Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life

Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life

by Emily P. Freeman

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Overview

Many of us believe we are saved by grace—but for too many, that's the last time grace defines our life. Instead of walking in grace every day, we strive to be good, believing that the Christian life means hard work with an unshakable good mood.

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.

In Grace for the Good Girl, Emily P. 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 encourages women to move from hiding behind masks and do-good performances to the freedom of a life hidden with Christ in God.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800738242
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/21/2020
Edition description: Repackaged Edition
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 599,883
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Emily P. Freeman is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Grace for the Good Girl, Simply Tuesday, A Million Little Ways, and The Next Right Thing. As host of The Next Right Thing podcast, Emily helps create space for the soul to breathe, offering fresh perspective on the sacredness of our inner life with God. She earned her MA in Christian spiritual formation and leadership from Friends University and lives in North Carolina with her husband and their three children. Connect with her online at www.emilypfreeman.com and on Instagram @emilypfreeman.

Table of Contents

Part 1 The hiding 11

1 Are you a good girl in hiding? 15

2 Chasing expectation 24

Hiding behind her good performance

3 My not-so-extreme makeover 38

Hiding behind her good reputation

4 With a wink and a smile 49

Hiding behind her fake "fine"

5 Martha and my many things 59

Hiding behind her acts of service

6 The rule follower 67

Hiding behind her spiritual disciplines

7 Can't fall apart 78

Hiding behind her strength and responsibility

8 Picket fences 88

Hiding behind her comfort zone

9 When it gets ugly 97

Hiding behind her indifference

10 Hide-and-seek 108

Game over

Part 2 The finding 123

11 Receive 127

On truth and trusting

12 Remain 141

On quiet and time

13 Respond 152

On worship and service

14 Remember 161

On setting your mind

Part 3 The freedom of being found 169

15 Safe, even when it hurts 171

16 Safe, even in failure 182

17 Safe, even when it all goes wrong 197

18 Safe, even when you don't feel safe 209

Small group leader's guide 223

Notes 251

Acknowledgments 255

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