(originally published May 2016)
Book Review – Bad Girls of the Bible: And What We Can Learn from Them, by Liz Curtis Higgs, published by Waterbrook Press, 1999, 245 pages.
After listening to a podcast presented by writer/speaker Liz Curtis Higgs, I googled her titles, then went in search of her books at the library. I found three. Of those three, Bad Girls seems to have found the widest audience.
In Bad Girls, Liz follows ten women whose stories are told in the Scriptures: Eve, Potiphar’s Wife, Lot’s Wife, The Woman at the Well, Delilah, Sapphira, Rahab, Jezebel, Michal and The Sinful Woman.
Each chapter is devoted to the story of one woman, opening with a dramatization of how that woman might look today. I met Evie who listens to a stranger and goes a little too far with her boyfriend. Then there’s Mitzi, lonely Mitzi, who had the hots for a man who was not her husband.
Lottie loves her custom-made, carefully decorated house more than anything. Crystal served drinks to keep a roof over her head and knew how to handle those men in the bar. Lila was a hair stylist who wanted more out of life. Generous Sofia was working her way up in society. Rae let two men through her apartment door and got more than she bargained for. Jasmine was always in control of every situation and every person around her – especially her husband. Michele never gave up her first love and turned bitter because of it. Anita bravely faced her past and became an example of the greatest love of all.
Liz writes with candor, truth and reality. She’s been where some of these women have been. That’s what makes this book comforting, honest and sometimes painful. If there is hope for her, there is hope for me.
I was a Bad Girl, but I was redeemed, then Jesus began to redeem my days. This book rang true for me and will be on my shelf for review each year as I carry out my directives – honestly looking at myself, my life and my motives … and being real.
If you have been trying to get a clear picture of yourself, or if God has been tugging on your heart about a few things you need to change in your life, or if you know a Bad Girl and you want to know how to help her – Read This Book. It’s entertaining and challenging. It’s written with grace and love.
And you will be blessed.
You can meet Liz, her books and her blog here: http://www.lizcurtishiggs.com/