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Grace for the Good Girl..a review and a give away!

emily freeman from chatting at the sky wrote a book called “grace for the good girl.”

i read it in three days flat and loved every page of it.
it’s one of those books that you don’t want to end.
you want her to keep telling her story…what it’s like to live life as a good girl and what a prison it is.
her story is my story.
different characters.  different scenarios.  different plot.
same story.
i’d finish a chapter and think it was my favorite.
until i got finished with the next chapter.
i’m not kidding.  you will love this book.
if you’re reading these words and you are saying to yourself, “no way, i wasn’t a good girl.”
don’t fret…the book is for you, too.
some of us spend the better part of our lives being good girls,
and some of us spend our lives trying to make up for when we weren’t good girls at all.
..that any attempt we make at looking the part is just that…a vain attempt.
hopefully, prayerfully, we get to the point where we realize we aren’t good without Christ.
…and we accept his unconditional, grace-filled love and acceptance, and we live free.
…free from the prison of “trying” to be a good girl..pretending to be all things to all people.
…free from the prison of “trying” to make up for all the times we weren’t good girls at all.
as emily puts it…free from the “try hard life.”
she talks about being all things to all people.
she talks about always being the strong, responsible one.
she talks about being the rule follower.
she talks about hiding behind 
our acts of service, our fake “fine”, our good reputations, our comfort zones, and our indifference. 
and praise God, she also talks about being seen and found by God, the one who made us.
she talks about
  responding to him, receiving him, and remaining in him.
she reminds us that we are safe in Him in each and every circumstance of our lives, 
even when we don’t “feel” very safe.

i don’t know about you, but the “try hard” life is entirely exhausting.
i’ve been there, done that, and I’m wearing the t-shirt, carrying the crown and toting the trophy.
there are all kinds of prisons that can hold us captive, but i know this performance prison
  all too well.

you will love every word of every paragraph of every chapter.
there won’t be a single one that you will want to rush through.
you will be reminded of the priceless truth about finding your identity and worth in Christ alone.
you will find freedom in letting go of the work hard and try hard life.

and this much is worth repeating.
remember when i said this book is for the quintessential good girls
for those who are trying hard to make up for all the times they weren’t good girls at all?
it’s so, so, so true.

I love it so much that I am thrilled to be giving one copy away!
Please leave a comment and I’ll pick a random winner this Friday.
If you aren’t a blogger,
 please be sure to leave your email address so that I can contact you if you win.

40. books that turn you inside out with truth that sets you free.
41. a real life phone conversation with PAIGE!!!!!!
42. morning walks with my dog-baby, Max.

White Ironstone Cottage - I would love to read this book and pass it on to my Bible Study group too
Sounds wonderful

paige - amen

i made the gratitude list? makes me want to cry…

Kellye - I cannot wait to get my grubby paws on a copy of this book and I would LOVE to win one from YOU!!! Great post!!!

Lolo @ The Adventures of Stig and Lolo - I need this.Seriously.
Your #40. Amen.
#41!! LUCKY ;) Love her.


Faith - I am a good girl… I need this book. :)

Lissa - If you love it I will love it! I’d better get it soon!

Allison - I am so excited about this book and have heard such good things. Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy!

Dawn - I am so wanting to read this book!! I KNOW I need it :)

hawkeyejlp - Yes! Looks fab–great giveaway!

Deborah - Thanks for the opportunity. Great giveaway.

Domestic Accident - Thanks for the chance.

Sharon - sounds like I would love a copy of this book to read and pass along to a friend.

Alicia - sounds like i’d love it too!!

Mandi @ Finding Home - I’d love to be entered to win a copy of Emily’s book! THanks so much for the chance. I’m dying to read what she has to say.

Kat - I would love to win this book!!! And yes, a phone conversation with Paige is definitely something to be thankful for. She’s precious!

Jennifer @ Studio JRU - Oh… I so want to read this one! Have been hearing so many wonderful things about it!

Lindsay - Thanks for sharing your gratitude list and thanks for the chance to win. I’ve been waiting for this book to come, glad it’s finally here, can’t wait to read it!

Megan - It is on my list for when we come home. Love her.

GLENDA CHILDERS - Oh boy, I already know it . . . I am a good girl.


Karin Dewey - Oh man! You know me too well…performance driven…approval seeking…wearing the crown and toting the trophy…way too convicting. Trying to be super-mom, super-wife, super-daughter, super-teacher and falling in to bed each night super-exhausted! Well, we’ll see if this is my next need-to-read book! :) Love ya and miss ya! Karin

Katy~The Country Blossom - I just found you, and how wonderful you are having a giveaway! I would love the chance to win this book! Thank you!


thecountryblossom at hotmail dot com

Vicky - I would so love to win a copy of this book! Thanks for the chance to win!

AnnaM - I NEED this!! Thank you for the giveaway. I appreciate your thoughts on life and your “pins” are so me.

Cynthia Agnell - Thanks for sharing. So often we forget that perfection is not our job but God’s. Our job is to be malleable as he does his work in our lives. Isn’t that a freeing thought. May his richest blessings be yours today.

Sarah - Would love to read this! Hoping to see you sometime since you are living so close again!

Julie - Definitely a book I want to read!

Kelli - If I don’t make the cut to win it I will have to just go and buy it. I trust you and Paige’s opinion and can’t wait to dive into this book.

Mrs.B - I’ve been wanting this book, so I hope I win! :)

Katie - While I definitely don’t think I was the quintessential ‘good’ girl, I can definitely relate to the try hard life! Super intrigued…

Rachel - Love how the front cover illustrates how in our hearts we so want to be free!

Megan - this sounds like a book i need to read!

Janie Fox - I want to read this book. I hope I win. If not, I will buy it :) It sounds great!

Jane - oh I think that I need to read this, though admittedly I’m a little nervous of doing so!
thanks for the opportunity to win!

Kim - Sounds like a read I just may need. Would greatly appreciate the chance to win one!!

Erin - Oh, I would absolutely love to win a copy of this book! I have been wanting to read it since it came out. Thank you for the great giveaway!

Playing Sublimely - Isn’t it so fun and amazing and great :)!!!

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