Graceful (For Young Women): Letting Go of Your Try-Hard Life

Graceful (For Young Women): Letting Go of Your Try-Hard Life

by Emily P. Freeman


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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780800719838
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/2012
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 524,405
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Emily P. Freeman is a writer who loves to read and a speaker who would rather listen. Every Sunday night, she leads a small group of high school girls at her house where they talk about real life, real love, and the God who makes a difference. Emily's husband John is a youth pastor and they live, love, and serve together in North Carolina with their twin daughters, their son, and their crazy dog, Finn. The author of Grace for the Good Girl, she attended Columbia International University to study the Bible and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she earned a degree in Educational Interpreting for the Deaf. Connect with Emily online at

Table of Contents

1 The Beginning 9

2 The Girl Who Wears a Paper Face 15

3 The Actress 29

Hiding behind Her Good Performance

4 The Girl Next Door 39

Hiding behind Her Image

5 The Activist 55

Hiding behind Her Causes

6 The Heroine 65

Hiding behind Her Strength and Responsibility

7 The Bystander 77

Hiding behind Her Comfort Zone

8 The Judge 89

Hiding behind Her Rules

9 The Intellectual 101

Hiding behind Her Report Card

10 The Dreamer 115

Hiding behind Her Somedays

11 The Beloved 127

A Different Kind of Hiding

12 The God Who Set Her Free 143

The Freedom of Being Found

Finding Your Voice Once You've Been Found: Questions for Further Reflection 159

From Good to Graceful 165

Notes 167

Acknowledgments 169

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Graceful" is a gem. Books for teenage girls are often too casual or too intense. I should know since I was the girl in high school who read every book that I thought might make me "better." This book is written with the perfect tone and full of life-changing truths. Practical, real, funny but not frilly, and deep. And not one checklist to be found. Teenage girls will find comfort in Emily's charming vulnerability, probably feeling like she's right in there the room with them. Small group leaders will find comfort in having such a strong message articulated clearly that's accompanied by a great leader guide available on the author's website. Moms will find comfort in knowing that someone is speaking truth into the lives of their daughters, truth that might have been revealed to them through Emily's first book, "Grace for the Good Girl." This book is for young women who feel like they have DO in order to be loved, valued, and accepted. I am thrilled that girls who read this book will experience freedom from having to try so hard when they're young and not wait until they're 30 with kids. If you know a teenage girl who is doing everything right, buy this book for her. Chances are, she's about to crumble under her own pressure, and "Graceful" offers truth that brings peace and freedom that will seriously change her life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hey good job i like your story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Andrew is that stern he dosn't beat them very oftan and he is really nice to them ~ Capricorn (Cap)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is incredible! Every woman should buy one for their sister, daughter, granddaughter, niece, and female friend. This book guides young woman toward living a life in God's grace rather than under the self-imposed burden of performance.