I met Emily Freeman a couple of years ago at Blissdom. Before I met her in real life, I knew I’d love her. She was as easy to talk to as she is easy to read her words of grace that she shares regularly on her blog. I sat with her one morning over coffee – I’d slept through my alarm and woke up 3 minutes before I was supposed to meet her, throwing on jeans and a sweater and racing down to meet her. I spilled coffee on my sleeve while we talked. But there is something about Emily that makes all self-consciousness slide away. She’s generous, kind, and she instantly puts a girl at ease with the beautiful way she shares herself. She doesn’t just talk, she listens too. And so, when she announced she was writing a book, I anxiously awaited her words of comfort that I knew would spill off the pages. I was fortunate enough to have received a review copy a couple of weeks ago, and I am happy to share with you today about this book that truly, in my least melodramatic voice ever, changed my life.
This book instantly drew me in. I felt like I was sitting at that little cafe table all over again with coffee spilled on my sleeve and bedhead. With each page that I turned, Emily was assuring me that not only am I not alone, but I am normal. She gives permission to all of us women to take off our masks, be our crazy imperfect selves and know that God loves us. What a sense of relief. This book made me laugh and cry. It gave me a strength and confidence to stop hiding and pretending that I can do it all when we all know none of us can.
Emily gracefully and kindly navigates the topics of performance, expectation, disappointment, loss, love, friendship, heartache, and joy with a loving voice. She vulnerably shares her imperfections – big and small – so that we can see that we are not alone. It’s more than just commiserating about these things though. She shares comforting words that make it feel like it’s okay to let go of the masks, take down the walls, and finally live freely.
Revell provided me with a copy to giveaway. If you’d like to win a copy of this beautiful book, leave a comment and I will randomly choose a winner this Sunday, September 18th.
Available September 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.