God Reached Down from Heaven with the Best Gift of All
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.
In her best-selling series of Bad Girls of the Bible books, workbooks, and videos, Liz breathes new life into ancient tales about the most infamous—and intriguing—women in scriptural history, from Jezebel to Mary Magdalene. Biblically sound and cutting-edge fresh, these popular titles have helped more than one million women around the world experience God’s grace anew. You can find out more about Liz at her website.
Step with me into the Bible, into the stories of Elizabeth, Mary and Anna – there story is much like ours – mothers, want to be mothers, women who have dreams and women who serve the Lord, even at the expense of their reputations, their independence and their marriage. Their stories are so much more than ours though! The mother of Jesus, Savior of the people. The mother of John, who prepares the way for his cousin. A woman who has been a widow many years and who dedicates her whole life to the Lord by living in the Temple, fasting and praying and is a prophetess. Usually we read about these women in passing – oh we know their roles but do we really? Do we really understand and recognize their roles in the Christmas story? I’m talking of venerating them or of elevating them to some super human pedestal. Just knowing them.
Liz Curtis Higgs brings us these three women to show us that despite popular opinion God isn’t misogynistic – in fact He loves women and He loves to us. We don’t need to be in a pulpit to glorify Him or take His Word to the world. Liz points out how these three women, who were nothing in society’s eyes – a barren woman, a young virgin, and a widow with no family – gave them purpose and all were blessed in different ways and were used to bring about God’s great plan. Some may scoff at this. Why should God need to use anyone, as if being used by the God of your life is something bad – as we are to be His hands and feet on earth. I know the joy that comes with the birth of each of my children – how much more so was Elizabeth’s joy after years of barrenness knowing her son was destined for something great? How much so when Mary carries the Savior or how much joy to Anna when she gets to hold Him?
There are points that have been lost through the years – such as how many angels really appeared to the shepherds. How many wise men really came? Three? Fourteen? Twenty-one? How old was Jesus when the wise men did arrive – most agree that He was older than a babe. How often do we focus on what the women of the story brings? These were three figures that played predominantly in the story and had a lot of play in bringing God’s plan to fruition – come, join me in discovering more about these women. There is also an included study guide if you’d like to delve even deeper and a suggested schedule of how to read the book in the weeks leading up to Christmas.
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