On the first day of Christmas…
Books for Sisters, Mothers, and Girlfriends
The Christmas season is here. Stop and think about that. Take a moment to breath in deep, exhale slowly, and just ponder the significance of what has past and what is to come.
I am recently reminded that although at Christmas we focus, not surprisingly, on the babe in the manager and celebrate His coming to earth, He has actually been coming to us and for us from the very beginning, since the Garden. His love story with us, particularly women, is the main theme in the bestselling books by Liz Curtis Higgs.
The Women of Christmas draws us deep into the lives of three women, Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna. With her signature storytelling, Liz walks through the first two chapters of Luke, line by line, illuminating how carefully God chose them and responded to their faithfulness. As Liz teaches, we see through the lives of these women, “God has chosen us too,” and fortunately, it’s regardless of our faithfulness.
Back through generations, we find more evidence of this as God orchestrates the details in the lives of a surprising cast of women. In Bad Girls of the Bible, The Girl’s Still Got It, and several companion books, Liz examines the lives of some of them, including Tamar, a widow turned harlot, Rahab, a prostitute, Ruth, a Moabite, and Bathsheba, an adulteress. Despite their reputations, ancestry, or deeds, Liz uncovers God’s purposes for their lives. Ultimately, we learn that these women, by God’s grace, share in Christ’s story, as part of His family, no less. The promise of redemption is open to everyone.
Even Eve. There in Genesis 3:13-19, as Eve confesses her betrayal to God, as He curses her for her disobedience, Liz teaches how God also promises a Savior. Jesus is there at the moment that sin enters the world, and through Eve would come Seth, “who stands in the lineage of Christ. Through her offspring, that old serpent would eventually be crushed forever.”
With transparency, humor, and biblical scholarship, Liz shares God’s undeserved but abundantly offered grace for these women—and for all. As Christmas approaches, let the ancient stories speak afresh. Let’s prepare Him room.
Brought to you by Allison O’Hara.
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- Liz Curtis Higgs and Ann Voskamp celebrate Christmas in “Christmas at the Farm”
- FREE Download: Use The Women of Christmas as a Bible Study
- Weekly online Bible study with Liz Curtis Higgs; currently reading through The Women of Christmas