Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard LifeEmily Freeman
Many of us believe that we are saved by grace--but for too many, that's the last time grace defines our life. Instead of clinging to grace, we strive for good and believe that the Christian life means hard work and a sweet disposition. As good girls, we focus on the things w... Read More
Many of us believe that we are saved by grace--but for too many, that's the last time grace defines our life. Instead of clinging to grace, we strive for good and believe that the Christian life means hard work and a sweet disposition. As good girls, we focus on the things we can handle, our disciplined lives, and our unshakable good moods. When we fail to measure up to our own impossible standards, we hide behind our good girl masks, determined to keep our weakness a secret.
In "Grace for the Good Girl," Emily Freeman invites women to let go of the try-hard life and realize that in Christ we are free to receive from him rather than constantly try to achieve for him. With an open hand and a whimsical style, Emily uncovers the truth about the hiding, encouraging women to move from hiding behind girl-made masks and do-good performances to a life hidden with Christ in God.
Page Count: 272
Dimensions: 8.4" (L) x 5.4" (W) x 0.9" (D)
- Product type: Book
- Format: Softcover
- Release Date: Aug 1, 2011
- UPC: 9780800719845
- Height: 0.8
- Width: 5.4
- Length: 8.4
- Volumes/Discs: 1
- Pages: 257
- Publish Date: Sep 1, 2011
- Language: English
- Audience Age Maximum: 17
- Audience Age Minimum: 14
- BISAC: "REL012120 , REL012130"
- ISBN: 0800719840
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- Encouraging Book with Real Life Application by Jennifer on 7/28/2014
Before buying her book I frequented Emily Freeman's blog, Chatting at the Sky. When I discovered she had released a book on grace I wasn't sure it was really for me. I love the writing style of the blog, words which are well crafted and artistically woven, but when I came to the subject of grace, I knew I needed real applicable content, not just a beautifully written book on someone else's idea of grace.
Weeks went by and I felt nudge after nudge to purchase the book and read it. I ignored the feeling. After a couple of months I found myself talking with a friend on the phone, and I just kind of lost it. I knew deep inside myself that all my "doing" was in vain. Something was still missing and I knew that that something was grace. Through my tears I confessed that I was certain that God wanted me to read this book and that I had been ignoring Him. She waited on the phone while I downloaded it onto my iPhone. After just the first chapter my perspective on grace had changed. The very first chapter cut me to the core. It was exactly what I needed. I read the book in it's entirety within a matter of a few days and I feel like I have become a different person.
I read a lot. Nothing I have read has impacted me quite like this book has. Reading it I felt like Emily Freeman had been secretly reading my mind because she knew stuff about me that I wasn't even brave enough to write down in my diary. And she had answers. Real honest answers of how I could get from where I was- trying hard but loving little, to where I needed to be- loving, trusting, and believing enough to stop trying all together.
If you are a woman who is frustrated because you know you are doing all the right things but you know you are doing them with all the wrong motivation then this book is one you need to read. If you aren't 100% sure of the difference between grace and mercy then this book is one you should read. If you are the close friend of someone who seems to have it all together yet is constantly frayed around the edges please read this book for her and then slip her a copy too. ;)