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The Women of Christmas: Experience the Season Afresh with Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna [Kindle Edition]

Liz Curtis Higgs
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God Reached Down from Heaven with the Best Gift of All
 
A sacred season is about to unfold for three women whose hearts belong to God.
Elizabeth is barren, yet her trust in God remains fertile. Mary is betrothed in marriage, yet she is willing to bear God’s Son. Anna is a widow full of years, yet she waits patiently, prayerfully for the Messiah to appear in the temple courts.

Following in their footsteps, you too can prepare for the Savior to enter your heart, your mind, and your life in a vibrant, new way. Best-selling author Liz Curtis Higgs explores the biblical stories of Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna, unwrapping each verse with tender care and introducing you afresh to The Women of Christmas.


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Praise for The Women of Christmas

“Breathtaking! The Women of Christmas is tender and joy filled and funny and faithful. With genuine warmth, profound wisdom, and refreshing wonder, Liz Curtis Higgs offers up a perfect seasonal blend—just what every woman in the midst of Christmas needs. I savored every word.”
—Ann Voskamp, author of the New York Times bestseller One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

“Liz Curtis Higgs ably mines the Scriptures, revealing undiscovered treasures in the familiar story. Through the pages of this powerful little book, we get to peer into the hearts of these women and find our own hearts melting at the beauty of God’s grace.”
—Nancy Guthrie, author of the Bible study series Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament

“This season delight your friends with an early gift of The Women of Christmas, inviting them to see how Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna were part of God’s great plan to rescue us. As Liz puts it, ‘Never doubt for a moment that women matter to the Almighty.’”
—Dee Brestin, author of Idol Lies: Facing the Truth About Our Deepest Desires

The Women of Christmas invites us to steal away with our Savior during the hustle and bustle of one of the busiest seasons of the year. In her warm and welcoming voice, Liz Curtis Higgs draws us into the compelling stories of the women who surrounded our Messiah’s birth and encourages us to consider our own relationship with him. An inspirational and biblically rich devotional. What a wonderful way to experience Christmas!”
—Kelly Minter, author of Nehemiah: A Heart That Can Break

About the Author

Liz Curtis Higgs is a popular conference speaker, who has presented inspirational programs for audiences in all fifty United States and fourteen foreign countries. She is also the author of more than thirty books, with 4.5 million copies in print, including her nonfiction study of Ruth, The Girl’s Still Got It, her best-selling series, Bad Girls of the Bible, Really Bad Girls of the Bible, Unveiling Mary Magdalene, and Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible, her award-winning Scottish historical novella, A Wreath of Snow; and a series of children’s books, including The Pine Tree Parable.
Liz is happily married to Bill Higgs, who serves as director of operations for her speaking and writing office. They share their life together in a nineteenth-century farmhouse near Louisville, Kentucky.
 

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  • File Size: 1682 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (September 17, 2013)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C0AO1DA
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Unique Advent Study for Women October 17, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
It's a quick read, only took me a couple evenings. I love her conversational style of writing. It's like she's just telling me a story. I want to curl up on her sofa with some tea or coffee and just chat.

This is not the typical advent study. It does discuss Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna, but it's so refreshing to hear this spin on it.

These women are brought alive in the books as we ponder each verse, each event, the omissions as well as the details. Even thought I've read the verses in the Bible numerous times and taught them to my children each holiday during our advent studies, I learned so much and prayed through this book that it would touch my girls' hearts this season. I plan to read a chapter or so each day for my girls. I just know they'll love it!

Each chapter open with a beloved Christmas carol or hymn and those set the themes for the chapters. Love this! I'm also fascinated by the description of the angels and the important they play in the Christmas story. Interspersed are encouraging and enlightening quotes from women from Liz's online Bible study. Women just like you!

Silence is just as important as shouting in the Christmas story and in our Christian lives. The ultimate theme in the book for me was the difference in voices, all important to God in their own way: struck silent, singing, praising, shouting, praying, pondering, worshiping.

I love how God uses the ordinary in extraordinary ways. We idolize people in the Bible stories, imagining they were so different and we could never do that, but oh, yes we can! These women were faithful. Elizabeth's husband questioned. Mary's betrothed worried. Despite it all, they were obedient. I pray that I could be obedient and faithful too. God can use anyone for His purposes.

Eight wondrous chapters tell the tales of these three ordinary women surrounding the coming of Christ as a babe. A study guide helps us on the journey to celebrate this event with joy.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent October 14, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
My ladies are doing this for our Bible study. We all think it is one of her best books yet. This book will make you think of Christmas in a whole new way. It is truly a book to be read, pondered, and treasured.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great quick read October 13, 2013
By JKM1810
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I'm sorry, I'm bias when it comes to this author, I just love everything she writes, and this book is no exception. So quick and easy to read and yet she still takes you deeper into the lives of the "Women of Christmas". Would definitely recommend this as a Christmas gift for a friend, or treat yourself!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good study group material September 24, 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
As usual, Liz delivers. I would have liked it to be more like her other stories, like her novels, but it was still good. It will make a good study group for a short time, especially the holidays. Liz offers tips for that too.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A life-changing gem September 24, 2013
By Crystal
Format:Hardcover
Simply put, The Women of Christmas is changing my life. What's helped most? The line that says. 'The opposite of disgrace is grace.' One thing I know for sure--I am likely to keep The Women of Christmas on my must-read pile every year from here on. What I love, absolutely love, is how Liz breaks it down and speaks in plain language. She is very quickly becoming one of my favourite authors.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful scholarly account of the nativity September 25, 2013
Format:Hardcover
The Women of Christmas: Experience the Season Afresh with Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna
Liz Curtis Higgs
WaterBrook, Sep 17 2013, $14.99
ISBN: 9781601425416

Descendants of Aaron, righteous Elizabeth and her husband Zechariah the priest prayed to the Lord for a child, but though she remained barren she still remained faithful to God while her mate became a doubter even after Gabriel visited him. Engaged to Joseph the carpenter, Mary the chosen one gratefully thanks Gabriel for the Lord honoring her with bearing his son but wonders how a virgin can give birth; while her betrothed obeys the angel by marrying her. Elderly Widow Anna never leaves the Temple as she prays to the Lord to allow her the glimpse of the Messiah before God takes her.

The three generations of believing Women (and their doubting men) of Christmas is a wonderful scholarly account of the nativity. The biblical citations make a strong case that though not understanding the lord's mysterious ways each woman thanks God for involving them in the birth of the Messiah.

Harriet Klausner
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile Study for the Christmas Season October 4, 2013
By Jane A
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This book examines the lives of Elizabeth, Mary and Anna and their relationship to the birth of Christ. Liz Curtis Higgs does a wonderful job of digging deep into the Scriptures and the cultural background of the times, to give us glimpses into these women's lives. This book is a great way for women to prepare their own hearts for the Christmas season. There is a study guide in the back that makes it useful for individual or group study.

I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Insightful January 7, 2014
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Mrs. Higgs kept me reading as she made the women and the men of Christmas real. She helps the reader see the reality of each situation rather than the sweet sterile nativity scene we are so used to. Her questions at the end help the reader look for the strong Elizabeths, Marys and Annas in our own lives. She knows how to challenge us to live strong Godly lives in the face of all the adversity life and the devil can throw at us.
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Published 3 days ago by PatT
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a wonderfully well written book about Mary
This is a wonderfully well written book about Mary, Elizabeth, and Anna. I have enjoyed all of Liz Curtis Higgs books. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Bulldoglover
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Love it.
Published 9 days ago by Sharon K. Hyatt
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Wonderful book !! ..Purchased for a gift too !!
Published 23 days ago by Lois Lane
5.0 out of 5 stars I love everything Liz Curtis Higgs
I love everything Liz Curtis Higgs. This book is no different. I lead my small group through this over Christmas and it was perfect. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Meghan Kane
5.0 out of 5 stars well written
A beautiful remembrance of the women that played a role in that very first Christmas!
Published 1 month ago by Laura Turner
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book!
As always, Liz Curtis Higgs presents a well-researched study of Bible personalities. My Bible Study group and I are enjoying using this as our Advent Christmas study. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Singer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very clearly written and easy to understand the Author's points.
Published 1 month ago by Sherry Easter
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wonderful
Published 1 month ago by Barbara O.
5.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed this bible study
Really enjoyed this bible study. So many things to consider about Mary and the other characters in the Christmas story.
Published 1 month ago by T. Clark
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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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