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The Women of Christmas: Experience the Season Afresh with Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna

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God Reached Down from Heaven with the Best Gift of All

A sacred season is about to unfold for three women whose hearts belong to God.
Elizabeth is barren, yet her trust in God remains fertile. Mary is betrothed in marriage, yet she is willing to bear God’s Son. Anna is a widow full of years, yet she waits patiently, prayerfully for the Messiah to appear in the temple cou
Hardcover, 212 pages
Published September 17th 2013 by WaterBrook Press
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Jennifer Lambert
Dec 04, 2013 Jennifer Lambert rated it really liked it
It's a quick read, only took me a couple evenings. I love her conversational style of writing. It's like she's just telling me a story. I want to curl up on her sofa with some tea or coffee and just chat.

This is not the typical advent study. It does discuss Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna, but it's so refreshing to hear this spin on it.

These women are brought alive in the books as we ponder each verse, each event, the omissions as well as the details. Even thought I've read the verses in the Bible num
Dec 20, 2013 Lisa rated it it was amazing
I've done much better at keeping Jesus in focus this year, and "The Women of Christmas" by Liz Curtis Higgs has had a lot to do with that.
If you've ever been blessed to hear Liz speak, you know she has a verse-by-verse teaching style. This is exactly how the book is set up, going through the birth narratives in Luke 1-2 and Matthew 1-2 verse by verse. I find this method helps to slow me down and really ponder what Scripture is teaching.

The book starts by focusing first on Elizabeth, mother of Jo
Deanna Gottreu
Nov 21, 2013 Deanna Gottreu rated it it was amazing
The Women of Christmas by Liz Curtis Higgs is a wonderful book for the Christmas season or for any time of the year. The book covers the lives of Mary, Elizabeth, and Anna in the months before the birth of Jesus and a few weeks after His birth. Each woman is presented through Bible scriptures and the narrative of the author. Mary is newly betrothed but she is pregnant, Elizabeth is old and barren but she also becomes pregnant, and Anna is old, widowed, and lives in the Temple waiting for the arr ...more
Oct 25, 2013 christianchicklit rated it really liked it
Some Interesting Insights On The Stories of Elizabeth, Mary and the Birth of Jesus.

Liz Curtis Higgs is one of my favorite authors! I thoroughly enjoyed her recent book The Girl's Still Got It which told the story of Ruth in great detail by dissecting line by line of the scripture. She brings this same writing style and in-depth analysis of the story of Elizabeth, Mary and the birth of Jesus. Maybe because these stories are more familiar to me, I didn't get as much added insight into the stories
Feb 07, 2016 Kaylyn rated it it was amazing
Received as an Early Review from LibraryThing. An excellent book for a Bible study or small group. I love Liz Curtis Higgs' writing style. Very easy to read and enjoy. It was interesting to think about what the women and their husbands must have thought and felt.
Jan 11, 2014 Sherri rated it it was amazing
Her conversational style made it seem like shes across the table having coffee with you. Gave me a more intropective look and thought to the women of the Bible.
Dec 21, 2014 Louann rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I led my Life Group (8 women) through this study for four (4) weeks, two chapters each week. We were all awestruck with Mary ... a baby herself, giving birth to the Lord of lords and King of kings. The discussion about her and how she felt when she held Him in her arms for the first time, parenting Him, raising and training Him, only to let Him go and do what God had sent Him to earth to do. Knowing your child's fate and not being able to control it. Powerful teaching. The question came up "Mary ...more
Dec 20, 2013 Annette rated it it was amazing
Source: Free copy from WaterBrook for review.
The Women of Christmas, is the story of Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna. They were the three women of the first Christmas, when the babe Jesus was born. They were women of varying personalities and age differences; however, they shared a common bond of faith in God. Each of them were called by God for a distinct role and they waited in faith for their appointed time as God's servant. They will forever be remembered as playing a part in the most important s
Mary Kay
Oct 11, 2015 Mary Kay rated it it was amazing
Wonderful seasonal devotional.
Ashley Thompson
Nov 25, 2014 Ashley Thompson rated it really liked it
Overall this book left a significant impression on me, and perfect for this time of the year in the days leading up to Christmas. It was a quick read, but no less impactful, and I loved the examination of Elizabeth and Mary and how their stories were just as significant (although not as much as Christ's, of course). My only criticism is that there was only one chapter devoted to Anna, so I'm not sure you could say this book was equally about the three women, and there were also pages looking at ...more
Rebecca Bodeen
Dec 10, 2015 Rebecca Bodeen rated it really liked it
Overall The Women of Christmas was a good read, as it personalized for me the stories of Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna and gave me some good insight into faith, hope, and grace. The book caught me off guard, based on the description I assumed it was "short stories" however it is more of a Bible Study of Luke: 1-2. Because of this assumption and the alternating quotes, Bible verse, interpretation, it took a few chapters before I was drawn in. Once I got used to the style, and understood the lesson I ...more
Dec 10, 2015 Marilyn rated it it was amazing

Most people know who Mary, Elizabeth and Anna are. But what were their lives really like? Let Liz Higgins give you a new interpretation of their amazing yet simple lives. A study guide is included and makes a good book club book.
Loved reading about these amazing women and how they completely opened themselves up to God's will. I've always loved the story of Christmas and this book gave me more time with it and a deeper insight. Completely loved it!
Bonne Lynn
This is book a read ever year in November and December. Having multiple miscarriages, this book is a gentle reminder about hope.
Gabrielle W.
Jan 12, 2014 Gabrielle W. rated it it was amazing
With Christmas upon us, what a better time to post this review. I'm going to be technical first; it's a really quick read (though I spread it out and used it as a devotional this month). As usual, Liz writing style is amazing and makes for a wonderful read.
Every Christmas I read the story of Christ's birth. And even though I've read those versus numerous times, and from different bibles, I've learned so much from this book, and it has really opened my eyes and made me appreciate these women even
Gail Welborn
Dec 04, 2013 Gail Welborn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviews
***Set the mood and tone of Christmas with Liz and 3 good girls of the Bible***

Liz, best known for her million selling Bad Girls of the Bible series turns her attention this holiday season to three of the Bible’s “good girls.”

Step into the sacred Christmas story with The Christmas Women and take a fresh look at the nativity story through the eyes of three women and their essential roles in the Christmas story. Penned by gifted professional speaker and award-winning author known for wisdom and
Rebecca Jo
Dec 04, 2013 Rebecca Jo rated it really liked it
"Long before silver bells jingled, Christmas lights twinkled, & horse-drawn sleighs went dashing through the snow, God reached down from heaven with the best gift of all"

God works in a funny way. It was just my turn to teach in Youth Ministry on our Christmas series & it kicked off on Elizabeth & Zechariah, so it was the day after I gave the lesson & picked this book up & joined right back in with my friend Elizabeth, getting to know her more & look at
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THE WOMEN OF CHRISTMAS: Experience the Season Afresh with Elizabeth, Mary and Anna by LIZ CURTIS HIGGS is an inspirational Christan Living/Women. Oh my goodness, what a delightful book to have at the Christmas or anytime, but especially at the Christmas season. I read it at once after receiving it from the publisher. I intend to go back often and re-read time and again. It is filled with stories of the women,Elizabeth,Mary and Anna, who surrounded our Savior's birth. It is funny, filled with joy ...more
Jalynn Patterson
Oct 08, 2013 Jalynn Patterson rated it it was amazing
About the Book:

A sacred season is about to unfold for three women whose hearts belong to God.
Elizabeth is barren, yet her trust in God remains fertile. Mary is betrothed in marriage, yet she is willing to bear God’s Son. Anna is a widow full of years, yet she waits patiently, prayerfully for the Messiah to appear in the temple courts.

Following in their footsteps, you too can prepare for the Savior to enter your heart, your mind, and your life in a vibrant, new way. Best-selling author Liz Curtis
Dec 17, 2013 Debbie rated it it was amazing
"The Women Of Christmas" by Liz Curtis Higgs
"The Women Of Christmas" by Liz Curtis Higgs is a five star book. We used this book as a study for our Monday night Women group at church.

Liz Curtis Higgs helps you see “The Women Of Christmas” in a new way. She explains the life of Mary, Elizabeth and Anna in a new and insightful way. She also helps us see Joseph, (which we knew) and Zechariah and Simeon as part of the Christmas story.

The best part of this book to me is that she explained the culture
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When I spotted this Christmas book, my mind immediately went to a sweet friend that loves this author. I hurried online to order it as a Christmas gift. Lo and behold..sorry, had to do's the season..I found a place that said if you gave the book as a gift, the author would bless you with a free copy. I just had to get into that. Sorry, it's prob
Marit Thostenson
Jun 10, 2014 Marit Thostenson rated it it was amazing
Thank you to the Goodreads First Reads program to getting me a copy of this book!
It was really a quick read, just what I was looking for! It was very refreshing!
I really liked how in depth this book got and how it picked apart the scriptures - in a good way! It helped me understand the life of Mary better and that her life wasn't all happy and goodness all around, she had to go through struggles as well, and Elizabeth and her struggles. It also helped me get to know Anna - as I regret to say t
Ally Charest
Dec 26, 2015 Ally Charest rated it really liked it
What a delightful book. Liz Curtis Higgs did a great job showing the birth of Christ through the eyes of three women that God specifically chose to usher in the long awaited Messiah, His Son, Jesus. This book will fill you with hope, encouragement and faith. It will inspire you to continuing to believe that God is faithful to keep all His promises. To read my full review please visit

Overall, I liked this book and think it is a great glimpse into the lives
Dec 22, 2014 Kristin rated it really liked it
Ms. Higgs' books are just plain reliable. I'm never disappointed. This was a great start to the Christmas season, putting my heart squarely where it needed to be (not caught up in buying gifts, etc.)

I gained a new appreciation for these women's challenges. It's so easy to read Elizabeth's story and gloss over the details eg months of seclusion. It's also easy to meditate on popular images of Mary and focus on her specialness. But what was her life like around the time of His birth?

My favorite c
Dec 20, 2013 Shearon rated it it was amazing
This book has been a blessing to read, and it kept me focused on the true "reason for the season" instead of the materialism that is prevalent at this time of the year.

Eight wondrous chapters tell the tales of these three ordinary women surrounding the coming birth of Christ. The women are brought to life in this book, and it isn't just about the women. Liz also talks about their husbands, Elizabeth's husband questioned God. Mary's betrothed worried. But despite it all, they remained faithful t
Dec 07, 2015 Lori rated it really liked it
I enjoyed focusing on the three women of Christmas, Elizabeth, Mary and Anna. Liz Curtis Higgs takes us through the Christmas story verse by verse, using several different translations that add insight to each. She tells the story in a very personal manner, often likening events and situations to how we might feel and respond today. I especially loved thinking about Elizabeth and Anne more deeply than I have before.
Jan 23, 2015 Jasmine rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, to-read-again
Higgs unwraps the Christmas story and gives it new life through the eyes of the women involved. She utilizes the scripture, but also adds a sense of narration and provides history and cultural context to give extra life to the story we know so well. Higgs does a great job of keeping the pace moving while making sure all the details are given necessary importance. Definitely on my list to re-read next Christmas.
Oct 24, 2014 Carolyn rated it liked it
interesting story. I don't know what I think about the author using so many versions of the bible. I was raised with the King James version and it is all I know. It seems that many of the others are modernized to fit our language no days. I guess it is interesting to hear other translations from other versions, but not sure about it. I did enjoy telling the stories of Mary, Elizabeth and Anna. I guess I never paid that much attention to the Anna story.
Mar 04, 2015 Acarrawa rated it liked it
Very good book. Very well-written and well-researched. I received this as a Christmas gift, so I read it after Christmas. I recommend reading it during the Advent season. I also recommend reading it in snippets and pondering over the small section you read. (It is an excellent bathroom book!) Mary, Elizabeth, and Anna should encourage us all.
Laura Stryker
Jan 17, 2015 Laura Stryker rated it really liked it
It was a good holiday read. My intention was to stay focused on the reason for the season. I surely was able to do that and I was able to draw closer to The Lord. I enjoyed learning what life was like for women back in those days. The magnitude of what really happened back then in Mary's story is incredible. I learned a lot.
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Former Bad Girl, grateful for the grace God offers. Happy wife of Bill, one of the Good Guys. Proud mom of two grown-up kids with tender hearts. Lame housekeeper. Marginal cook. Pitiful gardener. Stuff I love? Encouraging my sisters in Christ—across the page, from the platform, online, in person. Unpacking Scripture. Traveling wherever God leads. Listening to his heart. Leaning into his embrace.
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“Now consider this: the first person to hold the newborn Christ was Mary of Nazareth, and the first person to touch the newly risen Christ, however briefly, was Mary of Magdala. God placed himself in a woman's care when he came to earth, then entrusted a woman to announce his resurrection when he came back to life.” 1 likes
“Long before silver bells jingled, Christmas lights twinkled, and horse-drawn sleighs went dashing through the snow, God reached down from heaven with the best gift of all. Love, wrapped in swaddling clothes. Hope, nestled in a manger.” 0 likes
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