Bad Girls of the Bible, by Liz Curtis Higgs

Ten of the Bible’s best-known femmes fatales parade across the pages of Bad Girls of the Bible with situations that sound oh-so-familiar.

Granted, most of us have probably never arranged for the death of someone in our way, been tempted by a snake, or tried to seduce our husband’s colleague. But perhaps we have criticized our husband, lied to someone, had sex outside of marriage, and so forth. No doubt we’ve looked at Esther, Ruth, Mary, or the Proverbs 31 woman and said, “I can’t live up to THAT!” The good news is that Liz Curtis Higgs has a series of books dedicated to the not so good women in scripture and shows us how we can relate and learn from them. Naturally, the first book kicks off with the First Bad Girl, Eve.

Each of the ten standalone chapters starts with a modern-day allegory of each Biblical situation. Eve is a southern debutante, the woman at the well is a bar tender and Rahab is a San Francisco prostitute. Higgs then gives us her thoughts on each Biblical narrative, verse by verse, based on her studies of various Biblical commentaries. The 3rd and 4th parts of each chapter look at what lessons we can learn from each of the women, and Good Girl Thoughts Worth Considering which allows us to delve into our own lives. While I read this book by myself, the questions in this latter section could also be used in a small group setting as not all of them are personal and might provoke good discussion.

Publisher: Waterbrook Press

Pages: 276

Release Date: 17 August 1999

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Note: I received this book from Waterbrook Multnomah’s Blogging for Books program.

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