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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press; Reprint edition (July 16, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307731979
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307731975
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (323 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews Review

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 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Imagine a heartwarming Bible study wrapped inside a beautiful gift book: that's The Women of Christmas. the latest release from Liz Curtis Higgs. Verse by verse, Liz unpacks the biblical stories of Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna, who each welcome the Christ child into the world in a marvelous and miraculous way.

Liz admits, "My goal is simple: to help women embrace the grace of God with joy and abandon!"

In her best-selling series of Bad Girls of the Bible books and videos, Liz breathes new life into ancient tales about the most infamous--and intriguing--women in scriptural history, from Jezebel to Mary Magdalene. Biblically sound and cutting-edge fresh, these popular titles have helped more than one million women around the world experience God's grace anew.

And, in The Girl's Still Got It, Liz offers a twenty-first century take on the book of Ruth, dishing out meat and milk, substance and style, in a highly readable, always entertaining, and deeply personal journey.

Liz's award-winning historical novels, which transport the stories of Rebekah, Leah, Rachel, Dinah, Ruth, and Naomi to eighteenth-century Scotland, also invite readers to view these familiar biblical characters in a new light.

According to Publishers Weekly, "Higgs is a stickler for period authenticity." To that end, Liz has traveled sixteen times to Scotland, the setting for her novels, and has filled her shelves with nearly one thousand resource books about Scottish history and culture.

Also a gifted professional speaker, Liz has presented more than 1,700 inspirational programs for audiences in all fifty United States and fourteen foreign countries. When the National Speakers Association honored her with the Council of Peers Award for Excellence, Liz became one of only 35 women in the world named to their CPAE-Speaker Hall of Fame.

On the personal side, Liz is married to Bill Higgs, Ph.D., who serves as Director of Operations for her speaking and writing office. Liz and Bill enjoy their old Kentucky home, a nineteenth-century farmhouse in Louisville, and are the proud (and relieved) parents of two college grads.

"I have three abiding passions: encouraging my sisters in Christ, exploring the stories of women in the Bible, and writing novels set in Scotland of old. When I'm not traveling, speaking, or spinning a story, I connect with readers online, take copious photos, read historical novels, watch period films, and immerse myself in research--the more books, the merrier. I'm a lame housekeeper, a marginal cook, and a mediocre gardener, but home is still my favorite place to land."

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Customer Reviews

Very interesting and well written book.
Gary M. Scoggin
Liz Curtis Higgs really fleshes out the stories of those ancient bad girls but also parallels them with modern day tales of equallly bad girls.
Knitty Kittty
It will help you to look within your heart and find areas that are not pleasing to God, and work to change those.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

103 of 106 people found the following review helpful By Sara on August 13, 2002
Format: Paperback
Just by reading the title and looking at the great cover photograph of Liz Curtis Higgs peering out from behind a black veil, I knew immediately this wasn't your average "Christian book." And you know what, I was right. But in my opinion, this book is more "Christian" than most other Christian books out there today. Why? Because it teaches forgiveness and redemption, no matter WHAT your background or experiences in life. After all, wasn't that Jesus' core message?
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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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Aly-oops! on April 27, 2006
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I bought this book more than a year before I read it. It sat on my shelf gathering dust until I finally found the courage to actually read it. Once I started, I couldn't stop. I read it for two days straight, grabbing it every chance I could.

Liz has a wonderful, down-to-earth writing style which made the book very easy to read. She shares with her readers details of her own bad girl past without mincing words, as well as confessing how she still errs in her post-bad girl life. I personally enjoyed the way she opens each chapter with a modern-day tale based upon the Biblical bad girl she is about to dissect. Liz provides some excellent insight into these women, addressing many of the questions & issues I've had since I was young. She discusses the lives of these bad girls verse by verse, providing both fact & speculation (clearly defining which is which). No workbook is necessary (though one is available), as Liz includes activities & questions to consider at the end of each chapter. Don't worry about giving the "wrong" answer, b/c she includes verses in the back of the book to help with some of those questions (such as, "Find at least five verses that assure you His gifts of grace & forgiveness are the real thing").

The bad girls addressed in this book are: Eve, Potiphar's Wife, Lot's Wife, the Woman at the Well, Delilah, Sapphira, Rahab, Jezebel, Michal, & the Sinful Woman (who annointed Jesus' feet with perfume). I appreciated how she places each woman in one of three categories: Bad to the Bone, Bad for a Moment, & Bad for a Season but Not Forever (except Eve, who was the First Bad Girl).
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Kathy on September 12, 2000
Format: Paperback
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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By JAD on December 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is the first in what is now a collection of books by Liz Curtis Higgs having to do with women of the Bible. Not just any women of the Bible, but the ones who have come down through history with a bad reputation. This book has become so popular that it was an Evangelical Christian Publisher's Association Gold Medallion Finalist in 2000 and resulted in a sequel: Really Bad Girls of the Bible.

Reading the original book is a great way to flesh out some of those long ago ladies with their unusual Biblical names. Higgs, who has a long list of books to her name and who has since gone on to become an author of historical novels, presents each of the women in character sketches that highlight their flaws and foibles. And she does so by creating purely fictional modern day women who have similar stores to tell.

Imaginative? Of course it is! In a series of ten chapters, we begin by meeting modern day counterparts of familiar or not-so-familiar women of the Bible. These are women who have a past, or a problem or some scandalous secret.

Each chapter has a contemporary story and then retells the Biblical story, so that we can juxtapose the two, and find ways to apply what happened long ago to what happens in our own daily lives.

So, for instance, the story of Eve ("The First Bad Girl") is introduced through a debutante from Savannah named Evelyn Whitebloom. Her father had a beautiful, you guessed it, garden. Evie's memories of the garden are colored not only by long walks enjoying its beauty, but also of the mystery surrounding the garden's central feature: a gazebo into which she was told never to enter. If the tale sounds as enticing to you as does the gazebo to Evie, you are beginning to understand this book's widespread appeal.
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