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Do you find yourself hiding behind a "good girl" mask to keep your weaknesses a secret? Learn how to stop living a performance-based spiritual life! In her whimsical style, Freeman teaches you to receive from Christ rather than trying to achieve for him. The discussion questions included in the back are organized for an 8-week small group book study for women. A leader's guide is also included.
Ranked #9 on Wall Street Journal's Best-Selling Books list for the week ending November 22.
Noteworthy: This author is one of a special group of women who writes for (in)courage, the popular online friendship community. Every day they take turns pulling up a chair to share their stories of what Jesus looks like in their every day, gloriously ordinary, and often messy lives.
If you read the (in)courage blog online, then you'll be sure to enjoy this title.
Number of Pages: 240
Publication Date: 2011
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
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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.
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Emily Freeman Invites Women to Stop Trying to Impress God and Rest In Him
She'll always volunteer to teach Sunday School. If a family needs a casserole, she's on the list to bring one. She's seen as dependable, organized, and capable. And she likes it that way. But deep inside she struggles. Is her quiet time long enough? Why does it feel like everyone else in her women's Bible Study is getting more out of it than she is? What more could God want from her?
In Grace for the Good Girl, Emily Freeman invites women to let go of the try-hard life and realize that Christ gives us freedom to receive from God rather than constantly trying to achieve for him. 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.
"We may have learned to hold our tongue, to raise our hands in worship, to be kind when we feel unkind. We may have learned to act right," Freeman writes. "But the unseen mind is an unruly battlefield. Even though I know that my spirit has now been united with God's Spirit and my true identity is found there, my soul still has muscle memory."
With an open hand and a whimsical style, Freeman uncovers the truth about the hiding, encouraging women to move from hiding behind girl-made masks and do-good performances to a life hidden in Christ.
Chapter by Chapter, Grace for the Good Girl helps readers:
- Learn how to stop hiding behind performance and reputation
- Let go of the try-hard life
- Rest in God's grace instead of trying to impress Him
Separating the book into three parts, Freeman first tackles the different ways good girls hide, devoting each chapter to a different way, including hiding behind a good reputation or offering a less-than-truthful response to everything of, "Fine." She concludes the first part of the book with a full-out "Game Over" chapter in which Hide and Seek is done away with. The second part of the book is devoted on how the "good girl" can discover who she really is, after being lost for so long under the pressure and weight of having to sustain a perfect life. Each chapter in this section is centered on different parts of the journey, including receiving truth, responding to service, and remembering one's identity in Christ. The third and final section of the book contains chapters reminding the reader (the good girl) that, no matter what happens, she is safe. She is safe when hurting, when she fails, and even when she doesn't feel safe.
With gut-wrenching honesty, genuine love, and comfort that rise from the pages, Freeman uses numerous examples from her life and the lives of women she has helped to show that she and they have been where many good girls now find themselves. Freeman has overcome and conquered former doubts and fears, and now she is helping others do the same through counseling, prayer, friendship, and Bible study. She writes, "As a good girl, every choice I made was dictated by a theology of self-sufficiency. Life was up to me, and I was prepared to get it right." Having escaped that false reality, she now wishes to convey through this truly heartfelt book the message that girls don't have to hide anymore, because Christ can sustain them.
This book is biblically sound and very pragmatic. It is different from other books for women because instead of a whole book on how to be "good," this book proclaims the loving grace of God upon those who feel imperfect. The book stresses that Jesus asks His daughters to come and be loved. This book is definitely one for girls and women of any age who have grown up in the church and have, at one time or another, felt burdened by their reputation and the rules and responsibilities that come from being a good girl. Demelza N. Ramirez, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
Jennifer McLucas5 Stars Out Of 5Encouraging Book with Real Life ApplicationJuly 28, 2014Jennifer McLucasQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Before 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. ;)
Katie MegAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5A manual of grace and truthJune 16, 2014Katie MegAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I pride myself in being an open and fairly transparent person, but this book called me out. Called me out of hiding. I have yet to completely respond to that call, but at least I know now that I have a protective veil, a mask, that I have constructed to protect and try to keep me safe...and it needs to come off. There is a part of me that does not trust, that does not want to yield fully, so I keep the veil on for perceived safety.
In this candid confessional and authentic exhortation, Emily helps "good girls" identify areas in which they hide behind, like: good performance, spiritual disciplines, strength and responsibility, etc. She identifies the problems we face and then clearly points us to the One who can find us and can set us free. I underlined a lot in this book. It is a type of manual for this "try hard" girl who strives to "do" and isn't sure how to just "be".
ChrisIowaAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great for our small group studyAugust 14, 2013ChrisIowaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I picked up a copy and read it myself, then offered it as our church's small group study. We have studied together for several years now, with an age range of 67 to 40. We used the book as a 9 month study. Initially, wisdom and experience had already taught many of Emily's wonderful truths to many of our members. Our discussion often centered around how we had each come to the common truth she offered. As the year progressed, however, each woman found stories that touched her life and deepened her faith in profound and personal ways. All ages, but particularly newlyweds and young mothers, will find a gentle yet definite peace in learning that it is all about what He can do, not what we must do.
ValerieSt Catharined, ON CanadaAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great book- well worth readingJuly 23, 2013ValerieSt Catharined, ON CanadaAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This author actually has something to say thru'out the book. Good insights - so relevant to me and many women today struggling with striving to be good rather than resting in the fact that we are already accepted and loved as we are. Well worth the read!!
jj2010CanadaAge: 45-54Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5Some good warnings, but self-focusedAugust 30, 2012jj2010CanadaAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 4Meets Expectations: 2Although I found many of her examples of 'masks' to be a healthy reminder of things/attitudes to steer away from. I was dissappointed with the overall application to life. It read a lot of, 'just do what you feel called to do'. I think this is a slippery slope, because lots of times what we 'feel' is every-changing and unreliable. I think God calls us to leave a life of service to others. I felt like it promoted our cultural thinking that 'Life is all about ME!'
Q: Are there any discussion questions included with the chapters? Just wondering how well it would work for a weekly small group.
Yes, there are discussion questions at the end of each chapter.