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Grace for the Good Girl – Book Review

I jumped at the chance to read “Grace for the Good Girl” by Emily P. Freeman.  I had already heard so much buzz about the book through other mama bloggers and through twitter, and had actually already looked into buying it for myself!  In “Grace for the Good Girl”, Freeman invites us to let go of the “try-hard” life, you know that one with all the pressure to do everything, do it well, and pretty much be perfect?

I didn’t really know how much of a good girl I really was, seeing as though I didn’t grow up in a Christian home and was a bit rebellious in high school, but Freeman’s book spoke gently to deep, locked up places in my heart that I didn’t even know were there.  Pleasing others has been a major theme in my life.  Following unwritten rules, or being paralyzed by fear because of not knowing the “rules” is something I also still struggle with.  Now that I am a Christian, I do find myself putting pressure on myself to do everything right, to be perfect, and to make everyone happy.

“Grace for the Good Girl” is a book of 18 chapters in three parts: 1) The Hiding, 2) The Finding, and 3) The Freedom of Being Found and takes you on a journey through the masks that we create for ourselves, removing those masks, and living in the freedom we receive from Jesus.   This book spoke to me powerfully and I strongly recommend it to any woman.  I would love to read this in a small group setting with other women, to get real with one another and remove the masks we have created for ourselves.  In so many ways I thought that I was alone in the way I felt, and through this book (and “A Confident Heart” by Renee Swope) I am realizing that many other women suffer from the same internal battles that I do.

You can read more from Freeman at her blog Chatting at the Sky and at (in)courage.  Here is the trailer for the book:


Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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