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CherylProspect,KYAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5It's Good to be QueenJuly 18, 2015CherylProspect,KYAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4While little is written about the Queen of Sheba, only a few verses in 1Kings then repeated in 2 Chronicles, Liz Curtis Higgs thinks there is much to be learned from her so she has taken each verse, broken it down in small chunks, given the reader necessary back ground information to aid in understanding, and then made practical application to each verse in our lives today. The Queen may have been envied by many of her day because of her wealth (leaving today's equivalent of 200 million dollars with Solomon), power, education, or social graces but what she desired most was wisdom, which she wisely sought from Solomon, the wisest of all. What a noble trait to seek! Today's world seeks far too much for power and the things of this world but those are fooling us. Seeking God's wisdom is far greater and needed more than ever before.
But seeking wisdom is only one trait we can learn from the Queen of Sheba's life. Even though known as a pagan queen, Higgs has chosen 9 traits in the brief 13 verses in 1 Kings--boldness, openness, seeking wise counsel, humility, honesty, the ability to encourage, praise God, give without reserve, and receive graciously. When you finish It's Good to be Queen, you will not only feel as if you have met the Queen of Sheba and know her but you will have practical tools to apply her characteristics in your own life. I love how Higgs explains that those traits look like in today's world.
Well, I must admit that, at first, I was a bit surprised. When I ordered this book, I didn't clearly read the description and was expecting a historical fiction novel on the Queen of Sheba. I was so excited to see something new by Liz Curtis Higgs, I guess my brain just skipped over that detail that it was a non-fiction book. However, Higgs' writing style makes a non-fiction book so easy to read and this particular book is printed in easy to read font, nice headings, and includes both discussion questions and a study guide, depending on the way you wish to use it--small group discussion at a one-time meeting or perhaps even as a ten week women's study.
I love Higgs' sense of humor! Her honest forth-rightness makes every page one to enjoy. She is one of my favorites. Two thumbs up for Liz Curtis Higgs' latest, It's Good to be Queen.
I did receive this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and was in no way obligated to leave a positive one.