Bad Girls of the Bible: And What We Can Learn from Themby Liz Curtis Higgs
Women everywhere marvel at those “good girls” in Scripture–Sarah, Mary, Esther–but on most days, that’s not who they see when they look in the mirror. Most women (if they’re honest) see the selfishness of Sapphira or the deception of Delilah. They catch of glimpse of Jezebel’s take-charge pride or Eve’s disastrous… See more details below
Women everywhere marvel at those “good girls” in Scripture–Sarah, Mary, Esther–but on most days, that’s not who they see when they look in the mirror. Most women (if they’re honest) see the selfishness of Sapphira or the deception of Delilah. They catch of glimpse of Jezebel’s take-charge pride or Eve’s disastrous disobedience. Like Bathsheba, Herodias, and the rest, today’s modern woman is surrounded by temptations, exhausted by the demands of daily living, and burdened by her own desires.
So what’s a good girl to do? Learn from their lives, says beloved humor writer Liz Curtis Higgs, and by God’s grace, choose a better path. In Bad Girls of the Bible, Higgs offers a unique and clear-sighted approach to understanding those “other women” in Scripture, combining a contemporary retelling of their stories with a solid, verse-by-verse study of their mistakes and what lessons women today can learn from them.
Whether they were “Bad to the Bone,” “Bad for a Season, but Not Forever” or only “Bad for a Moment,” these infamous sisters show women how not to handle the challenges of life. With her trademark humor and encouragement, Liz Curtis Higgs teaches us how to avoid their tragic mistakes and joyfully embrace grace.
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Bad Girls of the BibleAnd What We Can Learn from Them
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ALL ABOUT EVIE
Man has his will--but woman has her way.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
When she was young--and she seemed always to be young--Evelyn Whitebloom was convinced her father's garden covered the whole earth. If there were boundaries, she couldn't see them. Only endless garden plots carved into a thick carpet of fescue so green that on a windwhipped day in Savannah, when the humidity lifted like a thick curtain, the intense hue of the lawn stung her pale blue eyes to the point of tears.
It was the only time she cried, and even then it wasn't truly weeping. Whatever for? Her life was too heavenly for anything but the brightest of smiles.
Her first memories were of walking with her father through row after row of mulberry trees covered with purplish black fruit. In no time she would be nose-to-chin purple, which delighted her father immensely. Although their home was one of the most venerable in the Historic District, where the wide expanse of Forsyth Park served as their front lawn, it was here in the garden, surrounded by her father's floral handiwork, that Evelyn spent most of her waking hours.
The Garden--he said it as if it were on the Register and needed capitalizing--was her father's pride and joy, eclipsed only by his love for his daughter. He demonstrated his love in infinite ways, not the least of which was his concern for her welfare.
"You may do this and this but not that," he often commanded. Evelyn teased her father that he treated her with such care one might deduce he'd made her by hand himself. If that were true, he'd assured her, then she was fashioned from pure ivory taken from the single finest animal in God's kingdom.
There were few things in life that mattered more to Evelyn than her father's love. In truth, she couldn't think of any others.
He'd designed his garden to please her, of that she was certain. Fragrant jasmine tickled her nose. Brilliant blue hydrangeas and saucy pink mandevillas tantalized her eyes. Trees heavy with pears and peaches, apricots and plums filled her mouth with their juicy, sweet fruit most months of the year. Stately ferns, taller than she, waved at her when the occasional soft breeze blew in from the Atlantic, eighteen miles to the east. Hosta skirted the borders of smaller garden squares, and wisteria spread its graceful tendrils along low brick walls, dividing the immense green space into manageable quarters, which converged at the centerpiece of the garden: the gazebo.
Not that she'd ever truly seen the gazebo. No one had. Ever. It was surrounded by a towering stand of live oaks, older than time and dripping with a heavy curtain of Spanish moss, smothering the whole gazebo in a gray-green shroud. Whatever the appeal had once been, the gazebo was to be avoided at all costs. Hadn't her father said so? Yes, indeed he had, numerous times. The only reason a young person would go there, he cautioned her, would be to look for trouble. The "trouble" was not described. He said only that she would be ruined. In fact, "dead to him" was how he'd phrased it, which made her shudder at the very thought.
"Because I've asked you not to" was the only explanation he ever offered. She loved him, adored him. Obeying him was effortless then. Only last week she'd overheard him making it clear to her beau, Adam Mann, that under no circumstances was he to step inside the gazebo--not alone, and especially not with his daughter, Evie.
Evie. Her father's favorite term of endearment for her.
Of late, Adam had tentatively begun to call her that too, which thrilled her. They were betrothed, were they not? Friends giggled at her old-fashioned name for it. "Where's the diamond?" they wanted to know, Not yet, not until they were officially engaged. That would come tonight at her debutante ball.
The ball! She jumped to her feet, startled. Here she'd sat, lollygagging on a stone bench in the garden, with her formal entrance into Savannah society mere hours away. Move, child! Hurrying across the spongy grass toward the enclosed porch that stretched the length of the house, she caught another glimpse of the moss-draped garden centerpiece, then quickly turned away.
Why would anyone want to venture inside the gazebo anyway? It had none of the lilting fragrances or eye-popping colors or luscious flavors that the rest of the garden offered in abundance. Silly old gazebo. If her father wanted her to keep her distance, she would do so. Adam, too.
Hours later, in her ivy-and-lilac-papered bedroom, her grass-stained chinos and sun-faded blouse had given way to the dress of her dreams. Not her wedding gown, not yet, but it might as well have been. Hooking the last tiny button at her neck, she held her breath and turned toward the full-length mirror.
Ohhh ... The dress was breathtaking.
It was white moire silk, the purest white her seamstress could find, to match Evelyn's pale, creamy skin and shoulder-length blond hair. Carefully tailored to her slender form, the simple gown would shimmer in the radiance of her father's chandeliers hanging like twin suns in the ballroom downstairs.
Other girls celebrated their debuts at museums and private clubs around the Historic District. Theirs were larger events with longer guest lists. Evelyn's would be a small but exclusive gathering. Savannah's finest in white tie and tails, gathered under the gabled roof of the wealthiest man for counties round--some said in all of Georgia. They'd dance properly and nibble divinely on low-country fare of exceeding good taste.
Absolutely none of that mattered one whit to Evelyn.
The man who was responsible for her very life would present her on his arm to the world at large and to one very special person in particular: Adam Mann. He was the brightest son Savannah had ever produced--an exceptional student, inundated with scholarships. Adam Mann, with his tall, athletic body and blond good looks, never failed to capture the eye of every woman in the room.
But he had eyes only for Evelyn Whitebloom. And she for him.
There was no one else and never had been since her very first glimpse of his manly face, bronzed from years spent in the sun producing prizewinning gardenias for the family nursery business. It was one of their shared interests that made them perfectly suited for each other.
Their mutual love for all things outdoors extended to the animal world as well. He was always naming her pets, which were legion. He knew all the best places to watch for creatures in their natural habitats, from woodland deer to box turtles. When they strolled hand in hand through the verdant squares of Savannah--Monterey and Liberty and Telfair and Oglethorpe--they both sensed a permanence about their relationship, mirrored in her father's approving eyes.
Adam was her best friend, the older brother she had never had, and her future husband--all rolled into one. In mere minutes she would see him in his white tails and fall in love with him all over again. He was everything good, everything pure, everything right.
And he was hers alone.
Smoothing her skirt for the umpteenth time, she stepped into a brand-new pair of silk dancing flats--white, again--grabbed a tiny purse that held nothing but her hopes for the future and one pink comb, and walked as serenely as she could down the long hall toward the staircase.
Her father waited at the top.
Adam waited at the bottom.
In the foyer the harpist waited for her father's signal that his daughter had arrived and the music could begin.
The chandeliers glowed. And she, Evelyn, glowed as well, inside and out. She could feel it, a sense of joy-bathed tranquillity, as she slipped her arm inside her father's. "Daddy," she whispered, not daring to say more. The look of love and pride shining in his eyes was too much to bear, it blessed her so.
They eased down the wide, curving steps in tandem, his large, black dress shoes next to her tiny white flats, while the harp music swirled around them and a roomful of friends and supporters lifted their sparkling glasses in her direction. The only thing she could take in, though, was Adam standing at the foot of the staircase, blue eyes locked with hers, straight white teeth in an ear-to-ear smile.
There was only one word for it all: Paradise.
Within moments her presentation to society was complete, their engagement was announced with a flourish from the harpist, and the evening's festivities had officially commenced.
Evelyn and Adam were ushered to the center of the ballroom floor, barely connecting at shoulder and waist as they whirled around the polished hardwood in graceful circles. Other couples were dancing as well, though they held each other more firmly and seemed to touch more, Evelyn noticed. Whatever that entailed, it was not for her, not for Adam.
She'd heard some of the words her friends called her when they thought she wasn't paying attention--"innocent" and "naive" and "virgin." Those words meant nothing to her.
In a very short time--because her father didn't believe in lengthy engagements--she was to be Adam's bride. She had in fact practiced writing her name that morning. Mrs. Mann. Mrs. Mann. How lovely it had looked in wispy letters drawn on heavy Crane stationery. Mrs. Adam Mann.
Her new name. It couldn't happen too quickly to suit her.
After several dances and many congratulations, what Evelyn needed--very quickly--was fresh air. The room had already grown stuffy with an abundance of guests and sterling silver warming trays filled with delicacies, not one of which she'd tasted.
Adam promised to join her momentarily, by way of the punch bowl. "May I bring you something to eat, Evie? Are you hungry?"
"Famished!" She flashed him a grateful smile, then wove her way through the crowded ballroom, carefully avoiding toes and elbows, her eyes trained on the tall French doors, her blessed means of escape.
Dear Adam. He'd bring her the perfect thing, knowing her appetite was as small as her waist. Fresh strawberries in light cream, no doubt. She opened both doors, then pulled them shut behind her, inhaling a deep breath of fragrant evening air as she surveyed the gardens yet again.
Twilight bathed the flowers with an ethereal glow, painting the sky with the same pale lavender as the impatiens clustered in the marble pots at her feet. Cautious to keep her pristine shoes safely on the flagstones and off the grass, now damp with evening dew, she tiptoed past a stretch of delicate white dogwood trees until she found her favorite stone bench, clean and dry, as if it had been readied just for her and her pure white gown.
She dropped onto it with a sigh of contentment.
Evelyn whirled around at the low-pitched hiss. "Adam?" It was pointless to say his name. Her fiance was too straightforward to play such games. And this was a game; she didn't spy a soul in the garden, even when her unseen visitor hissed again.
"Psst! Here, Evelyn."
At least he knew her name. She turned left, then right, then left again, only to find herself nose-to-boutonniere with a man dressed in the most elegant evening clothes imaginable. Not white tails though--black. A sleek black tuxedo with a silvery gray vest, cravat, and dress gloves, crowned with a black silk hat, silhouetted against the first twinkling stars of the evening.
She leaned back, either to get a better look at him or to put a bit of distance between them; she wasn't sure which. He sat down, rather too closely she thought, and let her have her look. It was hard to tell his age, though it appeared he'd been around for a season or two. Not young, but definitely not old. Thirty perhaps. His hair and eyes were as black as his attire, striking against the stark whiteness of his dress shirt and the pale hue of his complexion. Beneath the surface of his skin the shadowy hint of a beard accented his firm jaw line.
The only man she'd ever found handsome was Adam.
This man looked nothing like Adam.
Yet she could not deny he was arrestingly attractive.
"Who are you?" She blurted it out, without any evidence of her debutante manners, then dropped her chin, feeling her cheeks grow warm. "Sorry. This is ... well ... I live here, so--"
"So you thought you had a right to ask." He tipped her chin up with one long finger. "And you do." His smile reminded her of one she'd seen in a photograph of a quite large, quite ferocious Bengal tiger that had polished off its unsuspecting Indian trainer for dinner mere seconds earlier. Or so the caption had explained.
"So, your name is--"
"Devin." His voice was low and smooth, with no remnant of a hiss. "It's a Gaelic name, from the old country. It means serp--ah, that is, servant." He shrugged. "Or poet. Take your pick."
What she wanted to pick was a safe spot, like her father's arms, and run there. And where was Adam? She gulped, uncertain of her emotions for the first time in memory. "Are you ... from Savannah then, Devin?"
"Yes and no." The smile had returned. "You could say I'm from all over this part of the world. Tell me, Evie--you don't mind if I call you that, do you?--Evie, did your father really say you must never sit under any tree in the garden?"
She laughed, something like relief in her nervous trill. "No, silly! I may sit under any tree in the garden I care to. But Daddy did say I am not to sit under the live oak trees that circle the gazebo in the middle of the garden. He did say that." She diverted her eyes, an unaccustomed wave of shyness washing over her. "I'm not even to touch that gazebo," she added softly, "or I'll be ... ruined!"
Devin let out a less-than-gentlemanly snort. "Ruined?"
"Ruined." She nodded emphatically. "Cut off without a cent. At least, I ... well, I think that's what Daddy meant."
His laughter rolled across the lawn like tenpins on a bowling green. "Surely not! Your father loves you, child. He wouldn't dream of treating his only daughter in such a cruel manner."
He inched closer and slipped his arm behind her. When his gloved fingertips barely touched the small of her back, she flinched. They were inexplicably hot! If not for her gown, they might have singed her skin.
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There are different types of women in the Bible, both good and bad. Liz Curtis Higgs has decided to focus this book on the "bad" women. This book focuses on Eve, Potiphar's wife, Delilah, Lot's wife, Michal, Sapphira, Jezebel, woman at the well, Rahab and the sinful woman. These women were each "bad" in their own ways. Bad Girls of the Bible explains each of these women and the discussion at the end of each chapter enables the reader to explore more. I thought this was an awesome book. I really enjoyed reading the modern story, the biblical story, and the short study section at the end of each chapter. My favorite part of each chapter was the study section. I know there is a little bit of a "bad" girl in me, so I knew it was important to use the lessons learned and questions to delve into my own life to make sure that I learned from these women of the past. I know I have learned from these women, so I can be a "good" girl. This is a book that all women should read, so they know that God is still there for them. Women can learn from the past to do better in the future. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the WaterBrook Multnomah "Blogging For Books" program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.
I'm enjoying this book for a number of reasons. The first is that the author has such a realistic approach to the Bible. We all aspire to be like Ruth and Deborah, but we feel more like we're in the ranks of Rahab and Jezebel. So, how do we work with our human nature? Another thing Liz Curtis Higgs does is starts each chapter with an 'updated' fictional story that is more relatable than the originals that took place years ago. She makes Eve into a modern-day Southern girl and Potiphar's wife the wife of a big businessman. Then (another strength of this book) she goes through the Bible line by line to discover the nuances of our bad girl behavior and what we can learn from it. Each chapter has closing questions which can be used for group discussions. Overall, the tone of the book is non-threatening for church-goers and 'bad girls' alike. And, it is an easy read - especially for a Bible study-type book.
I was walking around in the library and the title of this book caught my eye. I thought it'd be an interesting read, and it really was. I loved how the author opened each chapter with a modernized version of the stories in the bible. I thought it was brilliant, very creative. I also loved how she went through the scripture verses line by line. She helped me look at the stories, and the women in them, in a different point of view. She made me ask myself 'What made them do what they did? Who affected their lives in such a way that thousands of years later we'd still be talking about them, and the way they behaved?' I saw myself comparing myself with the women, especially the last one, the one who wept at Jesus' feet. Jesus looked past her past, and saw her, really saw her, not her sins. If He could see her, then I realized He could see me, even when I feel no one else in my life does. And it took this book for me to realize that. Let me tell you, I cried until I was drained, knowing that Jesus doesn't care about my past, but he cares about me. That filled me with incredible joy. So I guess it's safe to say I will be buying my own copy of this very inspirational book.
In her first book on "Bad Girls of the Bible," Liz Curtis Higgs encourages her readers to take a new look at these women who had a problem with sin. It may have been for a moment, for a season, or they may have been "bad to the bone," but each has something to teach us. As each chapter opens, Ms. Higgs gives us a real time story based on the life of the woman she is discussing before introducing us to her. Tying the past to the present, each story shows how Satan continues to tempt in the same manner year after year. Each chapter also offers us hope and steps for change, along with questions to ponder alone or in a group. Come take a new look at Eve, Potipher's Wife, Lot's Wife, the Woman at the Well, Delilah, Sapphira, Rahab, Jezebel, Michal, and the Sinful Woman. Come glean wisdom from their lives. I found this book to be full of wonderful suggestions on how to combat the devil; how to win the daily struggle with sin. It gave me new insights into the lives of these women, and how I can grow from studying them. I now want to read the rest of her books!
All we hear is how bad women are in the Bible so often, but how often are we taught something from them due to their behaviors? How often do we compare our lives to those of the past, or just condemn all of 'those type' of people due to one action? This book shows us the stories of women that are bad in differeing amounts from the Bible, gives us a bit of a different look on their lives and actions, and differentiates between those that are not able to be redeemed due to hard hearts and those that made mistakes and turned from their poor ways.... and what they may look like if they were here today and living next door to us.....
Bad Girls is a collection of relatively short stories about women in the bible. You meet each one first through a modern day story which helps you relate to the character. Then Ms. Higgs begins to talk about the biblical character using scriptures and humor to support the lesson. In the book she helps us to understand the motivations of these women and where they came from. I've had this on my to read list for quite some time and I'm glad I finally read it. I treated as a devotional reading it a little bit each day for a six week period. I really got a lot out of this book! I loved the format of using the modern day story followed by the biblical story. The former was important to helping you relate to the women in these stories. While they were fictional, they really could be any woman that you meet on the street today. The biblical stories were supported by the scripture that told about these women. They brought out points that you wouldn't normally think about when reading these stories in the Bible. I really appreciated that! Overall, I thought the book was well written. It did drag out a bit at points but it wasn't too bad. The author's writing style is refreshing and educational at the same time! As a Christian woman, I am always looking for enriching devotionals and this definitely fit the bill. Why only 3 stars? I'm not sure. Although I enjoyed the book, it wasn't the absolute best devotional I've read. I did enjoy and would recommend it. This is a book from my personal collection.
Bad Girls of the Bible and What We Can Learn from Them is a book that affords a somewhat humorous and practical, in-your-face approach to Bible study. Written in a contemporary voice, the author shares her interesting views on women from the Bible such as Eve, Delilah and Michal. One thing’s for sure, you will either love this book and style of writing or… Phone Tree Rating: 3/5 Stars ***
I don’t know how I’ve managed to never read a book by Liz Curtis Higgs. She has had 26 books published, most of which have done very well…and yet this is my FIRST experience! Let me start by saying that it will definitely not be my last! “Bad Girls of the Bible And What We Can Learn From Them” is an extraordinary, well-written book that examines the famous (or infamous) women in the Bible who did famously bad things. But, more than just a recount of the story, the author provides a walk through Scripture for each character, a modern day piece of fiction to bring life to the story and help you to understand it culturally, and thoughtful questions to allow you to apply the lessons to your own life. There are definitely lessons to be learned from each account, and Liz has a way of writing that brings these women to life. Liz Curtis Higgs is an excellent writer. Absolutely wonderful. I honestly can’t say that any other author has so captured my attention. I did not want to stop reading because she drew me in with her personality, her wit, and her incredible writing style. Every chapter is well-researched and scripturally-sound. And, most importantly, each chapter brought me to a place of contemplation about my own life and how I can serve God more fully with my life. You can read chapter 1 by clicking this link. I highly recommend this book–and I can’t wait to get another one from this series! “I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.”
In reviewing ¿The Bad Girls of The Bible¿, it was quite interesting and very good to read. The author did a wonderful job captivating the reader¿s attention with a brief story that lead into the main character. Each character brings a lesson we can learn from and apply it to our lives for the better. Although these Bad Girls of the Bible may have started off bad, but in the end they worked out for the good of the people. I really enjoyed this reading and will be sharing this book in my Bible Study. The study guide is a great asset while reading the various stories in the book. I would definitely recommend this book to Bible Study class and Women¿s group. ¿I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review¿.
Ooh, Liz Curtis Higgs, you know how to dig in to the Bible and draw out these women. I feel like I know these ladies personally after reading this book, and I can see my own bad self in plenty of them. I especially respect how the first character, Ruthie, was based on Higgs's own experience. If you've lived it, put it on out there for others to relate to. I believe our Christian witness is so much more powerful when we let it all hang out and reveal how God has changed us and saved us. Each of the characters, and I hate to call them characters because they are really historical figures, has a lesson to teach us. I think that even if we <span style="font-style:italic;">think</span> we have done most things "right," we can still see our less desirable qualities in these Bad Girls. Whether "Bad to the Bone," "Bad for a Season, but Not Forever," or "Bad for a Moment," Ms. Higgs makes these women contemporarily relevant as she interprets the Scriptures surrounding their stories. Each chapter is a fictionalized account of a Biblical femme fetale followed by an insightful, honest, and sometimes humerous analysis of the Scripture. After each fictional account and Scriptural study there are "What Can We Learn" and "Good Girl Thoughts Worth Considering" sections that are certainly thought-provoking. It's easy to judge some of these lovelies and think, "Pfft - I'm not like that, I can't relate," but Ms. Higgs makes it a point to find aspects of each character that even the Good Girl can relate to! You will see yourself in some of these characters, I promise. Myself, I'm something like Eve and Lot's wife, wanting something more out of my life than the bounty with which God has blessed me. I'm something like Ruthie and Rahab, having made some bad decisions regarding men and believing the lie that I wasn't worth any more to God than I was to my guys. If I really care to dive in, I can even relate to the wicked Jezebel - self-seeking and sharp-tongued. Ouch. Thanks, Higgs. This God-reformed Bad Girl appreciated this book and will absolutely read more of Liz Curtis Higgs's work in the future.
This book reminds me of those soft centered chocolates where you get a pleasant surprise after you bite into them. It begins like a novel. In fact, each chapter begins with a short story. Each story illustrates a Bad Girl for us to understand in our time and then goes into the good stuff. It's surprisingly deep. She (Eve) stopped looking to God for the truth. She stopped looking to her husband for shared counsel. She stopped looking at the good, wholesome fruit already available to her. She even stopped looking to the serpent for direction. Notice: The serpent never said another word. He didn't have to. His temptation was complete. The seeds of deception had fallen on fertile ground." - Pg. 30 Higgs writes with humor. I'm not familiar with many of her books except for a novel I reviewed previously here. Her humor becomes a surprise-the whispers of a best friend at a girl's get-away. It's cozy and intimate. We learn that Higgs had a rough past that she said raised eyebrows from "good" church-going women. She wrote this book with these reasons in mind: I had four kinds of readers in mind while I wrote: (1) Former Bad Girls who have given up their old lives for new ones in Christ and are struggling to figure out how and where they "fit" in God's family; (2) Temporary Bad Girls who grew up in church, put aside their devotion to God at some point, and now fear they can't ever be truly forgiven; (3) Veteran Good Girls who want to grow in understanding and compassion for the women around them who weren't "cradle Christians"; and (4) Aspiring Good Girls who keep thinking there must be something more to life but aren't sure where to look." - Pg. 7 I learned so much from reading this book. I am giving it away at my next Praise and Coffee meeting in October because I think others can glean much wisdom from Higgs pages. I gave this book five stars because it is written in an entertaining way, easy to read, and like Mary Poppins says, "a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down." Indeed. Higgs dishes out the truth with a spoonful of sugar.
I absolutely love the summer months because it gives me the opportunity to read, ReAd, READ! After finishing yet another of my dad's Kent Family Chronicles, and a library book by my favorite author, my new freebie book arrived, from Blogging for Books (by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group)..and once again.I like it! Bad Girls of the Bible, by Liz Curtis Higgs, looks at 10 women from the Bible that we as humans would label "Bad". I read one other book by Lix Curtis Higgs, Mine is the Night and absolutely loved it. This book has a much different "personality" but is great! Liz Curtis Higgs takes each woman's story and begins with a fictional story that we can all relate to. Something that we have either "read before" or have "seen in a movie" or may have "had happen to us". She wants us to see that these women from the Bible are just like us, but even if they didn't, we can learn a lesson from them. After looking at a fictional story of each woman, Liz Curtis Higgs then takes the passage from the Bible and breaks it down for us. She lets us in on insights that she has had or that other researchers have thought of. She also uses a quirky way of getting her message across which I found delightfully entertaining! Finally, she talks about lessons we can learn from each "Bad Girl" and some thoughts to consider, which is great for a discussion with a book study or just with friends. I think I might be finding a new author that I really enjoy! Add that to the list of great things accomplished this summer!
I have always enjoyed reading about the various women mentioned throughout the Bible. I was highly intrigued when I discovered Liz Curtis Higgs book, "Bad Girls of the Bible: and What We Can Learn From Them". Ten of the Bible's best known "bad girls" are brought to life in the pages of this book with situations that sound very familiar to all of us. While we don't want to label ourselves as "bad girls" we have to be honest and admit that bad girls of the Bible are often easier to relate to than good girls (like Mary) and some of their traits that labeled them bad were as simple as criticism, lying, etc. This book takes the ten women's stories and tells them in a modern day allegory of each Biblical situation. After re-telling the Bible story in a modern way, she breaks the women's life down further through Bible verses and other commentator's opinions and writings. She often brings humor into their lives and stories too. I don't want to give away the 10 women you will read about it in this book, but I have to say I was very surprised to find the Bible character of Rahab in this book! Near the end of each chapter you get to consider what we are supposed to learn from these so-called "bad girls" and the "Good Girl Thoughts Worth Considering" section really hits you where it hurts as it forces you to look into your own life in reflection to that particular "bad girls" life. While the author has taken the liberty to label the various characters mentioned in her book as either "good" or "bad", I loved how she ended the book and shared her thoughts about this labeling system. She says: .It's simply this: Good Girls and Bad Girls both need a Savior. The goodness of your present life can't open the doors of heaven for you. The badness of your past life can't keep you out either. Not if you truly desire the forgiveness and freedom Christ offers." If you enjoy reading about women in the Bible or you are simply intrigued by this title, then I recommend you check out this book. It is a very easy and enjoyable read and you will be amazed how quickly you finish the book and how you view some of these women in a new light.
I must confess I had already read Liz Curtis Higgs book Bad Girls of the Bible once, when I was younger and still a (mostly) good girl. Even then, when I read it, I loved it. Higgs has an unusual format of writing: first, a contemporary re-write of a biblical story, then an almost verse-by-verse dissection and teaching, followed by a summary of lessons to be learned, and ended with discussion questions. Now as a mother, wife, and former "bad girl" I find wisdom and comfort in Higgs' teaching. When I reach the point of feeling like I am going to pull my own hair out if I have to be compared to that hypothetical, ultimate good-girl, the Proverbs 31 Woman, one more time, I reach for Liz Curtis Higgs for good, down to earth teaching, with a little bad girl flair. Her conversational tone makes this an easy read and her rock-solid teaching makes it well worth the time. Please check out Bad Girls from the Bible. I received this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. It didn't have to be positive, but this just happens to be a phenomenal book.
Bad Girls of the Bible By Liz Curtis Higgs When I saw this book I knew I needed to read it. There was something about the description that completely drew me in. This book was a GREAT read! I read it very quickly, I would read any chance I had, or I'd lay down to go to sleep and read until I got "tired" but never got tired! This book is about ten bad girls in the bible. The girls included are: Eve, Potiphar's Wife, Lot's Wife, Woman at the Well, Delilah, Sapphira, Rahab, Jezebel, Michal, and The Sinful Woman. In each chapter Liz sets up the story by retelling each woman's story in a modern way. I loved this aspect because, for me personally, it helps me remember details better. After each retelling, she then breaks down each woman's story, using bible verses and other commentator's opinions. Liz has a great writing style as well, and brings in a simplistic but humorous take to these stories. At the end of each chapter there is a section on what we can learn from this particular bad girl, then there is also a section of questions you can think on and answer. Overall, I really loved this book! It was educational, but not at all boring, and I am very interested in some more of Liz Curtis Higgs' books! I received a complimentary copy of this book from BloggingforBooks . com in exchange for an honest opinion
Just by reading the title and looking at the great cover photograph of Liz Curtis Higgs peering out from behind a black veil, I knew immediately this wasn't your average "Christian book." And you know what, I was right. But in my opinion, this book is more "Christian" than most other Christian books out there today. Why? Because it teaches forgiveness and redemption, no matter WHAT your background or experiences in life. After all, wasn't that Jesus' core message? Liz Curtis Higgs isn't your average Christian author--she freely admits her sordid past filled with promiscuity, drug use, and abusive relationships. She frequently uses her own stories to illustrate the points made in her book. She used to be a radio jockey whose show was so racy it made Howard Stern tell her to "clean up her act." But then Liz found the healing and redemptive powers of God's love, and it's this message which drives "Bad Girls of the Bible." Her non-judgmental and forgiving attitude will make any "bad girl" feel welcome. Most Christian authors today often come off as "holier-than-thou" with no clue about anything outside their own Christian sphere of influence. No matter what you've done, Liz has probably been there and done that, too. Liz uses examples of "bad girls" from the Old and New Testaments to show how bad actions can affect our lives, and how we can be healed and forgiven by God. The stories are told with Liz's trademark wit and humor, which makes the book a rather entertaining read. She breaks down the stories verse-by-verse and makes amusing and insightful commentary on each. You don't have to be a Bible scholar to enjoy the book--Liz breaks everything down into bit-sized, easy-to-swallow pieces for your reading enjoyment! I would recommend this book to any woman out there, whether you're a "lapsed Christian" or just need a change of pace from the usual conservative Christian fodder that's out there. Liz calls herself an "encourager", and she really is.
When I decided to review this book I started thinking about some of the women that I have read about in the Bible who I would call "Bad Girls". The first to come to mind was Eve. Eve tends to get a bad rap because humanity wants to blame all fo their sufferings on her. She was the first woman and she did disobey God, but in reality what did she do that's any different from the many sins we commit each and every day? I then thought about the woman at the well. The woman who told Jesus she didn't have a husband, but indeed had been married multiple times and was even living with a man she wasn't married to. Again, what is this woman doing that a lot of people in society aren't also doing? Liz Curtis Higgs takes a closer look at these two women and several more in this book. She gives us a little insight into what might have made these women choose the paths that led to destruction. She encourages us to look at our own lives and to see what we can learn from the mistakes that these ladies of the Bible made. We have all made decisions that we regret. We've all disobeyed God and not followed His will for our lives. We've all been a <em>bad girl</em> at one time or another. As Liz says you may have been <em>Bad to the Bone, Bad for a Season, or Bad for a Moment. </em> Either way there is hope for tomorrow. It is never too late to change, to make a difference in your life. You can choose today to turn your life over to God and to live for Him. <em>I received a free copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.</em>
I was given this book months ago to read and review. And I tried. Really and truly, I did. However, there are simply some books and people that are like oil and water and just don’t mix. With that said, after so many months of trudging through this book; I could trudge no more. With each chapter, my faith in Bad Girls of the Bible was renewed because of Ms. Curtis Higgs unique take on the various Bible stories. The way she told the Bible stories in her own words was both interesting and entertaining. It was those stories, told her way that made me want to read the book. Then she would shift gears and finish each chapter after her take on the events and move on to the formal, bible-study version of events. She would also move on to what could and should be learned from each Bible story. I simply could not move past the bible-study version portions. They were too dry and formal for me. While I did not enjoy this book, I believe those who are serious about their bible-study and faith would find this book to be up-lifting and helpful in any bible-study. However, if you are not involved in a bible-study group and/or you are not looking for a book to assist you with your bible-studies on your own this really isn’t the book for you. This is definitely a book more geared toward an actual Bible Study Group; as opposed to just one person attempting to study the Bible alone. Disclaimer: I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review.
The Bad Girls of The Bible And What We Can Learn From Them by Liz Curtis Higgs is a wonderful devotional, and the title says it all. The book takes an in-depth look at ten of the Bible's woman; Eve, Potifar's Wife, Lot's wife, the woman at the well, Delilah, Sapphira, Rahab, Jezebel, Michal, and the sinful woman, separating them into the categories Bad to the Bone, Bad for a Moment, and Bad for a Season, but Not Forever. Each chapter discusses a different woman, opening with a fictional story set in present-day with the plot of the original story, goes into a verse-by-verse look at the story, and closes with the Lessons We Can Learn and Good Girl Thoughts Worth Considering. I absolutely loved reading this book. Liz is so thorough in her evaluation of each woman's account! She explains what is really happening, the deeper meanings of things, translations, the customs of that day, and reads between the lines of the dialogue. I never knew what a lot of their names meant, how symbolic the meanings are, and I certainly never really understood what went on in the conversation between Jesus and the woman at the well until I read this book! She also looks at the actions of others in the stories, how their actions showed their true selves, and how or if those actions influenced the woman's overall decision making. Liz also relates things to modern days, whether to tell a story about her own life, to use someone well known today to compare with a biblical figure on ability or looks, to show how satan still uses a certain misled idea in our culture, or to get the reader to consider questions asked in Good Girl Thoughts Worth Considering. In addition to doing all that, the whole book is just completely full of clean, tasteful humor and written in a way that gives it a light and enjoyable read, even as the messages of the stories left me with tears in my eyes. This book has my heart felt recommendation. I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group.