Best-selling author and motivational speaker Liz Curtis Higgs, of Louisville, Ky., is back with her list of notorious BGB — “Bad Girls of the Bible.”
Higgs is set to visit in the metro area to present a “Bad Girls”-themed Bible study and book signing on Tuesday as part of her “Thank-You Tour” — where she hopes to connect with people who have enjoyed her best-selling “Bad Girls” series of books. Higgs said she is visiting some of the Christian retailers who have supported her over the years. The tour is in conjunction with the rerelease of “Bad Girls of the Bible” (WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group) and a new companion curriculum on DVD.
“Bad Girls of the Bible,” was first published in 1999. Higgs said she's heard from a wide range of people who said they enjoyed the book — from church youth groups, pastor's wives and ladies in nursing homes to exotic dancers and men.
“Only God could do that. I've written other books but for whatever reason, this is the one that struck a chord with the most readers and I'm grateful for that,” she said.
In a recent telephone interview, Higgs, 59, shared more thoughts about her most popular book:
Q: Why do you think this particular book resonated with women and people in general?
A: First, it contains the word of God and that's where our life is, getting fed the word of God and getting taught what's in the word. The other key part of it is I was really honest about my own “FBG” — former bad girl lifestyle. The key to the book is that it simply makes the point that God's forgiveness is wider, deeper, higher, longer than we can possibly imagine. His love, His grace, His forgiveness and His mercy is real and it's available even for those of us who feel like we've gone too far and we've done too much, that it's too late, we blew it, there's no hope. There are a lot of us out there. So I think that's another thing that resonated, this sense that “I am not alone.”
Q: Usually people study the virtuous women in the Bible. What did you think women could learn from the so-called bad girls?
A: I think we can learn everything from them — first of all what not to do. They are cautionary tales — “don't go down this road” — so they serve that purpose. But I think the ones we connect to the most are those that have happy endings and those are the redemptive women. They show what God can do with a “bad girl.” I think what people most ran away with in this book is the hope that they found there. We learn what God does for former bad girls. It's that grace, grace, grace message that comes through.
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Best-selling author Liz Curtis Higgs will present a live Bible study of her book “Bad Girls of the Bible” on July 23 at Mardel in Edmond.