Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Freeman Goodreads Author. You know her--the good girl. She's the reliable one who shows up every week at youth group wearing a purity ring and a smile. She gets good grades, makes the team, and doesn't need to be told to come home on time. But deep down she is crushed by the weight of the responsibility to be the good one, the smart one, the one who never messes up. With the same candor and gentle s You know her--the good girl.
With the same candor and gentle spirit she showed women in Grace for the Good Girl , Emily Freeman now gives young women what they need to be free on the inside, no matter what's going on outside. Through an honest look at the roles girls play, she helps them learn to stop trying and start trusting that the Jesus who came to save them also comes to live with them, right here and now. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published September 1st by Fleming H. Revell Company. More Details Other Editions 2.
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Graceful (For Young Women): Letting Go of Your Try-Hard Life by Emily P. Freeman
So many studies I've downloaded samples of are already discussing sexual failures and drugs and I'm not really wanting to hit that with them yet. I'm specifically looking for a study that focuses on Gods grace and His work in us and not all the how to be a good Christian girl. Amanda Beguerie I'm sixteen, but finding this book is perfect for me. It's very much more of a focus on Jesus than on "what's okay" and "what's not okay. See 1 question about Graceful for Young Women …. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details.
Sort order. Aug 14, Amanda Beguerie rated it it was amazing. I didn't know how much I needed to read this book until I read it. Two days was all it took me. I definitely identify as a "good girl," and as Emily writes, it has a whole lot less to do with who you are on the outside and a lot more to do with what you believe on the inside. This book was so freeing, so amazing, so true, so beautiful. I loved it so much. This book is for you.
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It's so right-on, and so helpful. So glad I read it. View all 6 comments. Sep 10, Hannah Rodriguez rated it it was amazing. This book really opened my eyes with the different type things. There weren't hidden meaning or anything. Just the honest truth. Mar 22, Katie rated it it was amazing.
Emily writes in a clear and truthful way. God did a lot of work in my life through this book. This is a book I will refer to again and again and that I wish every young girl could and would read. As I began to read this book, I made a promise that I would be compl Wow! This challenge is not easy, but I am willing to take it up. Not only does Emily point out the different masks that each girl hides behind in each chapter, but she shows how and where we can find a new place to hide… In CHRIST!
Even as Christians we are tempted to hide behind our masks; masks that don't seem like masks at all. Oct 18, Emily rated it it was amazing Shelves: favoritestar , christian-living. This is the kind of book that you don't realize how much you need to read it until you actually do and are blown away. I've read plenty of books similar to this one, but Graceful is written in such a way that the message seems almost new. There is so much beautiful, refreshing truth in here that every single Christian girl will surely find something that will resound with them, no matter what kind of "good girl" they might be.
Definitely a new favorite to read and re-read often. Jul 24, AnnaScott rated it it was amazing Shelves: christian-living , own. This book was amazing from cover to cover.
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The cover is beautiful, and the inside is perfect. This book describes me in so many ways. Each chapter Freeman talks about a different side of the "good girl" and all of them are me. This book explains so well how to let go of the try-hard life while acknowledging how hard it can be.
Freeman is transparent and includes anecdotes that illustrate her points perfectly. I would highly recommend this book.
Jun 30, Beth Peninger rated it really liked it. Before handing this over to my oldest to read I hope she does I wanted to read it and make sure it was something I should be recommending to her. And it is. In fact, even though I read the adult woman version of the book earlier this month, I also responded to this one. At the beginning of the book as Freeman is introducing herself to the teen girls she hopes read the book she says, " I look around and wonder when the grown-ups are going to show up a Before handing this over to my oldest to read I hope she does I wanted to read it and make sure it was something I should be recommending to her.
I look around and wonder when the grown-ups are going to show up and take care of things, and then I remember I am one. And I think I responded to this one as well because I do feel seventeen still - in so many ways. Freeman tackles the personas that girls tend to create and wear. They were spot on. She didn't miss the mark at all, rather she hit the bulls-eye. She addresses them in, I think, relateable ways for teen girls. I really appreciated the way she discusses this with teen girls. It is the way I long to talk about it with my daughters but because I'm the Mom I don't have a "loud" enough voice for them to really hear me.
So I'm hoping they hear it through this well written book by Freeman. Truly it takes a village. Jun 03, Katie Ann rated it it was ok. Bad grammar, narrow minded topics, shallow thinking, and too much talking; not enough words. It seemed like the whole book was geared towards one type of girl so I couldn't relate to the stories and topics. On top of that, there was far too much talking and story-telling and not enough thinking or scripture. I will not be recommending this book to anyone. Emily Freeman might be my favorite Christian author.
Everything she writes is beautiful, golden, and God-breathed. So thankful for her words. Dec 22, Sarah rated it really liked it. I know this book was not written for my age bracket but rather high school girls.
Graceful (For Young Women): Letting Go of Your Try-Hard Life
I have to say though that it resonated with me and I cried when reading certain parts. I think in a way Emily Freeman just understands me and speaks to my soul. Her words are what I need to hear and are helping me find peace in God. Jun 22, Melissa rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction , self-help , christian. As always, Freeman is gut-level honest, crafts artful syntax, and her message hits the bullseye. Feb 16, Caitlyn Coker rated it it was amazing. This book changed my life and I would say its for women of ANY age!
Jul 24, Brenda Seefeldt rated it it was amazing. Speaks lovely truth to the girls who struggle with being good. It is hard work to keep up being so good! Will definitely be recommending often. Oct 02, Abi rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. This book was absolutely amazing. Mar 18, Emma Morris rated it really liked it. Emily Freeman offers rich wisdom about freedom in Christ.
Every "church girl" needs these truths. I highlighted so many meaningful quotes. I wish I would have heard and grasped Freeman's words as a young teenager. Though I'd recommend this primarily for year olds, there are lots of good lessons for everyone! Alert: This is not really a review. Just some impressions.
You may wonder how I 64 yrs old came to read a girl book. Furthermore, it is about good girls. It is a book I gave to my wife a while back after she had expressed interest in the book. What is it about a book written for young women which ended up being quite an exceptional read f Alert: This is not really a review. What is it about a book written for young women which ended up being quite an exceptional read for me? I will share with you, and the author, just a bit. Emily Freeman is to be commended for several things not the least of which is her introduction and use of the term good girl.
Despite her mindfulness of potential misunderstandings and quick dismissals of the book by some Emily is unflinching and unapologetic in her ownership and use of the term good girl in her book. Here is the thing that while Emily wrote this book for young women there is not a whole lot which, in slightly different shades, is not also true of men. But, I do not want to diminish or dilute with this reference to men the fact that the book is powerfully written in the voice of a woman, by a woman and for women. One of the things that resonated with me is that there are no platitudes or euphemisms.
Emily has not only referenced her point quite well with the background and authority of scripture, but she has also unfolded these with some profound insights. She has delivered what I consider a true scholarly work for women. I expect there are some saints in Christ who would differ with that assessment, but here is why I place it in that category. It is because she has addressed a perception and reality from a personal perspective which is common among many young women and she has done so without the convoluted, obscure muddle of biblical languages and plain English being muddled as what MUST, according to some readers, characterize a written work if it is to be considered as being a scholarly work.
As I look forward this Fall maybe to teaching a series on the indwelling of deity in the believer there are a few, simple, clear, powerful and relevant clips which I plan to quote by way of introducing my sisters, and brothers, in Christ to this book. Here are just two.
Here it is without her exposition. Spoiler alert: worship. Jan 25, Amanda rated it it was amazing. I received this book as a Confirmation gift last year and finally got around to reading it this year. I felt like it was written for me. This book is for every girl who feels like she's not enough. For the one who needs to get good grades, to be the best, to show everyone that she's got it all together. I'm that girl, and as I read this book, my soul was soothed. I don't have it all together; no one does! But that's the great gift: our un-loveliness and messiness is loved by God, and all we have t I received this book as a Confirmation gift last year and finally got around to reading it this year.
But that's the great gift: our un-loveliness and messiness is loved by God, and all we have to do is receive it. It was such a gift for me to read this book. God really touched me as I was reading it and told me that I am loved and that He will make my blunders beautiful. Emily Freeman is not Catholic, so there were a few parts that aroused a few questions. She talked about the body, soul and spirit as the four ways that we as people relate with the world; our body relates physically, our soul relates to people emotionally and our spirit relates to God.
My understanding is that the Church doesn't make distinctions on which part of us relates to the world. I'm unclear on the Church's teachings about the difference between the soul and spirit as well. Finally, the big message in the book is that the work that God asks of us is to believe in Him. Basically, we try to DO things for God when instead we should be drawing near to Him and receiving His love, sort of like the Mary and Martha story.
I'm really susceptible to this: "I love God, so He must be telling me to do something for Him! Now I feel like this arouses the whole faith saves you vs. If I have true faith, my works will naturally spring forth because I long to know God more and the things that I do will lead me closer. It's a natural cycle: true faith gives birth to works, without really thinking about it. If I think, "I will work for God to be saved", that's the wrong mentality.
Our faith in God is KEY, but if we don't act on what we believe, how can we call it faith? True faith naturally comes with works, and that's all there is to it. I loved this book. If you feel like you aren't enough, read this book. You are enough because He loves you.
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Aug 08, Silver rated it really liked it. I would like to thank NetGalley for my book of Freeman's book which I received in return for an honest review. This book spoke out to me and by the end of the synopsis I was hooked. Being a teenager having the mind of a child while having the expectations of an adult put down upon us.
With school don't get me started on college , crushes, and extracurricular activities it's almost impossible to have spare time unless you shorten the number of hours you sleep. While in an ideal world there ar I would like to thank NetGalley for my book of Freeman's book which I received in return for an honest review. While in an ideal world there are no definite labels, Freeman analyzes the 8 types of masks we put on in order to hide our real fears: the Actress, the Girl Next Door, the Activist, the Heroine, the Bystander, the Judge, the Intellectual, and the Dreamer.
This book has strong religious values as a main theme and I respect that. Even without the Bible versus and allusions which are spiritual as well as enlightening , the messages inside of this book are true and speaks out to girls of all different types. There were several times while I was reading Freeman's messages where I went I act like that,too. The words Freeman writes are powerful and spell out what all girls and even guys think about constantly as they transitions into adulthood. What I didn't like was that the book only used God as a solution. This is a Christian book, but if Freeman can spell out these problems so well, what's keeping her from telling us practical solutions that aren't only based on faith?
Faith is important and is also very significant to me. You know her--the good girl. She's the reliable one who shows up every week at youth group wearing a purity ring and a smile.
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She gets good grades, makes the team, and doesn't need to be told to come home on time. But deep down she is crushed by the weight of the responsibility to be the good one, the smart one, the one who never messes up. With the same candor and gentle spirit she showed women in Grace for the Good Girl , Emily Freeman now gives young women what they need to be free on the inside, no matter what's going on outside.
Through an honest look at the roles girls play, she helps them learn to stop trying and start trusting that the Jesus who came to save them also comes to live with them, right here and now. Help Centre. My Wishlist Sign In Join. Be the first to write a review. Add to Wishlist. Ships in 15 business days. Link Either by signing into your account or linking your membership details before your order is placed.
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