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by Emily P. Freeman

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.
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ISBN: 0800719840
ISBN13: 978-0800719845
Category: Bibles
Subcategory: Christian Living
Author: Emily P. Freeman
Language: English
Publisher: Revell (September 1, 2011)
Pages: 272 pages
ePUB size: 1920 kb
FB2 size: 1763 kb
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 606
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This book pierced me and then did triage on me. I’m actually too old for these kinds of self-examining, skin-peeling back, mask-unmasking kinds of books. I read it anyway. For one thing I read A Million Little Ways and fell in love with Emily P Freeman, found her blog and now I am hooked. But I also read it because God nudged me to it. I may be too far gone but I have young ‘good girls’ in my clan who need the wisdom in this book. I can’t very well recommend a book I haven’t read now can I?

I can’t really add much to all the other reviews except for one little thing: as specific as it is to young women, the whole truth of it could help young men as well. The twenty-thirty somethings who are floundering and have no clear vision of what it means to be a genuine ‘good guy’ and who need a clear concise message that points to the benefits of a back-to-basics one-on-One relationship with Christ.

For heavens sake what else can be said except just read it?
Yes, I've been the proverbial "good girl," the people pleaser. I'm getting over it :) Living on a dairy farm has shown me the futility of always trying to have everything just right, trying to make sure I'm just right. I can't tell you how many segments I underlined in this book and took to heart. "We are not called to be strong women." "Here's the truth: aside from accepting Jesus as your personal Savior, there is nothing left to do to gain God's favor." No, not even making sure the laundry is done, the floors mopped, and supper on the table on time. The end result of trying harder is usually feeling worse about ourselves. So, let's just live the life God has set before us—not so easy for the good girl. Ms. Freeman's book will make you feel freer and lighter, without giving you any new rules to follow.
I don't agree with everything she said theologically but a lot of what she says is so good that I encourage you to read it with a grain of salt considering all of scripture. I've let go of my masks a long time ago but have considered putting them back on because sometimes it's hard when ppl around you think you should be wearing a mask. People are uncomfortable with reality. A lot of what Emily writes brought me back to Christ and I especially loved writing out the "rights" that I want and verbally giving them to God. I experienced healing by that. While I am still figuring out how to have healthy relationships and boundaries....laying down my pride and rights has helped me to approach situations with others with humility while still having healthy boundaries.
Best for ages: 15 and up

Although most of the things in this book were not new ideas to me, and even though the author could get repetitive, I really enjoyed this book. I never hurts to be reminded of a powerful truth: that their is no need to hide behind masks.

I was nineteen when I first heard the message (though not through this book) that it was okay to not be okay sometimes, that I didn't need to pretend all the time. It is a message that girls (and guys) who grow up in the church need to hear. Even without meaning to we can get caught in the habit of wearing masks so that no one can see the real us, but then know one can know or love the real us either.

I would highly recommend this book to girls who are feeling weary of trying hard, never feel they measure up, or think that they have to be more then they are to please God.
I loved this book. I listened to the audio version and found myself nodding in agreement way more than I would like. It was like she was reading my biography at times. It is really well written and helped me to think deeply about some of the behaviors that drive me. The behaviors that are not in line with what scripture teaches me. This book has been a spring board to pushing me deeper in my faith and journey. Trust in Jesus and His abilities and love are the key to life not me trying to control my little world! Time to let go of my striving to be a good girl.
This book is beautifully written and really ministered to my heart. I too am a youth pastor's wife like the author and I have dealt with the same issues she speaks of in this book. Hiding behind masks of the "good girl" is just as bad as living on the wild side. Neither show true freedom until Jesus comes in and sets you free. Good girls tend to "strive" and thankfully for God's grace we don't have to any longer. This book is highly recommended. The cover is so pretty and I use it as decoration in my living room as well.
There are so many books out there written about the rebel who comes to Jesus. Inspiring stories of just how much muck He can pull someone from.
But it always left me feeling boring and neutral beige.... what about me? I have no triumphant story. I was told Jesus died for me and I never doubted it. No miraculous turn around.
I never made waves. I always did what was expected. The Perfection monster ruled and I was a faithful servant.

Then Emily Freeman comes along and gently exposes the hidden sins of the "good" girl... and sweetly invites her friends to brave peeling back the layers to allow Christ in.
It sucked the breath out of me more than once as I recognized my own private battles before me in black and white.
Oh the life that is being robbed by the good girl lie!

I'm half way through this book for the second time. I will read it until its truth has seeped deeply into the cracks of this heart.

Jesus died for the good girl, too. And His transformation in her is just as amazing as He calls her to a place of rest in HIm.

If you're a good girl wondering if there's more - you want this book.
This depends on if you are a new Christian or not. I don't hide my feelings and to open to hide behind a mask. I feel that this would be good for those who are trying to learn how to trust God in their lives. I don't think it makes a good study book for those who are already trusting in God.