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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
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

You're strong. You're responsible. You're good. But . . .

. . . as day fades to dusk, you begin to feel the familiar fog of anxiety, the weight and pressure of holding it together and of longing left unmet. Good girls sometimes feel that the Christian life means doing hard work with a sweet disposition. We tend to focus only on the things we can handle, our disciplined lives, and our unshakable good moods.

But what would happen if we let grace pour out boundless acceptance into our worn-out hearts and undo us? If we dared to talk about the ways we hide, our longing to be known, and the fear in the knowing?

In Grace for the Good Girl, Emily Freeman invites you to release your tight hold on that familiar, try-hard life and lean your weight heavy into the love of Jesus. With an open hand, a whimsical style, and a heart bent brave toward adventure, Emily encourages you to move from your own impossible expectations toward the God who has graciously, miraculously, and lovingly found you.

"If you struggle with trying so hard, being so good, and hoping so much for joy and grace in the mundane, savor this book."--Mary DeMuth, author of Thin Places: A Memoir

"It is such a joy for me to recommend Emily's book to you. She has profoundly ministered to this recovering good girl."--Angela Thomas, bestselling author and speaker

"Emily Freeman is one of those rare writers: profoundly biblical, lyrical, transparent--memorable. Her emancipating words on these pages offer the needed keys to all the good girls longing to take wing--and soar home to God's heart."--Ann Voskamp, New York Times bestselling author of One Thousand Gifts

Emily Freeman is a writer for DaySpring (a division of Hallmark) and has also traveled as a writer with Compassion International. Emily extends a daily invitation on her blog for women to create space for their souls to breathe. Join the community of grace dwellers at ChattingAtTheSky.com.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441234063
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 1,040,970
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Emily Freeman is a writer who loves to read and a speaker who would rather listen. She writes for DaySpring (a division of Hallmark) and has also traveled as a writer with Compassion International to raise awareness for the needs of children in poverty around the world. 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. She is married to John, a student ministries pastor, and together they live in North Carolina with their three children. Emily extends a daily invitation on her blog for women to create space for their souls to breathe. Come join the community of grace dwellers at ChattingAtTheSky.com.

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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