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Women everywhere marvel at those "good girls" in Scripture-Sarah, Mary, Esther-but on most days, that's not who they see when they look in the mirror. Most women (if they're honest) see the selfishness of Sapphira or the deception of Delilah. They catch of glimpse of Jezebel's take-charge pride or Eve's disastrous disobedience. Like Bathsheba, Herodias, and the rest, today's modern woman is surrounded by temptations, exhausted by the demands of daily living, and burdened by her own desires. So what's a good girl to do? Learn from their lives, says beloved humor writer Liz Curtis Higgs, and by God's grace, choose a better path. In Bad Girls of the Bible, Higgs offers a unique and clear-sighted approach to understanding those "other women" in Scripture, combining a contemporary retelling of their stories with a solid, verse-by-verse study of their mistakes and what lessons women today can learn from them. Whether they were "Bad to the Bone," "Bad for a Season, but Not Forever" or only "Bad for a Moment," these infamous sisters show women how not to handle the challenges of life. With her trademark humor and encouragement, Liz Curtis Higgs teaches us how to avoid their tragic mistakes and joyfully embrace grace.
Opposites Attract? Dr. Emilie Getz and Jonas Fielding are as different as two people could possibly be--the same age, with the same faith, living in the same small Pennsylvania town. She's a first-class neatnik; he's a world-class slob. She's into saving historical relics; he's into saving souls. But perhaps opposites do attract. For when this uptight historian and this laid-back land developer meet, sparks fly. And despite the rather inauspicious beginning to their relationship, neither one will escape unchanged...or unsmitten! "A well-written, delightful concoction of romance, humor, tenderness, and fun." Lisa Samson, author of Tiger Lillie Opposites attract? Maybe not. Emilie Getz and Jonas Fielding are as different as two people--of the same age, with the same faith, living in the same charming Pennsylvania town--could be. She loves history; he loves new ideas. She sticks to the rules; he likes to break them. She's into saving relics; he's into saving souls. The one trait they share is a penchant for controlling every aspect of their lives, including their stubborn hearts. When Emilie's search for an archaeological treasure leads her to the one piece of land she can't have (thanks to Jonas), they choose opposing sides in an engaging battle of wits. Emilie, a no-nonsense sort of woman, is determined to have her way. But Jonas is on a mission as well: He wants to hear Emilie laugh. Often. "Liz Curtis Higgs mixes her usual humor into this entertaining story of roller-coaster romance." Christian Retailing "Delicious as Moravian sugar cake! Readers will love it." Lori Copeland, author of Roses Will Bloom Again "Bookends is such fun...rich in character, setting, and spiritual dimensions." Gayle Roper, author of Winter Winds "A great story with believable characters, realistic situations, and a sprinkling of Higgs's humor." K-LOVE News & Reviews "Declare a holiday and cozy up with this engaging novel." Patsy Clairmont, author of Stardust on My Pillow Story Behind the BookThough she has traveled the world, Liz Curtis Higgs is a small-town girl at heart. In Bookends, Liz invites readers to visit a place she knows well: her hometown of Lititz, nestled in the rolling hills of historic Lancaster County , Pennsylvania . Fond memories of her childhood years in the Moravian church--one of the oldest of the Protestant denominations--and her love for Lititz history and traditions serve as a solid underpinning for this lively contemporary tale. Like many couples, Emilie and Jonas resemble human bookends--opposites in every way--until Emilie's joy-filled spiritual awakening turns their stubborn hearts in the same happy direction.From the Trade Paperback edition.
The forgiven life. The grace-filled life. It begins with an embrace. Wherever you are spiritually, whatever you have been through emotionally, you are already enfolded in the arms of One who believes in you, supports you, treasures you. He is waiting for you to embrace him in return. To accept the gift he's offering you. To listen for the whispered words you've longed a lifetime to hear: You are loved. All is forgiven.
The Scottish Lowlands, October 1789.A year has come and gone since Jamie McKie fled for his life, arriving at Auchengray in search of sanctuary and a bonny wife. Young Rose McBride, as fair a lass as any in Scotland, dearly loves her handsome cousin--but so does her older sister, Leana. Determined to have Jamie all to herself, Rose puts in motion one desperate plan after another, enlisting the aid of Lillias Brown, a wise woman--a wutch, some say--still keen on the old ways. Impetuous Rose ignores the cruel whispers that travel up and down the parish hills, never dreaming of the tragic consequences that await her.Her sister, Leana, clings to her hard-won sense of peace and assurance by a slender thread of faith. Day and night, Leana's hours are apent caring for wee Ian and praying that her future will hold more promise than her past.Jamie McKie is busy making his own plans to return home to Glentrool and claim his inheritance. To do so means facing Evan, the brother whose blessing he stole, and Alec, the father whom he ruthlessly deceived. It is a perilous journey that will test the depth of his courage, the strength of his sword, and the tenacity of his vow to honor Almighty God, no matter the cost.From the Trade Paperback edition.
You know Ruth's story. Now meet her in person. And prepare to be changed. Walk with Ruth as she travels from Moab to Bethlehem, certain of her calling, yet uncertain of her future. Hold Naomi's hand and watch love put the pieces of her broken life back together. And hang out with Boaz, their kinsman-redeemer, who blesses both women and honors God, big time. With best-selling author Liz Curtis Higgs by your side, you'll tarry in the corners of their ancient houses, listen to their conversations, and consider every word of every verse until you can say, "I totally get the book of Ruth. And I see what God is trying to teach me through this rags-to-riches redemption story--he has a plan for my life." Girl, does he ever! Think of it as time travel without gimmicks, gizmos, or a DeLorean: a novel approach to Bible study that leaps from past to present, gleaning timeless truths that speak to the heart.
The darkness can be scary. But nobody needs to be afraid of the dark. That's the encouraging message inGo Away, Dark Night,the newest children's book by Liz Curtis Higgs (author of the best-selling Parable series:The Pumpkin Patch Parable, The Parable of the Lily, The Sunflower Parable,andThe Pine Tree Parable). Go Away, Dark Nightis the story of a young boy named Griffin who is afraid of the dark. Every night when he turns out the lights, his room turns as black as a starless sky. Griffin tries to be brave, but his toes curl up and his hands grow cold and his heart beats fast and his legs turn to jelly. If only someone could help him! Is there anybody big enough to keep him safe? Can anyone take away the shakes and the shivers and the quivers? Parents and children alike will find out what Griffin learns in this heart-warming modern children's classic, carefully crafted to help young children place their trust in the Lord. From the Hardcover edition.
Glen of Loch Trool. Spring 1808. Davina McKie is a bonny lass of seventeen, as clever as they come and a gifted musician. Unable to speak since childhood, she is doted on by her belligerent younger brothers, Will and Sandy, who vow to protect their silent sister.When the lads are forced to depart the glen, Jamie McKie intends to brighten his daughter's summer by escorting Davina to the Isle of Arran. Her cousins make her welcome at the manse, and the parish delights in hearing their talented fiddler.But when she catches the eye of a handsome young Highlander on Midsummer Eve, sheltered Davina is unprepared for the shocking events that follow.A timeless story of passion and revenge, of lost innocence and shattered dreams, Grace in Thine Eyes explores the sorrow of unspeakable shame and the gift of immeasurable grace."Just as Davina is a master of the fiddle, Liz Curtis Higgs is a master of the written word." -Teresa Medeiros, New York Times best-selling author "A phenomenal story that beautifully parallels its biblical counterpart." -Tracie Peterson, best-selling author of What She Left for Me"Absolutely wonderful. Higgs manages to turn history and imagery and language into an unforgettable work of art."-B. J. Hoff, author of A Distant MusicA Reader's Guide and Scottish Glossary Are IncludedFrom the Trade Paperback edition.
Help! I'm Laughing and I Can't Get Up: Fall-down Funny Stories to Fill Your Heart and Lift Your Spiritby Liz Curtis Higgs
Discover seven reasons why people laugh, plus seven body benefits of laughter. Reveals the four humor personalities. . . and which category you fit in. Helps readers realize that God gave us a funny bone. . . we just need to find out how to use it.
A mother who cannot face her future. A daughter who cannot escape her past. Lady Elisabeth Kerr is a keeper of secrets. A Highlander by birth and a Lowlander by marriage, she honors theauldways, even as doubts and fears stir deep within her. Her husband, Lord Donald, has secrets of his own, well hidden from the household, yet whispered among the town gossips. His mother, the dowager Lady Marjory, hides gold beneath her floor and guilt inside her heart. Though her two abiding passions are maintain...
Come meet the genuine Mary Magdalene of the Bible -- not the scarlet-draped legend -- and follow her one-of-a-kind story of deliverance and dedication, despair and declaration. Like my previous "Bad Girls" books, "Mad Mary" begins with the fictional journey of Mary Margaret Delaney, a bad woman-or was it madwoman? -- adrift in contemporary Chicago, desperate for someone to save her from herself. Once Mary Delaney's story has prepared our hearts for learning, we'll leave the Windy City and go verse by verse through Mary of Magdala's ancient biblical tale, tossing aside modern misconceptions as we embrace the real Mary M. Prepare to be amazed by this eye-opening sister who was transformed twice when You-Know-Who showed up and spoke her name.
Who Will Set Her Free from the Darkness Inside?Mary Margaret Delaney hides in the shadows, her arms scarred, her heart wounded by grief and weighed down with regret. Adrift on the streets of Chicago, she is surrounded by strangers and hounded by demons, both real and imagined. Her neighbors in Lincoln Park call her Mad Mary--until a fearless young pastor dares to call Mary his friend.Inspired by the biblical account of Mary Magdalene, this touching contemporary story first appeared in Liz's nonfiction book, Mad Mary, later titled Unveiling Mary Magdalene. Now updated as a stand-alone novella, Mercy Like Sunlight is a powerful tribute to God's boundless compassion and unending grace."I was deeply moved by the story of Pastor Jake and Mary Margaret Delaney. So well written. So challenging to me. So Christlike. And so Chicago!"--Neta Jackson, best-selling author of The Yada Yada Prayer Group"Irresistible, unconditional love shines through on each and every page!"--Sharon Ewell Foster, Christy Award-winning author of Passing by Samaria
SHE LOST EVERYTHING SHE LOVED.HE HAD EVERYTHING SHE NEEDED.BUT COULD SHE FIND THE COURAGE TO TRUST HIM?Stepping from a battered coach on a rainy April eve, newly widowed Elisabeth Kerr must begin again, without husband or title, property or fortune. She is unafraid of work and gifted with a needle, but how will she stitch together the tattered remnants of her life? And who will mend her heart, torn asunder by betrayal and deception? Elisabeth has not come to Selkirk alone. Her mother-in-law, Marjory Kerr, is a woman undone, having buried her husband, her sons, and any promise of grandchildren. Dependent upon a distant cousin with meager resources, Marjory dreads the future almost as much as she regrets the past. Yet joy still comes knocking, and hope is often found in unexpected places. Then a worthy hero steps forward, rekindling a spark of hope. Will he risk his reputation to defend two women labeled as traitors to the Crown? Or will a wealthy beauty, untainted by scandal, capture his affections? The heartrending journey of the Kerr women comes to a glorious finish in Mine Is the Night, a sparkling gem of redemption and restoration set in eighteenth-century Scotland. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Love Is on the Air Belle O'Brien, the woman behind the warmest voice in Virginia radio, has one problem: Her oldies show on WPER-FM is a solid-gold hit, but her love life, at thirty-two years and counting, is an off-the-charts disaster. The pickings are slim in small-town Abingdon. Will it be smooth-talking Patrick Reese, the man who launched her radio career a decade earlier? Moody but handsome David Cahill, the chief engineer with a mysterious past and a new life in Christ? Or Matthew the Methodist, her pastor across the street? Surrounded by an on-air cast of colorful characters, Belle's journey toward joy is filled with humor, heartache, and endless surprises. Norah Silver-Smyth, her friend and encourager, will join Belle in discovering that it's never too late to listen to your heart. "One of the most delightful surprises I've had all year-- a first novel that moved me to both laughter and tears!" Susan Wiggs, USA Today bestselling author Love Is on the Air Belle O'Brien, the woman behind the warmest voice in Virginia radio, has a problem: Her oldies show is a solid-gold hit, but her love life is an off-the-charts disaster. Her prospects for a husband are small-town slim. Will it be smooth-talking Patrick Reese, who launched her radio career? Moody but handsome David Cahill, WPER's enigmatic broadcast engineer? Matthew the Methodist, her oh-so-available pastor? Or the mysterious radio listener who signs his letters, "All Ears in Abingdon"? As Belle embarks on a journey toward joy, Norah Silver-Smyth, proprietor of The Silver Spoon, cooks up her own delicious recipe for happily-ever-after in this winsome tale filled with humor, tenderness, endless surprises...and two happy endings! "Liz Curtis Higgs...has succeeded magnificently with her first fictional effort." K-LOVE News & Reviews "Christian fiction isn't known for humorous books, so this title is a special joy." Library Journal "Great laughs, good solid story, surprises and twists, and great characters." Francine Rivers, bestselling author of Redeeming Love "Absolutely wonderful. An outstanding and heart-warming debut!" Angela Elwell Hunt, author of The Note "Mixed Signals was my sweet reward at the end of my demanding days...a most satisfying treat!" Jane Johnson Struck, Senior Editor, Today's Christian WomanStory Behind the BookBefore she became a platform speaker, Liz Curtis Higgs spent ten years as a successful radio personality, moving town to town, up and down the dial. In Mixed Signals, Liz draws on that memorable decade to create WPER, an oldies station in Abingdon , Virginia . The Barter Theater was included with thanks to her experience with amateur drama productions, and the ten hot-air balloon ascents she weathered while a broadcaster were also put to use. Her heroine, Belle, marries a radio station engineer...just as Liz did nearly twenty years ago. But there the parallels end in this winsome tale with two happy endings.From the Trade Paperback edition.
"Let'sgo,shall we? Just the two of us?" "I consider Galloway the country's best kept secret: a place where time holds its breath, where ancient ruins dot the countryside in moss-covered splendor, where the natives are friendly and tourists are few, only because they don't know what they're missing. "So, ten days in bonny Scotland. You'll join me, aye?" -fromMy Heart's in the Lowlands Best-selling novelist Liz Curtis Higgs invites you to take an entertaining journey through the South West of Scotland, known as Dumfries and Galloway. Without crossing the pond, changing time zones, or driving on the left side of the road, you'll explore quaint villages and crumbling castles, old bookshops and charming tearooms in the delightful company of a guide whose love for this quiet nook of Scotland illuminates every page. The verdant hills and glens of the Lowlands are awash in history, rich with culture, and peopled with engaging characters. The setting for Higgs's acclaimed series of historical novels, Dumfries and Galloway also serves as her home away from home. Her decade-long love affair with this unique area of the world, combined with her award-winning storytelling skills, makes her the ideal armchair travel companion. Warm, personal, and deeply evocative,My Heart's in the Lowlandstransports you to an unforgettable corner of Scotland that will lay claim to your heart forever. Liz Curtis Higgsis the best-selling author of 25 books, including her Scottish historical novelsThorn in My Heart, Fair Is the Rose, Whence Came a Prince,andGrace in Thine Eyes. She is currently writing her fifth historical novel,Here Burns My Candle. From the Trade Paperback edition.
This charming story for children illustrates how a loving farmer can turn a simple pumpkin into a simply glorious sight. In the same way, God's transforming love can fill each of our hearts with joy and light. Liz Curtis Higgs created this parable as a way to share the Good News with her own precious children each harvest season and now with children everywhere.
Since the release ofBad Girls of the BibleandReally Bad Girls of the Bible,women like you have clamored formore-more in-depth teaching in a workbook format, more information on using the books in small group studies, and more ways to share the grace and sovereignty of God. Now, that hands-on help is here-in two practical workbooks that will make God's Word, and the stories of your biblical sisters, come alive for you! Discover what Bathsheba, Herodias, Tamar the Widow, and five other biblical Bad Girls can teach us about themselves, about us, and about the God who created us all in theReally Bad Girls of the Bible Workbook. ALSO AVAILABLE:THE BAD GIRLS OF THE BIBLE WORKBOOK.
If you've already read Bad Girls of the Bible, welcome back. If this is our first chance to sit across the page from one another, welcome home. Trust me. it's a safe place to be-a place of grace, not judgment. A place where God is in charge and we're not. (Whew!) You'll meet eight women here whose names you may not recognize, but whose sordid stories felt uncomfortably familiar to this Former bad Girl. Athaliah's ruthless climb up the corporate ladder cut close to the bone. Ditto for the tawdry tale of David and Bathsheba-my, didn't her Good Girl status go down the drain in a hurry? Ah. but it didn't stay there.That's the good news, sisters. Really good, in fact. Whether they were bad and proud of it, Bad for a good reason, Bad but not condemned, or found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time under a Bad Moon Rising, the lives of these Really Bad girls of the Bible all demonstrate one thing: God's sovereignty. Honey, we're talking "Thy will be done." Period. The unstoppable power of God to press forth with his mighty plan for mankind, not working around our sinful choices but through them. Imagine that. Although we're all less than perfect, the girls and I are more than ready when you are!
Liz Curtis Higgs will use any means at her disposal to cheer the downhearted and encourage women by reminding them of their worth in God's eyes. In Rise and Shine, Liz offers reminders of God's grace, and the joy of waking up to His mercies every morning. Bite-size readings compiled from many of her best-selling works including One Size Fits All, Only Angels Can Wing It, Mirror,Mirror on the Wall and others provide the reader with moments of encouragement to start the day off with a smile and a fresh perspective on life in God's love. Contains previously published material.
Good Women Behaving Badly A spiteful boss, a defiant employee, a manipulative mother, a desperate housewife, an envious sister...honey, we know these women. We've lived with them, worked with them, or caught a glimpse of them in our mirrors. Now let's take a look at their ancient counterparts in Scripture: Sarah mistreated her maidservant, Hagar despised her mistress, Rebekah manipulated her son, Leah claimed her sister's husband, and Rachel envied her fertile sister. They were far from evil, but hardly perfect. Mostly good, yet slightly bad. In other words, these matriarchal mamas look a lot like us. "A Slightly Bad Girl is simply this: a woman unwilling to fully submit to God. We love him, serve him, and worship him, yet we find it difficult to trust him completely, to accept his plan for our lives, to rest in his sovereignty. " --from Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible From the Trade Paperback edition.
Two brothers fight to claim one father's blessing. Two sisters long to claim one man's heart. In the autumn of 1788, amid the moors and glens of the Scottish Lowlands, two brothers and two sisters each embark on a painful journey of discovery. Jamie and Evan McKie both want their father Alec's flocks and lands, yet only one brother will inherit Glentrool. Leana and Rose McBride both yearn to catch the eye of the same handsome lad, yet only one sister will be his bride. A thorny love triangle emerges, plagued by lies and deception, jealousy and desire, hidden secrets and broken promises. Brimming with passion and drama,Thorn in My Heartbrings the past to vibrant life, revealing spiritual truths that transcend time and penetrate the deepest places of the heart. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Whether readers have already enjoyedUnveiling Mary Magdaleneor are about to dive in for the first time-individually or in a group setting-this 6-week companion workbook provides a practical, meaningful resource for spiritual growth and a deeper understanding of God's Word. The questions at the end of each chapter ofUnveiling Mary Magdaleneare included-and expanded-in theUnveiling Mary Magdalene Workbook,with more in-depth biblical material and plenty of space for jotting down individual answers and observations. Sized to match the original book, theUnveiling Mary Magdalene Workbookenhances the message of Liz Curtis Higgs's third book in theBad Girlsseries, a best-selling combination of solid Bible teaching and Liz's unique style of "girlfriend theology. "
Higgs revisits 18th-century Scotland for the crowning finale to the saga that began with Thorn in My Heart.
God Reached Down from Heaven with the Best Gift of All A sacred season is about to unfold for three women whose hearts belong to God. Elizabeth is barren, yet her trust in God remains fertile. Mary is betrothed in marriage, yet she is willing to bear God's Son. Anna is a widow full of years, yet she waits patiently, prayerfully for the Messiah to appear in the temple courts. Following in their footsteps, you too can prepare for the Savior to enter your heart, your mind, and your life in a vibrant, new way. Best-selling author Liz Curtis Higgs explores the biblical stories of Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna, unwrapping each verse with tender care and introducing you afresh to The Women of Christmas. Angelic encounters, miraculous conceptions, unexpected visitors, and outbursts of praise: take a fresh look at the nativity story with Liz Curtis Higgs. "Christmas is so much more than a holiday. So much more than buying and wrapping and cooking and eating and trimming with tinsel and mailing out cards. It's a season for reflection, for preparation, for renewal. What better time to put aside our shopping lists and reach for our Bibles, where the story of the Christ child awaits us." -Liz Curtis Higgs What readers are saying about The Women of Christmas: "Wow! Liz illuminates details that I have glossed over and missed." "She brings such depth to each character of the Bible that I feel as if I have met them on the street." "Her writing pierces my heart and helps me see God's Word in a different way."From the Hardcover edition.
"A wonderful story of redemption and restoration that will warm your heart during the Christmas season--or any time of year!"--Francine Rivers, best-selling author of Redeeming LoveWrapped in a cloud of steam, the engine rolled to a stop, the screech of metal against metal filling the frosty air. Snow blew across the railway platform and around Meg's calfskin walking boots. The weather definitely was not improving. She ordered tea with milk and sugar, eying the currant buns and sweet mincemeat tarts displayed beneath a bell jar. Later, perhaps, when her appetite returned. At the moment her stomach was twisted into a knot."Anything else for you?" the cashier asked as she handed over the tea, steaming and fragrant.Meg was surprised to find her fingers trembling when she lifted the cup. "All I want is a safe journey home.""On a day like this?" the round-faced woman exclaimed. "None but the Almighty can promise you that, lass." "A Wreath of Snow glows with warmth, charm, and grace. A wonderful read."--BJ HOFF, author of The Riverhaven Years seriesChristmas Eve 1894 All Margaret Campbell wants for Christmas is a safe journey home. When her plans for a festive holiday with her family in Stirling crumble beneath the weight of her brother's bitterness, the young schoolteacher wants nothing more than to return to the students she loves and the town house she calls home. Then an unexpected detour places her in the path of Gordon Shaw, a handsome newspaperman from Glasgow, who struggles under a burden of remorse and shame. When the secret of their shared history is revealed, will it leave them tangled in a knot of regret? Or might their past hold the threads that will bind their future together? As warm as a woolen scarf on a cold winter's eve, A Wreath of Snow is a tender story of love and forgiveness, wrapped in a celebration of all things Scottish, all things Victorian, and, especially, all things Christmas.
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