Liz Curtis Higgs, a prolific author with more than three million copies of her books in print, is most well known for her BAD GIRLS OF THE BIBLE, REALLY BAD GIRLS OF THE BIBLE and SLIGHTLY BAD GIRLS OF THE BIBLE. Always witty and winsome, Higgs succeeds in offering her large fan base yet another quality and in-depth peek into the life of the biblical character Ruth. She shines when it comes to digging deep into the historical surroundings of her characters (whether they be fictional or real), and throughout this engaging text, she truly brings to life Ruth and her ancient world, where men ruled and women were regarded as mere add-ons.
"Higgs tells the entire story of the Book of Ruth interspersing key quotations from other biblical historians while also interjecting her own brand of humor, which makes the reading exciting, lively and vibrant."
Higgs opens her text with a question about her title: Which Girl’s Still Got It? Is she referring to Ruth or her then-snarky mother-in-law, Naomi? Truth to tell, both women still have it. Given that Naomi was the follower of God who left her homeland when famine struck hard and Ruth was her now-deceased son’s wife from Moab, each has good reason to feel depressed. And yet, as Higgs will reveal, their inner qualities shine best when they’re faced with audacious faith-testing circumstances.
Readers will glean (no pun intended) several lessons from Higgs’ text as they devour her skillful and colorfully depicted storyline of Ruth’s sojourn back to Naomi’s hometown where they meet up with their kinsman redeemer, Boaz, and all of their futures are altered for the good. First, this biblical account features two strong female leads not commonly found in scripture. Second, Naomi and Ruth are complex and distinctive (no stereotypes here). This story is told from a female viewpoint, where readers watch both women cooperate rather than compete with one another. This dynamic duo makes things happen instead of passively waiting in the wings for things to happen to them. The women are strong, while most of the men are just plain weak. Finally, each woman is continually discussed, acknowledged and praised by name throughout, which alone is a real digression from most of scripture’s handling of female characters.
Higgs tells the entire story of the Book of Ruth interspersing key quotations from other biblical historians while also interjecting her own brand of humor, which makes the reading exciting, lively and vibrant. Her ability to take sometimes dry (or often misunderstood) scenes and open wide what the real significance was in biblical times makes all the difference toward understanding what was really going down. She also supplies an in-depth study guide with telling questions for personal study or group question/answer sessions. Neatly done, women will value the keen insights Higgs offers here and will never view the book of Ruth in the same way again. Higgs truly brings to life the real story of Naomi and Ruth, and the lives they touched so many years ago.
Reviewed by Michele Howe on August 15, 2012