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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook (Aug. 17 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1578561256
  • ISBN-13: 978-1578561254
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.9 x 22.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 358 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 35 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #252,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

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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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I bought this thinking I was buying the one by Barbara Essex. But the Higgs book is a really good example of bad scholarship. If you want to read about why women should be dutiful and obedient - this is the book for you. If you want something designed to open your imagination to the ways God works, by an author knowledgeable about the history of the times, and solid biblical scholarship, choose the one by the same name by Barbara Essex.
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For those who love studying women in the bible, Liz Curtis Higgs, offers a twist with her own brand of humor. Ten "bad girls" are included in this book including the well-known stories of Eve, Delilah, Rahab and Jezebel. She also includes other women that are not studied as often like: Potiphar's Wife (Genesis 39:7), Sapphira (Acts 5:1) and Michal (1 Samuel 18:20).
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
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Not only has Liz Curtis Higgs done her research, but she's a great storyteller, to boot. By first placing each featured woman's story in the appropriate historical setting, and then creating a similar story in current times, Curtis Higgs does as any good pastor would, giving the reader a sense of how lessons from the Bible can be helpful today.
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!
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This book changed my life. It may not be "scholarly" as one reviewer pointed out, but for me, the average Christian woman who is so glad to fall into bed in one piece at night, I don't want dry Biblical exposition! Give me stories! Give me laughter, give me tears. Give me thought-provoking messages to ponder. Give me grace. If you are in need of grace without having to wade through commentaries and "scholarly" books that must be accompanied by eight feet tall glasses of water, Liz is your lady! And if her lessons at the end are from her own heart, then be glad, for her heart is as compassionate, understanding and accepting as your down comforter. Highly, highly recommended. Lisa Samson, author of The Church Ladies.
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When my husband saw me reading "Bad Girls of the Bible," he asked me why I wasn't reading about the good girls. The answer is simple; occasionally you learn more from the mistakes of some than from the perfection of others. Curtis-Higgs has written an excellent book. Combining fiction, research, and thought provoking questions, she's provided readers from all kinds of backgrounds, both christian and non-christian, points to ponder. I'm eagerly anticipating the second installment.
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I was able to read an advance copy of this book and found it excellent. Liz Curtis Higgs blends fiction, strong scripture teaching and questions to offer her readers a great book for personal or group study. Her modern stories show who these Biblical women might be in today's world and set the scene for her excellent Biblical teaching lessons. This book would make a wonderful year-long study for an individual or a group. I highly recommend it!
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BAD GIRLS OF THE BIBLE is an inspired book that is sure to bless countless women for many years to come. Liz Curtis Higg's unique use of fiction combined with Scripture and modern application helped me see myself, my past and my future in a whole new light. Thank you, Liz, for pouring your heart and soul into this amazing book. -- Robin Lee Hatcher, author of THE FORGIVING HOUR and WHISPERS FROM YESTERDAY
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Bad Girls certainly can teach us much! This book is a wonderful vehicle for bible study groups and the depth of Liz's research is astounding! The contemporary stories are a magnetic pull, putting the reader right into the situation. How could a serious student of the Bible not be intrigued? Liz's excellent questions at the ends of the chapters really make you think, too.
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