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Grace Is Free: One Woman's Journey from Fundamentalism to Failure to Faith (Preheim)

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Cruciform Press

Grace Is Free exposes a dangerous but popular teaching among women in Christian circles today. The gospel is meant to set people free, but instead it has been subtly tainted by the enemy. False teaching has slipped in virtually unnoticed but its effects are deadly. To-do-lists, competition, and extra rules have enslaved women instead of guiding them. Grace Is Free attempts to realign perspectives and help women understand how to rest through faith in what has already been accomplished through Jesus Christ.

Table of Contents:

  1. Redefining the Godly Woman
  2. Exposing the Stepford Wives of Evangelicalism
  3. Will the Real Evildoer Please Stand Up?
  4. Sin Management
  5. Standing Firm
  6. A Powerful Mundane Life
  7. Keeping Your Eyes on Christ in the Storm
  8. Friendship and the Fear of Man (Or Woman)
  9. The Truth about Women and Men
  10. Abiding in Humility 



“I have endorsed very few books, despite a long career with Thomas Nelson. But I enthusiastically recommend Marci Preheim’s book, Grace is Free, to any woman who has ever suffered under the burden of human expectations for ‘how to be godly.’ In a simple and conversational way, Marci has skillfully recorded her experiences and advice. These experiences were born as pearls through difficult situations, providing answers that have been tried in the crucible of life. It is a helpful, practical, and down-to-earth book with no fluff. This brand of godliness is one that many Christian men would like to see in their wives.” — Charles Z. Moore, former Executive Vice-President, Thomas Nelson, Inc.

“In a time where self-proclaimed spirituality and theologically erroneous Christian hierarchy run rampant, this work could not have come at a better time. Marci punches holes in our thinking and swiftly pulls the rug out from underneath what we define as ‘godly.’ I have never read a work so inspired, radical, and necessary for this time.” — Julianna Zobrist, Christian singer/songwriter and wife of major league baseball player Ben Zobrist

“Revealing, convicting, and inspiring. What an incredible message of hope for all women striving to be godly! Marci Preheim provides us with a much-needed practical resource for discovering who the truly godly woman is and isn’t. Major lies are identified that have held women captive through the years and are replaced with the freedom and truth of God’s Word. Here you will find the blending of personal illustrations with biblical insights that reflect her deep commitment to rightly dividing the Word of truth. Marci masterfully reminds women that at the core of godliness is abiding in Christ — in truth, and in faith. This book will be an immeasurable blessing to every woman who seeks to be godly and to be set free at last from the bondage of conformity to rules and standards set by man, not by God. I highly recommend this book and plan to introduce it to others as I share with women in conferences and retreats across the country.” — Marlean Felix, women’s Bible conference speaker, elementary school teacher, wife of Professor Paul Felix (The Master’s Seminary), and mother of Wes and Allyson, Gold Medal Olympian 2012

“As one of Marci’s youth pastors, it was both saddening and at the same time incredibly encouraging to read her book. It grieved me deeply to hear how ‘law/rules/do-this’ Christianity had been communicated and what hypocrisy such distortions of biblical truth created. But to read that through it all, the tenacious pursuing love of Christ was arresting a soul…total delight. Then I let my wife read it. And she was immediately an enthusiastic endorser! Linda said that Marci has written a ‘spot-on’ work about the unaddressed realities of ‘do/don’t do’ expectations imposed upon women seeking to be truly biblical. She became an instant fan! Marci has obviously identified an ‘itch’ and provided a timely ‘scratcher’! May many women find new freedom to live the biblical Christian life by taking time to seriously consider Marci’s excellent work!” — Tom Rempel, Senior Pastor of Faith Bible Church, Lincoln, Nebraska