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: 9781441234063
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2011
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 592,741
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
Emily P. Freeman is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Grace for the Good GirlSimply 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 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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