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Bad Girls of the Bible And What We Can Learn From Them
Jezebel and Delilah have plenty to teach contemporary Christian women, according to Bad Girls of the Bible and What We
Can Learn from Them. In this self-help book, Liz Curtis Higgs tells fictionalized, contemporary stories based on the
lives of biblical characters including Eve, Potiphar's Wife, and the Woman at the Well. In verse-by-verse commentary,
Higgs summarizes each life's lessons and provides a list of questions for personal consideration or group discussion.
The overall message of each chapter is the same: "Good Girls and Bad Girls both need a Savior. The goodness of your
present life can't open the doors of heaven for you. The badness of your past life can't keep you out either." In its
effort to turn readers' minds heavenward, Bad Girls draws a distinction between fun and joy. Associated with "fleshly
pleasures," fun "is temporary at best; it's risky, even dangerous, at worst." Joy, on the other hand, is found in God's
"gift of grace." Perhaps the book's greatest weakness is its inability to see that "fun," in many lives, is a holy and
necessary means of attaining "joy." --Michael Joseph Gross