Tag Archives: Liz Curtis Higgs

Top 10 Tuesday — Valentine’s Day with A Twist Edition

13 Feb

Valentine’s Day is all about love and romance. And who doesn’t like a good love story? You know the kind. Heroic hero who loves you no matter what, a love that transcends time, a story that stays with you long after the last page is turned. That Artsy Reader Girl has allowed bloggers a Love Freebie this week on Top 10 Tuesday, so I am sharing Biblical love stories because no one loves like God. These novels involve flawed characters, messy (and sometimes disgusting) situations, and a God who is indeed the lover of our souls. I’m sharing books based on OT stories, the ones that you know from Sunday School, but may have never read in quite this way. Well-researched, these books don’t always have God-honoring elements (because let’s face it, God’s people often have their own agenda), but they do have at the center a God who loves unconditionally even when the characters (and we) mess up.

For what other bloggers are sharing, click HERE.

Top Biblical Love Stories

 

Abraham and Sarah (A Love That Stands The Test(s) of Time) — Sarai by Jill Eileen Smith 

Boaz and Ruth (Love And A Great MIL) — Redeeming Grace by Jill Eileen Smith

David And Bathsheba (Lust at First Sight) — Bathsheba by Angela Hunt

Hannah and Elkanah and Penninah (A Mean Girl Love Triangle) — A Passionate Hope by Jill Eileen Smith

Hosea and Gomer (A Bad Girl Love Story) — Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

Jacob/Leah/Rachel (A Really, Really Messy Love Triangle!) — The Lowlands of Scotland Series by Liz Curtis Higgs

Job and Dinah (Wait! What? Yes, It Really Works!) — Love Amid The Ashes by Mesu Andrews.

Rahab and Salmon (Opposites Attract) — Pearl in The Sand by Tessa Afshar

Samson and Delilah (Love and Betrayal) — Delilah by Angela Hunt

 

What’s your favorite love story?

 

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First Line Friday — A Wreath of Snow

15 Dec

This week the folks at Hoarding Books have prompted bloggers to share a line related to travel or winter. I have a book that not only meets both of those criteria, but also Christmas! Win-win-win! The book is A Wreath of Snow by one of my favorites, Liz Curtis Higgs. This Victorian novella has its heroine traveling by train on Christmas Eve. You can read my review HERE.

Join in on the fun by sharing your first line in the comments and then heading over to Hoarding Books to discover other participating bloggers. Happy Friday!

 

Christmas Eve 1894

All Margaret Campbell wants for Christmas is a safe journey home. When her plans for a festive holiday with her family in Stirling crumble beneath the weight of her brother’s bitterness, the young schoolteacher wants nothing more than to return to the students she loves and the town house she calls home.
 
Then an unexpected detour places her in the path of Gordon Shaw, a handsome newspaperman from Glasgow, who struggles under a burden of remorse and shame.
 
When the secret of their shared history is revealed, will it leave them tangled in a knot of regret? Or might their past hold the threads that will bind their future together?
 
As warm as a woolen scarf on a cold winter’s eve, A Wreath of Snow is a tender story of love and forgiveness, wrapped in a celebration of all things Scottish, all things Victorian, and, especially, all things Christmas.

 

What’s your first line?

 

Top Ten Tuesday — Best Christmas Novellas

13 Sep

Thanks to the folks at The Broke And The Bookish for hosting Top 10 Tuesday every week. This week’s theme is Favorite Genres. To find out what other bloggers love to read, click HERE.

 

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It’s September and while Pumpkin Everything is popping up, the temperatures here in Middle Georgia are still in the 90s. It may be a bit hot, but when the calendar says it’s Fall, I like to begin my Christmas reading. Every year I look for a Christmas fix in books. Here is a list of some great books to read to get you in the Christmas mood, no matter the date or temperature! I’ve divided them into categories, although there is some crossover, so that you can pick the best for your mood and tastes.

Top Christmas Novellas

 

Historic and Nostalgic Christmas

The Christmas Pony by Melody Carlson

The Christmas Star by Ace Collins

A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs

Remembering Christmas by Daniel Walsh

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Suspenseful And Mysterious Christmas

Holy Night by Colleen Coble

Silent Night by Colleen Coble

Advent of Murder by Martha Oakley

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Romantic Christmas

An Endless Christmas by Cynthia Ruchti

The Christmas Note by Donna VanLiere

The Christmas Promise by Donna VanLiere

The Christmas Secret by Donna VanLiere

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Christmas with Dogs And Cats

The Christmas Cat by Melody Carlson

The Christmas Dog by Melody Carlson

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Funny Christmas

The Christmas Joy Ride by Melody Carlson

Skipping Christmas by John Grisham

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Heartwarming Christmas

A Redbird Christmas by Fanny Flagg

A Christmas Journey Home by Kathi Macias

Unexpected Christmas Hero by Kathi Macias

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What’s Your Favorite Christmas Book?

 

Book Review: The Women of Christmas

19 Nov

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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.

12930_higgs_liz_curtisLiz Curtis Higgs has been telling tales since she attempted her first novel – handwritten in a marble notebook – at the tender age of ten. Successful careers in broadcasting, public speaking, nonfiction writing, and children’s books honed Liz’s storytelling talents, bringing her back to her first love – writing fiction – at the turn of the 21st century.

A gifted speaker, Liz Curtis Higgs has presented more than 1,500 inspirational programs for audiences in all 50 United States as well as Germany, England, Canada, Ecuador, France, and Scotland. In 1995, Liz received the highest award in professional speaking, the “Council of Peers Award for Excellence,” becoming one of only forty women in the world named to the CPAE-Speaker Hall of Fame by the National Speakers Association.

On the personal side, Liz is married to Bill Higgs, Ph.D., who serves as Director of Operations for her speaking and writing office. Liz and Bill share their 19th-century farmhouse in Kentucky with their two teenagers, Matt and Lilly, and too many cats. For more about Liz, visit her Web site: www.LizCurtisHiggs.com.

My Impressions:

Looking for a way to inject a new spirit into the Christmas season? Consider adding The Women of Christmas by Liz Curtis Higgs to your reading list this year. Liz returns with her unique and insightful voice in bringing the story of Christ’s birth to light through thorough Biblical research and a writing style that touches a woman’s heart. The story of the wonder of the Messiah’s birth is told through the eyes of three women and their touch from God. Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna all lived God’s promise. Their experiences bring a personal reality to the wonderful miracle of Christmas.

I used The Women of Christmas as a daily devotional, reading a chapter a day. There is a study guide in the back of the book to enhance your quiet time and bring more depth to your study. Good for personal study, this book is also ideal for a small group study – a great way to welcome the Christmas season with friends, co-workers, or neighbors.

Recommended.

Great For Group Study.

(Thanks to the publisher for a review copy. All opinions are mine alone.)

To purchase your own copy, click on the image below.

Book Giveaway: The Women of Christmas

7 Nov

I am so excited to offer 3 copies of Liz Curtis Higgs’ newest book, The Women of Christmas. Liz’s online Bible study featuring this book begins November 14. So from now until then you have a chance to win your own copy. Just leave me a comment to enter the giveaway. Please note: US addresses only. (Thanks so much to the publisher for this great opportunity. I will post a review of The Women of Christmas in a few weeks.)

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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.

Book Review and Author Interview: A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs

5 Dec

072170_w185Reluctantly returning home for the holidays, Meg Campbell receives a frosty reception from her family and decides to leave for Edinburgh. Delayed by a snowstorm, she pours out her heart to a secretly hurting traveler named Gordon, who asks all the right questions. Can they find healing in each other—and perhaps something more?

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12930_higgs_liz_curtisLiz Curtis Higgs has been telling tales since she attempted her first novel – handwritten in a marble notebook – at the tender age of ten. Successful careers in broadcasting, public speaking, nonfiction writing, and children’s books honed Liz’s storytelling talents, bringing her back to her first love – writing fiction – at the turn of the 21st century.

A gifted speaker, Liz Curtis Higgs has presented more than 1,500 inspirational programs for audiences in all 50 United States as well as Germany, England, Canada, Ecuador, France, and Scotland. In 1995, Liz received the highest award in professional speaking, the “Council of Peers Award for Excellence,” becoming one of only forty women in the world named to the CPAE-Speaker Hall of Fame by the National Speakers Association.

On the personal side, Liz is married to Bill Higgs, Ph.D., who serves as Director of Operations for her speaking and writing office. Liz and Bill share their 19th-century farmhouse in Kentucky with their two teenagers, Matt and Lilly, and too many cats. For more about Liz, visit her Web site: www.LizCurtisHiggs.com.

My Impressions:

Liz Curtis Higgs has spent a good amount of time in Scotland in her fiction. Now she brings us a Christmas novella set in the Victorian era in A Wreath of Snow. Meg Campbell has been home just for a few days and already she has had to flee her family home. The feelings of guilt and anger toward her brother Alan, who was injured as a child, have Meg escaping to the peace and security of her Edinburg home. But first she must make a train trip on a very snowy Christmas Eve. Gordon Shaw is on that train and recognizes Meg. In his reckless youth, he was the cause of her brother’s accident. Determined to make things right after years of shame, Gordon must first gain Meg’s forgiveness.

Liz Curtis Higgs has again captured the time and place of 1894 Scotland. Her meticulous research and her very talented pen transport the reader back in time. The scenes and scents, even the snow, come to life.  Higgs has long been a favorite of mine, and this novella just reinforces her status at the top of the list of must read authors. The themes of guilt and God’s and man’s forgiveness are beautifully depicted. And there is an ending twist that will catch the reader by surprise.

So settle in with a mug of tea or cocoa and be prepared to spend a few evenings in snowy Scotland. A Wreath of Snow is a delightful addition for the Christmas reading season.

Highly Recommended.

I had the very great pleasure to meet with Liz Curtis Higgs back in July at the International Christian Retail Show in Orlando. As always, Liz was a gracious interviewee. Here are a few highlights from our conversation:

Liz told me that A Wreath of Snow grew out of a book on 19th century railways she found. She chose the year 1894 specifically because it was one of the snowiest in history. Of course she has spent a lot of time in Scotland researching her other books and has fallen in love with the people and places. (She is currently hosting a tour of Scotland! Click HERE to see details of the trip.) Another project very dear to her heart was released in July 2012 — The Girl’s Still Got It — a Bible study of the book of Ruth.

564484_w185Liz spent 5 years from start to finish on this Bible study. She began the research in 2007 and then in 2008 started teaching the material in a Bible study. In 2009 she took it with her on the platform as a 3-4 part message in speaking engagements in New Zealand, South Africa and Scotland. Her deep focus on Ruth included 14 Bible translations. Her reliance on God’s leading is the most important thing. She prayed at every verse asking Lord? and then listened. In her pre-writing phase she goes through the verses many times. She thinks of stories to share, and then and only then, she turns to the commentaries, the most respected first. She takes copious notes and documents her work for thorough footnotes. After all her research and note taking, Liz goes back to the beginning and begins writing.

Liz is a wonderfully warm and welcoming woman. She has always made me feel so comfortable. And her stories and insights make you laugh and make you think! Thanks so much to Liz for meeting with me. I look forward to leading my own group in January into the time of Ruth and Boaz in The Girl’s Still Got It.

(I received copies of A Wreath of Snow and The Girl’s Still Got It from the publisher. The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

Book Blogger Hop

29 Jul

After being gone the past few Fridays, I am finally able to participate in the Friday Book Blogger Hop hosted by Jennifer at Crazy for Books.  This week’s question is a good one!

“Highlight one book you have received this week (for review, from the library, purchased at the store, etc.) that you can’t wait to dig into!”

I had a wonderful opportunity to interview Liz Curtis Higgs at the ICRS 2 weeks ago.  She is definitely one of my favorite authors.  We were talking about a Bible study group I hope to teach in the near future, and her book, Embrace Grace, came up.  She very generously sent me a copy this week to help get me started with this new group of ladies.  I can’t wait to get started!  Thanks so much, Liz!

Embrace Grace offers hope for those of us who long to let go of guilt and embrace the boundless freedom God offers.

Liz Curtis Higgs speaks directly to the hearts of her readers in an engaging and deeply personal way. Page by page, she conveys a simple, powerful message of encouragement, showing women how to accept the gift of divine forgiveness, step by gentle step, and release lingering doubts, fears, and regrets.

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