Friday, September 5, 2014

First Friday Book Review: Bad Girls of the Bible

Title and Author: Bad Girls of the Bible: And What We Can Learn from Them, by: Liz Curtis Higgs

Release Date: January 1999

Page Length: 256 pages

How I got the Book: public library

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Description: "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."

My Thoughts:
I've seen this book in the Christian bookstores for a while, and finally picked it up! I'm so glad I did! My first book by Liz Curtis Higgs, and I absolutely love her writing style! She is down-right hilarious.

The book is divided into 10 chapters, each about a different woman from biblical times. Liz first shares a fictitious retelling of the woman's story, then goes line by line in the scriptures to point out key information and glean insight into more of these women and their stories.

My favorite chapter was the one about Eve. Liz focuses on the Eve-part of the story in Genesis, rather than looking at both Adam and Eve's perspective. Eve was the first woman- a perfect woman. Yet, Eve focuses on the forbidden fruit and fixates on it until she does something about it. How many times in my life have I had razor-sharp focus on something, rather than totally fixating on God? I see something, I want it, I must obsess over it, then I take it. Oy vay, I'm just like Eve!

Liz's other insights on Potiphar’s Wife, Delilah, Lot’s Wife, Sapphira, Jezebel, and Rahab, really opened my eyes to the human-aspect of these stories, scriptures, and women. What a gift it is to learn from their stories!

I really feel like I know women from these biblical times better, and understand myself even more. They are my ancient ancestors, after all, why wouldn't I be wired like them?

This is a fantastic book for a women's bible study or small group. I could easily see each chapter (essentially, each woman's story) being a small group discussion. At the end of each chapter, we have discussion questions, but better yet, there is a small group dvd and personal workbook available.


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