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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Many of us believe that we are saved by grace--but for too many, that's the last time grace defines our life. Instead of clinging to grace, we strive for good and believe that the Christian life means hard work and a sweet disposition. As good girls, we focus on the things we can handle, our disciplined lives, and our unshakable good moods. 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 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 uncovers the truth about the hiding, encouraging women to move from hiding behind girl-made masks and do-good performances to a life hidden with Christ in God.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800719845
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2011
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 228,920
Product dimensions: 5.36(w) x 8.54(h) x 0.74(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

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

Table of Contents

Part 1 the hiding 11

1 are you a good girl in hiding? 15

2 chasing expectation: hiding behind her good performance 24

3 my not-so-extreme makeover: hiding behind her good reputation 38

4 with a wink and a smile: hiding behind her fake "fine" 49

5 martha and my many things: hiding behind her acts of service 59

6 the rule follower: hiding behind her spiritual disciplines 67

7 can't fall apart: hiding behind her strength and responsibility 78

8 picket fences: hiding behind her comfort zone 88

9 when it gets ugly: hiding behind her indifference 97

10 hide-and-seek: game over 108

Part 2 the finding 123

11 receive: on truth and trusting 127

12 remain: on quiet and time 141

13 respond: on worship and service 152

14 remember: on setting your mind 161

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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