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Giveaway: Grace for the Good Girl by Emily Freeman

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grace for the good girlThis giveaway is now closed! The winner is Deanna ([email protected]…)!

This book has probably had more impact on me as a woman and on my Christian walk then any other I’ve ever read…and I’m not even finished reading it yet.

In Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life, Emily (who you may also know as the blogger behind Chatting at the Sky) shares her own struggles as a “good girl” trying to earn other people’s approval, love and acceptance and how this impacted her faith and relationship with Christ as well.

Although I’m more of a nonconformist than a people-pleaser, so much of what Emily writes resonates in my heart. I want to be the perfect wife, mother, Christian, friend, etc., and I’m often afraid to admit when I mess up or fall short (or if I do admit it, it’s in a way that feels safe without really being transparent).

And even as a Christian who understands the gift of grace — which you cannot earn — I still find myself measuring my worth as a Christian and a child of God on how “good” I am. Do I pray enough? Read my Bible enough? Give enough? Love other people the way Christ does?

Emily talks about attending the funeral of a family friend who died after a long fight with cancer. The pastor praised this woman for her beautiful spirit because she never complained about the pain or her fear of death or the unknown. And as she sat, Emily couldn’t help but wonder if this woman truly didn’t experience pain or fear, or if she was simply afraid to take off the mask and show people how much pain or fear she really felt.

And it’s so true, isn’t it? We spend so much time perfecting this mask of joy/peace/wisdom/whatever — and it’s praised by friends and family and even from the pulpits — but how often do we miss out on true fellowship because of it?

Each chapter in Grace for the Good Girl includes questions for you to think about, journal or discuss, and there’s also a small group guide at the back of the book. Whether you pick this up to read with friends or just grab a copy for yourself, though, I highly, highly recommend this book for anyone who considers herself a “good girl”.

Enter to Win

This week, Emily is giving one lucky Life Your Way reader a copy of Grace for the Good Girl!

To enter, tell me where you where a “mask of perfection”? Is it as a mom, wife or home manager? At church? With a certain social group? At work?

This giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on Friday, 9/30. The winner will be selected randomly and notified by email, and this post will be updated with their name as well!