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.
Just like all of Liz Curtis Higgs' writing, The Women of Christmas: Experience the Season Afresh with Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna is easy to read and yet informative and thought provoking. Don't forget encouraging. Her focus on the women of the Nativity really helped encourage the reader to review in detail the miraculous steps God took to bring His Son into the world.
Higgs' also encourages women through this book. She shows how God used these women in mighty ways. He's not the misogynist that some try to make Him out to be. Just within the birth of his son he used a married woman, a single girl, and a widow. She does not leave out the men God used like Zachariah and Joseph, but her purpose is to teach ladies about how God used woman in the incarnation, and in my opinion, she succeeds.
I enjoyed how she used different translations throughout the book to clarify the Bible text and meaning. She also uses quotes from other women who apparently have done this study with her. In fact, there is a study guide in the back of the book which would be great to do with a group of ladies or even individually. I also looked at the bibliography and found the resources she used very reliable.