“For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”- 2 Corinthians 5:21
Graceful: Letting Go of Your Try-Hard Life by Emily Freeman. The seemingly happy girl who follows all the rules if often crushed by the weight of her responsibility to “never mess up.” Encouraging young women to stop trying so hard and start trusting Jesus, Freeman helps them discover what it means to be real- and encourages them to look at themselves and their faith with new eyes.
The Gifts of Imperfection: Let Go of Who You Think You’re Supposed to be and Embrace Who You Are by Brene Brown. Brown, a leading expert on shame, authenticity and belonging, shares ten guideposts on the power of wholehearted living- a way of engaging with the world from a place of worthiness. (Not necessarily gospel-centered, but very helpful in understanding shame from a psychological perspective.)