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Really Bad Girls of the Bible: More Lessons from Less-Than-Perfect Women Paperback – July 19, 2016
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Despite the title's italicized intensifier, this sequel to Higg's 1999 bestseller Bad Girls of the Bible profiles many kinds of women, not just bottom-feeding femme fatales. In fact, Higgs does such a remarkable job telling their stories that many of the Good Book's "bad girls" become downright sympathetic. There are the "Bad for a Reason" kinds-characters like Jael, who gamely drove a tent peg through the head of an enemy of Israel. Higgs also looks at the "bad, but Not Condemned," including the hemorrhaging woman who was healed by touching Jesus' garment (though Higgs never adequately explains what, if anything, that woman did to merit "bad girl" opprobrium). "Bad Moon Rising" characters include the seductive bathing beauty Bethsheba, while Jezebel's nasty daughter, Athaliah, and Herod's wife, Herodius, are "Bad and Proud of It." Higgs first fictionalizes each woman's story, using a contemporary protagonist and an American setting for each vignette, then explores the biblical narrative with detailed line-by-line explications and characteristic side-splitting humor. Higgs is a refreshingly astute biblical commentator, challenging the widespread believe, for example, that Salome was a nubile adult temptress-Higgs shows quite convincingly that the dancing Salome was probably only a prepubescent pawn in the hands of her powerful mother, who wanted John the Baptist's head on a platter. Throughout, Higgs ably points readers to "good girl" tips they can apply from the Bible's cautionary tales. (Sept.)
Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Praise for the Bad Girls of the Bible series
“Liz Curtis Higgs’s unique use of fiction combined with Scripture and modern application helped me see myself, my past, and my future in a whole new light. A stunning, awesome book.”
—ROBIN LEE HATCHER author of Whispers from Yesterday
“In her creative, fun-loving way, Liz retells the stories of the Bible. She delivers a knock-out punch of conviction as she clearly illustrates the lessons of Scripture.”
—LORNA DUECK former co-host of 100 Huntley Street
“The opening was a page-turner. I know that women are going to read this and look at these women of the Bible with fresh eyes.”
—DEE BRESTIN author of The Friendships of Women
“This book is a ‘good read’ directed straight at the ‘bad girl’ in all of us.”
—ELISAMORGAN president emerita, MOPS International
“With a skillful pen and engaging candor Liz paints pictures of modern situations, then uniquely parallels them with the Bible’s ‘bad girls.’ She doesn’t condemn, but rather encourages and equips her readers to become godly women, regardless of the past.”
—MARY HUNT author of Mary Hunt’s Debt-Proof Living
“Bad Girls is more than an entertaining romp through fascinating characters. It is a bona fide Bible study in which women (and men!) will see themselves revealed and restored through the matchless and amazing grace of God.”
—ANGELA ELWELL HUNT author of The Immortal
“Liz had me from the first paragraph. I was continually amazed how skillfully she dressed the biblical characters in contemporary garments. She made the old stories live again. An exciting work.”
—KALI SCHNIEDERS author of Truffles from Heaven
“Liz has brought a blended format of fiction, biblical commentary, and thought-provoking questions to each of these characters. I love the way Liz slips ‘modern-day flesh’ on biblical truth.”
—DARLENE HEPLER Church of the Open Door, Elyria, Ohio
“With great insight into the challenges faced by ten women who have gone before us, Liz analyzes the driving forces in women’s lives that can cause them to make bad decisions. Invite a group of friends to join you in discussing the issues presented in this book—your lives may be changed forever!”
—VICKY WAUTERLEK The Village Church of Barrington, Illinois
“I loved the down-to-earth realism. Instead of having an airbrushed, plastic feel, Bad Girls of the Bible jumps off the pages with fresh, relevant, and engaging applications.”
—BECKY MOLTUMYR director of women’s ministries, Brookside Church, Omaha, Nebraska
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