Thursday, September 15, 2011

Grace for the Good Girl

Grace for the Good Girl

by Emily P. Freeman

"Hi, my name is Holly, and I'm a recovering good girl." No, I'm not moving towards being a "bad girl," but after reading this book, I realized that my people-pleasing, perfectionistic tendencies had gotten out of control.  Emily writes to women who have lived for years with this unrealistic view of themselves, and encourages them to "let go of the try-hard life" and experience true freedom in Christ.

After hearing that Emily was writing this book with Revell, I wondered if it might be available for review. So when I received the invitation e-mail, I immediately requested to review it. Emily is one of my favorite bloggers (read her blog here). Honest and heartfelt, godly yet down to earth, she has a way of speaking to my heart. In the short amount of time that I have been reading her blog, I have felt a renewed sense of courage and inspiration to write again. To call myself a writer. To write even when I'm not sure I'm getting the words out right. 

I cracked open Grace for the Good Girl, half knowing what to expect, half not having a clue what to expect. Then I heard myself being described on the pages. My only child, perfection-bent, approval seeking self - there I was. The further I read in the book, the more I related to Emily's good girl tendencies. By the time I finished, I felt a weight had lifted from my shoulders, a sigh of relief that brought freedom. Freedom from the voice that tells me I have to be perfect. From the compulsion to seek everyone's approval. Freedom that comes from knowing that God loves me for who I am, not what I do. 

If you can relate to any of this, I would encourage you to read this book. Even if you don't struggle in this area, you probably know someone who does. Read Grace for the Good Girl and you will walk away with a new understanding of either yourself or someone close to you. 

This book is now available at your favorite bookseller by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

About the author:

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 received degrees from both Columbia International University and The University of North Carolina Greensboro. 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

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell Books. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


  1. This book sounds really good! Maybe someday when I get through my current stack (will it ever happen?), I'll get a chance to read it. I'll definitely check out her blog!

  2. I know, right? I have a stack too...and, like you, I can't turn down a good book either. :)