Wednesday, January 25, 2017
The Women of Easter (Liz Curtis Higgs)
Liz Curtis Higgs has written many book about women in the Bible. One of her most famous books is Bad Girls of the Bible. Her newest book, The Women of Easter, is truly inspired by God. In it she writes about Mary of Bethany, Mary of Nazareth, and Mary Magdalene and their encounters with Jesus.
Easter is the celebration of the resurrection of Christ. Each of the women mentioned in this book had an unexpected experience with Jesus. Mary of Bethany anoints the Lord's feet with oil and perfume. Mary of Nazareth was Jesus' mother and was with Him from conception to death and beyond. Mary Magdalene was cured of demons and followed hard after Jesus and even became one of the first people to see Him after His resurrection.
Each chapter in The Women of Easter goes verse by verse through scripture. Higgs explains and proclaims the Gospel in each passage. Each of the women mentioned has a closeness to Jesus that is rarely seen throughout the Bible. This book explains that closeness and why each woman is so exceptional.
I always dreamed of being there during the time of Jesus' life and ministry. Oh, to be in the crowd for the Sermon on the Mount. To be in the crowd throwing palm branches at His feet in Jerusalem. These women were there. They knew first-hand the emotions of each event that took place.
Studying these women brought a new light to each of them. I felt as if I knew them personally and could feel their moods throughout each story. This in-depth study gave me a broader understanding of each passage during Jesus' life. There is a study guide included at the end of the book that helps you to dig deeper into the verses.
As Easter approaches in a couple of months, this is the perfect study tool to better understand what these women faced and how they handled being in the presence of Jesus. I would definitely put this on my "to read" list before Easter.
*Many thanks to Blogging For Books for providing me with a copy of this book. All opinions expressed here are solely my own.*