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review 2016-10-22 20:18
Really Bad Girls of the Bible
Really Bad Girls of the Bible: More Lessons from Less-Than-Perfect-Women - Liz Curtis Higgs

 

Title: Really Bad Girls of the Bible
Author: Liz Curtis Higgs
Publisher: WaterBrook
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Rating: Five
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"Really Bad Girls of the Bible" by Liz Curtis Higgs

My Thoughts....

I loved this author's goal of writing this book..."My goal is simple: to help women embrace the grace of God with joy and abandon!" and I think she did a wonderful job at it. I will say I was able to learn from the read. Some of these characters I hadn't read about and it was quite interesting reading about them in the modern day version. I was definitely found opening up my Bible to read about these 'bad girls' and definitely looking at their stories quite differently seeing how God pulled them through it all.

 

It was quite interesting in seeing so many of these traits that were portrayed by these 'bad girls' can be found in us today. Wow, some things just don't change! This author does a wonderful job at relating the 'Biblical archetypes to the what is going on now,' giving us some 'humor, empathy and intellect.' There is also discussion questions and study guide for ones personal use or for your a study groups that are included. If you are looking for a informative and interesting read about 'Really Bad Girls of the Bible' I would recommend read to you as a good read.

 

I received this book from Blogging for Books to read and review.

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review 2015-10-11 00:00
The Girl's Still Got It: Take a Walk with Ruth and the God Who Rocked Her World
The Girl's Still Got It: Take a Walk with Ruth and the God Who Rocked Her World - Liz Curtis Higgs

I really love Liz Curtis Higgs. Like a lot. "Bad Girls of the Bible" is one of my favorite books and I'm actually planning on leading a life group at my Church about that book. And I really really loved this book, the way she writes, all of it. The only reason this is getting a three star rating instead of a four star is because of one part of the book.

I know, maybe it's harsh, but that one paragraph actually made me skim the rest of the book.

Christians come from all sorts of backgrounds, and have all sorts of beliefs. Convservative, liberal, moderate and everywhere in between. This is why it frustrates me when Christians jump on beliefs and speak about them like it's easy. Higgs makes a comment about "Why should you choose abortion because it's legal when God's word says another thing?" and "Why choose a same sex partner because you think it will make you happy when it's clearly against God's word". And stuff like that just really really bothers me. I get how easy it is to make assumptions that all people who follow Christ see social issues the same, especially when you intentionally surround yourself with people who see social issues similarly. I happen to be a progressive feminist pro-choice and pro-marriage equality Christian. So seeing something so heavy handed, and thrown around like abortion is an EASY choice for a woman, or that people who enter into same-sex relationships choose to be attracted to someone of the same sex is just...aggravating, and not loving. This left me disappointed in this book, and not really wanting to read more in it, sadly.

Other than that, this book has Higgs's typical flair, and relatability that I really loved. I learned a ton about Ruth and Boaz, and had no idea Boaz was my fav Rahab's son. This book is thorough and easy to read, and was so close to four stars from me.

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text 2015-10-07 23:10
TBR Thursday* October 8, 2015
The Color of Love - Julianne MacLean
A Christmas Kiss - Jess Michaels
The Daughter of Highland Hall: A Novel (Edwardian Brides) - Carrie Turansky
Gather the Stars - Kimberly Cates
A Wreath of Snow: A Victorian Christmas Novella - Liz Curtis Higgs

Small group of new books to the TBR this week. I am not finding much appeal in the new releases in romance or in the freebie section. All but one of the books I have been eyeing, waiting for a price drop and room on my NOOK.

 

1. The Color of Love (The Color series) by Julianne MacLean. I have been picking up books in this series whenever I see a sale and I think the first one was a freebie in the NOOK store.

 

2. A Christmas Kiss by Jess Michaels. I was feeling emotional the day I downloaded this freebie. That night I got my answer to a problem and felt better. At a mere 38 pages, I could probably knock this out before the post goes live. But it will go into the holiday reading pile.

 

3. The Daughter of Highland Hall (Edwardian Brides series #2) by Carrie Turnansky. I already have book one, but I have been eyeing this one for a while. It went on sale and I immediately picked it up.

 

4. Gather the Stars (Culloden Moors #1) by Kimberly Cates. Getting ready for my post deployment trip to Scotland, but most Scottish romances leave me cold (especially when the accent is over done). But it was free, so....

 

5. A Wreath of Snow: A Christmas Novella by Liz Curtis Higgs. Another freebie for the holiday reading pile.

 

*tbr Thursdays is a bookish meme created by Moonlight Reader

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review 2015-01-20 03:36
My Heart's in the Lowlands: Ten Days in Bonny Scotland - Liz Curtis Higgs

Best-selling novelist Liz Curtis Higgs invites you to take an entertaining journey through the South West of Scotland, known as Dumfries and Galloway. Without crossing the pond, changing time zones, or driving on the left side of the road, you’ll explore quaint villages and crumbling castles, old bookshops and charming tearooms in the delightful company of a guide whose love for this quiet nook of Scotland illuminates every page.

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It's not a bad read necessarily, but not the best piece of travel writing I've read. I've not read any of her Scottish themed novels, I mainly just picked this up because I like to live vicariously through travel writing books. There was something about her way of writing here that was alright at first but after awhile got irritating --- the over-animated tone had me picturing a woman who was doing the female squee of excitement that, when used at seemingly every moment, drives me battty. Also, the overuse of "ayes" may have done me in. I don't know, it just bugs me when Americans use overseas phrasing more heavily in their writing and speech than the natives of that area seem... it strikes me as affectatious & ingenuous. Plus, it just felt like she was hitting a highlights reel of what she maybe thought her fans would expect to see -- "oh look! castle, castle, rolling hills, castle, plate of haddock, haggis is a fun word, castle" without really getting into too much of the real history and lore of the area that I was hoping for. I did enjoy the illustrations.

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review 2014-08-25 04:55
A Wreath of Snow: A Victorian Christmas Novella
A Wreath of Snow: A Victorian Christmas Novella - Liz Curtis Higgs My I love this. It really keeps the holiday spirt a live. It is centered around Christmas season. Something happen about dozen years that though both Gordon and Margret. I love this book because it bring in the historical fiction with a romance that blooms though out the book. The Campbell's do not realize that they hold a grudge towards someone. There son is hiding something as well about this injury. Though it all things get cleared up and worked though since there train was abandon because of snow and something else. If you enjoy historical fiction or looking for one during the holiday season. This one is quite a pick and you get two in one with one.
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