Grace for the Good Girl {Review & Giveaway}

Good girl? Really? I wouldn’t have given myself that title… not since maybe when I was really young. I wanted to read Emily’s book because she is my friend. I had no idea that I needed this book!

As the pages started turning, I soon realized that these were MY feelings. MY thoughts. A core struggle that I have had since childhood. The difference is that my heart went way astray. A good girl who ended up going bad… sick and tired of always trying to live up to some standard. I have since given my heart and life back to Jesus, but I still have these people-pleasing tendencies.

 Grace for the Good Girl has 3 different sections:

  • The Hiding, where Emily basically tells us what struggles we face as a good girl;
  • The Finding, where she shows us how to breathe and overcome those struggles;
  • The Freedom of Being Found, which tells us the life we have to look forward to when we allow Jesus to take complete control.

This book has brought me to laugh and to cry. I laughed a lot at myself, finally seeing in print the things that I have dealt with forever. I have cried over the pain caused to God, myself, and others because of my “good girl” ways that I never knew quite how to explain. Perfectionist, yes. But this surprised me.

I believe that all women need to read this book. You may be like me… not realizing that you have good girl tendencies. There is something in this book for everyone. Emily has shared her heart in a most transparent manner, and she offers us very practical explanations and illustrations that help us in our walk as believers.

The third section, The Freedom of Being Found, basically says we are safe when…. (you fill in the blank). Heartbreaking stories of hurt, failure, and fear, and the way women have responded, bring us to recognize where our true safety lies.

I am so thankful to Emily for bearing her soul in this book. It has been (and will continue to be) a blessing to me… and I’m sure it will be a blessing to you. Here is a video of Emily talking about Grace for the Good Girl:

Grace for the Good Girl is available NOW at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. I received a free copy in exchange for posting this review.
 
So… on to the giveaway! :) I pre-ordered a copy before I found out that I would be included in the tour, so that means I have one ready to give away to one of you! Here’s how you enter: Just tell me in a comment or an email why you want to read this book. Your good girl story. :)

Entries will close Monday night (September 19th) at midnight. I will announce the winner here on Tuesday, September 20th. Good luck!

****And the winner is…. MELODY from Life is a Bowl of Wedgies. :) Congratulations!!

13 Comments

  1. I am a good girl. Always have been labeled that way from many that know me. Goody two shoes, walking the straight and narrow but hiding. Hiding behind who I thought I was (that good girl) and afraid to become who God wanted me to be. Always wanting to make peace even at my expense. I want to read to this book so much for I think it will touch me in ways that I will never imagine.

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  2. Oh how I would love to read this book! I've always been the good girl too and call myself a recovering legalist. There are still scars from walking the good girl life and at times I fall back into the habit of living based on externals. I think I would grow more in grace by reading this book.
    My recent post My take on it

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  3. You know me and alot of my story so I will not put it all on here….BUT I will say in 4 years I have been left by my husband, major wreck and did not know if I would walk, helping my mom who is only 57 but has health issues, working, keeping stuff done at my house alone, lonely alot….and list goes on so I need to read about why being good is not always good.

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  4. good girl… yep, that's me. So much so that I can take that incredible gift of grace for granted…
    My recent post fedoras on toddlers…

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  5. Oh this would be so cool to win this giveaway. When I first watched the clip about 6 months, I just cried because my heart felt so understood. "That's me!"

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  6. I would love to read the book. I have always been a rule follower, but I so struggle on the inside. I never can quite measure up, you know? I struggle to accept that unmerited favor called grace! Love reading your writings. You are following after His heart!

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  7. What a great review!

    As you know because of the whole "authenticity" kindred spirit thing, I can definitely see how the third section will be very meaningful for me. As I grow bolder in my faith, I need to see myself through God's eyes, and have HIS perspective on situations and not be so concerned with my earthly perspective.

    How lucky we all are that you are sharing your good fortune with us! :)
    Thanks for the chance!!

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  8. I enjoy her blog….but really, I expect to really relate to her "good girl" perspective….and I want to hear her take!

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  9. Facebook message from Lianne de Witt (just now getting this posted, but she got the entry in before midnight). :)

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