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Book Review: Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible: Flawed Women Loved by a Flawless God by Liz Curtis Higgs

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Liz Curtis Higgs is back with more Bad Girls of The Bible. Her non-fiction fans will be thrilled to have Higgs writing for them again with this fourth book in the Bad Girl series. All of the books are being released with new fresh, bright covers and this newest installment will hit stores in September.

In this book, Higgs covers five more women whose stories are found in The Bible, but who are often overlooked or cast aside as "bad girls". The women included are Sarah, Hagar, Rebekah, Leah, and Rachel. Each of these women struggles in their own way. Sarah wants to be in charge. Hagar grapples with overwhelming bitterness. Rebekah pits her sons against one another. Leah and Rachel fight for the love of one man…a man who has been tricked into marrying them both.

And yet, despite their differences, all of the women share common struggles as well. All of them are obsessed, to some degree with bearing children. All of them battle with jealousy, lying and anger.

Once again Higgs asks the question, what can we learn from these women and the bad choices they made? These “diamonds in the rough” provide lessons that apply to the women of today. While we may no longer base our self-worth on how many children we bear, we do compare ourselves to one another in other ways – weight, beauty, wealth, etc.

Higgs isn’t afraid to take a hard look at the lives of bad girls and yet she always does so in a light, humorous way. She isn’t preachy and keeps the reader’s interest with current-day anecdotes and examples. I’ve enjoyed each of the books in this series and Slightly Bad Girls was no exception. The book also includes notes, a study guide, and a "chat with Liz."

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