A Black Cat Book Review
The Girl’s Still Got It by Liz Curtis Higgs
This well researched verse by verse study of the book of Ruth is a refreshing new look at the story. The story is well-known and often quoted and because it is so familiar we may think there is nothing new we can learn from it. In her down to earth style Higgs takes this ancient story and with insight and vision gives today’s reader not only a look at life then but gives her a contemporary understanding of it.
In this study we learn that there is more to love than good feelings; there is sacrifice, loss, hard work, determination, obedience, trust, and a lot of humility. We learn about how Ruth’s love for Naomi takes Naomi from bitterness to gratitude and hope. We learn about selflessness and the need to not only hold on but to let go. Boaz teaches us about patience, respect, and prudence.
Two things that I especially liked about this book were the word studies and the use of many bible translations. By delving deeper into the Hebrew words the text became clearer and gave better comprehension to the meaning. Using many bible translations helps in the understanding of the significance and intent of the verses. These two tools certainly gave me a clearer picture of the story and its lessons.
At the end of each chapter there is a short comment by a “Ruth In Real Life”. They are interesting and give perspective about the chapter from women today. There are Discussion Questions and a Study Guide included. Both are thought provoking.
And not to be missed at the very back of the book...
Righteous Ruth Rap.
I received this book free of charge from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for this review.