View all 3 comments. Nov 08, Kara rated it really liked it. I'm reading this with my friends and we're doing the study book too. So far The way she re-writes the biblical stories into modern life situations usually NOT a fan of this is so helpful. I suddenly relate to all these 'bad' girls. A snake, an apple, not so tempting, but a smooth-talking guy, a kiss Understanding the wife of an Egyption official in the kings court, ordering around slaves, no, but the bored wife I get it.
And I'm learning how to see the signs ea I'm reading this with my friends and we're doing the study book too. And I'm learning how to see the signs early and get my eyes back to Jesus, so I don't fall in. I was excited to read the book hoping that it passed along lessons of how being "bad" was okay because these girls from the bible were bad too.
I had been taking a feminist biblical interpretation course and without reading the reviews for this book, expected it to continue along that same line of thinking. That we can consider the women of the bible in a sex-positive, pro-women, anti-shame way.
Unfortunately the first chapter starts off with a stab to the heart. The author tells a fictional stor I was excited to read the book hoping that it passed along lessons of how being "bad" was okay because these girls from the bible were bad too. The author tells a fictional story of a girl who is abused and then, after noting that the story is her own, victim blames the girl for essentially choosing the wrong guy.
Each chapter starts with a soap opera retelling of a story from the bible. As someone who isn't super well read in the bible, I found this helpful. Granted, the stories are very lifetime-y as another reviewer noted. They too continue the theme of shame women are bad because they choose to be bad not because their circumstances make them do things they don't want to do. I also noted throughout the book a very odd reoccurrence of women putting other women down. Like - Oh, she was that typical pretty type, thin and beautiful, the ones all the men like, oh I'd never be like her.
I was way smarter than that! That sort of thing. The language idealized this "perfect women" that the author seemed to create herself, and then immediately put that type of women down. Why why why? While the book does its duty in making a case for its beliefs, it does so in a way that is very oddly women-hating. You don't need a new book to tell us how horrible the women of the bible were. It does that pretty well itself. I was hoping for something very different. While there were some redeeming points to this book, I feel sore about it, and expect that they were not put there intentionally.
I hope that the women who do read this book know that a mistakes, bad choices, and violations happen, and that it does not stain their character to experience life through living it. I also hope they realize that being bad by anothers standards does not necessarily make her less of a woman, in her own eyes. I'll keep looking for the book that reminds me why all the nameless women deserved to be named.
Oct 15, Kate T. Bug rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Christian women.
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This book was really great and a definite must read for all Christian women. I love how Liz tells a modern story that is similar to the bible story before she discusses the events in the bible. It helped me relate to the women in the bible so that I can understand where they were coming from. It teaches Chrisian women that although we may have backslidden in the past that we are not defined by our misdeeds. Jesus loves us and has washed those sins away. In fact, those sins have made us better, s This book was really great and a definite must read for all Christian women.
In fact, those sins have made us better, stronger people. We can really appreciate God's love and be better witnesses since we too can understand that everyone is human and falters.
Bad girls of the Bible
God is a forgiving God. Highly recommended. I'm barely 10 pages into this book and I can tell how painful of a read this is going to be, but I promised myself I'd get through it. Also, the bible-thumping evangelical nature of the author is gross and irritating.
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I have no problem when people have a personal relationship with God I'm barely 10 pages into this book and I can tell how painful of a read this is going to be, but I promised myself I'd get through it. I have no problem when people have a personal relationship with God for the improvement of their lives or the lives of those around them. But to attach meaning between every event in ones life and some memorized bible verse is creepy.
More later as I get through this thing It's only redeeming quality was that I learned a few obscure bible stories. Here are the notes I jotted down to myself as I went through: - Presumptive of Potiphar without justification. This effectively loses me as I have no idea what point she's making. She takes the interpreted scripture far too literally.
The man is a moron! By her logic, a married woman, who promises to be faithful to her husband, but who is then raped is the one committing a sin! Aug 25, Piepie rated it it was amazing Shelves: read-in , inspirational , history , nonfiction. I loved how Liz retold stories of "bad girls" to make them more contemporary and reader-friendly The nameless woman who anointed Jesus' feet with oil became a woman named "Anita" who kissed the feet of a governor's son who had vile, open sores and was repulsed by almost everyone he came in contact with.
These were b I loved how Liz retold stories of "bad girls" to make them more contemporary and reader-friendly These were beautiful stories of a merciful and loving God who loves "Bad Girls" and "Good Girls" alike, and so many brilliant and shining truths poured from Liz's pen onto the page. I can't tell you how much I love her writing. This is an amazing book, perfect for evening devotions or a personal Bible study. I tried to stick with this I really did. In fact, I made it to about page before I gave up.
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I think there are definitely people this book will appeal to, but I guess I'm not one of them. The contemporary retellings of biblical stories seemed to be reaching a lot to make the connection between the two worlds. In addition, while the author says she used many different commentaries and did lots of research, it's pretty obvious she picked and chose which to use by picking sources that agreed I tried to stick with this In addition, while the author says she used many different commentaries and did lots of research, it's pretty obvious she picked and chose which to use by picking sources that agreed with her preconceived ideas.
If you're the typical evangelical Christian woman, this book will probably appeal to you.
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If you're a little View 1 comment. Aug 04, Narelle rated it it was amazing.
The first chapter is all about Eve. Later in the chapter we are given a personalised commentary of the Biblical story of Eve, including lessons we can learn. I gained new insights into each of the women who were brought to life in these chapters. The author explores their possible thoughts and emotions in a very real way. The chapters are easy to read and I enjoyed The first chapter is all about Eve. Jul 02, Tracy rated it really liked it.
I confess that I picked this book because the title was so intriguing. Higgs profiled ten women in the book and started each section with a modern fictionalized version of the highlighted bad girl. She then told the story of the Biblical bad girl and went over what we could learn from her.
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This book was a Bible study this summer at our church that I didn't do because of prior commitments, but if it were offered again, I would do it. There was a lot of good material covered and I learned somethin I confess that I picked this book because the title was so intriguing. There was a lot of good material covered and I learned something from each section. Jun 25, Laura rated it liked it. She then presents different bad girls from both the Old and New Testaments.
Each story is first told as a modern day story, then a discussion of the Biblical context, and then lessons that can be learned from each story. My favorite part was actually the discussion of the Biblical context. I thought each story had a very interesting discussion in biblical terms and made me think about some of these Bible stories in a new way. I did have problems with the characterization of some of these bad girls, especially Micah. Micah had a rough life as a pawn of King Saul and King David.
tarwansmibud.tk If I were her, I would probably have more words than that for him, especially a heart to heart about his treatment of women in general. The discussion for this part was that she should have honored her husband and not said anything. I think this is a bit of a stretch. You should honor your husband, but I think you should also have honest discussions and be able to tell him when you think he is being foolish. I would fully expect my husband to tell me I looked like a fool if I were dancing about town with my jiggly bits exposed! It was a good discussion and gave me a lot to think about.
Overall, it was a very interesting book. I think it would have been even more interesting to read it with a church group of ladies. Dec 18, Summer Lane rated it it was amazing.