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Bad Girls of the Bible: And What We Can Learn from Them

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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, ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 26th 2000 by Waterbrook Press (first published January 1st 1999)
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innae
Aug 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: religion
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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Callie Rose Tyler
Jan 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: terrible-writing
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
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Anne
Mar 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: spiritual-growth
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
Kara
Nov 08, 2007 rated it really liked it
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
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Lorelei
Jun 16, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kate T. Bug
Oct 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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, ...more
Dru
Jul 23, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm barely 10 pages into this book and I can tell how painful of a read this is going to be, but I promised myself I'd get through it.

To start off with, the author clearly states the *four* groups of readers she is targeting, and all four are WOMEN. So as a man, I already feel like the author has nothing to tell me, and doesn't WANT to speak to me.

Also, the bible-thumping evangelical nature of the author is gross and irritating. I have no problem when people have a personal relationship with God
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Piepie
Aug 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved how Liz retold stories of "bad girls" to make them more contemporary and reader-friendly...for instance, Delilah became a hairdresser named "Lila." Rahab - or, "Rae" - had a heart that burned for God just as she yearned to have her family escape from a coming earthquake. The nameless woman who anointed Jesus' feet with oil became a woman named "Anita" who kissed the feet of a governor's son who had vile, open sores and was repulsed by almost everyone he came in contact with. These were ...more
Claire
Sep 22, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
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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Narelle
Aug 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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Tracy
Jul 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
I confess that I picked this book because the title was so intriguing. Higgs profiled ten women in the book and started each section with a modern fictionalized version of the highlighted bad girl. She then told the story of the Biblical bad girl and went over what we could learn from her.
This book was a Bible study this summer at our church that I didn't do because of prior commitments, but if it were offered again, I would do it. There was a lot of good material covered and I learned
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Laura
Jun 25, 2010 rated it liked it
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 ...more
Summer Lane
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very good read! It's so nice to read stories about women in the Bible who were imperfect. Some of them received their justice in the end, while others realized the error of their ways and opened their hearts to God to receive forgiveness and life.

I like the Liz Curtis really gives a voice to the inner commentary going on in my head while I read. For example, I've always thought David did some pretty dumb things (I mean, we're human so we ALL do dumb things), but I love how Liz points that out.
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René
Jul 08, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Donna
Jul 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Alana
I remember hearing Liz Curtis Higgs speak years ago at some women's event, and really enjoyed her. She has a good sense of fun and wit, and with a "bad girl" past isn't quite so "goody goody" in her approach to the study of classic Bible stories.

Her review of some of the more well-known "bad girls" of biblical fame isn't as deep as some, but it's fun, honest, and practical. She retells each story in a modern context and puts faces and stories to the names, making the characters sympathetic,
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Kimberly
Nov 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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!!!
Marylyn Eubank
Jun 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
This book made me miserable. I suggested it to my bible study based on the title. I thought it would actually provide some contextual information about females in the bible. Wrong. It was basically a diatribe against female strength and independence.
Katrina
Feb 08, 2010 rated it did not like it
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."
Dorine
Excited to read this one soon. I met the author and heard her speak this weekend. She's funny and keeps it real. Will cherish my signed copy. :)
Kristine Coumbe
Jun 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction
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
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Kayce
Aug 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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 ...more
Amber
May 14, 2014 rated it did not like it
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 ...more
Kate Hyde
Apr 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: faith
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
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Desiray
Jan 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
When this book came out I was right on it. Just the title alone captured my attention. I related to this book so well. I saw myself in some of these women who are considered bad women of the bible. I also learned allot on how to be not like them. But the Lord did a work in me showing me that I had to get rid of the pride I had. Talk about a hard task, me give up my pride? Me had to learn to be patient, oh no that was not apart of me. With in weeks I began to see that the pride I had was getting ...more
AlegnaB †
I didn't like this book. I didn't like the writing style, which was flippant and not something I want in a Bible study book. I'm not the author's girlfriend, so I didn't like being addressed as that. So many of her comments were sarcastic and immature. It seemed like a teenager wrote this instead of a mature adult. I didn't care for the stories the author created to parallel the Bible stories. They sometimes did a poor job of it, and none of them added anything good or helpful to the book. The ...more
Sarah
Recommended for ages: 15 and up

This wasn't bad, but wasn't my favorite either. I didn't even bother to finish the last couple of chapters. I love the fictional retellings at times, at others they seemed dragged out or to take away from the lesson.

Don't get me wrong, this wasn't a bad book, just not one that spoke to me. I highly reccomend Embrace Grace by this author.
Elaine
Jun 07, 2011 rated it it was ok
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.
Bek
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio
Exceptional storytelling and really amazing perspective. I LOVED the Bible stories being retold in today's age. My only complaint is that I would have liked to have explanation in the narratives about why certain actions were "bad" in God's eyes. In today's world many people don't resonate with the concept of sin and this is a fantastic book for Atheists or Agnostics to read.
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