I have been eagerly writing today and taking down notes from reading “The Women of Easter” by Liz Curtis Higgs. I have collected my thoughts together, and have thoroughly relished in achieving this. It has been a while since I have fully read an entire book in just ONE day!!!! I felt so successful, and felt like I have achieved something for the day, which keeps me feeling truly content.
What I am going to do is set it out by each chapter so that you can get an idea and outline of the book.
So, let’s get started!
A Season of Grace
Lost in His love
I love how each chapter opens up with a beautiful, eloquent limerick.
Here is an example of one.
“Perfect submission, all is at rest, I in my Saviour, am happy and blest, watching and waiting, looking above, filled with His goodness, lost in His love”
It then goes into fictitious writing about the biblical story of Lazarus, how Mary of Bethany felt helplessness of his sickness, but when Martha invited Jesus into her house to teach – Mary was the heedful one.
We see that Mary was all ears to the teachings of Christ, while Martha was busy with other things.
What struck me in the book is that is says “In the first century, sitting at a teachers feet was the mark of a disciple, a follower and a faithful student.”
The apostle Paul said it this way – “At the feet of Gamaliel I was educated”.
We learn here that if we don’t sit and listen to the words of God we won’t learn a thing!
Luke 10:40 says Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made.
This applies to all of us – we can be so caught up with organising our studies, working, etc that we can forget to be vigilant in our everyday lives.
I feel a certain sense of conviction while reading this as so many interferences there are in this world such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, the list goes on so social media can really get in the way – Martha didn’t need the internet or smart phone to divert her attention.
The Greek word for ‘distracted’ is ‘to draw away’. We can easily be drawn away from establishing our spiritual connection with God (or if you are not a believer, then whatever you do for meditation).
You can get soooo drawn into having to do all the homemaking/chores that you don’t get the time to implant and instill spirituality into your life – Martha was so worried about getting things done that she had no time to REALLY listen.
I particularly liked this statement in the book – “Rather than fancy meals or tidy rooms, what matters most is Jesus himself”.” In the end, those things don’t satisfy our deepest longing. Transformation of the heart doesn’t come from those but from being made new in the attitude of our minds and putting on a ‘new’ self!
I love how this book uses two of these characters to show two different women after two different things.
You can either be materialistic or transformative in life and I, personally, want to be more like Mary.
Who would you rather be?
Mary went to meet the Lord
“Lord, Martha said to Jesus if you had been here my brother would not have died!”
Martha was quick in impetuosity but there was an answer in John 11:23 and Jesus was question less in his statement saying “I AM the resurrection and the life” – John 11:25
Martha’s affirmation came after Jesus asked her ‘do you believe this?’ She is self – confident in her faith and was assured when saying “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, who is to come into the world”.
Having this assurance and an irrefutable faith gives me so much more conviction.
This book is full of conviction, assurance, certainty and confidence in a cultivated and accomplished relationship with God and most women I know aspire to that.
If you want to master your life with unsurpassable truthfulness, then this is the book for you.
Learning from the women of the bible especially the factual celebration of Christ’s resurrection is a milestone and backbone of Christianity. There are plenty of manuscripts to read on the topic of Christianity but I like the idea that this book is specific about three main characters of the bible, and Liz Curtis Higgs backs up her explanations with scripture.
If you want to read something that will help you and guide you to continue and establish a stable cogitation and deep-rooted faith, this is the book for you.
The preference of words used in this book is executed well and I was delighted to indulge and delve into something that was valuable for my mind and well-being, especially for my interrelation and communion with God. I found clarity and comprehensibility of bible times, and there is great expressiveness of hope in scriptures, and the Word of God.
There is excellent articulateness and volubility of christian language and discussion (and I was most impressed by each chapter).
I still would choose the better part
We are the joy set before Him and we are the reason for this Season of Grace.
I love how Liz wrote in this chapter “Our God cares about everything and everyone.”
This chapter talks about fragrances and oils that Mary poured on Jesus’ feet.
They point out that Mary’s ministry was all about hospitality and care.
I also love how she reveals that God’s word says “If a woman has long hair, it is her glory”, which ties to her sense of self-respect and self-worth.
Liz shares a story when she was in Thailand and a lady wanted to wash her feet. Liz somehow felt uncomfortable about it but in the end learned that she felt humble to receive it as a special bestowed gift.
She continued on to say that Jesus warmly accepted Mary’s perfumed considerate offering.
I love how it talks about a woman’s character – her honesty, charity, and genuineness.
She then goes on to talk about sacrifice and the importance of giving.
I love this scripture:
“She did what she could” – Mark 14:8
Wanting to learn to give and love like Mary is imperative for an exceptional foundation and you learn about this in this chapter.
With Palms before Thee
O, most afflicted!
Luke 19:47 – Jesus uses parables to teach people.
They sat at his feet “not wanting to miss a single word”.
This chapter talked more about Jesus rather than the women – so I felt that you didn’t learn much about ‘becoming a woman of character’ rather it was more so about the passover but I did like the example of a woman in the temple softly revering God which was a powerful teaching, and the author shares the eminent scripture how “Jesus is the same, yesterday, today and forever…”
I felt this chapter honing more on the character of Jesus rather than discussing the heart of a lady that would serve Him, which I thought also was meaningful and paramount to learn more about Jesus himself, and how to be more Christ-like – I specifically loved what Liz wrote “Not what I desire, but what you desire”.
You learn about total surrender.
Thorns Thine Only Crown
This particularly acuminates on His omnipotence and miracles.
I love how Liz talks about Mary stating she became mature and self-assured and especially, a faith honed by experience and expectation. Also, that she believed her Sons calling and prophecies about Him.
It goes on to confabulate more about Jesus, the Son of God, and the story of Peter denying Him, and then His crucifixion.
This is the “Easter Story”.
This chapter expounds on Jesus’ death and how he was treated and nailed to the Cross.
What struck me was that he hung on the cross ‘wilfully’ and forgave absolutely everybody, and doing it for the freedom of our sin.
At the cross her station keeping
I delighted in the words:
‘God calls us to stand, believe, to wait and to trust’
The author also declares ‘Help us be like these women’ – that is what I yearn for as well.
This chapter is a speculation on the cross of calvary, and what Jesus accomplished. Stating ‘the women were there too’ and a personal account of Mary, Jesus’ mum concerning how she may have felt.
If you’re feeling there’s no hope – Liz teaches us to stay close to Jesus, and I excessively liked the authors statement “Help us take the leap of faith that Easter requires, Lord. Help us believe”
The women described in this publication have no physical portrayal in the bible, in which us ladies get so caught up with in this 21st century regarding body image.
liz teaches that no matter how we look, God looks at our heart and what matters to Him is our relationship with Him.
I know that my Redeemer lives
This is dealing with God choosing women to serve as His witnesses and mainly about how Jesus rose from the dead. With this passage in plain-sight, there is nothing more true.
Mark 16:6 “He has risen!”
The authors reflection is thoughtful when writing “Lord, help us think of You as Mary did”.
Mary will always be identified as the mother of the Son of God.
The book finishes off with the song lyrics of “Christ, the Lord is risen today” written by the famous hymn writer, Charles Wesley.
I loved how everything is interwoven, and Liz uses her storytelling aspect to keep it full of substance with each story focused on each “Mary”.
The manuscript includes a *Reading Group Guide which helps you dig deeper into this fascinating study of the three Mary’s and the One they loved.
Liz Curtis Higgs is a New York Times bestseller who also wrote “Bad girls of the Bible”, “Embrace Grace” and “It’s good to be Queen”.
I particularly want to read this, “The Women of Christmas“
and, 31 Verses to Write on your heart looks stunning, and my cup of tea!
Plus, don’t forget to check out her blog!!
I received this book from Blogging for Books
http://www.BloggingForBooks.org for this review.”