- Paperback: 272 pages
- Publisher: Revell (September 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0800719840
- ISBN-13: 978-0800719845
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.7 x 8.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 266 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life Paperback – September 1, 2011
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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.
About the Author
Emily Freeman is a writer who loves to read and a speaker who would rather listen. She writes for DaySpring (a division of Hallmark) and has also traveled as a writer with Compassion International to raise awareness for the needs of children in poverty around the world. She attended Columbia International University to study the Bible and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she earned a degree in Educational Interpreting for the Deaf. She is married to John, a student ministries pastor, and together they live in North Carolina with their three children. Emily extends a daily invitation on her blog for women to create space for their souls to breathe. Come join the community of grace dwellers at www.ChattingAtTheSky.com.
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I can’t really add much to all the other reviews except for one little thing: as specific as it is to young women, the whole truth of it could help young men as well. The twenty-thirty somethings who are floundering and have no clear vision of what it means to be a genuine ‘good guy’ and who need a clear concise message that points to the benefits of a back-to-basics one-on-One relationship with Christ.
For heavens sake what else can be said except just read it?
Although most of the things in this book were not new ideas to me, and even though the author could get repetitive, I really enjoyed this book. I never hurts to be reminded of a powerful truth: that their is no need to hide behind masks.
I was nineteen when I first heard the message (though not through this book) that it was okay to not be okay sometimes, that I didn't need to pretend all the time. It is a message that girls (and guys) who grow up in the church need to hear. Even without meaning to we can get caught in the habit of wearing masks so that no one can see the real us, but then know one can know or love the real us either.
I would highly recommend this book to girls who are feeling weary of trying hard, never feel they measure up, or think that they have to be more then they are to please God.
But it always left me feeling boring and neutral beige.... what about me? I have no triumphant story. I was told Jesus died for me and I never doubted it. No miraculous turn around.
I never made waves. I always did what was expected. The Perfection monster ruled and I was a faithful servant.
Then Emily Freeman comes along and gently exposes the hidden sins of the "good" girl... and sweetly invites her friends to brave peeling back the layers to allow Christ in.
It sucked the breath out of me more than once as I recognized my own private battles before me in black and white.
Oh the life that is being robbed by the good girl lie!
I'm half way through this book for the second time. I will read it until its truth has seeped deeply into the cracks of this heart.
Jesus died for the good girl, too. And His transformation in her is just as amazing as He calls her to a place of rest in HIm.
If you're a good girl wondering if there's more - you want this book.