I read a lot of books written for Christian women, and many of the titles have to do with walking in true freedom. Once in a great while I'll find a book that almost feels as if someone had watched me live my life and wrote about what they saw, heard and felt.
Emily, we could be twins, sister! Reading her story of learning to walk free in her faith was so moving, so easy to relate to, and so comforting for me. I knew I wasn't alone in how I felt or what I thought, and that I had HOPE!
"Grace for the Good Girl" says a lot about women who live as 'good girls'...women who can't get it wrong, make a mistake, let anyone down, or let their flaws/issues show. If that doesn't describe you in some fashion, then you most likely won't get this book...but if you can glimpse yourself in there somewhere...
...you need to get this book!
Emily writes with total transparency, sharing stories that demonstrate just how tied up she was in 'being good'...and how exhausting and impossible it is to live that way. She uses examples from her own life to then show us how to leave behind what she terms 'the try-hard life'.
In each chapter Emily relates our every-day living to a character or a person from Scripture, laying the stories side-by-side for clear understanding and examination. Emily paints a vivid picture of God's law and God's grace, how each plays an important part in how we view God, ourselves, and how we live our faith.
Each chapter ends with some discussion questions for either personal or small group reflection. The reader can feel free to journal responses or merely to think over the answers to each question as the pages turn to reveal more of Emily's story and more about our walk in freedom in Christ.
I was completely engaged by this book. Reading "Grace for the Good Girl" was like having a really close friend--a kindred soul--walking along beside me, helping me see things I might have missed and enabling me to grasp that true freedom I have in Christ.
My thanks to Donna Hausler at Revell for my copy. I'm giving "Grace for the Good Girl" five out of five bookmarks, with a set of colored pencils AND an activity book--you'll have to read "Grace for the Good Girl" to know why what is so important!
"Grace for the Good Girl" is published by Revell Publishing and is available in bookstores everywhere.
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Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Authored by Deena Peterson at 1:24 PM