I'm a redeemed child of God and the momma to four vivacious daughters. I'm passionate about finding hidden blessings in the trials of life, living it out in an honest and open way, while encouraging those around me to believe in better.


grace for the good girl

Have you read it?  If not, I highly recommend it.  But I also need to advise … this isn’t a kindle-type-o-book!  This is a worn-pages-highlighter-and-notes-all-over-it-kind-o-book!  One you’ll want to tuck away to read again and again.

And I’m only in the first few chapters!

I’ve been a long time, inspired reader of Emily’s blog, Chatting at the Sky.  You might remember my Tuesday’s Unwrapped musings?  I wrote of an unexpected gift in the the everyday ordinary, and did my best to unwrap it for you each Tuesday.

I can’t even remember how long ago it was, but Emily started sharing how she was writing a book … and took us all on the journey with her.  I was first in line to pre-order on Amazon {cuz I’m a preferred customer and all}, and felt fully vested in her journey.  I couldn’t wait to get my hands on, and dive into the words God breathed into her to share with us all.

So imagine my delight when I found out her sister … who lives a mere ten minutes from me and happens to go by the little ol’ name of the nester … was throwing her a book-signing shindig!

To say I was excited would be a bit of an understatement!  To say I was a nervous dork wreck would also be a huge bit of an understatement!

You see, I’m learning about my good girl ways … I wasn’t always a self-proclaimed good girl, but I wasn’t necessarily a bad girl either.  I’m the first though, to admit I’ve got some things I’m not so proud of in my closet.

Here are a few things I’ve highlighted so far … can anyone relate?

  • I felt the heavy weight of impossible expectations and had the insatiable desire to explain every mistake.
  • I taught people around me that I had no needs and then was secretly angry with them for believing me.
  • This fear of rejection drives me hard, eating away at my courage.
  • I hide behind fine and good.
  • And though the purpose of my mask is to fool you, don’t be fooled.
  • My instinctive impulse was to find my worth in the response of the people around me, and as a result, people became measuring sticks for my goodness rather than unique expressions of God.
  • You may be hiding from something, hiding behind something, or simply hiding something.
  • And this prison of self-protection has kept me from receiving the boundless, unfathomable, gracious love of God.

Oh but our God is gracious, isn’t He?  I love that we are all knitted together … we all have our masks … we all have our issues.  And He sends a sweet writer to share, encourage, inspire with her own journey to find grace.

I can’t encourage you enough to pick up a copy and unwrap a very unexpected gift in Emily’s words.

I’m not gonna lie … I felt a little star-struck over at the nester’s place!  In full disclosure, I’m not a regular stalker reader of hers … but goodgracious, I certainly knew enough to know it was a treasure to visit the one and only NEST!  :)

And I sure wasn’t disappointed!  If I ever write a book {and more on that later my friends}, I’d stalk her kindly ask til she agreed to host me a party!  Wait … scratch that … her party was so fabulous that I think I’d write a book, with the sole purpose of her hosting the party!

For some fun deets and photos of the party, click on over here, here, and here!

And then order the book.  Pronto!  But not the kindle version.  I promise it’ll change your life.  True story.

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6 Responses to “grace for the good girl”

  1. dawn says:

    i think i have most of those tidbits marked, too… fine and good? oh yes. and that one about being secretly angry? oh yeah… i feel like the book has stretched my heart out and filled it with a new grace…

    and i’m so glad you got to go to the party!!! it looked like an amazing event- so much love!
    dawn recently posted..saying yes… and no

  2. cyndi says:

    Sounds like a good read for everyone! I just added it to my wish list for my next Amazon visit. Can’t wait!
    cyndi recently posted..words from my hurty heart

  3. Leslie says:

    Hmmm. Sounds like I am going to need that book, too! (Point #2 on your bullet list is a huge one for me. Doggit.) So glad you got to meet Emily & The Nester, too! (I’m a *smidge* jealous!!)
    Leslie recently posted..Daybook: Lazy Blogger Edition

  4. Rhonda Jenkins says:

    Greetings from your friend in Seattle! Tracie, thanks for sharing on this book. All the circumstances that led you to the party were a gift from God…you know that. You look so happy in the photo with Emily. Keep smiling girl!!!!

  5. Tina says:

    Traci, thank you again for being there and reaching out. I bought the book yesterday and have had a hard time setting it down. Great, great book. Prayers, Tina

  6. Putting it on my list right NOW!!! THANK YOU!!!!!!!

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