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Women everywhere marvel at those “good girls” in Scripture–Sarah, Mary, Esther–but on most days, that’s not who they see when they look in the mirror. Most women (if they’re honest) see the selfishness of Sapphira or the deception of Delilah. They catch of glimpse of Jezebel’s take-charge pride or Eve’s disastrous disobedience. Like Bathsheba, Herodias, and the rest, today Women everywhere marvel at those “good girls” in Scripture–Sarah, Mary, Esther–but on most days, that’s not who they see when they look in the mirror. Most women (if they’re honest) see the selfishness of Sapphira or the deception of Delilah. They catch of glimpse of Jezebel’s take-charge pride or Eve’s disastrous disobedience. Like Bathsheba, Herodias, and the rest, today’s modern woman is surrounded by temptations, exhausted by the demands of daily living, and burdened by her own desires. So what’s a good girl to do? Learn from their lives, says beloved humor writer Liz Curtis Higgs, and by God’s grace, choose a better path. In Bad Girls of the Bible, Higgs offers a unique and clear-sighted approach to understanding those “other women” in Scripture, combining a contemporary retelling of their stories with a solid, verse-by-verse study of their mistakes and what lessons women today can learn from them. Whether they were “Bad to the Bone,” “Bad for a Season, but Not Forever” or only “Bad for a Moment,” these infamous sisters show women how not to handle the challenges of life. With her trademark humor and encouragement, Liz Curtis Higgs teaches us how to avoid their tragic mistakes and joyfully embrace grace.


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Women everywhere marvel at those “good girls” in Scripture–Sarah, Mary, Esther–but on most days, that’s not who they see when they look in the mirror. Most women (if they’re honest) see the selfishness of Sapphira or the deception of Delilah. They catch of glimpse of Jezebel’s take-charge pride or Eve’s disastrous disobedience. Like Bathsheba, Herodias, and the rest, today Women everywhere marvel at those “good girls” in Scripture–Sarah, Mary, Esther–but on most days, that’s not who they see when they look in the mirror. Most women (if they’re honest) see the selfishness of Sapphira or the deception of Delilah. They catch of glimpse of Jezebel’s take-charge pride or Eve’s disastrous disobedience. Like Bathsheba, Herodias, and the rest, today’s modern woman is surrounded by temptations, exhausted by the demands of daily living, and burdened by her own desires. So what’s a good girl to do? Learn from their lives, says beloved humor writer Liz Curtis Higgs, and by God’s grace, choose a better path. In Bad Girls of the Bible, Higgs offers a unique and clear-sighted approach to understanding those “other women” in Scripture, combining a contemporary retelling of their stories with a solid, verse-by-verse study of their mistakes and what lessons women today can learn from them. Whether they were “Bad to the Bone,” “Bad for a Season, but Not Forever” or only “Bad for a Moment,” these infamous sisters show women how not to handle the challenges of life. With her trademark humor and encouragement, Liz Curtis Higgs teaches us how to avoid their tragic mistakes and joyfully embrace grace.

30 review for Really Bad Girls of the Bible: More Lessons from Less-Than-Perfect-Women

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    I sincerely loved her first book, "Bad Girls of the Bible". The theology was solid and backed by Bible verses and citation of other sources, her insights were penetrating and her honesty about her background was refreshing and a relief. We don't have to be perfect for God to accept us and love us. Thank goodness, or we would all be sunk! I have gifted her first book to others, insisting that they read it. So, needless to say, I had VERY high expectations when I started this, and at first, I wasn' I sincerely loved her first book, "Bad Girls of the Bible". The theology was solid and backed by Bible verses and citation of other sources, her insights were penetrating and her honesty about her background was refreshing and a relief. We don't have to be perfect for God to accept us and love us. Thank goodness, or we would all be sunk! I have gifted her first book to others, insisting that they read it. So, needless to say, I had VERY high expectations when I started this, and at first, I wasn't feeling the modern-day retelling of the Biblical stories. They weren't clicking with me. So this book sat. And sat. And sat, very neglected. Then, Lent and a snow day happened, so I picked it back up. And couldn't put it back down. I was crying, I was laughing, I was smiling like a loon when I finished this book in one sitting. In short, I need to re-read this book again. I think I may have read the beginning in the wrong frame of mind! The BEST part of this book is that there was citation and when she dove into the Scripture, she went DEEP. It had authority behind it. At least, to me it felt that way. I needed that right now. Final verdict? Five stars, all the way! I would recommend the book before this one first, but it isn't necessary to understand or follow this one. It is most definitely Christian, so may not be for everyone, but it would be good for a women's Bible study, or for someone interested in the not-so perfect women in the Bible. My thanks to NetGalley and WaterBrook Multnomah for an eARC copy of this book to read and review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kayce

    The sequel to Bad Girls of the Bible, Really Bad Girls of the Bible, delves even deeper into the lives of less than perfect women of the Bible and lessons we can learn from them. I found this one to be more interesting in the sense that the women found in this edition are lesser known. Though Bathsheba and Tamar are more familiar stories, it was nice to study other women with small roles (the medium at Endor, Athaliah, Jael, Herodias, and the Bleeding Woman and the Adulteress.) After reading the The sequel to Bad Girls of the Bible, Really Bad Girls of the Bible, delves even deeper into the lives of less than perfect women of the Bible and lessons we can learn from them. I found this one to be more interesting in the sense that the women found in this edition are lesser known. Though Bathsheba and Tamar are more familiar stories, it was nice to study other women with small roles (the medium at Endor, Athaliah, Jael, Herodias, and the Bleeding Woman and the Adulteress.) After reading the accounts of these women, the reader will (and should) walk away with a deeper sense of God’s grace! The point of these women’s mistakes is not to be like or unlike them, rather to see how powerful God is and how willing He is to use us all for His greater good, rather than our own. I liked this sequel better than the first one and I feel Liz Curtis Higgs’ observations and insights were more profound and thought-provoking. Higgs is not shy about her own past mistakes and sins and it’s surprising to read a Christian themed book in which the author is so candid about her own regrets. I appreciate the honesty and felt that makes the author more relatable. Nobody is perfect (and we should never think otherwise) but it’s unusual to not feel preached to with Christian themed books. That’s probably the beauty of studying Bad Girls rather than Good Girls. We all know what we SHOULD do and SHOULDN’T do. But do we know we are still of value and use to God even after we’ve messed up, whether it be intentionally or not? This series has been eye opening and intriguing. It’s no surprise to me that I’m going to read Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible next. If you’re looking for a humbling, encouraging, and insightful book (or series of books), I recommend the Bad Girls of the Bible series to you! Higgs will not disappoint you!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Narelle

    Before reading this book I was wondering how the author would write a modern day fictionalised account of Tamar’s unique story. We read about a very wronged woman from Los Vegas who loses both of her husbands before being sent home to her family by her father-in-law. The chapter on Tamar gives us an insight into the struggles she faced and the enormous risks she took to regain her status and rightful inheritance. The chapters are easy to read and contain a commentary on the Biblical story of each Before reading this book I was wondering how the author would write a modern day fictionalised account of Tamar’s unique story. We read about a very wronged woman from Los Vegas who loses both of her husbands before being sent home to her family by her father-in-law. The chapter on Tamar gives us an insight into the struggles she faced and the enormous risks she took to regain her status and rightful inheritance. The chapters are easy to read and contain a commentary on the Biblical story of each woman and discussion questions. I recommend this book to those looking to gain a deeper understanding of ‘bad girls’ including Tamar and Bathsheba.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jalynn Patterson

    About the Book: When it Comes to Badness, There's Nothing New Under the Sun In her best-selling book Bad Girls of the Bible, Liz Curtis Higgs breathed new life into ancient stories depicting eight of the most infamous women in scriptural history, from Jezebel to Delilah. Biblically sound and cutting-edge fresh, Bad Girls already has helped thousands of women experience God's grace anew by learning more about our nefarious sisters. And there are more where they came from! With Really Bad Girls of th About the Book: When it Comes to Badness, There's Nothing New Under the Sun In her best-selling book Bad Girls of the Bible, Liz Curtis Higgs breathed new life into ancient stories depicting eight of the most infamous women in scriptural history, from Jezebel to Delilah. Biblically sound and cutting-edge fresh, Bad Girls already has helped thousands of women experience God's grace anew by learning more about our nefarious sisters. And there are more where they came from! With Really Bad Girls of the Bible, Liz reveals the power of God's sovereignty in the lives of other shady ladies we know by reputation but have rarely studied in depth: Bathsheba, the bathing beauty. Jael, the tent-peg-toting warrior princess. Herodias, the horrible be-header. Tamar, the widow and not-so-timid temptress. Athaliah, the deadly daughter of Jezebel. And three ancient women whose names we do not know but who have much to teach us: the ashamed Adulteress, the bewitching Medium of En Dor, and the desperate Bleeding Woman. The eye-opening stories of these eight "Really Bad" women demonstrate one really life-changing concept: the sovereign power of God to rule our hearts and our lives with grace, compassion, and hope. My Review: It is always comforting to know that someone that has gone before and has been in the same place you are in has overcome certain circumstances or situations. Especially when God has helped them through it. To see the Almighty ushering them through even though they weren't all that fair to Him is a very liberating feeling in a sense because you see and feel that He will do the same for you and your issues or problems. Liz Curtis Higgs takes us to the Word and she shows us several instances where even girls from the Bible weren't always doing well with what they were given and how God still pulled them through it all. The author takes us through the lives of 8 different women and she shows in a teaching way how to not go about things the way these women did. A fascinating read! **Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from the author.

  5. 4 out of 5

    SheAintGotNoShoes

    Excellent - normally I would not go for a book that mixes genres ( in this case religion with fictional stories to support the Bible stories ), but Liz managed to write a book that held my attention from beginning to end. As a 'woman with a past ' herself, much of the book did not fill me with extreme horror as some of it contained things I said, thought or did myself as a young woman. I separate 'bad behavior' due to brokenness, abuse, neglect and being unloved and unwanted as a child to pure ev Excellent - normally I would not go for a book that mixes genres ( in this case religion with fictional stories to support the Bible stories ), but Liz managed to write a book that held my attention from beginning to end. As a 'woman with a past ' herself, much of the book did not fill me with extreme horror as some of it contained things I said, thought or did myself as a young woman. I separate 'bad behavior' due to brokenness, abuse, neglect and being unloved and unwanted as a child to pure evil and sociopathic behaviors and I believe in a Savior who also knows which is which. I enjoyed this very much and have her other two in the series to read. A+++++++

  6. 4 out of 5

    Summer Lane

    Enjoyed it even more than the previous book! I love how the author really makes the stories relatable and highlights the truth: we're all human, and we're all sinners, but Jesus loves us, and no matter what, we have a CHOICE to live a life that is honorable and godly in His sight. I'm so happy that Jesus loves me. I highly recommend her books - so encouraging for women! Us girls need that in this crazy world!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Elisabeth

    I love it, she takes a "bad" girl from scripture and turns her crime/sin into a modern tale of nefarious behavior. Then after we've all thoroughly judged and condemned the woman she reveals her Biblical character (if you hadn't already guessed!) and dissects why she did what she did. Then pronounces a final judgement: Bad girl, really bad girl, good girl doing bad for a reason...etc.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Danielle Hartzler

    I guess I am the only person who did not enjoy this book. I think the modern day comparisons fell flat and did not follow the biblical story. I disagreed with the author's opinion more than once; most notably with the story of Jael. The book was good as a group discussion but I would never have read it on my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Liz Curtis Higgs is a wonderful writer. She writes with humor, emotion, drama and knowledge that draws you in and teaches you things about these women that you did not learn in Sunday School flannel graph lessons! I highly recommend this book for a Bible Study or just for your own devotional reading.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jason Henry

    To me, another great study of the lives of scandalous, victimized and rebellious women of the bible. The book goes into depth to explore the circumstances and trains of thought that made this women decide to do what they did. True, right is right and wrong is wrong but let's not forget all of this women lived in biblical times and ancient times and some of them before Christ walked the earth but in such a time when women were viewed as property and had no say-so when a man was involved. Did Bath To me, another great study of the lives of scandalous, victimized and rebellious women of the bible. The book goes into depth to explore the circumstances and trains of thought that made this women decide to do what they did. True, right is right and wrong is wrong but let's not forget all of this women lived in biblical times and ancient times and some of them before Christ walked the earth but in such a time when women were viewed as property and had no say-so when a man was involved. Did Bathsheba really have a choice when King David summoned her to his chambers? After all he was the king and had the power to do his pleasure. Uriah, her husband, seemed to be more interested in his work and less interested in her and home and was gone for months at a time serving his country. You know how we get when we feel neglected and ignored. What would you do if you was her? Just something to think about. The Medium of En Dora, Tamar the Widow, Herodias, Jael, Athaliah, The Adulteress and The Bleeding Woman all needed God's grace and some chose to receive it while others did not is what I took from this book. A must read.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Big H

    Thoroughly enjoyable and eye-opening. Higgs takes more obscure female characters from favorite Bible verses, and re-writes them into a contemporary format to make the comparison of "then" and "now" a little easier to understand. She follows each re-written story with a discourse on what the original text means, and follows up with study questions (for either the individual or group) to reflect upon. A great resource for understanding the female roles of the Bible, as well as for helping a woman' Thoroughly enjoyable and eye-opening. Higgs takes more obscure female characters from favorite Bible verses, and re-writes them into a contemporary format to make the comparison of "then" and "now" a little easier to understand. She follows each re-written story with a discourse on what the original text means, and follows up with study questions (for either the individual or group) to reflect upon. A great resource for understanding the female roles of the Bible, as well as for helping a woman's self identify and find her place in Christianity a little better.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rosina

    This book hurts to read and you notice how much alike all the "bad girls" you really are. There are sciptural refrences that I took the time to look up and study further myself. What an eye opener. Well worth my time and something that has had an impact on my life.

  13. 4 out of 5

    S.M. Boren

    I purchased this book from Amazon to read with @kaylasonlyheart. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Really Bad Girls of The Bible More Lessons from Less Than Perfect Women. When we do these bible study reads we get together read about a chapter a day and use our own time to reflect. These two books by Liz Curtis Higgs (Bad Girls of The Bible and What We Can Learn From Them and Really Bad Girls of The Bible More Lessons from Less Than Perfect Women) show you the power and strength of and woman and the I purchased this book from Amazon to read with @kaylasonlyheart. All opinions are my own. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟Really Bad Girls of The Bible More Lessons from Less Than Perfect Women. When we do these bible study reads we get together read about a chapter a day and use our own time to reflect. These two books by Liz Curtis Higgs (Bad Girls of The Bible and What We Can Learn From Them and Really Bad Girls of The Bible More Lessons from Less Than Perfect Women) show you the power and strength of and woman and the power and strength of a woman after faith intervened in her life. Oh how powerful women are. The author takes a biblical story ties it into a modern day story and a section to walk through all the steps of learning just how much of a valuable lesson we can take away from each woman separately. I loved the style in which this book was written. Sometimes while reading the bible you can almost displace yourself because it was so long ago, but with this book and putting a modern spin on a story makes you think wow! Even the problems of biblical times only disguise themselves in today's world. Review also posted on Instagram @borenbooks, Library Thing, Go Read, Goodreads/StacieBoren, Amazon, Twitter @jason_stacie and my blog at readsbystacie.com

  14. 5 out of 5

    Peg Haldorson

    I just love Liz and her perspective.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Carol

    Really Bad Girls Of The Bible Is a grand book about just what the title says. It is about really bad girls of The Bible and it would be a great Bible study - there is so much to learn. I was so excited about reading this book and learning more about those bad girls. I thought I knew all about it but there were things that I just didn't know. I think you will enjoy it as much as I did. I received a copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley; all of the opinions expressed in this review ar Really Bad Girls Of The Bible Is a grand book about just what the title says. It is about really bad girls of The Bible and it would be a great Bible study - there is so much to learn. I was so excited about reading this book and learning more about those bad girls. I thought I knew all about it but there were things that I just didn't know. I think you will enjoy it as much as I did. I received a copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley; all of the opinions expressed in this review are all my own. if you would like to read more of my Christian book reviews go to christianlybookreviewers.blogspot.com - I look forward to seeing you there.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lily (WhoLockian)

    * Paperback: 272 pages * Publisher: Water Brook Press; First edition (September 19, 2000) * ISBN-10: 1578561264 * Cover Art: This is the cover I have, but out of all of them it is my least favorite. * Author: Liz Curtis Higgs * Overall rating: ***** out of 5 stars * Obtained: My personal book shelf. Really Bad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews. Women everywhere marvel at those “good girls” in Scripture–Sarah, Mary, Esther–but on most days, th * Paperback: 272 pages * Publisher: Water Brook Press; First edition (September 19, 2000) * ISBN-10: 1578561264 * Cover Art: This is the cover I have, but out of all of them it is my least favorite. * Author: Liz Curtis Higgs * Overall rating: ***** out of 5 stars * Obtained: My personal book shelf. Really Bad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews. Women everywhere marvel at those “good girls” in Scripture–Sarah, Mary, Esther–but on most days, that’s not who they see when they look in the mirror. Most women (if they’re honest) see the selfishness of Sapphira or the deception of Delilah. They catch of glimpse of Jezebel’s take-charge pride or Eve’s disastrous disobedience. Like Bathsheba, Herodias, and the rest, today’s modern woman is surrounded by temptations, exhausted by the demands of daily living, and burdened by her own desires. So what’s a good girl to do? Learn from their lives, says beloved humor writer Liz Curtis Higgs, and by God’s grace, choose a better path. In Bad Girls of the Bible, Higgs offers a unique and clear-sighted approach to understanding those “other women” in Scripture, combining a contemporary retelling of their stories with a solid, verse-by-verse study of their mistakes and what lessons women today can learn from them. Whether they were “Bad to the Bone,” “Bad for a Season, but Not Forever” or only “Bad for a Moment,” these infamous sisters show women how not to handle the challenges of life. With her trademark humor and encouragement, Liz Curtis Higgs teaches us how to avoid their tragic mistakes and joyfully embrace grace. (Synopsis provided by Goodreads) This was a fabulous follow up to Higgs' first book Bad Girls of the Bible. In this one we get to learn about women who were "worse" then the women in the first book. Like the first book, Higgs is super funny and fun! That's a great way to describe these books fun! She didn't get preachy in this one either and like the other book she started off with a fictional story that was similar to the Biblical one. As a Christian woman, I have learned so much more from these books then I ever would have on my own. The amount of research that Higgs does before she writes is amazing. I believe that even non-Christians can get enjoyment out of these books. If you're still thinking about picking up her books, think no longer and run out and get a copy. You are in for a good time and lots of laughs!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    This story is presented in a very interesting way. The author shares the stories of these “bad girls” in the Bible (some of which were not so bad, in my opinion) by opening with a fictional story of a woman in a similar situation taking place in modern times. The author definitely can write an interesting story, these fictional stories really helped me to look at these Biblical stories in a fresh new way. I was able to understand the situation much better and relate more to some (but not all) of This story is presented in a very interesting way. The author shares the stories of these “bad girls” in the Bible (some of which were not so bad, in my opinion) by opening with a fictional story of a woman in a similar situation taking place in modern times. The author definitely can write an interesting story, these fictional stories really helped me to look at these Biblical stories in a fresh new way. I was able to understand the situation much better and relate more to some (but not all) of the characters. After the fictional story, the author presents the Biblical story, breaking it down piece by piece, sharing a bit of the scriptures and adding her thoughts after them. It took a bit for me to get used to this format but I really enjoyed this because it was a good way to dissect the story and look at small things that I would have missed otherwise. Lastly, there is a section on what we can learn from the bad girl of the chapter. I found this section to be well done and a good application for each story. Overall, this was an informative book but also very enjoyable. The author has a way of making the scriptures come to life and made the stories a lot of fun to read about. It was also comforting to read about some of these less-than-perfect women and see how God still used them to fulfill His will and purposes. My only problem with this book was that at times the author tried too hard to be cute or funny and came off as cheesy or even a bit fake. I would definitely recommend this to any woman who wants to learn more about the “bad girls” of the Bible. My Rating: 4.5 stars I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Ibjoy1953 Hannabass

    Liz Curtis Higgs has written the most wonderful Bible Studies for women. After enjoying the study Bad Girls of the Bible, I wanted to see which Bible ladies made it to the Really Bad list. One thing I love about this study is that Ms. Higgs shows us that women have been facing a lot of the same issues since the beginning of time. And even though the ladies in this study lived long ago, the story of their lives can help us today in our daily lives. The situations and principles are the same. To b Liz Curtis Higgs has written the most wonderful Bible Studies for women. After enjoying the study Bad Girls of the Bible, I wanted to see which Bible ladies made it to the Really Bad list. One thing I love about this study is that Ms. Higgs shows us that women have been facing a lot of the same issues since the beginning of time. And even though the ladies in this study lived long ago, the story of their lives can help us today in our daily lives. The situations and principles are the same. To be honest, some of these ladies I either had never heard of or just barely remember hearing about in the Bible, so a lot of it was all new to me. I appreciate the way Ms. Higgs tells the stories of each lady in her study, and then guides everything back to the real reason we have for doing this study, and that is Jesus. She always makes a point of putting Jesus first, in everything. And explaining that life is nothing without Him. This is a wonderful study for your church group or Sunday school group. It has study questions you can answer as a group, and this is always more helpful to me. I love hearing everyone else’s thoughts on what we have read and studied. I encourage you to check out this really neat study. I received this book from Blogging for Books to read and review. The opinions in this review are mine only.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Arlena

    Title: Really Bad Girls of the Bible Author: Liz Curtis Higgs Publisher: WaterBrook Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: Five Review: "Really Bad Girls of the Bible" by Liz Curtis Higgs My Thoughts.... I loved this author's goal of writing this book..."My goal is simple: to help women embrace the grace of God with joy and abandon!" and I think she did a wonderful job at it. I will say I was able to learn from the read. Some of these characters I hadn't read about and it was quite interesting reading about t Title: Really Bad Girls of the Bible Author: Liz Curtis Higgs Publisher: WaterBrook Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: Five Review: "Really Bad Girls of the Bible" by Liz Curtis Higgs My Thoughts.... I loved this author's goal of writing this book..."My goal is simple: to help women embrace the grace of God with joy and abandon!" and I think she did a wonderful job at it. I will say I was able to learn from the read. Some of these characters I hadn't read about and it was quite interesting reading about them in the modern day version. I was definitely found opening up my Bible to read about these 'bad girls' and definitely looking at their stories quite differently seeing how God pulled them through it all. It was quite interesting in seeing so many of these traits that were portrayed by these 'bad girls' can be found in us today. Wow, some things just don't change! This author does a wonderful job at relating the 'Biblical archetypes to the what is going on now,' giving us some 'humor, empathy and intellect.' There is also discussion questions and study guide for ones personal use or for your a study groups that are included. If you are looking for a informative and interesting read about 'Really Bad Girls of the Bible' I would recommend read to you as a good read. I received this book from Blogging for Books to read and review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    `Really Bad Girls of the Bible` is a biblical study of women of the Bible written by author Liz Curtis Higgs. Liz is the author of nearly 30 books, with more than 3 million copies in print. This book is non-fiction. Liz (Elizabeth) is the perfect person to write this book. She has been in a deep pit and with the Lord's help has been able to get out and onto the other side. This book is for that woman who is in the deep pit and sees no way out. Really Bad Girls of the Bible is about the sovereig `Really Bad Girls of the Bible` is a biblical study of women of the Bible written by author Liz Curtis Higgs. Liz is the author of nearly 30 books, with more than 3 million copies in print. This book is non-fiction. Liz (Elizabeth) is the perfect person to write this book. She has been in a deep pit and with the Lord's help has been able to get out and onto the other side. This book is for that woman who is in the deep pit and sees no way out. Really Bad Girls of the Bible is about the sovereignty of God. Each chapter begins with a modern short story before approaching the topic for that chapter. After the biblical topic, the author speaks of what lessons we can learn from that chapter. My favorite chapter was the story of Grace. All her fellow student artists saw only her sin. But, her teacher saw her forgiven and full of grace. She was not condemned but forgiven. I recommend this study to all women who feel unacceptable to God. This book would be perfect for book clubs, whether the club meets once or weekly. There are 8 discussion questions which can be answered in one setting or there are study guides if you meet more often. Disclaimer: "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own."

  21. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle W.

    With a fresh take (but biblically grounded) in her best-selling book Bad Girls of the Bible Liz brought new life to eight infamous women in biblical history; and she does it again! Liz presents the stories of the "bad girls" from the bible, by beginning each chapter with a wonderfully written fictional story on said women but based in modern times. In doing so you get a fresh take on an "old" story; it also helps you better understand the situation. After the fictional story is over, the author th With a fresh take (but biblically grounded) in her best-selling book Bad Girls of the Bible Liz brought new life to eight infamous women in biblical history; and she does it again! Liz presents the stories of the "bad girls" from the bible, by beginning each chapter with a wonderfully written fictional story on said women but based in modern times. In doing so you get a fresh take on an "old" story; it also helps you better understand the situation. After the fictional story is over, the author then breaks down the Biblical story; dissecting the story and showing you bits that you may have over looked. Finally at the end of each chapter there's a "what lessons can be learned from (insert bad girl name here)". The book also contains a nice study guide in the back. I love Liz Curtis Higgs books. They are always informative, biblically sound and wonderfully written. She makes scripture come to life with a very enjoyable read. Quick, fun, educational. 5 stars. I received this book through Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Troesser phillips

    I love this topic and have done others similar to it. This particular book feels jumbled and it takes a lot of discipline to work through it. Not all the characters are "bad girls", so the title is teaching a bit. Also, the author never lists the full passage that the story comes from but instead gives it in tiny bits & pieces making it difficult to follow. Verses are scattered throughout the commentary, sometimes from unrelated Bible stories that are then taken out of context. I found it most h I love this topic and have done others similar to it. This particular book feels jumbled and it takes a lot of discipline to work through it. Not all the characters are "bad girls", so the title is teaching a bit. Also, the author never lists the full passage that the story comes from but instead gives it in tiny bits & pieces making it difficult to follow. Verses are scattered throughout the commentary, sometimes from unrelated Bible stories that are then taken out of context. I found it most helpful to 1) skip the fictional modern story still the end, 2) find and read the Bible passage in its entirety before reading commentary, and 3) use a physical Bible for the main passage then digital Bible to look up additional/random verses.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Judi

    This was an excellent book - used for a weekly Bible study of "Women Journeying Through the Bible". The little novelette before each Biblical woman really brought the story to us in this century. Often we look at those in the Bible and think "well - that doesn't apply to today", but it all does. We had incredibly great discussions each week. Sometimes we agreed with the author on the placement of the person in the "Really Bad Girl" section and other times we disagreed. This study, on the heels o This was an excellent book - used for a weekly Bible study of "Women Journeying Through the Bible". The little novelette before each Biblical woman really brought the story to us in this century. Often we look at those in the Bible and think "well - that doesn't apply to today", but it all does. We had incredibly great discussions each week. Sometimes we agreed with the author on the placement of the person in the "Really Bad Girl" section and other times we disagreed. This study, on the heels of "Bad Girls of the Bible" deepened our understanding and gave us many ways to apply what we have learned. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Vik Arch

    Liz Curtis Higgs has a way to tell stories, making them alive. The power of a great storytelling is what I see when I read her books. Embracing the stories with the Biblical truth, she makes each woman special, filled with the unique purpose… Each of them had the specific appointed tasks to perform, and nothing escaped God’s eye, when He was there to lead all really bad girls in Biblical times to fulfill His purposes. I love her contemporary stories of the women, each depicting specific woman in Liz Curtis Higgs has a way to tell stories, making them alive. The power of a great storytelling is what I see when I read her books. Embracing the stories with the Biblical truth, she makes each woman special, filled with the unique purpose… Each of them had the specific appointed tasks to perform, and nothing escaped God’s eye, when He was there to lead all really bad girls in Biblical times to fulfill His purposes. I love her contemporary stories of the women, each depicting specific woman in the Bible. Higgs is teaching with humor and insights.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ingrid

    This was the product of a church bible study. If you are of a conservative bent, then I think the author's point of view will appeal more to you. However, in the beginning when we used the workbook, I (and my study group) found myself (ourselves) irritated with her implications. Once we gave up on the workbook and just read the stories and analyzed/discussed them ourselves, we enjoyed it much more.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Nichols

    This book was amazing just like the first one. Everything I said for the review of Bad Girls of The Bible will be the same as this one. Liz tells a modern story followed by the real story from the Bible. She tells about the woman's trails and how they deal with them. As you read this book you can probably relate to the Bad Girls of the Bible I know i did. I would recommend this book to any Christian woman it's encouraging and helpful. I learned a lot from it and I hope you enjoy the book.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Berry

    A combination of present day stories based on biblical women, this book is more of a guide to a really interesting women's bible study than the escape from my life fiction book I was looking for. Interesting, but not thrilling or much of an escape from reality. Actually, hit too close to reality for it to be "entertaining". Too much thinking and reflecting required for me to classify it as one of my favs.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    A decent installment of this hit or miss series. This book at least takes the time to sit and question whether or not the 'bad girls' were really bad girls or victims of circumstance. Still a fair amount of body-shaming and very White-woman centric re-imaginings and rhetoric, but at least this one I would share with the girls of my youth group without the fear that it would give them the wrong idea about themselves.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Katrina

    My friend allowed me to borrow this book, and I thank her for it. This book gives you a new way to look at the women of the bible, and causes you to rethink the actions of women in todays society as they relate to the bible. It was a great bible study and Liz Higgs has a very easy to read writting style. I would recommend this to women who want to take a closer look at their lives.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda

    This is a wonderful book about how God is always in control. Liz Curtis Higgs recounts the stories of women in the Bible who made bad decisions, and takes us on a journey of Bible study that is uplifting and encouraging for us all. She begins each Biblical woman's story with a modern illustration and ends each one with questions and discussions. I loved this book.

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