The forgiven life. The grace-filled life. It begins with an embrace. Wherever you are spiritually and whatever you have been through emotionally, Embrace Grace brings the welcome, life-giving message that you are already enfolded in the arms of One who believes in you, supports you, and treasures you. God is waiting for you to embrace him in return, to accept the gift he's offering you, and to listen for the whispered words you've longed a lifetime to hear: "You are loved. All is forgiven." Join Higgs, the best-selling author of Bad Girls of the Bible as she helps women let go of past mistakes and disappointments. Learn how you can accept the gift of divine mercy---and embrace the joyful freedom that grace provides. Reflection questions are included at each chapter's end.
The forgiven life. The grace-filled life. It begins with an embrace. Wherever you are spiritually, whatever you have been through emotionally, you are already enfolded in the arms of One who believes in you, supports you, treasures you. He is waiting for you to embrace him in return. To accept the gift he's offering you. To listen for the whispered words you've longed a lifetime to hear: You are loved. All is forgiven.
Liz Curtis Higgs is the author of two dozen books, with more than three million copies in print, including her nonfiction bestseller, Bad Girls of the Bible, and her fiction bestseller, Thorn in My Heart. An award-winning speaker as well, Liz has presented more than 1,500 inspirational programs for audiences in all fifty United States and eight foreign countries. Liz and her husband, Bill, live in Louisville, Kentucky and have two teenage children, Matt and Lilly.
Higgs, bestselling author of Bad Girls of the Bible, offers a sweet but
substantial gift book about accepting God's grace and leaving the past behind.
Higgs's personal history includes "a lost decade of sex, drugs, and rock 'n
'roll," and though she doesn't focus on her past, she writes believably as
someone who struggled with accepting grace herself. Each chapter contains
multiple Scripture verses strung together with comments she's received from
readers (such as, "I don't feel I am worthy of having God forgive me of my
sins and weaknesses. I feel like a failure.") and reflections from her own
life. She walks through several stages of receiving grace-including doubting
that grace could be possible, confronting sin, forgiving yourself and
repenting. Readers will feel at ease with Higgs's down-home style that's never
preachy. Higgs aims to provide "a field guide, tracing a well-worn footpath
from doubt to belief, pointing us away from shame and toward hope." She
succeeds, and readers who are looking for more insight from this former Bad
Girl will be very thankful. (Sept. 19) Copyright 2006 Reed Business
Best selling author, Liz Curtis Higgs, touches the heart with her latest Embrace Grace: Welcome to the Forgiven Life. It would be hard to admit that there is any one of us who does not wear a coat (thin or thick) of guilt regarding something in our past or some current mistake, even though we know we are forgiven. Liz shares how an embrace is so much more comforting than a hug. An embrace truly has so much depth. Chapter by chapter she explores moving forward through embracing doubt, faith, truth, sin, forgiveness, repentance, and of course, embracing grace.
Liz relates to the reader as if she has been a close friend for many years, a big sister, or even a wise older woman in ones life. She persistently writes of concerns that she has had, and those which woman have shared with her through the years without exposing any identities. I found the points that I related to were numerous and I would expect others would find the same. It is so easy to connect to Liz as she shares without condemnation, statements like it is not about getting your act together. Its about getting together with God. Filled with Scripture for each circumstance, this book is a reminder that there is a heartfelt answer to every situation located in one book: Gods Word.
Read this for warmth, understanding, healing of hurts, and to help shed that which may be holding you back. Most of all, read this to move forward in your walk and know that you have even one more friend in Liz Cutis Higgs who has an open door and has been waiting for you. Holding this good news close to my heart, longing to share it. She has been longing to share it with you. -- Debra S. Murphy, Christian Book Previews.com
Praise for Embrace Grace
"Liz Curtis Higgs is a gifted writer and poet who understands the human heart with all its complexity, beauty, and pain. She also understands the heart of God. Reading this book will make you want to let go of anything that keeps you from his loving embrace. I recommend it highly." Rebecca Pippert, best-selling author of Out of the Saltshaker & Into the World
"For every woman who has ever felt as if she were standing on the outside looking in, welcome home! In Embrace Grace, Liz Curtis Higgs gently addresses the lies that keep us from everything our hearts so desperately need: love, forgiveness, and most of all, acceptance. Dont stand out there shivering in the cold! Christ stands with open arms waiting to love you back to life." Joanna Weaver, best-selling author of Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World
"Embrace Grace isnt for perfect, churchy women who have never made a mistake. Its for women whove blown it and are willing to investigate a better way to live. Liz Curtis Higgs is vulnerable, authentic, honest, and compassionate. Embrace Grace provides answers, truth, and a map that will take you from shame and guilt to a hope-filled future." Carol Kent, author of When I Lay My Isaac Down
"Leave it to Liz Curtis Higgsa master writer, storyteller and Bible teacherto give us a book with a heavy hitting message wrapped in a cloak of warmth that melts even the coldest heart. Liz tells the story of grace, forgiveness, and restoration that every one of usthe wounded, the hurting, the seekingneeds to hear. This book must be read slowly and on bended knee, for each page is steeped with truth that will cause you to more passionately embrace the Father, embrace forgiveness, and Embrace Grace." Priscilla Shirer, author of He Speaks to Me
"Like the fingers of an expert masseuse, Liz kneads away the knots of guilt, fear, and regret we all have. Embrace Grace speaks life-changing truth to our hurting, anxious souls in a uniquely winsome way." Dee Brestin, best-selling author of The Friendships of Women
Oh my this girl has so lived my very life. Love, love, love her writing. Two other girls & I do a group Bible study on fb as our schedules have gotten to where have a hard time getting together. I am confident that I've been put in both of their lives to encourage & nurture them. This has really resonated with each of us.
"We heartily recommend Embrace Grace to every woman regardless of her situation. If you've ever struggled with shame, guilt, depression, or feeling unloved by God, this book is for you! For those who feel like they don't belong, who lack faith, who have a past they are ashamed of . . . or for those who just need to feel loved and accepted, this book will feel like a big hug from God as He embraces you in arms of grace and forgiveness. Order several copies . . . one for yourself to read again and again, and some to give to your friends. Our ministry is about hope . . . and that is what you will find in this book. We're very excited to see what God will do in your heart as you soak in His love through the words of Liz Curtis Higgs.