Saturday, September 17, 2016

Book Review: "Really Bad Girls of the Bible"

Nobody tells and brings out the truth of a Bible story quite like Liz Curtis Higgs, so I was really excited to get to read this updated version of one of her classic books. In Really Bad Girls of the Bible, Higgs brings eight biblical women to life with humor, creativity, and compassion (for those who deserved it--not all of these bad girls did. A few were rotten to the core; Higgs shows readers why.)

Higgs starts each chapter with a contemporary version of the featured Bible story, helping readers see how the woman might have behaved in today's society. (I enjoyed trying to see how quickly I could figure out which bad girl's story she was telling.) Higgs followed the contemporary story with a phrase by phrase commentary of the Bible text, sharing her own insights and experience along with other commentator's notes. She closed each chapter with a list of practical lessons for readers to apply from each bad girl's life. Higgs finished the book with a personal note, a fun poem, discussion questions, and a study guide.

I recommend this book for personal or group study. The content is fun, but the insights are deep. Higgs' gift with words makes both the story and the lessons of each chapter memorable.

I thank Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers for sending me a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for this honest review.

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