Graceful (For Young Women): Letting Go of Your Try-Hard Life

Graceful (For Young Women): Letting Go of Your Try-Hard Life

by Emily P. Freeman

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You know her--the good girl. She's the reliable one who shows up every week at youth group wearing a purity ring and a smile. She gets good grades, makes the team, and doesn't need to be told to come home on time. But deep down she is crushed by the weight of the responsibility to be the good one, the smart one, the one who never messes up.

With the same candor and gentle spirit she showed women in Grace for the Good Girl, Emily Freeman now gives young women what they need to be free on the inside, no matter what's going on outside. Through an honest look at the roles girls play, she helps them learn to stop trying and start trusting that the Jesus who came to save them also comes to live with them, right here and now.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441240217
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 176
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Emily P. Freeman is a writer who loves to read and a speaker who would rather listen. Every Sunday night, she leads a small group of high school girls at her house where they talk about real life, real love, and the God who makes a difference. Emily's husband John is a youth pastor and they live, love, and serve together in North Carolina with their twin daughters, their son, and their crazy dog, Finn. The author of Grace for the Good Girl, 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. Connect with Emily online at
Emily P. Freeman is the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of Simply Tuesday and Grace for the Good Girl as well as Graceful and A Million Little Ways. She's been writing online for over 10 years and recently co-founded a growing community for writers at Whether writing or speaking, Emily uses her words to create space for souls to breathe, offering fresh perspective on the gracefulness of the everyday and the sacredness of our inner lives. She and her husband live in North Carolina with their three children. Connect with Emily online at and on Instagram @emilypfreeman.

Table of Contents

1 The Beginning 9

2 The Girl Who Wears a Paper Face 15

3 The Actress 29

Hiding behind Her Good Performance

4 The Girl Next Door 39

Hiding behind Her Image

5 The Activist 55

Hiding behind Her Causes

6 The Heroine 65

Hiding behind Her Strength and Responsibility

7 The Bystander 77

Hiding behind Her Comfort Zone

8 The Judge 89

Hiding behind Her Rules

9 The Intellectual 101

Hiding behind Her Report Card

10 The Dreamer 115

Hiding behind Her Somedays

11 The Beloved 127

A Different Kind of Hiding

12 The God Who Set Her Free 143

The Freedom of Being Found

Finding Your Voice Once You've Been Found: Questions for Further Reflection 159

From Good to Graceful 165

Notes 167

Acknowledgments 169

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