I already knew of two other people who I was going to give copies too. THAT'S HOW MUCH I LOVE IT.
Maybe this book just came to me at the right time. Because I can tell you, I needed to hear what Emily had to share. I needed reminders of the promises God has given to us in the Bible. And I needed someone to meet me head-on and be honest with me; it's okay to be scared. It's okay to not have everything put together all neatly. Frankly, it's okay to be a bit of a mess. And I don't have to be pretend to be perfect because everything will be okay.
Well, thank goodness. If you're like me, you need to hear this. In between all of the school work and house work and relationships with those I care about and church involvement and professional school applications... well what else is there? And what if I don't measure up? Emily has something to share with us then:
That's okay. You don't have to all of this on your own.
And that's where I breathe a loud, exhaustive sigh of relief.
This book isn't going to be for everyone; but when it comes to those of Christian faith, I think it is going to have widespread appeal. Emily is so honest and encouraging, and it's perfect for those "normal" people who don't have anything drastic or exciting to share in their testimony. And for those who might have something a little more unique in their story? Well, it's for you too. I know it was definitely for me. And if only one person finds this book and decides to read it and finds something uplifting in it... well, then my job is done. I'm satisfied.
In fact, I'm going to pick it up and read it all over again. One chapter at a time, just the way I read through it before. I want to answer every question, I want to commit verses shared to memory because the last thing I want to do is finish reading this, put it on my shelf, walk away and forget.
I can't thank Emily enough for being the messenger and having the bravery to write this. And thank you so much to Graf-Martin for providing me with a review copy. This one's a winner.
Break out the road maps, find a place to go with your girlfriends and get together for a weekend. Challenge each other and open up to each other. Break through those masks! Curl on a sofa infront of a fireplace or a beach with this book, friends like sisters, and some hot chocolate. You won't regret it.
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