I first heard, well "read" Liz
in her children's book
"The Parable of the Lily"
(as well as the Pumpkin Patch Parable).
Love these little books.
I love Liz Curtis Higgs kids stuff, however, I have been wanting to read her "bad girls" book for quite a while. You know how it is, you see it on the shelf, but don't have the time or "splurge" to get it. What I enjoyed about Liz Curtis Higgs is that she does not take herself too seriously. She does take the Word of God seriously. In depth research and study of each of the "bad" girls does "breath life" into the characters. Each Bible character is introduced with a contemporary fictional one. These are "baaaaad girls" right? So often the equally "bad pharisee" becomes a judge with evil thoughts. Liz does a good job of looking at the needs in each of these "girl's" lives/hearts that may have brought them to their point of "bad" and helps the reader to identify. At the end of each chapter there is a section for application. "What lessons can we learn?" and, "thoughts worth considering". In the little "chat with Liz" at the end of the book, she addresses the question that these girls "less than lovely" behavior seems linked to the men in their lives.
"Fact is, all ten of our Bad Girls had issues of one kind or another with the men in their lives...We can't hide behind men nor blame them for our sins, yet many of us are unable to move forward in our relationship with God because of past or present relationship with males...look beyond...an upward to the Son of Man, who will never neglect or abandon, never mislead or mistreat us."
I love the honest and often humorous transparency Liz shares throughout. This book offers the truth and hope of God's redemption story. God chose "bad" girls then. God chooses "bad" girls today...or...anyone who humbly comes and believes.
"The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth."Psalm 145:18
Bad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs (Chapter 1)
I received a free copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah for the purpose of review.