Just when you thought you knew about all the girls in the Bible – my friend and fellow ministry partner Liz puts out another awesome new book!
This summer, one of Liz’s bestsellers, Really Bad Girls of the Bible, gets a new look and new content, including Discussion Questions for book clubs, an in-depth Study Guide for Bible studies, a full-length audiobook (read by Liz), and free videos on Vimeo.com. The Girls are back in town!
Read below for a word from Liz about her book releasing today which would make for a great summer read by the pool:
These women are remnants—chosen for Bad Girls of the Bible when I was certain I could shoehorn twenty women into one book, then put aside when I realized only ten would fit.
Naturally, Bathsheba and company stood around my writing study, hands on hips, demanding a book of their own. I could have called it More Bad Girls of the Bible, but how boring is that? Besides, the eight women in this book are decidedly different than their predecessors. Their stories are more difficult and more challenging, and the dividing line between right and wrong isn’t always as clearly drawn.
Herodias and Athaliah were “Bad and Proud of It,” making them far worse than some of the garden variety Bad Girls. Jael and Tamar both committed truly evil deeds, yet contributed to God’s cause, making them “Bad for a Good Reason.” The Medium of En Dor and Bathsheba both catered to a king under the darkness of night. Their actions were indeed bad, but did they really have a choice? That moral ambiguity placed them under a “Bad Moon Rising.” And our two grace-bearers of the book, the Adulteress and the Bleeding Woman, were both “Bad, but Not Condemned” by a God who came to set such women free.
Which of the Really Bad Girls do women really seem to connect with?
Judging by my inbox, the Bleeding Woman is our far-and-away favorite. One woman wrote, “I have suffered from and battled with depression for seven years. Two suicide attempts later, I’m beginning to understand and strive for the same faith this bleeding woman had. I’m in complete awe of her.” Me too.
Many readers have rightfully asked, “What’s her story doing in a book about Bad Girls?” Today we would never see her as anything but desperately sick. But two thousand years ago, she would have been labeled a Really, Really Bad Girl by her neighbors, since physical ailments were considered a direct result of sin. So, our unnamed sister with the issue of blood belongs here, since she’d have been marked as a serious sinner in her time, with a vile disease to prove it.
There’s another reason I included her in this book. After so much murder and mayhem, so much sex and sorcery, we need one utterly redemptive story to bring things to a satisfying close. I can’t think of a more glorious example of faith in action than this woman’s journey to wholeness. The people of Capernaum might have called her Really Bad, but Jesus called her Really Healed.
TO KICK OFF THIS SUMMER READING SERIES,
I’M GIVING AWAY 5 COPIES OF LIZ’S BOOK TODAY!
LEAVE A COMMENT SHARING WHERE YOUR FAVORITE PLACE IS TO READ DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS, AND YOU’LL BE ENTERED TO WIN A COPY OF REALLY BAD GIRLS OF THE BIBLE!
Liz Curtis Higgs has one goal: to help women embrace the grace of God with joy and abandon. She’s the author of 33 books with 4.6 million copies in print, including Bad Girls of the Bible, The Women of Christmas, and The Girl’s Still Got It.
Connect with Liz:
Monthly Bible Study: http://www.LizCurtisHiggs.com/blog