Synopsis: 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 beheader. 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 Thoughts: 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.
I received this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.