Monday, December 30, 2013

The Women of Christmas {review}



About the Book

A sacred season is about to unfold for three women whose hearts belong to God.

Elizabeth is barren, yet her trust in God remains fertile. Mary is betrothed in marriage, yet she is willing to bear God’s Son. Anna is a widow full of years, yet she waits patiently, prayerfully for the Messiah to appear in the temple courts.

Following in their footsteps, you too can prepare for the Savior to enter your heart, your mind, and your life in a vibrant, new way. Best-selling author Liz Curtis Higgs explores the biblical stories of Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna, unwrapping each verse with tender care and introducing you afresh to The Women of Christmas.

My Thoughts

This book review was one that I really wanted to write before Christmas. I just got so wrapped up in the season of Christmas I did not get it done.

The Women of Christmas is a wonderful book! I just love Liz Curtis Higgs. This book is the third Bible study of hers I have done and can I just say that I love the way she writes and brings Biblical characters to life. I should not call these women characters. They were real people who existed. Women that God used to advance His kingdom here on earth. Ordinary women just like you and me. 

You will meet Mary the mother of Jesus, Elizabeth the mother of John the Baptist and Mary’s cousin and Anna who lived and served in the temple most of her of her adult life.

Three ordinary women who made a huge impact on the world.  Three women that were waiting for the Messiah. I have learned so much from these women through Liz’s writing.  Mary who was just a young girl, but God had a huge for her life. One that would change many lives including my own. She was just a normal young girl, but God knew her heart. He knew that she was fit to be the mother of God’s own Son.

Elizabeth who was shamed in being unable to bear children and thought God would never answer her prayer of longing for a child. He did. In His own time.

And finally Anna. Anna who became a widow early in her married life and then went on to serve in the temple. Everyday. She knew where she wanted to be. She waited for the Messiah!

Can you imagine living in the time where there was no Jesus? We live in a time today when we are waiting for Jesus to return to us. These three women lived in a time where Jesus did not exist here on earth. We live in a time where we have the Holy Spirit. They lived in a time where sacrifices were made. We live in a time where Jesus was the sacrifice for all.

Out of these three women I can relate to Elizabeth the most. Longing for a child and wondering why God would not allow me to become a mother and wondering why. God granted Elizabeth what she most wanted just not in the way she expected or in the time she expected. I can relate to that so much in my own life.

The Women of Christmas is a remarkable book. You will perhaps identify with these wonderful women. Women just like you and me. We also learn about Joseph, Zachariah and Simeon who also waited for the Messiah.

Even though the title says Christmas please do not let that deter you from reading this wonderful book now. It is not just a Christmas story. It is a story for today. For everyday. You will not be disappointed if you read it. I promise.

disclosure: I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest opinion. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.

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