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Embrace Grace: Welcome to the Forgiven Life [Kindle Edition]

Liz Curtis Higgs
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The forgiven life. The grace-filled life.
It begins with an embrace.
Wherever you are spiritually, whatever you have been through emotionally, you are already enfolded in the arms of One who believes in you, supports you, treasures you.
He is waiting for you to embrace him in return. To accept the gift he's offering you. To listen for the whispered words you've longed a lifetime to hear:
You are loved.  All is forgiven.


Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Higgs, bestselling author of Bad Girls of the Bible, offers a sweet but substantial gift book about accepting God's grace and leaving the past behind. Higgs's personal history includes "a lost decade of sex, drugs, and rock 'n 'roll," and though she doesn't focus on her past, she writes believably as someone who struggled with accepting grace herself. Each chapter contains multiple Scripture verses strung together with comments she's received from readers (such as, "I don't feel I am worthy of having God forgive me of my sins and weaknesses. I feel like a failure.") and reflections from her own life. She walks through several stages of receiving grace—including doubting that grace could be possible, confronting sin, forgiving yourself and repenting. Readers will feel at ease with Higgs's down-home style that's never preachy. Higgs aims to provide "a field guide, tracing a well-worn footpath from doubt to belief, pointing us away from shame and toward hope." She succeeds, and readers who are looking for more insight from this former Bad Girl will be very thankful. (Sept. 19)
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Praise for Embrace Grace

“Liz Curtis Higgs is a gifted writer and poet who understands the human heart with all its complexity, beauty, and pain. She also understands the heart of God. Reading this book will make you want to let go of anything that keeps you from his loving embrace. I recommend it highly.”
–Rebecca Pippert, best-selling author of Out of the Saltshaker & Into the World

“For every woman who has ever felt as if she were standing on the outside looking in, welcome home! In Embrace Grace, Liz Curtis Higgs gently addresses the lies that keep us from everything our hearts so desperately need: love, forgiveness, and most of all, acceptance. Don’t stand out there shivering in the cold! Christ stands with open arms waiting to love you back to life.”
– Joanna Weaver, best-selling author of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World

Embrace Grace isn’t for perfect, churchy women who have never made a mistake. It’s for women who’ve blown it and are willing to investigate a better way to live. Liz Curtis Higgs is vulnerable, authentic, honest, and compassionate. Embrace Grace provides answers, truth, and a map that will take you from shame and guilt to a hope-filled future.”
–Carol Kent, author of When I Lay My Isaac Down

“Leave it to Liz Curtis Higgs–a master writer, storyteller and Bible teacher–to give us a book with a heavy hitting message wrapped in a cloak of warmth that melts even the coldest heart. Liz tells the story of grace, forgiveness, and restoration that every one of us–the wounded, the hurting, the seeking–needs to hear. This book must be read slowly and on bended knee, for each page is steeped with truth that will cause you to more passionately embrace the Father, embrace forgiveness, and Embrace Grace.”
Priscilla Shirer, author of He Speaks to Me

“Like the fingers of an expert masseuse, Liz kneads away the knots of guilt, fear, and regret we all have. Embrace Grace speaks life-changing truth to our hurting, anxious souls in a uniquely winsome way.”
– Dee Brestin, best-selling author of The Friendships of Women

Product Details

  • File Size: 786 KB
  • Print Length: 160 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (July 8, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002GKGAY2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #337,500 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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4.7 out of 5 stars
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
I have never read one of Ms. Higgs books before, but was somehow "pushed" to pick it up and take a look. "Embrace Grace." The Lord certainly knows that I needed to do just that. Ms. Higgs writes with compassion and empathy...not preachy at all, but supportive and encouraging. There is no question that this book is directed at a Catholic audience. Being raised Catholic, I could relate. If you cannot or would not relate to the teachings of Christ, then this may not be the book for you because it is through belief in Christ and the relevant Biblical passages in this book that one can make the connection and heal.

I applaud Ms. Higgs gentle but direct manner. When one is struggling to accept forgiveness, being too "easy" doesn't help. But in her firm and honest approach she submits case after case as to why you are not alone in this, why forgiveness has been created for us all since before the beginning of time, and that it is "OK" to accept it...not just OK, but your job, and it is God's good wish for you to accept it.

Some things that I learned but didn't expect to learn...grace is all-encompassing. It means to not only accept forgiveness, but to repent, to move forward, to allow yourself to feel "new" again. WHO IN THIS WORLD DOESN'T NEED THIS??? Yeah, thought so.

I was also intrigued by her comment that "self forgiveness" isn't mentioned anywhere in the Bible. WOW. How true. God's grace has you covered.

I have read a lot of self-help, spiritual, and religious books, and I cannot recommend this one more. NO ONE can open this book and not relate in some way (again, the Catholic POV may be a problem for some, though it was a huge help to me). I really think it is one of the most powerful books I have read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A charming little book with extra-large life lessons September 23, 2006
Format:Hardcover
Liz Higgs has a way of drawing you into her work and making you feel as though she's writing to you alone. EMBRACE GRACE is no exception, and in it Lizzie shares her heart, her passion, and her love for the Lord and her readers. Take time to EMBRACE GRACE and read this small book--you'll be blessed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Little Book That Could February 1, 2007
By Carrie
Format:Hardcover
Embrace Grace is a little book with a powerful message. It's appropriate for anyone who's struggled with feeling worthy of grace and mercy, compassion and encouragement. Liz Curtis Higgs delivers a message of hope and help for the hurting. She shares her own and others' experiences on the path to not just accepting God's grace, but embracing it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Big Hug from God! November 12, 2006
Format:Hardcover
I heartily recommend "Embrace Grace" to every woman regardless of her situation. If you've ever struggled with shame, guilt, depression, or feeling unloved by God, this book is for you! For those who feel like they don't belong, who lack faith, who have a past they are ashamed of . . . or for those who just need to feel loved and accepted, this book will feel like a big hug from God as He embraces you in arms of grace and forgiveness. Order several copies . . . one for yourself to read again and again, and some to give to your friends. Our ministry is about hope . . . and that is what you will find in this book. We're very excited to see what God will do in your heart as you soak in His love through the words of Liz Curtis Higgs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Profoundly encouraging book... October 28, 2006
Format:Hardcover
Embrace Grace is one of the most encouraging and insightful non-fiction books I've read that addresses the forgiven life that can only be found in Christ. Liz discusses a multitude of topics based on e-mails she has received from women who were hurting and needed assurance that their Heavenly Father loves them and has forgiven them. I received comfort within the pages of Embrace Grace that I, too, am not exempt from God's ever-reaching power and all-encompassing grace. For me the most powerful chapter was "Embrace Sin." What? You ask. Embrace sin? Here's the subtitle. "How could he love me after all I've done?" This chapter includes both before and after salvation. It still gives me goosebumps and I get a little choked up when I think about it. Very powerful. A must read. Need I say more?
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing! Read it first, then give it away! November 11, 2007
Format:Hardcover
What a great little book. Encouragement on every page. Liz Curtis Higgs is often known for her humor and her "bad girls of the Bible" books. But don't read this thinking it will be laugh-out- loud funny. Instead, Liz invites you to take off your scratchy coat of guilt and discouragement and wrap up in a warm dose of God's grace. By using excerpts from letters written to her by women readers through the years, she answers questions that we all have about our need to be loved, our tendency to hold onto our past failures, our inability to believe that God really accepts and loves and forgives us. Liz tells us her own story and invites us to enjoy the "forgiven life." The result is a simple, easy to read, sweetly written little gem of a book. I've already given away several copies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Study December 2, 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
We used this book in a small group woman's bible study and it encougaged lots of sharing. It was poetic and fun to read, encouraging with biblicial insights.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational and Lively February 28, 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is the most engaging bokk by Higgs that I have read. The topics are related to real life and she debunks the "better than thou Christian" that seems to be the accepted stereotype. I love her humor and her very relevant anecdotes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read...or two or three!
For someone who has been a Christian for over 20 years, like me, the concepts are not new. However, (and this is a big HOWEVER) the heartfelt expression of acceptance and love by... Read more
Published 1 month ago by KP
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful group study
This is a wonderful book to use as a study with a group of women. Plain, simple, to the point, and so life-like. Numerous points to ponder with our different insights.
Published 2 months ago by Polly Gregory
5.0 out of 5 stars I have craved this book and these words
I need to read it over and over again it was like balm for my irritated soul. I read it over night and am still pondering all the great truths that were in it.
Published 5 months ago by lighterside
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book with Important Message
From the first page I was "hooked ". I am leading a book study on it as I feel it's an important book for all Christian women!
Published 5 months ago by Eliabeth M. Doepken
5.0 out of 5 stars What an awesome read!
I read an excerpt from this book and fell for it immediately! I read it on my ipad, and then had to have a hard copy for my library. I ordered several more for gifts. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cindy Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Embrace Grace
I enjoyed this book because I can pick it up at any time and begin reading and become inspired again by His grace.
Published 10 months ago by Jane A.
4.0 out of 5 stars Oh girl.
There are some things I had not thought about that can hold you back in your dailey Christian Life needlessly.
Published 12 months ago by gramshirl
3.0 out of 5 stars Good devotional material
It's fine for individual devotional time but not quite what we were looking for in terms of a study. Easy to read though.
Published 12 months ago by Sheila M. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Another gem from Liz
This is a wonderful book, great for individual or group study. It has a companion blog for each chapter that can be found on her website, Liz Curtis Higgs. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Donna Whitworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Book
Loved this book and had to buy more to share with friends. This is an awesome book and not just for women.
Published 13 months ago by Trena Brand
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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."

Visit Liz's Web site: http://www.LizCurtisHiggs.com

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