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Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life
By Emily P. Freeman

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 Grace for the Good Girl. Emily Freeman writes from experience. She tells the truth on herself and invites you to the feast of God's available and life-changing grace." Mary DeMuth, author of Thin Places: A Memoir

"It is such a joy for me to recommend Emily Freeman's book to you. I applaud her vulnerability, truth and beautiful application of God's grace to us. She has profoundly ministered to this recovering good girl."--Angela Thomas, bestselling author and speaker

"When you read certain writers, you know it's a calling, because on every page, it's there: the echo of God's voice. Emily Freeman's 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 his heart."--Ann Voskamp, New York Times bestselling author of One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

Product Details

Format: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.5 x 8.5
ISBN: 9780800719845
Pub. Date: September 2011

Meet the Author

Emily Freeman is the author of Grace for the Good Girl and Graceful. Whether writing or speaking, Emily's words 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 John live in North Carolina with their three children. Connect with Emily online at www.emilypfreeman.com where you'll find her blog, Chatting at the Sky.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Hiding
  1. Are You a Good Girl in Hiding?
  2. Chasing Expectation
  3. My Not-So-Extreme Makeover
  4. With a Wink and a Smile
  5. Martha and My Many Things
  6. The Rule Follower
  7. Can’t Fall Apart
  8. Picket Fences
  9. When It Gets Ugly
  10. Hide-and-Seek
Part 2: The Finding
  1. Receive
  2. Remain
  3. Respond
  4. Remember
Part 3: The Freedom of Being Found
  1. Safe, Even When It Hurts
  2. Safe, Even In Failure
  3. Safe, Even When It All Goes Wrong
  4. Safe, Even When You Don’t Feel Safe
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