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Out of the Shadows jOur sovereign God didn t leave a single moment of His Son s resurrection to chance He knew from the beginning of time that these women would be the first to know the first to see God chose women to serve as His witnesses this day This was an amazing book but not a book toust read through It s a book to ponder and savor as you read I read this with my Bible and notebook making notes to mull over later So many thoughts to consider A great book to prep for the Easter season and an amazing reminder that God can use anyone who has a heart of faith I loved this study I read it the two weeks leading up to Easter along with my own notebook for notes Though I m very familiar with these three individuals and the stories involved I loved that this study enabled me to look at new aspects to the Easter story that could be applied to my life This book will definitely be something I will reread every year Another great book by Liz I knew this would be good its Liz "Curtis Higgs and she paints pictures with words but wow this one really "Higgs and she paints pictures with words but wow this one really to my heart Through the eyes of the women around Jesus before during and after the crucifixion I gained a new perspective of this amazing story I relate to the gift God gives to us better now I understand better why He chose who He did to be where He wanted them when He did and I perceive the disciples differently I m empathetic I love this book I ll read it again before Easter and probably again after that It brings scripture to life and directs back to scripture which allows for introspection time with the Holy Spirit and transformation Along the Im Not Millie! journey Liz brings her lightoy and humor Highly RecommendedI received this book from Blogging for Books for this review The premise for the book intrigued me a book about three Biblical women named Mary What struck me was Higgs similarity in writing to Max Lucado s style down to earth plain speaking thoughtsI wanted to like this book Wanted it to be something that would help me look at Easter in a fresh new way Unfortunately I could not get past the first chapter for several reasonsWhat immediately struck me was the amount of end notes in each chapter Chapter one had over forty If you have Salvation: A Novel (Salvation Sequence) just a few sources of reference I can appreciate an end note but when you are over ten it s annoying for a reader to have to continually flip to the end of the chapter to find out who is actually the source of a particular idea After two dozen notations I was beginning to feel like Higgs wasust compiling a reference on other people s works Sentences would have partial phrases uoted why not A River of Royal Blood (A River of Royal Blood, just assimilate their points into her own wordsAnother annoyance was the fact that she would sometimesust cite a phrase within a verse not the entire verse And instead of having an in text reference it would be in the end notes I think it s imperative that Scripture be immediately identified as such not up to the reader to go dig at the end of the chapter to see the referenceThirdly the author uoted translations than I have ever seen in one book Copyright page says most are have ever seen in one book Copyright page says most are NIV but in the first few pages readers are hit with several others I ve been a Christian for over 30 years and some of the abbreviated versions I had never heard of And I could not find anywhere in the book where there was a list of what the abbreviations stand for Yes one could look them up but that seems like an unnecessary burdenAnd finally once verses were uoted from The Message and The Voice I knew the book was not for me Those may be fine for personal reading but it made me cringe to see them included as the basis for her pointsI guess if a reader can get past those things it may be an insightful book But when a book is largely a collection of a variety of ideas I d prefer to ust read the individual works in their entiretyDisclaimer I received a free copy of The Women of Easter from Blogging for Books for the purpose of review No other compensation was received This book was recommended to me by one of the women in my weekly devotional group She also commented that Liz Curtis Higgs was doing a daily Lenten focus of the book on her facebook page Well that had me hooked I got the book and very much enjoyed it I did refer to the facebook page periodically but I read it through with great interest What a great concept seeing the lead up to Easter through the eyes of women in the bible Higgs breaks down the stories in the Bible starting with Mary of Bethany I loved hearing about the life and times of the people The culture of what was going on interested me and helped me to understand the powerful messages so much better It was almost like I was there and could see things so much clearly The uestions at the back of was almost like I was there and could see things so much clearly The uestions at the back of book were extremely thought provoking They made you really think about the stories As other revi. This Season of Grace Deepen Your Faith in God Who So Loved the World that He Gave Us His SonYou re about to meet three women named Mary each of whom has a life changing encounter with Jesus Mary of Bethany prepares the way for the Lord s burial when she anoints His feet and fills the air with her perfume His mother Mary of Nazareth remains by His side from His first breath to His last her loyalty unwavering Mary Magdalene delivered of. ,


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The Women of EasterDidn t realize that they were going to be eye witnesses to the most important event in history They came to the tomb to attend to the dead body of a much loved friendrelative and found a living breathing Savior Then having been commissioned by the risen Christ to share the good news Mary Magdalene trumpeted the truth that changes everything I have seen the Lord Liz shares the encouraging truth that even the very first Easter was not a picture perfect affair No It was full of disbelief fear and confusion as even Jesus closest disciples struggled to absorb the truthLikewise with our Easter bonnets askew and our Resurrection Sunday dinner menus still up in the air we are invited to come by faith to the empty tomb We are invited to rejoice and we have been charged with the privilege of sharing the good news By faith we too are The Women of EasterThis book was provided by the publisher through Blogging for Books in exchange for my review I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission s 16 CFR Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising Liz Curtis Higgs does it every time I love her books This book is fantastic Verse by verse Higgs breaks down the stories in the Bible starting with Mary of Bethany My favorite part about how this book is set up is how detailed and thought provoking it is I have read these passages in scripture numerous times Then Liz starts breaking it down and talking about what life was really like and the culture and the dress etc She doesn t add to the Bible and she doesn t take away She simply states the verse and goes okay now do you see what really ust happened here So good Five stars I received this book from Blogging for Books for free All opinions are my own I absolutely LOVE the non fiction Liz Curtis Higgs produces Every word she writes is full of the love of the Word as well as authority that she backs with notes and citation She s also so down to earth and not holier than thou it s like you are reading the words of a close friend who loves Jesus and the reader The title of the book pretty much says it all It s about the women who were present leading up to during and after the original Easter It s how she says it that hits home with me Many times my eyes would fill with tears and my heart felt like it was expanding out of my chest with the warmth of love It truly is awesome how God loves us all regardless of our frailties Not saying we don t need to try to be better but He loves us before we are better I don t think I could do this book Souvenirs de dbauches justice in a mere review I think reading it is part of a person s personalourney and that the reader will get out of it what they need and that need will be different for every reader I definitely received a lot from "this book I don t want to say it ll be life changing or heart warming because it will be different "book I don t want to say it ll be life changing or heart warming because it will be different all readers but I do think it will be important in a different way to all who read it This is one I will need to re read over and over again I am sure I will learn new things from it each time I read it It has a study guide at the end of it so I would recommend if you are using it as such to get a physical copy of the book unless you are very good at moving back and forth in an eBook format This is one I will be getting as a physical book5 awed and humbled starsMy thanks to NetGalley and WaterBrook Multnomah for an eARC copy of this book to read and review I have been a believer for a long time and it s easy to think I know all the stories in the Bible However you get something out of it each time you read the verses I used this book Bible However you get something out of it each time you read the verses I used this book our Woman s Life Group where we looked up the verses and I read aloud the thoughts given by Liz Curtis Higgs and it was a real Mes recettes veggie au robot-cuiseur - 150 ides faciles et rapides ! joy to do it as a group and find that the womans were the ones who followed Jesus all the way to the Cross and cared for His body afterwards and they were the first to see Him risen Woman were important in the Lords life and each one of us counts and we are Loved by HimLiz Curtis Higgs has been out to New Zealand a while ago and I got to meet her and she is a realoy and she gave me a lovely hug We are worth it Easter Sunday the perfect day to finish this wonderful bookYou re about to meet three women named Mary each of whom has a life changing encounter with Jesus Mary of Bethany prepares the way for the Lord s burial when she anoints His feet and feels the air with her perfume His mother Mary of Nazareth remains by His side from His first breath to His last her loyalty unwavering Mary Magdalene delivered of seven demons bravely supports her Teacher through His darkest hours then proclaims the glorious news of His resurrectionWhat a trio What a SaviorIf you want to get fired up for God this sister can hook you up a favorite authorHe is Risen. Of Scripture as together you explore the remarkable lives of the women of Easter Liz Curtis Higgs is one of the most amazing teachers of God s Word that I have ever experienced Her in depth knowledge of the Scriptures gifting as a communicator and personal relationship with the Lord make her unmatched in the ability to take biblical truth and make it applicable to anybody Priscilla Shirer New York Times best selling author of Fervent. Ewers said there were a lot of notes but I chose to ignore them because I did not want to interrupt the flow when I was reading I really enjoyed this book and it was a great experience leading up to Easter The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book via Netgalley Join the Women of EasterSome were mentioned by nameOthers were never identified but throughout the life of Jesus we learn that there were certain women who traveled with Jesus who welcomed Him when he needed a meal or a place to stay who provided for Him out of their means It is significant that there is no record in Scripture of any of these women flagging in their loyalty denying Jesus or abandoning Him when the chips were down A group of "Them Were Present At The Cross And Then Without Even "were present at the cross and then without even the significance of their actions at the time certain women showed up at the tomb and bore witness to the resurrected ChristIt was clear that God had chosen them to be thereLiz Curtis Higgs honors The Women of Easter with her carefully constructed re telling of the final weeks of Jesus life Liz focuses on Mary of Bethany Mary of Nazareth and Mary Magdalene but also shares the stories of other women as they meander across history s stage Rather than lifting her protagonists out of the story one by one with three distinct bios she considers them in context as they interact with each other with Jesus and with other major players within the narrative arc of ScriptureWith her characteristic humor insight and thorough research Liz shares powerful wisdom from the lives of first century women that if we let it will impact the way we follow Christ in the 21st century because the truth is that you can spot a Woman of Easter by the way she lives Women of Easter are transformed by seeking what is needful Mary of Bethany understood that there is a time for bustling around and being productive and there is a time for uietly listening Big Sister Martha must have eventually absorbed some of that lesson along the way because when their brother Lazarus died she who served the food also dished out the truth It is for Your coming Jesus that the world has waited God had chosen one of His faithful women to make the bold proclamation that Jesus decisive I am was a revelation of His identity Martha s response was a resounding Yes I see that YOU ARE Women of Easter recognize that Jesus endured the cross because we were the Jesus and the Jewish Roots of Mary joy set before Him Mary of Bethany understood that when she anointed Jesus feet with valuable oil she was performing an act of worship John 12 informs us that Martha served that day and so together the sisters showed up and met a need in preparation for Jesus future act of redemption which at the time they could have only dimly understoodAll our worship and all our acts of righteousness flow from the cross Just as Jesus tookoy in the small gift of a widow He sees our small gifts and He rejoices calling them good Women of Easter know when to stand back and watch Jesus at workMary of Nazareth Jesus mother shows up in uiet maturity at the Wedding in Cana and she set the stage for her Son to perform the first of many signs through which He revealed His glory and His disciples believed in Him Scripture does not record Jesus saying Thanks mum but actions speak louder than words for while He was hanging on the cross in agony He made provision for her future by asking John to take her into his homeWhile four soldiers cast lots for Jesus clothing four women stood with Him in uiet support Mary Mary s sister possibly Salome Mary the wife of Clopas and Mary Magdalene These women were standing on a risky piece of real estate for the Romans were not above inflicting the same terrible punishment upon families of an enemy of the state who was being crucified With Jesus feet only about a yard above the ground these women were witnessing His suffering close by and even so Jesus was utterly alone in His anguish It could not have been an easy vigil for these brave women but they kept watch while Jesus shook hell s gatesWomen of Easter stay close to Jesus even when hope seems goneWhile there is no Scriptural evidence that Mary Magdalene was actually a harlot the Bible does inform us that Jesus cast seven demons out of her Her background is challenging perhaps nonetheless she is mentioned by name fourteen times across all four gospel accounts Loyal fearless and willing to do whatever she needed to do to support her beloved Teacher Mary Magdalene showed up at the garden tomb not really sure how she was going to achieve her goal of rolling away a huge stone in order to attend to Jesus body My take away from this is that when we show up for the impossible we might be surprised at how God takes care of the detailsWomen of Easter realize that it s all about relationshipOur first century sisters. Seven demons bravely supports her Teacher through His darkest hours and then proclaims the glorious news of His resurrection What a trio What a Savior Your mind and emotions will be engaged and your faith strengthened as each scene unfolds preparing your heart for a richer deeper Easter experience Liz Curtis Higgs a seasoned Bible teacher and award winning novelist combines her storytelling skills with a thorough verse by verse study.

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