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 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
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.00(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 and on Instagram @emilypfreeman.

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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