Monday, September 5, 2011

GRACE FOR THE GOOD GIRL by EMILY P. FREEMAN

It's like, Emily, wrote this book for me. As I opened up these pages before me I realized the hurdle jumper I have been. Being a good girl will kill your spirit. Listen to these words and see if they sound like you:

If you serve in the church, then you will be accepted.
If you are responsible, then you will be respected.
If you follow all the rules, then you will be good enough.
If you try hard, then you'll become more like God.
If you act righteous, then you will become righteous.
If you keep your house clean, then you will be a good wife.
If you make healthy dinners every night, then you will be a good mom.
If you wake up at 5 a.m. and pray every morning, then you will be a good Christian.

How's that sounding? Maybe you are trying to be a good girl too. Some how it happens to us before we know it and then we have put so many masks on we can't recognize ourselves any longer. Praise the Lord for God's grace.

If you are a woman, this book is for you! I love how, Emily, designed this book. We begin reading, Part 1, The Hiding. Oh, how I have been a hider. Then we have Part 2, The Finding. Receive, Remain, Respond and Remember. Four simple words that will lift that mask off and help you see who you really are. A daughter of the King of kings! Lastly, Part 3, The Freedom of Being Found. Don't you love to feel safe? We can feel safe when we allow Jesus into our lives and trust Him with everything!

This book holds a leader guide that would be wonderful to use for a group setting. Ladies, looking for a Sunday School lesson? This is it. Maybe your just looking for a great read. This would be a lovely addition to add to your quiet time.

Emily shares stories of her own life and struggles. She opens up the lives of her friends and allows us to peek inside. Something I love about this book? Emily is transparent. Not only can we see her heart, but we can see Christ shining through her. I am so glad He moved her to write this book. I am glad she chose to listen. This is a gem of a book that will help you learn to let go and let God. It's more than okay for us to be vulnerable. We don't have to hide any longer. We have freedom in Christ! When I can walk away from a book with a better understanding of who I am and who Christ is in me, well then, I know I have found a gift to treasure.

This book was a gift from Revell for it's review.

Emily Freeman is a writer who loves to read and a speaker who would rather listen. She writes for DaySpring (a division of Hallmark) and has also traveled as a writer with Compassion International to raise awareness for the needs of children in poverty around the world. 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. She is married to John, a student ministries pastor, and together they live in North Carolina with their three children. Emily extends a daily invitation on her blog for women to create space for their souls to breathe. Come join the community of grace dwellers at www.ChattingAtTheSky.com.



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