There are maybe one or two non-fiction books that I have willingly finished in my life. I’m just not a big non-fiction reader, especially if it isn’t a narrative. I like a good story, but I get bored pretty quickly with parenting books, how-to books, or even devotional books. I’m just not really that interested with reality, I guess.
However, I recently AND WILLINGLY finished an entire work of non-fiction. Then I immediately went on Barnes and Noble (through my ebates account, mind you) and bought a bunch more copies. I started handing them out like candy to all my sisters and friends.
The book was Grace for the Good Girl by Emily P. Freeman. She was one of the awesome speakers at Relevant ’11, and I was SO excited to meet her and have her sign my book. (But I didn’t have my picture taken with her because I’m a people pleaser, and I feared that might annoy her. I’m so dumb. If I ever write a book, and you want me to sign it, I will be flattered out of my mind if you want your picture taken with me.)
Anyway, watch this. (If you’re in your e-mail or a feed, click over to the blog to watch this 4 minute video.)
When I watched this, the words “secret wreck” and “feel guilty for feeling guilty” just kept RINGING in my head. Maybe like me, you are slightly trembling and freaked out right now. If you are slightly freaked out, you might be a good girl OR you might be raising a good girl. If you think either of these are the case, I beg you to go read the first chapter of the book at Emily’s blog, Chatting at the Sky. Then I beg you to buy it!
THEN, if you live near me in the south Charlotte area, PLEASE come to my Grace for the Good Girl discussion group starting January 19th!! The women’s ministry at my wonderful church has graciously allowed me to lead a morning and an evening discussion group during our normal Bible Study time, even though the “Good Girl Group” will be a “book study” rather than a Bible study. We won’t have homework other than reading the book! Hooray.
We will meet Thursdays between Jan 19th and March 15th in Marvin, NC. (My church meets at a high school, so our Bible study is held at another local church’s facility.) The morning session meets 9:30-11:30, and the evening session meets 7:00-8:30. Childcare is provided at the morning session. Each of the Grace for the Good Girl groups are open to ONLY six women or high school aged girls, so I am going to strongly emphasize regular attendance since it will be such a small group.
Right now the the registration page on my church’s website is only including information about the regular Bible, (which you’re also welcome to join if you want). BUT if you want to be in the “Good Girl Group,” leave me a comment below or send me your info through the contact page. (If you read this in e-mail or a feed, click here to get to comments on this post. ) Please let me know soon if you’re interested, and I’ve give you more specifics.
UPDATE: Both Good Girl groups are FULL for this session. If it goes well, I may do another one at a later date. Let me know if you’d like to receive information about an upcoming group.
This book opened my eyes to the kind of woman I’ve become AND the kind of daughters I am raising. This book challenged me to abandon the notion of always just “trying hard” to please, to be good, and to appear like I’ve got it together. Instead I was inspired to embrace my freedom in Christ as I’ve never done before. I want the SAME for you!! I really hope you’ll read this book. If you’re able, I hope you’ll come discuss it with some other recovering “good girls.”