Grace, Not Perfection: Embracing Simplicity, Celebrating Joy
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Product Description

Designed with Emily Ley's signature style, this book delves into the promises and motivations for pursuing a simpler life--one that allows you to breathe, to laugh, to enjoy, and to grow. With a focus on faith, Emily reminds readers that God abundantly pours out grace on us, and that surely we can extend grace to ourselves. Beautiful and inspirational, Grace, Not Perfection is perfect for self-purchase or for gifting to the special women in your life.

Product Information

Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0718085221
ISBN-13: 9780718085223

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Publisher's Description

I will hold myself to a standard of grace, not perfection.


As a busy wife, new mother, business owner, and designer, Emily Ley came to a point when she suddenly realized she couldn’t do it all. She needed to simplify her life, organize her days, and prioritize the priorities. She decided to hold herself to a standard of grace rather than perfection. This mantra led to the creation of her bestselling Simplified Planner®, a favorite among busy women everywhere—from mamas to executives and everywhere in between.


Grace, Not Perfection takes this message from a daily planner to an inspirational book that encourages women to simplify and prioritize. Designed with Emily Ley’s signature aesthetic, this book gives women tangible ways to simplify their lives to give space to what matters most. With a focus on faith, Emily reminds readers that God abundantly pours out grace on us—and that surely we can extend grace to ourselves.


Have you been told you can have it all, only to end up exhausted and occasionally out of sorts with the people you love? Are you ready for a new way of seeing your time? Learn to live a little more simply. Hold yourself and those you love to a more life-giving standard in Grace Not Perfection,and allow that grace to seep into your days, your family, and your heart.


Ideas include:


  • List Making 101—tips to create effective to-do lists and get through them one step at a time
  • Simplify your life by simplifying the three major areas: your space, your time, and your mind
  • Strategies to center your day around an intentionally slower rhythm of life

Author Bio

Emily Ley is Founder and Creative Director of Emily Ley Paper & Gifts. She is also the creator of the bestselling Simplified Planner—a daily agenda for what matters most. Raised in Pensacola, Florida (home of the most beautiful beaches you ever did see), Emily graduated from the University of West Florida with degrees in English, creative writing, and public administration and then went on to become the executive director of the city ballet. From there, she worked in nonprofit management and public relations before launching her brand in 2008. Following the success found at its online home,, the Emily Ley brand quickly grew to be carried in over 500 retail outlets across the United States and around the world. Emily has been recognized with numerous awards, including Best New Product—Desktop (for the 2015 Simplified Planner®) at the National Stationery Show as well as Top 10 Designers to Watch in 2015 by Stationery Trends Magazine. Now as a businesswoman, wife, and mama to three, Emily enjoys Friday pizza parties on the living room floor, strong cappuccinos with her college-crush-turned-husband, and making memories to savor for a lifetime with her twins and preschooler.

Author/Artist Review

Author: Emily Ley
Located in: Tampa, Florida
Submitted: August 24, 2016

    Tell us a little about yourself.  I'm a designer, wife, and mama to three beautiful kiddos (Brady, 5, and twins - Caroline and Tyler, 1).

    What was your motivation behind this project?  I know, firsthand, that life can be so totally beautiful and completely overwhelming at the same time. As women - no matter what season of life we're in - we are pulled in so many different directions. I wrote Grace, Not Perfection out of my own experience meeting total burn-out, accepting God's grace in my messy life, and learning ways to simplify and streamline the day to do so that I can truly find the joy in the journey.

    What do you hope folks will gain from this project?  Whether she’s single or married, a mom or child-free, in a career she loves or at home full-time, feeling pretty together or feeling like a total mess, I want everyone to have the same takeaway. I want her to think, ‘I am good enough, just like I am right now, with what I have and as who God made me to be. I don’t have to be anything more.

    How were you personally impacted by working on this project?  Writing Grace, Not Perfection was an incredible experience. Reliving some of the moments in my life where I've felt God's Grace wrap around me so strongly did my heart so much good. It reminded me just how often God reminds us (firmly or gently) that He is in control, not us.

    Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists?  As a former English major, I am a bookworm at heart. I love Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Maya Angelou, Bob Goff, Jen Hatmaker, and so many more. I adore the classics, of course, but love reading the raw, real humor and truth in today's books also.

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