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Bad Girls of the Bible: And What We Can Learn from Them (Bad Girls of the Bible #1)

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Women everywhere marvel at those good girls in Scripture-Sarah, Mary, Esther-but on most days, that's not who they see when they look in the mirror. Most women (if they're honest) see the selfishness of Sapphira or the deception of Delilah. They catch of glimpse of Jezebel's take-charge pride or Eve's disastrous disobedience. Like Bathsheba, Herodias, and the rest, today's ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 26th 2000 by Waterbrook Press (first published January 1st 1999)
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Angela
I remember picking this up at the grocery store -- I think it was the cover, intrigued me.

In any case -- I am NOT a Christian, not even close, however, with that stated, here are my thoughts on this excellent book:

She has the chapters (a prologue, a chapter devoted to each "Bad Girl", and an epilogue) separated into the fiction story -- the Bible's version (with amusing comments ala Elvira or perhaps Mystery Science Theater provided by her) -- the lessons learned from the fable -- and questions
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Anne
You might think, given the format of this book (short fictional stories of modern women followed by short character studies of BIble women) that it's a light read or a shallow Bible study with no more depth than the latest novel. But in reality, Liz Curtis Higgs, the author, has studied these Bible women extensively, and her study is evident in the lessons found in this book. The fictional stories add a dimension to the women in the Bible that we thought we knew. The Bible studies offer insights ...more
Callie Rose Tyler
Allow me to preface the following comments by saying that if someone enjoyed reading this and it taught them something about God or brought them closer to God, that’s great and I don’t want to take away from their experience but….

This book is AWFUL, terribly written.
The idea is fantastic, looking at the worst women in the bible and finding out why they are in there, genius. The only problem is that instead of telling these women’s stories the author comes up with fiction stories, no more like fi
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Kara
I'm reading this with my friends and we're doing the study book too. So far...excellent.
The way she re-writes the biblical stories into modern life situations (usually NOT a fan of this) is so helpful. I suddenly relate to all these 'bad' girls. A snake, an apple, not so tempting, but a smooth-talking guy, a kiss....yup. Understanding the wife of an Egyption official in the kings court, ordering around slaves, no, but the bored wife...again yup. I get it. And I'm learning how to see the signs ea
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Lydia M
The Bad Girls of The Bible And What We Can Learn From Them by Liz Curtis Higgs is a wonderful devotional, and the title says it all. The book takes an in-depth look at ten of the Bible’s women; Eve, Potifar’s Wife, Lot’s wife, the woman at the well, Delilah, Sapphira, Rahab, Jezebel, Michal, and the sinful woman, separating them into the categories Bad to the Bone, Bad for a Moment, and Bad for a Season, but Not Forever. Each chapter discusses a different woman, opening with a fictional story se ...more
Laura
In Bad Girls of the Bible, Curtis Higgs makes the case that often the “bad girls” of the bible are easier to relate too than the good girls (such as Mary). She then presents different bad girls from both the Old and New Testaments. Each story is first told as a modern day story, then a discussion of the Biblical context, and then lessons that can be learned from each story. While the modern story sometimes allowed one to really understand the story in terms of today (such as Lot’s Wife and the S ...more
Kate T. Bug
Oct 22, 2007 Kate T. Bug rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Christian women
This book was really great and a definite must read for all Christian women. I love how Liz tells a modern story that is similar to the bible story before she discusses the events in the bible. It helped me relate to the women in the bible so that I can understand where they were coming from. It teaches Chrisian women that although we may have backslidden in the past that we are not defined by our misdeeds. Jesus loves us and has washed those sins away. In fact, those sins have made us better, s ...more
Donna
In her first book on “Bad Girls of the Bible,” Liz Curtis Higgs encourages her readers to take a new look at these women who had a problem with sin. It may have been for a moment, for a season, or they may have been “bad to the bone,” but each has something to teach us. As each chapter opens, Ms. Higgs gives us a real time story based on the life of the woman she is discussing before introducing us to her. Tying the past to the present, each story shows how Satan continues to tempt in the same m ...more
Kristine Coumbe
I was excited to read another Liz Curtis Higgs book. However, I am experiencing trouble in reviewing this book. I like some insights Liz has about bible characters: Potiphar’s Wife, Jezbel, Delilah, Lot’s Wife, the Sinful Woman and the Woman at the well, I learned more about Sapphira and Michah. I guess I saw them as minor female characters and they are not.
I do have some concerns about this book. Yes Higgs admits that she is not a bible scholar and it does show in her writing. I find some of t
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Narelle
The first chapter is all about Eve. We are able to walk in Eve’s shoes in a modern day setting and experience her thoughts and feelings as we journey through her story. Later in the chapter we are given a personalised commentary of the Biblical story of Eve, including lessons we can learn.

I gained new insights into each of the women who were brought to life in these chapters. The author explores their possible thoughts and emotions in a very real way. The chapters are easy to read and I enjoyed
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Lorelei
I was excited to read the book hoping that it passed along lessons of how being "bad" was okay because these girls from the bible were bad too.

I had been taking a feminist biblical interpretation course and without reading the reviews for this book, expected it to continue along that same line of thinking. That we can consider the women of the bible in a sex-positive, pro-women, anti-shame way. Unfortunately the first chapter starts off with a stab to the heart. The author tells a fictional stor
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Kimberly
Liz Higgs took on the subject of Bad Girls in the Bible in an insightful way. She would introduce each woman with a fictional version of the Bible Story, put in today's time, then she would discuss the woman that the story referred to. Eve began as Evelyn who was to be engaged to Adam Mann. The fictional story helped the reader to relate to the character even more. She covered many women from Eve to Delilah to Jezebel and many more. Great book!!!
Amber
After being impressed by my re-read of 'Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible', I was originally excited to read this. Too bad it begins with an entire chapter of victim blaming (of the author's own experiences, which hurts my heart) in which the first 'bad girl' is cast as such through being in an abusive relationship. The relationship itself is fairly outright contextualized as being the 'bad girls' fault for being promiscuous and being a general 'sinner'. This sends the message that a) it is the ab ...more
Megan Huth
Not a bad book, but a little too easy. I don't mind casual dissertations and all, but the style seemed unpolished and took away from the authenticity. The fictional stories were a little shallow and obvious, and the characterization was bland and cliche. The explications didn't do much for me either--it lacked freshness. I have grown up in my faith and am very familiar with all of the Bible stories mentioned, so I could see how this would be a helpful guide to women of newer faith looking for ro ...more
René
At first I was excited for this book. I like complex characters and I like Scripture, so for those two to be presented together pleased me.

Then I read the book and it was terrible.

The author simplifies the stories of these women to the point that they lose their integrity. She villanizes the women, even in situations where it's not appropriate. She can't decide if the women are being used by their culture and fulfilling their duties as women in their cultural setting or if they were masters of t
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Lisa
I really enjoyed this book, as it made several Bible characters really come alive for me. Often it's hard for me to picture Bible characters as real, and to imagine what their lives were like and why they made the decisions that they made. This is especially true for Bible characters who make "cameo" appearances in the Bible, and have their story told in just a few verses.

The author does a wonderful job making these people more real, and the lessons they can teach us more meaningful. Explaining
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LemonLinda
This book is quite interesting in the way it tells the stories of these women. Each section begins with a modern day fictional story which mirrors that of the Biblical one. Although some might look at these stories as a bit contrived and so they were, they also really do make the story more contemporary and relatable. Then it goes into a seemingly well-researched study of the woman and her place in the Bible along with humorous commentary regarding each of them. There are 10 women that are studi ...more
Kate Hyde
This is a fantastic book that talks about women in the Bible who are portrayed as "bad girls" - think Eve (the first bad girl, who just had to take a bite of that darn fruit!), Potiphar's wife, Jezebel, etc.

The author starts each chapter with a fictional story which is meant to illustrate, in a more modern and relatable fashion, each woman's sin. If you're familiar with the Bible, you'll probably catch on to who she's talking about before the end of each story. Then she goes on to break down th
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My Book Addiction and More MBA
BAD GIRLS OF THE BIBLE AND WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM THEM by Liz Curtis Higgs is a Christian/Women/Bible Study. A humorous look at the Bad Girls of the Bible,Eve, Potiphar's Wife,Delilah,Lot's Wife,Michal,Sapphira,Jezebel,Woman at the Well, Rahab and the Sinful Woman. A powerful story of ten women,bad girls of the Bible are showcased with a bit of fiction added. We all have sinned and fell short. Each and every one of us,including these women. Some of the women of the Bible, had no names, or we nev ...more
KDNH
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 God’s 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
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Amanda
Oh wow- this book was so many fantastic things all rolled into one. Humor, fiction, biblical history and some of the most beautiful scripture I have ever read.

In each chapter the author takes a biblical "Bad Girl", places her into a similar modern day situation, follows it up by the actual story while really breaking it down so that even a novice (like myself) can understand it. Then she ties the whole thing together with a lesson that we can learn from the story. Sprinkle in some reflection qu
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Brandy
I mostly enjoyed the actual Bible study part of this book. It's a good line-by-line commentary that introduced me to some women in the Bible I had often overlooked or gave me better insight into women of whom I already had knowledge. With that being said, Higgs cutesy "girlfriend" attitude with which she often addresses the reader was a little off-putting for me. It made it hard to take the study seriously at times and detracted from what was being said.

I thought the contemporary stories at the
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Claire
I tried to stick with this... I really did. In fact, I made it to about page 200 before I gave up.

I think there are definitely people this book will appeal to, but I guess I'm not one of them. The contemporary retellings of biblical stories seemed to be reaching a lot to make the connection between the two worlds. In addition, while the author says she used many different commentaries and did lots of research, it's pretty obvious she picked and chose which to use by picking sources that agreed
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Josh Olds
QUICK HIT – Liz Curtis Higgs’ bestselling series has touched over a million lives, looking into some of the most overlooked yet most interesting female characters in the Bible.

We tend to focus on the great patriarchs of the Bible: Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, David, etc. A patriarchal society often lends itself to stories with an emphasis on the men in the story. But what we often forget is that the Bible also emphasizes the stories of women—both good and bad. In Bad Girls of the Bible Liz Curt
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Patrick
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Elaine
Read this as part of a church book group. Good discussions, but some chapters were boring. This author writes very sarcastically and many in the book club did not care for her writing style. The author also takes license with interpretating the Bible the way she wants to see things and our Pastor who is a graduate of Princeton Theological Seminary said there was no Biblical basis for some of her assumptions.
Valerie
I had read this about 10 years ago and remembered liking it, so I was excited when it was chosen as our bible study book this year.

I guess my perspective has changed, as I liked the book much less the second time around. The book takes a conservative view of the role of women in both a historical and contemporary context. This leads to many of the issues commented on by other reviewers- victim blaming and the characterization of women with limited power or choices as "bad" while bad behavior by
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Mlc
Good lord this book is AWFUL!!! The stories she writes to be analogous to the Biblical stories are ridiculously lousy. They are cheesy beyond humiliation. Someone please stop her from continuing to write.
Erin
Dec 06, 2008 Erin rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Noone
I couldn't even finish it! And I always finish books. Her made up stories I found just crazy! I will try one more book by her before I write her off, but this one... not so good!
Katrina
if you dumbed the bible down much further it would come with a crayon. the narrative voice is annoying. liz higgs, i'm not your "girlfriend."
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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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