I dont really consider myself a 'good girl' in all the ways Freeman mentions, but nonetheless, this book was so applicable for the life of a Christian woman. It would be awesome if there was a 'Grace for the Good Boy" as well, as i think my husband would benefit from reading this book! Learning to live a free and abundant life with that which we have already been given! Really enjoyed the style of writing and the format for using the book in a book club. Also great to visit her blog as we were reading through the book.
I have not written many reviews in my life, but this book is THAT good that I couldn't resist.
Reading this book, I kept having the sensation that somehow Emily must have been watching me for a good portion of my life. I saw myself over and over in the various stories. This book was about me... the me that needs grace so desperately. The trying hard me, the pleasing others me, the 'good girl' me. How does that happen?
That happens when God puts a book in your hands at the exact time in your life when He really WANTS you to GET what you need to hear and take it to heart in a new way. A way that will help you to further your walk with Christ and live free is His grace & love.
God's timing is perfect and I am so thankful for the truths Emily has penned (typed?) here. The scriptures that are new in application and reached my heart in a deeper way than ever before.
I want to buy copies for every woman I know!
Buy this book... read it, highlight it, pray, read more, and let God do something amazing in your heart & mind.
Wow this book is much more than I expected. The author deals with several issues women face in their lives with examples from her own life as well as examples from other ladies. The book is broken down in three parts; The Hiding; The Finding; and The Freedom of Being Found. And in each section she has chapters such as: Are You a Good Girl in Hiding; Martha and My Many Things; Receive and Safe Even When It Hurts.
The chapter on Martha and Mary spoke to me a lot because when I think about my Ã¢â¬Ëmany things' I have more than I want to admit. How much time do I really spend with those things instead of spending it with Jesus? His words to Martha are an encouragement to us all, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things, but only one thing is necessary." (Luke 10:41-42, NASB)
Safe Even When It Hurts was a great chapter for me as well. In the chapter the author speaks of closure and healing when difficult things happen in our lives. A couple of verses she quoted that helps us realize that God is always there to help us is Psalm 94: 18 & 19 "When I said, "My foot is slipping," your love, O Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul."
I've mentioned just a few things in this book, but when you read it, you will find so much here that will help you draw closer to the Lord. It talks much about its title Ã¢â¬ËGrace' so will learn to find grace for things in your life that you are dealing with and going through. I encourage ladies to get a copy and read it! I would love to review this book with a small study group or a Sunday school class.
"Available September 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."
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We are a performance-based nation. We too often determine a person's worth and credit by what job they hold, the position within that job, how much money they make, how busy they are, the type of car they drive, the house they have, or the lifestyle they live. Americans are all about performance.
Emily shares her story in the pages of this book about how she never lived "bad." In fact, she was a "good" Christian. She went to church every Sunday, she read her Bible, and she worked hard to be that good Christian girl that has a great reputation. However, in her heart, she didn't truly know God. She did to a point, but it wasn't until later that had to let go of the works aspect of being a Christian and instead trust and know that Christ isn't about works. He loves us and wants us to understand that deep down in our hearts. When we do that, the works will come and then it won't seem like such hard work.
I would definitely recommend this book for the person who is discouraged or who has a hard time understanding that works won't make God love you more than He already does. You can also read Emily's blog for more encouraging articles written by her.
I received this book free from Revell Publishers in exchange for my honest opinion of this book.
It's like, Emily, wrote this book for me. As I opened up these pages before me I realized the hurdle jumper I have been. Being a good girl will kill your spirit. Listen to these words and see if they sound like you:
If you serve in the church, then you will be accepted.
If you are responsible, then you will be respected.
If you follow all the rules, then you will be good enough.
If you try hard, then you'll become more like God.
If you act righteous, then you will become righteous.
If you keep your house clean, then you will be a good wife.
If you make healthy dinners every night, then you will be a good mom.
If you wake up at 5 a.m. and pray every morning, then you will be a good Christian.
How's that sounding? Maybe you are trying to be a good girl too. Some how it happens to us before we know it and then we have put so many masks on we can't recognize ourselves any longer. Praise the Lord for God's grace.
If you are a woman, this book is for you! I love how, Emily, designed this book. We begin reading, Part 1, The Hiding. Oh, how I have been a hider. Then we have Part 2, The Finding. Receive, Remain, Respond and Remember. Four simple words that will lift that mask off and help you see who you really are. A daughter of the King of kings! Lastly, Part 3, The Freedom of Being Found. Don't you love to feel safe? We can feel safe when we allow Jesus into our lives and trust Him with everything!
This book holds a leader guide that would be wonderful to use for a group setting. Ladies, looking for a Sunday School lesson? This is it. Maybe your just looking for a great read. This would be a lovely addition to add to your quiet time.
Emily shares stories of her own life and struggles. She opens up the lives of her friends and allows us to peek inside. Something I love about this book? Emily is transparent. Not only can we see her heart, but we can see Christ shining through her. I am so glad He moved her to write this book. I am glad she chose to listen. This is a gem of a book that will help you learn to let go and let God. It's more than okay for us to be vulnerable. We don't have to hide any longer. We have freedom in Christ! When I can walk away from a book with a better understanding of who I am and who Christ is in me, well then, I know I have found a gift to treasure.