Bad Girls of the Bible: And What We Can Learn from Them Paperback – Aug 17 1999
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Jezebel and Delilah have plenty to teach contemporary Christian women, according to Bad Girls of the Bible and What We Can Learn from Them. In this self-help book, Liz Curtis Higgs tells fictionalized, contemporary stories based on the lives of biblical characters including Eve, Potiphar's Wife, and the Woman at the Well. In verse-by-verse commentary, Higgs summarizes each life's lessons and provides a list of questions for personal consideration or group discussion. The overall message of each chapter is the same: "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." In its effort to turn readers' minds heavenward, Bad Girls draws a distinction between fun and joy. Associated with "fleshly pleasures," fun "is temporary at best; it's risky, even dangerous, at worst." Joy, on the other hand, is found in God's "gift of grace." Perhaps the book's greatest weakness is its inability to see that "fun," in many lives, is a holy and necessary means of attaining "joy." --Michael Joseph Gross
From Publishers Weekly
Humorist and popular storyteller Higgs (Help! I'm Laughing and I Can't Get Up) takes a look at the vamps and tramps of the Bible, searching for the lessons these wicked women have to teach. She acknowledges that as much as she admires Sarah's faithfulness and Mary's innocence, she finds that her own life contains many of the shortcomings of women such as Rahab, Delilah and Lot's wife. When Higgs begins her study of Jezebel, she notes, "I understood her pushy personality, I empathized with her need for control, I tuned into her angry outbursts...but boy did she teach me what not to do in my marriage." She places the ten women in her study into four categories. Eve, she says, was the "First Bad Girl," for badness has to begin somewhere. Potiphar's wife (who tried to seduce Joseph), Delilah and Jezebel, Higgs says, were "Bad to the Bone": these women "sinned with gusto from bad beginning to bitter end." Women who were "Bad for a Moment," and who have forever been characterized by their "life-changing" mistakes, include Saphhira, Michal and Lot's wife (who was turned into a pillar of salt for looking back on her homeland against God's commands). Higgs says that Rahab, the prostitute who helped the Israelites conquer Jericho, the Woman at the Well and the Sinful Woman were "Bad for a Season, but Not Forever": these women "had plenty of sin in their past, but they were also willing to change and be changed." Higgs opens each chapter with a fictional retelling of the biblical story and then proceeds to a verse-by-verse exegesis and commentary on the biblical text. Each chapter closes with four lessons to be learned from the life of the bad girl and eight "thoughts worth considering." Higgs retells these biblical stories with rollicking humor and deep insight as she teaches about the nature of sin and goodness. (Aug.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Unlike other books that plunge into the study, Liz uses her storytelling talents to weave a contemporary setting for each woman. After reading the story, readers are treated to humorous, yet thought-provoking commentary. Each chapter ends appropriately with several "Good Girl Thoughts Worth Considering" questions.
These book definitely provided new insights and was "fun" reading. I would recommend this book for new female Christians and/or for women who just enjoy reading biblical studies with out the (yawn) overzealous commentary.
Higgs continues her "Bad Girl" series with "Really Bad Girls of the Bible" and "Mad Mary: A Bad Girl From Magdala, Transformed at His Appearing."
--- reviewed by Ty for Christian Bookshelf
Once you mix in Curtis Higgs' sense of humor, you have a great book of learning, laughter, and thought provoking moments. The humor allows the reader to lighten up on herself (or himself) about past transgressions, and to see that even those "Bad Girls of the Bible" were able to change and grow in positive ways -- most of them, anyway. "Bad Girls" brings a sense of hope, especially to those who may be struggling with issues of self-esteem and concern that they might not be "good enough" for God.
Curtis Higgs brings to light women that are often missed or have not received much attention compared with the men of the Bible --yet another great aspect of this book. I look forward to reading the next installment!
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.
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I bought this thinking I was buying the one by Barbara Essex. But the Higgs book is a really good example of bad scholarship. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Sunchild
This version has the authors views at the end of the chapter rather than just the questions as in an earlier edition. Read morePublished 23 months ago by eltucuche
It is a great tool for Bible study. Creates good discussion and we can draw parallel; in our lives. THanksPublished on Dec 21 2013 by Alfretta Vanderheyden
The books are excellent. Easy to read but very informative and challenging.
Would highly recommend them to any woman who needs to be challenged to draw
closer to God.
I thought this book was really great. I love how in depth she goes into each verse. It's really neat to learn how the verse is translated into different versions of the Bible. Read morePublished on April 7 2004
I really was excited to order this book. I thought that it would be a good book about naughty girls or a naughty book about good girls. Read morePublished on Feb. 27 2003 by K. Amundsen
I have to admit I'm pretty cynical about Christian books anymore, so I picked up this book hesitantly, afraid to find another empty, feel-good message. NOT SO! Read morePublished on Nov. 24 2002
Our Sunday School used this book for a quarter, and I could hardly wait until we were done. Liz's humor got to me -- one woman in our class said it is hard to read some of the... Read morePublished on Dec 3 2001