Liz Curtis Higgs has a way of making you feel part of the story of these wonderful women of Christmas. You learn about their obedience and love for God in a whole new way. It's inspiring and gives hope for ordinary girls today that we also can be used by God if we step out in faith and trusting His plan for us. I bought several of these for friends also.
This is such a wonderful book. Liz has a way of capturing you, grabbing you by the hand excitedly, and taking you on a journey long ago and far away. But she makes those stories of old, fresh and new, so real, and shows how the God in those times is the same today.
I've loved this book. So many wonderful gems within. Stories I thought I knew brought to a new perspective. A book I would read again and again each Christmas. ...or at any time!
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 John the Baptist, then Mary, mother of Jesus, and finally the prophetess Anna. The details Liz provides give new insight to what for many is a familiar story. For instance, Elizabeth's husband was unable to hear or speak throughout the duration of her pregnancy, and she kept herself in seclusion for five months (Luke 1:24). Imagine how happy she was to receive Mary into her home and have someone to talk to! And think of what a blessing for Mary to hear Elizabeth declare she was carrying the Messiah (Luke 1:43) when she may not have been sure herself if she was pregnant yet. I can imagine Mary traveling to Elizabeth and going over and over in her mind what she could possibly say to Elizabeth to explain what God was doing in her life. What a gift for Mary to hear Elizabeth's declaration? And who could understand Mary better than Elizabeth, and vice versa?
"The Women of Christmas" consists of 8 easy to read chapters (the first chapter took me 12 minutes to read) and has a study guide with discussion questions at the back of the book, making this great for groups as well as individuals. This book is well worth the read regardless of the season.
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 more. So many times I caught myself amazed at something I overlooked in these stories..I really enjoyed how she uses different translations of a verse to get the point across.
This book 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 to God.
These women are brought alive in the book! Each chapter opens with a Christmas carol and those set the theme for the chapter...And scattered through each chapter are encouraging and enlightening quotes from women from Liz's online bible study.
Liz really out did herself with this book.
Truly a beautiful read, I recommend everyone read this!
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this book review.