Delightful writer, Bible teacher and witty conference speaker Liz Higgs, takes readers on a “high-spirited walk through the book of Ruth,” in her new release, “The Girl’s Still Got It.” There readers find Naomi and her widowed daughter-in-law, Ruth in a “rags to riches redemption story.” Liz mischievously calls the pair, “leading ladies of the Old Testament” in her first nonfiction work in five years. The devotional focus is Christ, mankind’s “kinsman redeemer” portrayed by Boaz who became Ruth’s “kinsman redeemer.”
In this verse-by-verse bible study from the book of Ruth readers learn no matter who you are where you come from, in spite of anything you might have done or not done, God loves you and has a plan and purpose for your life.
Twelve chapters with hilarious titles such as “A Wow of a Vow…Sitting Tight for Mr. Right” and “Our Hero Makes His Move,” take readers 3,000 years back in time. There they join Ruth and Naomi as they travel to Bethlehem into what Ruth believes is an uncertain future. However, “…God knows how her story is going to unfold…” and it’s anything but uncertain.
Liz’s informative and easy-to-read devotional contains life lessons from our “ancient biblical sisters” wrapped within the inspirational narrative of a “kinsman redeemer.” Her targeted, often humorous insights reveal “God’s unchanging nature” in spite of human tendencies to complain, behave badly or act rashly.
Scripture and narrative combine to keep readers involved as well as to move the story forward. Discussion questions and a chapter-by-chapter study guide for personal use or group study are included. The YouTube video, Righteous Ruth Rap, mid-page, left side of the review is outrageously funny, enjoyable and one I hope you listen to. For those without computer access, the rap song is found in the final pages of the book.
This story, one of the few in the Bible told from the female point-of-view, is a narrative of love, trust and devotion that illustrates strong women of courage who come together to face an unknown future. Chapters end with epilogs, “Ruth in the real world,” concise, real-life topical anecdotes relevant to chapter topics.
Liz used fourteen Bible translations to create a comprehensive word picture of this amazing story, although she favors King James and NIV translations. In addition to understanding the background and culture of the ancient culture, Liz’s “trademark humor and heartfelt encouragement” bring Ruth and Naomi to life. By the time the devotional ends, readers know King David’s great-grandmother, Ruth like they know a good friend. Or as Sheila Walsh writes, “…we weep with Naomi, kneel beside Ruth, and celebrate a God who redeems our stories in outrageously beautiful ways…”
‘The Girl’s Still Got It’ by Liz Curtis Higgs, WaterBrook Press, 2012, 240 Pages, ISBN-13: 978-1578564484, $ 14.99
Back Cover Copy:
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.
Liz Curtis Higgs is a popular conference speaker and the author of nearly 30 books, with more than 3 million copies in print, including her best-selling nonfiction series, Bad Girls of the Bible, Really Bad Girls of the Bible, Unveiling Mary Magdalene, and Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible, and her award-winning Scottish historical novels inspired by the biblical book of Ruth, Here Burns My Candle and Mine Is the Night, a New York Times bestseller. Liz and her family live in Louisville, Kentucky.
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