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31 Proverbs to Light Your Path Hardcover – October 3, 2017
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“Liz Curtis Higgs has a contagious passion for the Word of God, something you see so beautifully in play in 31 Proverbs to Light Your Path. Practical, well-researched, and full of poignant stories, this book will empower you to live in light of God’s wisdom.”
—Mary DeMuth, author of Jesus Every Day
“Truly a devotional treasure. In 31 Proverbs to Light Your Path, Liz gently leads us through a series of proverbs, unpacking them with depth and insight as she shares discoveries from her own journey and offers ideas for personal application. This book reminds us that Proverbs is much more than a collection of pithy insights; it is a rich well of wisdom and revelation for everyday life. Keep it on your bedside table.”
—Jo Saxton, author of The Dream of You and board chair of 3Dmovements
“For most of my life, I’ve prayed one single prayer over and over: ‘God, grant me wisdom!’ Even as a child, I knew wisdom to be my lamp in the dark, a needed comfort while trying to find my way through a complicated life. In 31 Proverbs to Light Your Path, Liz Curtis Higgs mines rich biblical text to reveal the brightest of lights, thirty-one truths with enough wattage to help you and me walk through the most difficult of nights. Even better, she comes alongside and takes the journey with us.”
—Michele Cushatt, author of Undone and I Am
“With a delightfully fresh approach, 31 Proverbs to Light Your Path illuminates familiar passages, and Liz makes the journey through these words of wisdom both personal and practical. Many books focus on general truths in Proverbs, but Liz goes word by word, and this digging turns up plenty of new treasures along the way. This is a book I’ll gladly return to again and again.”
—Holley Gerth, author of What Your Heart Needs for the Hard Days
“I absolutely love how Liz Curtis Higgs writes with clarity, tenderness, truth, humor, and depth. As in her other books, Liz uses careful study of God’s Word to reveal the nuances of the original Hebrew in the selected scriptures. Formatted for both personal and group Bible study, this is not a read-only-once book. Each writing is full of richness that will have the reader discovering new insights with each reading. The “One Minute, One Step” challenges are practical, eye-opening, and sometimes convicting. You will come away from this book with a greater understanding of the character and goodness of God and how our lives can reflect His truth.”
—Vivian Mabuni, author of Warrior in Pink
About the Author
Liz Curtis Higgs has one goal: to help women embrace the grace of God with joy and abandon. She is the author of more than thirty books with 4.6 million copies in print, including her nonfiction bestsellers, Bad Girls of the Bible, The Girl’s Still Got It, The Women of Christmas, and The Women of Easter; her award-winning Parable Treasury for children; and several Scottish historical novels, including her New York Times bestseller, Mine Is the Night.
A seasoned professional speaker and Bible study teacher, Liz has toured with Women of Faith, Extraordinary Women, and Women of Joy, and has spoken at more than 1,700 conferences in all fifty states of the United States and fifteen foreign countries.
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 in Louisville, Kentucky with their twin tabby cats, Boaz and Samson.
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Liz loves words and has dug deep into each text, phrase by phrase, holding the truth up to the light and turning it slowly so as to appreciate each facet. The proverbs are all about wisdom, but the goal Liz has in mind is to assist her readers in savoring God’s goodness. God’s words are an invitation to individual spiritual growth and a deep source of satisfaction for “the hunger no breakfast can satisfy.” (14)
Drawing from personal examples and her own humorous observations of life on this planet, Liz brings unique and refreshing insights to much-beloved sacred words:
“A person may think their own ways are right, but the LORD weighs the heart.” (Proverbs 21:2)
Of the 31 Proverbs in the book, 13 have the word but right in the middle. Liz compares but to “a hinged door” that “leads to another possibility or an important comparison. But can also serve as a flashing light, a warning, a stop sign.” (18)
“A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret.” (Proverbs 11:13)
A chatty personality is delightful, and it can come in handy, I’m sure, when Liz is on the road with people coming and going in her life all the time, but she shares the dark side of loving to talk, and the proverbs offer a path of freedom away from the sins that bind us and the bad habits that slow our growth toward righteousness.
In fact, more than a hundred verses in Proverbs focus on the power of words to wound or heal. Having experienced the down side of this equation, Liz invites her readers to dream along with her about a life in which the only words we speak to one another are “pleasant” and “kind” and “fair.” (Proverbs 16:24)
“Anxiety weights down the heart, but a kind word cheers it up.” (Proverbs 12:25)
“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” (Proverbs 17:22)
Anxiety and depression are a reality that cannot be shrugged off with a scriptural band aid. Liz knows from her own experience of swallowing pride and swallowing the daily pill for depression that the “cheerful heart” and anxiety free living are not empty promises — but there are bio-chemical realities that must be faced head on.
And just in case anyone has become discouraged in their reading of Proverbs as a list of good deeds for the habitual do-gooder, Liz makes the important distinction between “doing a good thing” and “doing a God thing.” Generous living and joyous giving flow from a relationship with the God who owns all things.
When Proverbs 18:10 declares that “the name of the Lord is a “fortified tower” and encourages readers to “run to it” for safety, it’s helpful to have a concrete image to connect with the name of the Lord, and Liz has added something to my tool belt: a list of twenty-six names of God in alphabetical order for memorization and meditation. (Thanks, Liz!)
The hands-on, boots on the ground mentality of 31 Proverbs to Light Your Path makes it clear that the light on our path is godly wisdom that emanates from wise choices, righteous deeds, and an intentional following of God that happens over a life time. Each of the 31 Proverbs comes with a One Minute, One Step practical application. Suggestions range from the very simple — list everything you are grateful for — to the more intensely meddling assignment of initiating reconciliation with someone we have wronged, hurt, or offended.
With Bible study questions in the back of the book along with complementary passages that allow Scripture to comment on Scripture, Liz has crafted a resource for individual use or for small group study. The application of ancient truth to a thoroughly modern life begins with opening the pages of Scripture and allowing the Spirit of God to speak Truth into our words, our relationships, and our motives as we are led along His straight paths.
This book was provided by Waterbrook Multnomah through the Blogging for Books program in exchange for my review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Higgs brings depth and humor together to keep us from getting too bogged down and offers enough honesty and clarity to show us truth as it lives in God’s Word. Each chapter ends with a prayer and a “One Minute One Step” which gives an exercise that will help apply the verse she walked us through.
A study guide is included making it a great small group study. If you are a Liz Curtis Higgs fan, you will adore this new Bible study that reveals how God is faithful to His promises. If you have never read one of Higgs’ books, now is the perfect time to start.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Blogging for Books, as part of Waterbrook Multnomah’s Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
How many of us have read Proverbs 31 and wondered how in the world any human woman could be all those things? It was quite comforting when someone pointed out to me that she didn't display all those attributes in one day and most likely it would take a lifetime to allow God to mold me into anything close to a Proverbs 31 woman. However, I was in for the journey and still feel so far from the finish line.
While Proverbs 31 is typically the part of the book we women look to for wisdom in becoming the wives God intends us to be, Higgs has taken all of Proverbs and plucked nuggets of truth from the entire book. Perfect for a devotional for a month as it is set up in thirty-one four to six pages chapters. Each begins with a scripture verse followed by narrative from the author that doesn't fail to touch a chord. Higgs closes each chapter with a suggested prayer to offer up to God related to the scripture and, something I love, a short practical application and encouragement. While she intentionally published this book to be a one month study, I believe, for me, it will span months as I reread and commit those Proverbs to heart.
Liz Curtis Higgs has never disappointed and this volume is no exception. Topics in 31 Proverbs to Light Your Path range from wisdom to contentment to submitting to God's will and ways just to name a few. I am so looking forward to rereading this book in its entirety on a daily basis, allowing God to use His words through scripture and Higgs' words of wisdom she has gained from Him to transform this woman more to His likeness.
I did receive this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and am in no way obligated to write a positive one. Thank you Liz Curtis Higgs for allowing God to use you to minister through your writing and speaking.