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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.
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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.
|Title: Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life|
By: Emily P. Freeman
Number of Pages: 240
Publication Date: 2011
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
Weight: 10 ounces
Stock No: WW719845
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:
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
Yes, there are discussion questions at the end of each chapter.
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