The Women of Christmas: Experience the Season Afresh with Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna
Liz Curtis Higgs, masterful storyteller of both fiction and nonfiction, has produced a new gift book perfect for this holiday season. She offers her longtime and ever-growing fan base a lovely and insightful retelling of three biblical characters’ stories. Featured in this beautiful hardbound book are the insider’s viewpoint of Elizabeth (mother to John the Baptist), Mary (mother of Jesus) and Anna (the widow who prayed).
Readers will find themselves suddenly and happily transported into the ancient worlds of these biblical women and into the festive holiday spirit as Higgs opens each chapter with a short portion of favorite holiday carols. Rejoice! Rejoice! Her message is clear: All Christ followers should take time to reflect upon the miracle of Christmas that is Christ’s virgin birth. Higgs also takes ample space highlighting how God worked in miraculous ways in all three of these women’s lives, using their willingness to obey Him and submit themselves to His greater plan.
"From beginning to end, Higgs does her Maker proud as she digs deeply into the hearts and souls of three women from the past and how their decisions continue to ripple through Christendom in amazing ways."
In Chapter One, Higgs begins her tantalizing storytelling by offering readers some background information on her featured ladies. She shares that, though God used each of these women in tremendous ways, their personal lives and stations in life were quite different. Elizabeth was married, older and settled in her life, while Mary was young, unmarried and betrothed to the carpenter Joseph. Anna was an elderly widow who devoted all her time to praying to God. Not only does Higgs provide the inside story of Elizabeth, Mary and Anna, she gives readers the scoop on the key men in their lives and how they helped to share and shape the history-making events that transpired so many Christmases ago.
As Higgs reminds readers, it is both wise and prudent to take some quiet moments to read and reflect upon the true meaning of Christmas because “…it is much more than buying and wrapping and cooking and eating and trimming with tinsel and mailing out cards. It’s a season for reflection, for preparation, for renewal.” Higgs also includes snippets from readers across the country who weigh in on how these three biblical heroes of the faith have affected their lives personally. They share how the choices made by Elizabeth, Mary and Anna have impacted them to make similarly courageous, selfless and faith-driven decisions for the kingdom of God. It is a dynamic setting to reflect upon the synergy that takes place between reading about courageous women and then making equally bold choices in today’s world for Christ.
For those who enjoy a deeper study of the ladies here, Higgs provides a full-bodied study guide for either personal reflection or group study. From beginning to end, Higgs does her Maker proud as she digs deeply into the hearts and souls of three women from the past and how their decisions continue to ripple through Christendom in amazing ways.
Reviewed by Michele Howe on December 17, 2013