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The Girl's Still Got It: Take a Walk with Ruth and the God Who Rocked Her World Paperback – July 10, 2012
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Praise for The Girl’s Still Got It
“This is by far the most interesting, encouraging, and applicable book on Ruth I’ve ever read. Liz is brilliantly profound as she makes the Bible come alive in a fresh, enlightening way. I kept finding myself saying, ‘I didn’t know that!’ Plus, Liz’s trademark wit makes this book so much fun to read. I give this book my highest recommendation.”
—Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times best-selling author of Made to Crave and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries
“Liz Curtis Higgs is one of the most amazing teachers of God’s Word that I have ever experienced. Her in-depth knowledge of the Scriptures, gifting as a communicator, and personal relationship with the Lord make her unmatched in the ability to take biblical truth and make it applicable to anybody.”
—Priscilla Shirer, New York Times best-selling author of The Resolution for Women
“Liz has a profound gift. She can pull back the curtain of history, and suddenly we are weeping with Naomi, kneeling beside Ruth, and celebrating a God who redeems our stories in outrageously beautiful ways. You will love this book!”
—Sheila Walsh, author of God Loves Broken People (and those who pretend they’re not)
“Liz is authentic, hilarious, and theologically substantive. Every time I have the privilege of hearing her teach or reading something she’s written, I come away with a bigger, clearer picture of Jesus. Her new book about an Old Testament girl named Ruth—which is ultimately about God’s redemptive affection for all of us—is a must read!”
—Lisa Harper, author of Stumbling into Grace
“Liz’s genius, sensitivity, and humor are reflected on every page. I’ve taught the book of Ruth many times, but, oh, did Liz introduce me to insightful, ancient cues that deepened what I thought I knew. You’re going to fall in love with The Girl’s Still Got It—and with Liz!”
—Jan Silvious, author of Same Life, New Story
“Liz Curtis Higgs has done it again! With her thorough research, spontaneous wit, and extraordinary attention to every detail of Ruth’s life, Liz will have you laughing and crying at the same time while being challenged with poignant choices that apply to your own life. This book sings of hope, redemption, and lasting joy. I highly recommend it for personal and small-group study.”
—Carol Kent, author of Between a Rock and a Grace Place
“I love Liz. I love Ruth. Put them under the same roof, and you have my full attention. Liz is the consummate storyteller, and Ruth is a woman with a story worth knowing. It worked for me. Big time!”
—Patsy Clairmont, author of Stained Glass Hearts
“Liz has certainly still got it! You’ll laugh, learn, and love Liz’s contemporary parallels to Ruth and Naomi. She brings them alive, vividly helping us identify with their hopes and hurts. Like us, they faced enormous storms, but also—and Liz makes this so clear—they learned to trust the Lord of the Storm. Liz’s astounding research will teach you valuable history—yet all the while you’ll feel like you are curled up with a novel.”
—Dee Brestin, author of The Friendships of Women and Falling in Love with Jesus
“Liz Curtis Higgs has taken this remarkable story and made it come alive! With delightful humor and well-researched insight, Liz presents Ruth’s story as it truly is—the story of you and me. For we, too, have been chosen and deeply loved by a Kinsman-Redeemer who went to such extravagant lengths that he left heaven and interrupted eternity just to make us his own.”
—Joanna Weaver, author of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World
“The first time I heard Liz Curtis Higgs speak, I fell in love with her wisdom, her grace, and especially her infectious laughter. It has been the very same for me with this book. She had me at the first sentence, bent over the pages, underlining like a crazy woman, writing notes in the margins, and laughing out loud along with her. Liz writes with the mind of a scholar, the heart of a novelist, and a beautiful wit. I cannot wait to huddle my girlfriends around our kitchen table and study The Girl’s Still Got It.”
—Angela Thomas, author of Do You Think I’m Beautiful?
About the Author
Liz Curtis Higgs is a popular conference speaker and the author of nearly 30 books, with more than 3 million copies in print, including her best-selling nonfiction series, Bad Girls of the Bible, Really Bad Girls of the Bible, Unveiling Mary Magdalene, and Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible, and her award-winning Scottish historical novels inspired by the biblical book of Ruth, Here Burns My Candle and Mine Is the Night, a New York Times bestseller. Liz and her family live in Louisville, Kentucky.
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When I listened to this story of Ruth I felt like I was there with her! Learned so much about her, Boaz and Naomi that I didn't know before. God is good!
How do we travel? With half of the reader sitting in the seat of Biblical context and the other half in 2013 application, life and Scripture intertwine. Honest questions emerge, such as what do we do with the problem of pain in Ruth’s life and ours? Many “aha” moments occur as the author flies through history, linguistics, geography, culture, and psychology with the navigational skills of an explorer, poet, comedian, researcher, and novelist. The trip transcends time. This book scripts a journey for individual meditation, as well as providing a guide for Bible study groups and global discussion questions for book clubs.
Who journeys with us? God. He reveals His plan for both Ruth and readers. The author shares snapshots of her experience: “But in the early days of my marriage, I was so worried about staking my claim on my man, about having Bill all to myself, about raising our kids our way (Okay, my kids my way), I barely cracked open the door of my heart to my mother-in-law.” Some readers nod, but Ruth’s devotion demonstrates the loyalty and care divinely desired of all relationships. “Be ready for a gentle (or not-so-gentle) nudge from the Holy Spirit. Ruth’s sacrificial love sets a high bar, though it’s nothing you and the Lord together can’t handle.”
While Liz has done extensive research by consulting over two dozen scholars, she presents interpretive options for personal rumination. She includes sentence prayers and examples of “Ruth[s] in Real Life” to prod the jet-lagged traveler. She also provides thought-provoking phrases along the way, such as “Stay in Bethlehem? Risk starving their bodies. Move to Moab? Risk starving their faith.”
This author knows her audience. She writes for women about women. Although men can still purchase passports to this estrogen island, the book targets a feminine clientele.
My trip through this book transformed my approach to my Naomi. I now call my “mother-in-love” every Wednesday morning. I also plan to use this book for my weekly Bible study group. Returning customers signify a great travel experience.
As I've read, I've been challenged to entrust my heart more fully to the Lord, to walk with courage even in great uncertainty, and to literally work harder in the responsibilities given to me each day (really, my life is not that hard!) Anyone reviewing this book could sing a chorus of praises, but I will focus on one specifically. Very few books address the mother-in-law/daughter-in-law relationship. I've found that if it's addressed, it usually is quite superficial or not honoring. Not so the case with The Girl's Still Got It--through Ruth's example and heart as well as Higgs' personal experience and testimonials from other women, the tone set for this relationship is hopeful and faith-filled. The book does not give a recipe for a perfect relationship, but an encouragement to whole-heartedly embrace the mother-in-law or daughter-in-law in your life no matter what the outcome or circumstances may be. It echoes the truth from Romans 12:18: If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
This is a five star book in my opinion.
p.s. If you want two great fiction reads on Ruth (also by Liz Curtis Higgs), check out Here Burns My Candle and Mine Is The Night. Read them in that order and you'll have the story of Ruth set in 18th century Scotland. Amazing.