Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Bad Girls

There is a lot to say in her favor, but the other is more interesting.
Mark Twain
(a quote listed at the beginning of chapter 5, "The First Cut is the Deepest.")

Our book club is reading Bad Girls of the Bible by Liz Curtis Higgs. I have really been enjoying it! I am learning more and more about specific events in the Bible, some of which I only remember ever hearing the "sunday school" version. ha ha. WOW, yeah they are pretty different when you read the "bad girls" version and learn the real stuff that went on!

Each chapter begins with a modernized account of the biblical story. A way to see what that girl might look like around us and in us. Then, she goes verse by verse through the biblical account with insight and explanation. She sums it up with some lessons to be learned and discussion questions.

We are halfway through the book now. Last night we talked about the "woman at the well" and "Delilah."

She pulled some very good lessons from Delilah especially. Lessons about keeping others' weaknesses in confidence and not tearing down our homes with our own hands. None of us intentionally would tear down our own house, but she writes "keep your scissors out of reach." In other words....most people don't go to therapy with a day's worth of damage. It's the daily snipping that tears down the people around us...so we must be careful with our "scissors" (ie, our tongues!).

Proverbs 14:1 The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.

Each bad girl is given a "subtitle" such as "bad for a moment" or "bad for a season but not forever." So far we've read about Eve, Potiphar's wife, Lot's wife, The Woman at the Well, and Delilah. Sapphira, Rahab, Jezebel, Michal, and "the sinful woman" are left.
I have really gotten some good insight for myself from stories I thought could/would never relate to my life!

This is a great read. She also writes some fiction....such as the story of Ruth set in "olde Scotland" which sounds very intriguing to me! I love to find a new Christian author!


Jill said...

Mr. Thomas is wonderful :) I actually asked him if he drank a energy drink before he came into class, lol. He laughed and said "no, I just love my job" :) Great person! So glad the kids enjoyed it!

Andy's Bethy said...

I have that book, and know that I have read at last some of it, but I don't think I ever finished it. Sounds like you are really enjoying it.

Carrie Thompson said...

that book interest me and the scripture you brought out does even more. I needed that reminder so much. I am snipping away at my oldest way to much!
Thank you for this post