[Review] The Women of Christmas: Experience the Season Afresh with Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna by Liz Curtis Higgs
Author: Liz Curtis Higgs
Publisher: WaterBrook Press September 17, 2013
Genre: Non-fiction, Christmas
Theme: Study of three women who were important characters at Jesus Christ's birth.
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Free copy from WaterBrook Press for the purpose of review. The review was first posted at The Christian Manifesto.
Liz Curtis Higgs has a wonderful website: http://www.lizcurtishiggs.com/
Goodreads page: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6214.Liz_Curtis_Higgs
The Women of Christmas, is the story of Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna. They were the three women of the first Christmas, when the babe Jesus was born. They were women of varying personalities and age differences; however, they shared a common bond of faith in God. Each of them were called by God for a distinct role and they waited in faith for their appointed time as God's servant. They will forever be remembered as playing a part in the most important story ever told.
“It's the women who carry the story, teaching us by example to wait upon the Lord, to trust him with everything that matters to us, to pray until our prayers our answered.” Page 4.
During the Christmas season people remark (even myself) that we feel a rush to cross off our to-do list. Endless events happen during the month of December that feel as if we will be swept away through to January missing Christmas Day completely, except for a blurred memory of discarded wrapping paper around the Christmas tree and a sink full of dirty dishes.
Readjusting our minds and hearts to the “real meaning” of Christmas takes effort and help.
The Women of Christmas, is the answer. After reading Liz Curtis Higgs's Christmas devotional book on Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna, I feel refreshed and energized feeling as if I've received a Christmas blessing.
Liz Curtis Higgs writing style is warm, cheerful, and gracious. She places my heart at ease, encouraging me to take a deep breath, relax, and be drawn back to focus on the first Christmas story.
“God's strength is fully revealed when our strength is fully depleted, His power is made perfect in our weakness.” Page 19.
Higgs is observant and insightful in bringing out key points from Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna, that I'd not thought of before. For example: “God didn't choose Mary because she was unique. Mary was unique because God chose her.” Page 44.
The Women of Christmas, first began as an online Bible study for women. Higgs has shared some of their feelings and words of wisdom in this edition. By sharing from other women it gave the book an intimate feel, a feeling of being apart of a larger group of like-minded women who were studying the three women of the first Christmas.
I enjoyed Higgs utilizing several different Bible versions, instead of the common approach of one.
A study guide is included for individual or small groups use.
The Women of Christmas, is a wonderful choice to give as a gift at Christmas.