Monday, November 26, 2012
Graceful by Emily Freeman
About the book:
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.
I've never really read a book like this. Emily Freeman gently and vulnerability tells us like it is, that's we were created by Christ and loved by Him, as if she were sitting right on the couch with us.
Each chapter illustrates a different way we choose to hide or try and DO to win others approval. Then she shows is why God created us and challenges is to embrace His grace living for the One who created us and being who we truly are.
This book is so good and although it says it for young women I feel like any woman can identify, see herself in, and learn from it. Emily Freeman writes lyrically and openly about what she and her friends have gone. It leaves me waiting for her next book knowing that it'll be as touching.
*i received this book free for review from Zondervan publishers through netgalley.com*
Rating: a whole gem parcel