The Edmond Sun

July 24, 2013

Author thanks ‘Bad Girls of the Bible’ supporters

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — Liz Curtis Higgs knows a thing or two about “bad girls,” especially the most notorious femme fatales in the Bible like Eve and Jezebel.

A self-described former bad girl turned popular Bible teacher, speaker and best-selling author, Higgs penned the best-selling “Bad Girls of the Bible.” It has taken more than a million women for a walk on the wild side since it was written 15 years ago.

In celebration of the book’s re-release by WaterBrook Press July 16 and new DVD curriculum, Higgs is doing a “thank you tour” for the retail establishments and fans who supported her and shared her material.

Tuesday evening, Higgs stopped in Edmond for a Bible study and book signing event at Mardel, 3300 South Boulevard.

Higgs teaches about how God’s grace is revealed in scripture’s shady ladies. Her messages are biblical, encouraging, down-to-earth and profoundly funny, helping both sisters and seekers embrace the truth of God’s amazing, unchanging grace.

Before the event, Higgs said she her passions include encouraging sisters in Christ and exploring the stories of women in the Bible. Most of all, Higgs is a human dispenser of hope.

“The point isn’t the badness of people; it’s the goodness of God,” Higgs said.

Higgs said since writing “Bad Girls of the Bible” she has learned much from her reading and studying. Higgs said followers of Christ can learn from their biblical sisters and their mistakes. By God’s grace, believers can choose a better, more redemptive path, she said.

Rahab was a prostitute turned revered protector (Joshua 6). The Samaritan woman at the well had five husbands but got to see the Messiah (John 4). A woman who had been suffering from a blood issue for 12 years and was treated by a number of doctors to no avail sought out Jesus, touched his cloak and was instantly healed (Matthew 9:20-22; Mark 5:25-34; Luke 8:43-48). Mary Magdalene was a woman with a checkered past who got to see the risen Jesus (Matthew 27-28; Mark 15-16; Luke 24; John 19-20).

Higgs’ teachings use scripture such as Romans 5:8 — “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (NIV) and James 2:25: “In the same way, was not even Rahab the prostitute considered righteous for what she did when she gave lodging to the spies and sent them off in a different direction?”

For more information about Higgs, visit her website | 341-2121, ext. 108