Book Reviews of Bad Girls of the Bible and What We Can Learn from Them

Bad Girls of the Bible and What We Can Learn from Them
Bad Girls of the Bible and What We Can Learn from Them
Author: Liz Curtis Higgs
ISBN-13: 9781578561254
ISBN-10: 1578561256
Publication Date: 8/17/1999
Pages: 256
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 135 ratings
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 11
I like the way the author adds a touch of humor to the moral lessons here, and I love her reasons for writing the book: as a former "bad girl" herself, she just couldn't relate to the perfect, pious female role models in the Bible, and instead found herself sympathizing more with the bad girls. Each chapter starts with a modernized version of the bad girl's story, followed by a discussion of where they went wrong and what a modern Christian can learn from their examples.
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Helpful Score: 10
Jezebel and Delilah have plenty to teach contemporary Christian women, according to Bad Girls of the Bible and What We Can Learn from Them. In this self-help book, Liz Curtis Higgs tells fictionalized, contemporary stories based on the lives of biblical characters including Eve, Potiphar's Wife, and the Woman at the Well. In verse-by-verse commentary, Higgs summarizes each life's lessons and provides a list of questions for personal consideration or group discussion.

I just finished a women's Bible study utilizing this book and it was very enjoyable and I learned a lot about the women featured.
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Helpful Score: 6
A unique Bible study, using the 'bad girls' to prove a point that God forgives us all. The first part of each chapter is written in modern times; the second tells the story from the Bible. I used it in a women's Bible study and we really enjoyed it.
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Helpful Score: 4
This book is about some of the not so stellar women of the Bible and what we can learn from them. Whether they were Bad to the Bone, Bad for a Moment, or Bad for a Season but not Forever, these infamous sisters show us how not to handle life's challenges.
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Helpful Score: 3
Wonderful book for women, both funny and insightful! It reminds us of all the "bad girls" in the Bible such as Delilah, Jezebel, and others, and what we can learn from them and their mistakes. It also reminds us that no matter what is in our "bad girl" past, God still loves us and forgives us.
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Helpful Score: 3
This is a fresh perspective on women in the Bible. I have used this for adult Bible studies and recommended it to numerous people. Pastor D
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Helpful Score: 2
This book presents some of the "bad girls" of the Bible first in a thoroughly modern story that we can all relate to at some point, then Liz gives her funny, entertaining, thoughtful commentary while relating the Bible verses. It gave me a new outlook on some of these well-known Bible stories. A good read if you're needing some encouragement!
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This a terrific book for women to read... It is not really bad bad girls but, how you can service our Lord. It is a really different way to look at old stories of the Bible... Very good reading. DG
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Very practical approach to presenting different women in the scriptures. Self-application. Excellent study resource for bible teachers.
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Helpful Score: 2
Interesting study of the women of the Bible, from a fresh perspective.
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Helpful Score: 2
This book is for all women-from former bad girls who need to be reminded we're truly forgivento veteran good girls who long to understand those still searching for answers. This book puts a contemporary spin on some of the most famous bad girl tales from the Bible
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Helpful Score: 2
Female characters in the Bible who can teach us valuable lessons. Humorous. We are much more like the "Bad Girls" than the "Good Girls"!
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Helpful Score: 1
great book, funny and very enlighten
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Talk about an entertaining read! Liz Curtis Higgs is a laugh out loud author. She will keep your interest on every single page of this book while you learn from other Bad Girls mistakes. Written without a holier than thou attitude, Higgs will be the first one to admit she is a former Bad Girl herself. But Gods grace is enough for anybody!

At the beginning of each chapter, Higgs writes a fictional story similar to the biblical one. I thought this was a very creative way to get the reader into the story and imagine the characters, the settings, and the plot in more depth. However, I also believe that is a slippery slope and readers can potentially remember the fictional story more than what the Bible says. Despite the latter, I thought it was an entertaining stretch of the imagination for each woman featured.

After the fictional piece, Higgs shares the Biblical account of featured Bad Girl, and then shares What We Can Learn portions as well as Good Girl Thoughts to Consider. Though Higgs is not a theologian, I think she shares valuable insight and interesting points to consider with each Bad Girl. For example, she shares ten possibilities of why Lots wife may have looked back when her family was fleeing their hometown. Higgs studied several different commentaries to create this book and I think her efforts more than paid off. There are definitely some thought provoking ideas in Bad Girls of the Bible.

I have both Really Bad Girls of the Bible and Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible, both of which I still plan to read soon. I think its interesting to look at the Bad Girls for once, as it seems the Good Girls are usually the examples set before us. But what about those that have messed up royally, continue to do so, and then find themselves seeking forgiveness and redemption? Higgs is hysterical, creative, and reassuring in Bad Girls of the Bible and I look forward to reading more of her books!

4/5 stars
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I just thought this book was ok. I liked how the author opens the chapter with a fictional, modern version of the Bible story. Then she discusses the story from the Bible with her commentary. She ends the chapters with lessons we can learn from these "bad" girls of the Bible. Honestly, I skipped over her lessons we can learn after the first couple chapters. From reading other reviews, it seems that other readers who are familiar with the Bible really enjoyed this book. I am not familiar with the Bible and I do not consider myself religious, but I still enjoyed reading the stories and learning about some of the women from the Bible.
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I read this book years ago and thought it was very funny, but also extremely sincere, and very informative. I greatly appreciate, respect, and admire the humility that it took for Ms. Higgs to write such a candid book: based on the women of scripture but also because she freely shares her growth within each page.
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This is a great book! I love how she takes a "modern" story to start each chapter and then uses the bible story. She is a an excellent writer that combines humor and truth to pack a powerful punch. i've read this book on my own and also used it in a bible study with about 10 women. The book also has discussion questions at the end of each chapter to spur on conversation. Definitely recommended!
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Humorous, humbling and heartfelt.
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Great for a woman's bible study group looking to compare today with bible days. This is especially good when there are younger women in the group.
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Great Book. Great for Bible Study Goups!
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I'm sorry to say the book was not what I though it would be. I thought it a short re-telling of the actual bible women's stories, their struggles and eventual redemption. Instead it is a jumble of modern women's final moments (and pretty quick) enlightenment, with lots of bible quotes. I would say that for a deeply religious person this might be touching, and would be great for Womens bible studies, but for an agnostic like my self, I'm sorry to say that this book was a total waste.
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I really enjoyed this book. The writing was enjoyable, the writing on the bible text was well researched and the commentary was funny. This book gave me a different perspective on bible stories that I have read numerous times. I would highly recommend this book.
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I'm sorry to say the book was not what I though it would be. I thought it a short re-telling of the actual bible women's stories, their struggles and eventual redemption. Instead it is a jumble of modern women's final moments (and pretty quick) enlightenment, with lots of bible quotes. I would say that for a deeply religious person this might be touching, and would be great for Womens bible studies, but for an agnostic like my self, I'm sorry to say that this book was a total waste.
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Jezebel and Delilah have plenty to teach contemporary Christian women, according to Bad Girls of the Bible and What We Can Learn from Them. In this self-help book, Liz Curtis Higgs tells fictionalized, contemporary stories based on the lives of biblical characters including Eve, Potiphar's Wife, and the Woman at the Well. In verse-by-verse commentary, Higgs summarizes each life's lessons and provides a list of questions for personal consideration or group discussion. The overall message of each chapter is the same: "Good Girls and Bad Girls both need a Savior. The goodness of your present life can't open the doors of heaven for you. The badness of your past life can't keep you out either." In its effort to turn readers' minds heavenward, Bad Girls draws a distinction between fun and joy. Associated with "fleshly pleasures," fun "is temporary at best; it's risky, even dangerous, at worst." Joy, on the other hand, is found in God's "gift of grace." Perhaps the book's greatest weakness is its inability to see that "fun," in many lives, is a holy and necessary means of attaining "joy." --Michael Joseph Gross
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Heart touching - funny - thought provoking
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I haven't read this book in a long time, but I still remember it, so i think that is a good thing. Higgs talks about several different "bad girls" from the bible and gives us spiritual lessons that we can learn from them. its a simple book, best used in my opinion, as a Bible study with other women.
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We read though this book for a women's bible study. the book was pretty good. I really enjoyed the modern day stories.
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I'm sorry to say the book was not what I though it would be. I thought it a short re-telling of the actual bible women's stories, their struggles and eventual redemption. Instead it is a jumble of modern women's final moments (and pretty quick) enlightenment, with lots of bible quotes. I would say that for a deeply religious person this might be touching, and would be great for Womens bible studies, but for an agnostic like my self, I'm sorry to say that this book was a total waste.
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I'm sorry to say the book was not what I though it would be. I thought it a short re-telling of the actual bible women's stories, their struggles and eventual redemption. Instead it is a jumble of modern women's final moments (and pretty quick) enlightenment, with lots of bible quotes. I would say that for a deeply religious person this might be touching, and would be great for Womens bible studies, but for an agnostic like my self, I'm sorry to say that this book was a total waste.
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Great book. I have recommended it to several friends.
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I'm sorry to say the book was not what I though it would be. I thought it a short re-telling of the actual bible women's stories, their struggles and eventual redemption. Instead it is a jumble of modern women's final moments (and pretty quick) enlightenment, with lots of bible quotes. I would say that for a deeply religious person this might be touching, and would be great for Womens bible studies, but for an agnostic like my self, I'm sorry to say that this book was a total waste.
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VERY enjoyable - LOVE that she starts with a fictional retelling and then goes into a verse by verse commentary on each story.
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From the publisher:
Author Liz Curtis Higgs offers a clear-sighted, life changing approach to understanding those "other women" in Scripture. She combines a temporary retalling of their stories with a solid, verse by verse study of their lives and the lessons we can learn from them.
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I'm sorry to say the book was not what I though it would be. I thought it a short re-telling of the actual bible women's stories, their struggles and eventual redemption. Instead it is a jumble of modern women's final moments (and pretty quick) enlightenment, with lots of bible quotes. I would say that for a deeply religious person this might be touching, and would be great for Womens bible studies, but for an agnostic like my self, I'm sorry to say that this book was a total waste.
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Great study on women from the bible. good for small group
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not what I expected.
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Loved it!! My favorite book! From beginning to end, I couldn't put the book down. Finished it in record time. I love how Liz Curtis Higgs writes fiction stories similar to the nobly story. It's entertaining& makes the Bible stories easier to understand . Questions & review at the end of chapter help with understanding and understanding.
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loved reading about the ladies of the Bible and how we can learn from them!
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This book has no major damage however, the front and back covers have a slight curl to them from being read.