Graceful (for young women) by Emily P. Freeman

Genres: General Non Fiction

Graceful by Emily P. Freeman
Letting Go of Your Try-Hard Life
Genre: Christian Non-Fiction
Pages: 176 Trade Paperback
Date Published: September 2012
Publisher: Revell Books

For the prom queen, the athlete, the bookworm, and the dreamer.

For the good test taker and the strict list maker. For the rule follower, the fear wallower, the messy, and the misunderstood. For the self-critic, the silent judge, and the girl who feels invisible.

For the girl who is tired of trying and the one afraid to fail.

These words are for you.

You don’t have to be perfect. But do you trust the One who is?

The God who came to save you also came to live with you, in you, today.

If you’ve been struggling with expectations–from your parents, your teachers, your friends, and even yourself–Graceful is for you. Are you trying hard to catch up but aren’t sure what it is you’re chasing? Read and be set free.

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Read from October 11 to 12, 2012 — I own a copy

I can tell you plenty of good things about Emily’s book Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life and when I heard about a review opportunity for a new book I jumped into it not even really looking at the book subject. Graceful (for Young Women): Letting Go of Your Try-Hard Life is an echo of things I remember reading in Grace for the Good Girl, but they are written for a younger audience with more mention of school and college and jobs than motherhood and marriage as in the original book. However, as someone who has read both books, there are different details in each that make both a worthy read. Graceful is about the voices within that allow us to hide from who we can be in Christ, while Grace for the Good Girl is about masks. I am not exactly the “young woman” that this book is written for as I’m married with two children already, but it was not long ago that I was and the words in this book still speak strongly to me and where I am.

Apparently I’m a dreamer, and I never really realized it. Emily has a way with her books that really gets you into thinking and I know that her words are in the right direction, because with the first book and again with this one it is shocking how hard and fast the enemy seems to attack. My book is all marked up with tons of things outlined here and there. There is so “much” in this little book and I really recommend it.

*Thanks to Revell for providing a copy for review.*

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

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  • I LOVED Grace for the Good Girl! So glad she wrote a book for teen girls, they definitely need this message. Thanks for the review, I’ll have to look into getting this book for my niece for Christmas. 🙂
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