About Really Bad Girls of the Bible
from the Bible’s Really Bad Girls.Eight of the Bible’s most notorious females strut across the pages of Really Bad Girls of the Biblewith troubles that still hit home in the twenty-first century.The Medium of En Dor crossed over to the dark side. Jael stood up to a ruthless enemy. TheAdulteress was caught between a rock and a hard place. Athaliah made a bid for power that ended badly. Bathsheba captured the wandering eye of a king. Herodias made a cruel request of her husband. Tamar exchanged her widow’s weeds for a harlot’s garb. And the Bleeding Woman had a serious health issue only a great physician could handle.
“Higgs does such a remarkable job telling their stories that many of the Good Book’s ‘bad girls’ become downright sympathetic.… Higgs is a refreshingly astute biblical commentator…(and) ably points readers to ‘good girl’ tips they can apply from the Bible’s cautionary tales.”
Really Bad Girls of the Bible shines a spotlight on God’s sovereignty, demonstrating one life-changing truth: God rules the lives of those He loves with mercy, compassion, and hope.
My Review: This is one of those books that has been around for some time, and I’ve always meant to read, but haven’t. Now I finally have and I’m quite glad that I did. This is a revised edition published in 2016, so I’m not sure how it differs from the original publication.
I really love the idea of exploring the lives of some of the lesser known women in the bible. Those imperfect women who were “bad” to some degree or another. Higgs takes these biblical stories and weaves a modern retelling into them to help us relate to these women and their lives just a little bit more.
As I read this book, some of the women were familiar, and some were more of a vague recollection to me. Reading their stories told with a modern twist really brought them to life for me in a new way. Some of these women were courageous in their choices and some were downright evil. Definitely, they all made some questionable decisions and they all have a story to tell. There is no doubt we can learn some valuable lessons from these women.
Higgs doesn’t just stick with the modern retelling though, she brings the actual biblical stories to life as well and offers a lot of insight into them. This is a really unique and valuable book and I think it’s definitely one that is worth reading.
I’m sure that as I study the bible in the future or hear about these women in a sermon or another book, I will look at their stories differently. Definitely a recommended read.
*I received a copy of this book free of charge from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review.