I picked up Grace for the Good Girl because of the subtitle, “Letting Go of the Try Hard Life.” Whether you self-identify as a “good girl” (which I do not but I do know people who struggle with having built their self-concept and worth around never doing “bad” things) or realize that you spend too much effort on trying hard and people-pleasing, Grace for the Good Girl will have some applicable messages.
I think my perception of the book suffered somewhat from the fact that I had already read and loved Tim Keller’s A Prodigal God, which delves into the good-people-still-need-grace theme with more theological depth. Grace for the Good Girl is for a different audience–it’s more female-focused and lighter. It’s a little Dayspringy. I don’t say that pejoratively–some people track better with that sort of voice.
Freeman’s ideas are good and I’m currently working on her second book, Million Little Ways, A: Uncover the Art You Were Made to Live, which is much better.
This is not to say that I didn’t like the book. I did gain some insights and take some notes, especially since this year I’m focusing on grace. Although it didn’t resonate with me personally, my reservations about the book are more issues of style and focus. I can see how if you have a different taste in Christian books, Grace for the Good Girl might be more to your liking than Keller’s book, or might speak to your particular issues or background with more impact.
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