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The Women of Christmas: Experience the Season Afresh with Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna Hardcover – September 17, 2013
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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 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.
- Item Weight : 11 ounces
- Hardcover : 224 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1601425414
- ISBN-13 : 978-1601425416
- Dimensions : 5.44 x 0.83 x 8.29 inches
- Publisher : WaterBrook; First Edition (September 17, 2013)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #9,004 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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With this said, I do feel Liz skimmed over a lot of important information when she could've gone deeper. She also drops Scripture all over the place like Christmas candies from a parade float, without then delving much into why she chose that verse or translation, or what place it has in the larger story of Christmas and Jesus. This happens so often, the chapters feel simultaneously too long and too short.
Overall, Women of Christmas isn't at all a bad book. Be aware though, it's more a gift book than a deep devotional or Bible study. If you want that, I recommend Liz' other books, such as her Girls of the Bible studies, or something from a writer like Beth Moore, Priscilla Shirer, or Jess Connolly.
Not expecting a great deal, I opened it and became fascinated with Liz Curtis Higgs take on the lives of Elizabeth, Mary and Anna. Tucked between the pages are scriptures and comments from ordinary ladies like myself. Some aren't really deep but the fact is, the story touched each lady at her point of need and growth in God's word. Elizabeth, wife of Zechariah, who was barren, all of a sudden was pregnant while burdened with a husband who was struck dumb while ministering in the temple. Elizabeth, whose child in the womb jumped for joy when he heard the voice of his Savior's mother, was probably the first human to encourage the young, newly pregnant Mary. When Ms Higgs got to Mary, what a refreshing point of view! Not some super person but a girl that God knew would step up and say "yes". God never had to have a plan B! Anna, the prophetess, who saw the baby Jesus in the temple and hurried over. ( She must have been a dimple pincher!) She was so plugged into the Holy Spirit, she couldn't help herself. Here was the redemption of Jerusalem and she wasn't going to miss it. Not content to see, she went away, telling all that would hear and encouraging all who longed for His coming. Whoa! At the end is a bonus study guide. I can't wait to finish that.
I would recommend this to any lady this Christmas. My giftee called and she loved it so it makes a nice gift. Don't miss it.
This little book is full of wonderful insights into the three women .. Elizabeth, Mary and Anna. It amazes me what insight Liz Curtis Higgs brings to the table .. the in depth study she has done on these women. We can learn so much from young Mary. So much wisdom from a 12-1/2 year old. So much faith and immediate obedience. Oh wouldn't life be so much simpler if I were like Mary? Or Anna...who prayed continuously? Or Elizabeth who never gave up on her dream and prayed without ceasing and God honored her in her old ago (what was old back then anyway)? Beautifully written. Inspiring. Must read for all.
We have done other studies by L.C. Higgs but this was the one we really enjoyed the most. We found the study guide questions at the end of the book ,stimulated in depth conversation and sharing. We range in age from 60-89yrs. and have unique life stories of our own that reading the book helped us bring out. Elizabeth, Mary and Anna special women indeed. Merry Christmas and may our Lord bless you. Marilyn Audet
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Mary, Elizabeth and Anna.