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Graceful (For Young Women): Letting Go of Your Try-Hard Life

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For the prom queen, the athlete, the bookworm, and the dreamer.

For the good test taker and the strict list maker. For the rule follower, the fear wallower, the messy, and the misunderstood. For the self-critic, the silent judge, and the girl who feels invisible.

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Overview

For the prom queen, the athlete, the bookworm, and the dreamer.

For the good test taker and the strict list maker. For the rule follower, the fear wallower, the messy, and the misunderstood. For the self-critic, the silent judge, and the girl who feels invisible.

For the girl who is tired of trying and the one afraid to fail.

These words are for you.

You don't have to be perfect. But do you trust the One who is?

The God who came to save you also came to live with you, in you, today.

If you've been struggling with expectations--from your parents, your teachers, your friends, and even yourself--Graceful is for you. Are you trying hard to catch up but aren't sure what it is you're chasing? Read and be set free.

Emily P. Freeman is the author of Grace for the Good Girl. Every Sunday night, she leads a small group of high school girls at her house where they talk about real life, real love, and the God who makes a difference. Emily's husband, John, is a youth pastor and they live together in North Carolina with their twin daughters, their son, and their crazy dog, Finn. Connect with Emily online at www.ChattingAtTheSky.com.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800719838
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2012
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 272,902
  • Age range: 13 - 18 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Emily P. Freeman is a writer who loves to read and a speaker who would rather listen. Every Sunday night, she leads a small group of high school girls at her house where they talk about real life, real love, and the God who makes a difference. Emily's husband John is a youth pastor and they live, love, and serve together in North Carolina with their twin daughters, their son, and their crazy dog, Finn. The author of Grace for the Good Girl, she attended Columbia International University to study the Bible and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she earned a degree in Educational Interpreting for the Deaf. Connect with Emily online at www.ChattingAtTheSky.com.
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Table of Contents

1 The Beginning 9

2 The Girl Who Wears a Paper Face 15

3 The Actress 29

Hiding behind Her Good Performance

4 The Girl Next Door 39

Hiding behind Her Image

5 The Activist 55

Hiding behind Her Causes

6 The Heroine 65

Hiding behind Her Strength and Responsibility

7 The Bystander 77

Hiding behind Her Comfort Zone

8 The Judge 89

Hiding behind Her Rules

9 The Intellectual 101

Hiding behind Her Report Card

10 The Dreamer 115

Hiding behind Her Somedays

11 The Beloved 127

A Different Kind of Hiding

12 The God Who Set Her Free 143

The Freedom of Being Found

Finding Your Voice Once You've Been Found: Questions for Further Reflection 159

From Good to Graceful 165

Notes 167

Acknowledgments 169

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 4, 2012

    "Graceful" is a gem. Books for teenage girls are often

    "Graceful" is a gem. Books for teenage girls are often too casual or too intense. I should know since I was the girl in high school who read every book that I thought might make me "better." This book is written with the perfect tone and full of life-changing truths. Practical, real, funny but not frilly, and deep. And not one checklist to be found.

    Teenage girls will find comfort in Emily's charming vulnerability, probably feeling like she's right in there the room with them. Small group leaders will find comfort in having such a strong message articulated clearly that's accompanied by a great leader guide available on the author's website. Moms will find comfort in knowing that someone is speaking truth into the lives of their daughters, truth that might have been revealed to them through Emily's first book, "Grace for the Good Girl."

    This book is for young women who feel like they have DO in order to be loved, valued, and accepted. I am thrilled that girls who read this book will experience freedom from having to try so hard when they're young and not wait until they're 30 with kids. If you know a teenage girl who is doing everything right, buy this book for her. Chances are, she's about to crumble under her own pressure, and "Graceful" offers truth that brings peace and freedom that will seriously change her life.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2014

    J to hard life

    Hey good job i like your story

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 23, 2014

    To Hard life

    Andrew is that stern he dosn't beat them very oftan and he is really nice to them ~ Capricorn (Cap)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2014

    To hard life

    Keep posting! I love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2014

    Hard life part 4

    Thank u for all the comments. So im hosting a story contest. Post a short one part story about rylan and allison at result 4. The next part of the story will be at
    result 5. Keep comenting, now on to the story. <p> Rylans POV <p> i layed on my big white bed. I got my own room in the mansion. It was a pretty nice room. It hade a big bed, tv, computer, video games, and other fancy expensive stuff. i sighed, Andrew Parker was not treating my sister well, she now had to wear a white mini skirt with her hair tied in a braide. She also had to wear a collar on her neck. Last night he attached a leesh to tbe collar and made her be his dog for the night. Somethimes Andrew would let me order Allison around on my own. I never did. We just talked. When i could i would sneek her some good food, or a candy or something. Andrew punished her quite regularly, he sp<_>anked her, whipped her, and other toutures. Then, one rainey friday a man walked in on Andrews fun. He was watching tv while he made Allisone crawl around and pick up trash, shoes, dirty clothing, and othe stuff with her mouth. "Clyde!" The man said "i told you not to do anything with my slaves! You knew they would be diliverd while i was gone." The man said. He looked exactly like the man i thought was Andrew. "Sorry bro." Clyde said. "Couldnt help myself." He said. "Get out!" The real Andrew told him. He groaned and left. A few minutes later we heard a car pull out off the driveway. The real Andrew looked at us. "Stand up please." He said. I was allready standing. Allison dropped the shirt that was in her mouth and stood. "Sorry about my brother guys" he said. "I hope he didnt hurt you." "not me." I said. "He hurt me" Mumbled Allison. "What!" Andrew bellowed. She nodded. "If so sorry Allison, thats your name right?" She nodded "well, i wont hurt you, unless absoutly necesary. I will do some fun stuff with you though." He said. Allisons eyes widend. "Oh, nothing 'R' rated" he said. Both Allison and i relaxed alittle when he said that. He then looked at me. "Your not a slave or anything. This house is yours." He looked back at Allison. "Hmmmm, i am going to keep you in that mini skirt for now. But." He reached down and took off Allusons collar. "Thank you master." She said. "No prob Allison." He responded. "What shall i do now master?" She asked. "Nothing right now, why dont you go hang out with Rylan, ive got some studing to do. Im a docter." He said. With that Allison and I walked out of the room. We walked into my room. I sat on my bed. "What shall i do sir?" Alluson asked me. "Well, first, stop asking me what your oders are! Your my sister." I said. "Oh" she said. I pulled her up onto my bed. "How ya doin?" I asked "ive been better" she responded. We talked for atleast another hour. Then Andrew said it was time to go to bed. <p> Thanks for reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2012

    For every young woman

    This book is incredible! Every woman should buy one for their sister, daughter, granddaughter, niece, and female friend. This book guides young woman toward living a life in God's grace rather than under the self-imposed burden of performance.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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