Grace for the Good Girl
I’m not even sure where to start with recommending Emily Freeman’s “Grace for the Good Girl.” There are so many quotes I want to type, convictions I want to share (from myself and others), but I don’t think I will ever do justice to the book.
Here is an excerpt, and I hope you will read the book in its entirety:
“Satan did two things in the Garden that are vital to understand as we begin the process of letting go of our girl-made hiding places. First, he convinced Eve she had to do something in order to be something: If you eat the fruit, then you will be like God. Sound familiar?
If you serve in the church, then you will be acceptable. If you are responsible, then you will be respected. If you follow all the rules, then you will be good enough. If you try hard, then you’ll be more like God…
If you wake up at 5 a.m. and pray every morning, then you will be a good Christian…
Adam and Eve were tricked into believing they had to do something to get what they most longed for. To ‘be like God’ is a shiny promise filled with great worth and holy significance.
The second thing that Satan did in the Garden is a little trickier, something that many people go their whole lives without noticing. Something that makes the difference between living like a good girl and living in freedom. Something that is so important, so vital to our walk with God that I have to make a whole new paragraph for it just to make sure you don’t miss it.
Satan told the woman, ‘You will be like God’ (Gen. 3:5). But God had already covered that. In Genesis 1:27, God made man and woman in his own image. So what does that mean?
It means they already were like God, made in his likeness, bearing his image. Satan was promising to them what God had already graciously and lovingly provided. Satan convinced them to forget God’s gift and try to work for it instead.
I liken that to someone saying something like this to my twin daughters: ‘Hey girls! Go to the store and buy matching outfits. Then put them on, dance around, and you’ll be twins.’ The truth is, they were born twins…
Birth determines identity.
Adam and Even were birthed, or created, in the image of God. Period.
But they didn’t remember. Not only that, the gift was subtly twisted, and the holy, image bearing truth of Genesis 1:27 was no longer enough. They didn’t just want to be like God, bearing his image. They wanted to be God, self-sufficient and independent.
As a result, every human after that is born separated from God, born of Adam and Eve, born into sin identity. The human condition is such that birth determines identity — so now humankind is birthed into Adam. ‘For the sin of this one man, Adam, caused death to rule over many’ (Rom. 5:17 NLT).
The only thing Satan could promise them was something they already had. Because Satan had nothing new to give them that wasn’t already theirs. The only power he had was the power of the lie. If he could trick them into forgetting that they were made in God’s image, then he could get them to do crazy things, which is exactly what happened.”
If you’ve read Emily’s book, please share how “Grace for the Good Girl” has impacted your life. If you haven’t, let me know, and I want to give away two copies! I’ll let my kiddos randomly choose from the comments at the end of tomorrow.
UPDATE – 6:35 p.m. April 19 – Tara Teutsch and Heather Cox will receive copies of the book. I will get in touch with you ladies about delivery. Thanks for your participation and comments, everyone!