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'The Women of Christmas' by Liz Curtis Higgs

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Don’t rush through this Christmas season stressed by shopping, baking and holiday lists, instead reflect on Jesus, the true meaning of the season with these devotionals.

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Liz, best known for her million selling Bad Girls of the Bible series turns her attention this holiday season to three of the Bible’s “good girls.”

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Step into the sacred Christmas story with The Christmas Women and take a fresh look at the nativity story through the eyes of three women and their essential roles in the Christmas story. Penned by gifted professional speaker and award-winning author known for wisdom and perceptive humor—Liz Curtis Higgs.

She begins with Elizabeth, a mature, once barren woman who trusted God and gave birth to John the Baptist late in life. Elizabeth’s babe in the womb, John, the Baptist, recognized the Holy baby Mary carried and jumped with jubilation at Mary’s entrance into the room.

Then there’s Mary, a young, shy and innocent teenage girl, engaged to a carpenter who finds herself pregnant before the wedding takes place though she has never known a man. Imagine for a moment the immense belief, trust, and faith Mary must have in God when the angel Gabriel said, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. (Luke 1: 30, 31) This would mean Mary’s death if not for God’s divine plan.

And of course, Anna, the prophetess, an elderly widow whose husband died soon after their marriage began. She fasted, prayed and prophesied about the promised Messiah and never left the Temple after her husband’s death. Her prayers were answered, her joy complete when she beheld six-week-old Jesus when Mary and Joseph brought their Levitical offerings to the Temple.

Each woman played a unique and special part in “God’s redemption plan” that began with the birth of Jesus and ended at the cross. Their stories within the nativity story, illustrate lessons of patience, trust and the power of prayer in impossible situations, in addition to revealing God’s design and purpose throughout the generations.

Don’t rush through this Christmas season stressed by shopping, baking and holiday lists, instead reflect on Jesus, the true meaning of the season with these daily readings from this amazing Bible teacher and author who “mines the Scriptures.” Her ‘golden nuggets’ of wisdom are for the young, the aged and those women in between which makes this a perfect gift choice or study resource.

'The Women of Christmas' by Liz Curtis Higgs (Waterbrook Press—2013, Hardcover, 224 Pages, $16.95) 978-1601425416

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