Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
You can never go wrong when you pick up a book by Liz Curtis Higgs. A few years ago she wrote Bad Girls of The Bible followed by Really Bad Girls of The Bible. We mustn’t forget Mad Mary. (I believe this one has a new name). Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible tells the story of eight women, all from Genesis.
Higgs has a flair for humor and emphasis. Each chapter begins with a contemporary story that brings the Biblical account into a modern setting. The retelling of the character’s story along with Higgs comments follows this. At the end of each chapter there are questions; a study guide is included at the end of the book. There is an in-depth study guide and DVD that can be purchased separately. Included in this study are the stories of Sarai, Hagar, Sarah, Rebekah, Leah , and Rachel.
Ms. Higgs defines a slightly bad girl as “one who refuses to fully submit to God’s will.” She draws upon her own experiences to reach her readers. Her illustrations are always easy to understand and apply. The introduction of Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible tells Donna’s story. She wanted what she thought was best for her son. Donna forgot that as a young adult she could not control him. Ms. Higgs explains that she is Donna. Without meaning to, we hurt those we love. No one is perfect, and we can all learn something from the women of the Bible.
Ms. Higgs you have done it again. Thank you for giving us another lesson in what not to do. I am just sad, because I do not think there are any girls left for you to write about. I am leading a study of this book beginning in January, 2008. I can hardly wait, and the “Bad Girls at Hawesville UMC” are already signing up. Women in every walk of life will love Slightly Bad Girls of The Bible.