Really Bad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs

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Really Bad Girls of the Bible covers the stories of 8 less than perfect women of the bible. The women covered in this book are lesser known women of the bible. Liz Curtis Higgs has written another great book that teaches us about the women in the bible and gives us an in site into what their lives were like. The author starts each chapter with a modern day story that ties into the Bible time story. The author also witnesses to the reader by including bits and pieces of her life prior to becoming a Christian.

The women introduced in this book are the Medium of En Dor, Jael, The Adulteress, Athaliah, Bathsheba, Herodias, Tamar the Widow, and The Bleeding Woman. Many of these stories were familiar to me, but the way the author wrote their story, it felt like I was learning about them all over again. I love the story of Deborah that is written in Judges, Liz has brought out the character of Jael in this book. The strength and courage it must have taken her to kill Sisera, after he had fallen asleep, with a tent peg and a hammer. Liz has also shown a different side to the story of Bathsheba. What would you do, the man who has authority over your husband has commanded you to come to him. I really had never thought of Bathsheba’s story like this. Another of my favorite stories of women of the old testament is that of Tamar. Having read the story many times, I now look at it differently. The author has pointed out the customs of the times and how Tamar was wronged by her husbands and father-in-law.

This is a great book to read to understand the women in the old testament. The book also includes a discussion and study guide that makes is a great choice to use for a bible study.

To read more about the book, to read about the author and read the first chapter of the book go to: http://waterbrookmultnomah.com/books/79797/really-bad-girls-of-the-bible-by-liz-curtis-higgs/

I received a copy of the book from Blogging for Books and I have written an honest review.

304 pages

ISBN-10: 1601428618

ISBN-13: 978-1601428615

Publisher: WaterBrook

 

Ruined: A Memoir by Ruth Everhart

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Ruined is a memoir written by Ruth Everhart. About twenty years ago as a college senior, Ruth was living with 4 other girls in a house when 2 men entered their home. The two armed men broke into their home and held them all hostage while they took turns raping the girls at gunpoint. This book is the accounting of what happened to Ruth and the other girls following that cold November Sunday night. The girls moved out the the house and moved in with family or friends. They eventually found another place to live together where they felt more secure. They would gather together and share their feelings, trying to understand why this happened to them.

The story also takes us through the legal aspects following what happened. Having to go through the hours of police interviews. And when the suspect is finally found, the emotions Ruth went through waiting for the trial. She basically put her life on hold until the trial was over.

Having been raised in a strong Christian family, Ruth begins struggling with why her, where was God, and why did God allow this to happen. Ruth feels she is ruined, not just physically, but also in God’s eyes. She starts having relationships that are not healthy.

This is a powerful story! I found it hard to read due to the violence that was relived though out the story. This is not a story for everyone to read due to the violence and language. This is also disclosed by the publisher as the beginning of the book.

I admire the author for writing this story. This book is not just the story of what happened to Ruth and her roommates, but is also the story of their strength. When Ruth could have easily continue on a downward spiral with her relationships she chose to work through issues and get her Christian life back in order. Ruth is not just an author, she went on to school and became a pastor. She is also a blogger and speaker focusing on spiritually related topics like pilgrimage and sexual violence.

I received a copy of this book from Tyndale Publishing and I have written an honest review.

336 pages

ISBN-10: 1496413164

ISBN-13: 978-1496413161

Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.

God’s Feminist Movement by Amber Picota

gods_feminist_movement_finalfrontcoverGod’s Feminist Movement, by Amber Picota, is a great book that helps set women free and helps equip them for ministry. The author goes into detail explaining the difference between the old covenant and the new covenant. We are living under the New Covenant and we are actually living under a new law, the law of Christ, which is that we love one another as He loved us. The author helps us to understand how important love is. Love helps us to do good, to not have other gods above God, to not cheat, steal or kill, Love fuels us to do good works.

Using Bible verses and stories, the author points out that women in leadership was also spoken about in the Bible. She used 2 of my favorites, Ruth who pursued Boas and the prophetess Deborah.

I really enjoyed reading this book. It shows us that women being a part of the church is not a new thing even though some people feel women do not belong in leadership in the church. The book also reaffirms that we should not take verses out of their context and use them in ways they were not intended as well as if something preached is not Biblical, it is not true.

There is so much information in this little book. The author uses Bible verses and her life experiences to teach us such things as dressing, dating and submission in marriage. The parts that really made an impression on me is that the Bible does not tell us how to dress, other than not to wear men’s clothing. Modesty is not about covering yourself up in clothing, modesty is a posture of the heart. However, if we dress to entice and arouse others, this is not love. I especially like the part that men are not animals and that we need to stop raising our boys believing the lie that they do not have the power to take their thoughts in control and turn them over to Christ. The one part that I truly appreciate the author writing is that our family is our first ministry. All to often the business of the world cause us to put our family and their needs down the priority list.

I received a copy of this book from Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review.

192 pages

ISBN-10: 0768409349

ISBN-13: 978-0768409345

Publisher: Destiny Image

Woman thou art Healed & Whole A 90 Day Devotional Journey

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Woman thou art Healed & Whole is a 90 day devotional written especially for women who have experienced trauma, abuse, bad relationships and betrayal. They may struggle with having made poor decisions, feeling guilt or shame. When a woman goes through these experiences she may not be able to life a fulfilling life.

The book covers these life experiences and many more. T. D. Jakes writes this devotional starting each day with a bible verse relating to many negative life experiences for women. He follows up the bible verses with a more in depth description and end each day with “Your Healing Journey. This part provides the reader with additional bible verses to read and additional information.

Some of the things I like the most about the book are that the author reminds us that women should not look to men to determine their worth. Women need stability and they are meant to be coveted, nurtured and protected.

One of the helpful things the author mentions in the book is to write down 30 things you would like to do with your life and cross them out as you do them

This is a good book not just for women who have gone through bad experiences. All women will gain from reading this book. The books is 269 pages, broken up into 90 sessions to be covered one session per day. The book is small in dimension so would be easy to lip in a purse or overnight case to take with you.

I received a copy of this book from Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review.

269 Pages

ISBN 13: 9780768409796

Publisher: Destiny Image

Woman Thou Art Loosed!

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Woman Thou Art Loosed! Written by T.D.Jakes (copyright 2016) focuses on the hurts of women. The author uses the woman at the well in Luke 13 as an example of a hurt woman. The author points out that the abuse a woman has had to deal with, can change her and can leave her bitter. He also points out that she is not responsible for what has happened to her. You can’t help where you have been or what has happened to you, but you can help where you are going from here. God doesn’t care who you are, where you came from, or even your social status, he cares about your heart. He wants to help you over come your pain and move forward. He will bring complete healing, the whole person, the body, the emotions and the spirit. He will deal with all the issues left over from abuse if we just ask him and have faith in him to heal us. God wants to give us strength to over come the pain. He wants us to celebrate who we are.
The author also touches on marriage and stresses we are to get married for the right reason. We are not to settle, we are to chose someone who is not less than what we want. We are to chose someone with strength, someone who will hold us, help strengthen us, build us up and be with us when trouble comes. He also points out that men should understand that women do not deal well with the stress of unpaid bills and financial disorder. Women need security, especially in a home. Women are made to be receivers and men were made to be givers.
This book is not what I thought it would be. I felt is was a little preachy at points. The book has some good points to it. The author uses stories from the Bible and Scripture a lot. But I was surprised the author referenced Mary Magdalene as a prostitute, no where in the Bible does it state that. The book was originally written in 1993.
I received a copy of this book from BookClub Network for an honest review.

 

219 pages

ISBN 16: 9781560431008

Publisher: Destiny Image