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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 co 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.


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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 co 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.

30 review for The Women of Christmas

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Lambert

    It's a quick read, only took me a couple evenings. I love her conversational style of writing. It's like she's just telling me a story. I want to curl up on her sofa with some tea or coffee and just chat. This is not the typical advent study. It does discuss Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna, but it's so refreshing to hear this spin on it. These women are brought alive in the books as we ponder each verse, each event, the omissions as well as the details. Even thought I've read the verses in the Bible num It's a quick read, only took me a couple evenings. I love her conversational style of writing. It's like she's just telling me a story. I want to curl up on her sofa with some tea or coffee and just chat. This is not the typical advent study. It does discuss Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna, but it's so refreshing to hear this spin on it. These women are brought alive in the books as we ponder each verse, each event, the omissions as well as the details. Even thought I've read the verses in the Bible numerous times and taught them to my children each holiday during our advent studies, I learned so much and prayed through this book that it would touch my girls' hearts this season. I plan to read a chapter or so each day for my girls. I just know they'll love it! Each chapter open with a beloved Christmas carol or hymn and those set the themes for the chapters. Love this! I'm also fascinated by the description of the angels and the important they play in the Christmas story. Interspersed are encouraging and enlightening quotes from women from Liz's online Bible study. Women just like you! Silence is just as important as shouting in the Christmas story and in our Christian lives. The ultimate theme in the book for me was the difference in voices, all important to God in their own way: struck silent, singing, praising, shouting, praying, pondering, worshiping. I love how God uses the ordinary in extraordinary ways. We idolize people in the Bible stories, imagining they were so different and we could never do that, but oh, yes we can! These women were faithful. Elizabeth's husband questioned. Mary's betrothed worried. Despite it all, they were obedient. I pray that I could be obedient and faithful too. God can use anyone for His purposes. Eight wondrous chapters tell the tales of these three ordinary women surrounding the coming of Christ as a babe. A study guide helps us on the journey to celebrate this event with joy.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Faith

    This book is incredible. The amazing writing, the details in the Christmas story that I had never caught before, the rawness and realness of Mrs. Higgs... So good! I read it last December/January (another Mom-recommendation! ;D), and I really enjoyed it. The writing is so eloquent and even lyrical. The author dug deep into the lives and hearts of these three women of Christmas through the little we're told about each of them. She truly succeeded in bringing Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna 'to life' thr This book is incredible. The amazing writing, the details in the Christmas story that I had never caught before, the rawness and realness of Mrs. Higgs... So good! I read it last December/January (another Mom-recommendation! ;D), and I really enjoyed it. The writing is so eloquent and even lyrical. The author dug deep into the lives and hearts of these three women of Christmas through the little we're told about each of them. She truly succeeded in bringing Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna 'to life' through her beautiful words. Absolutely amazing. <3

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sherri

    Her conversational style made it seem like shes across the table having coffee with you. Gave me a more intropective look and thought to the women of the Bible.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Cotnoir

    What a lovely book. I'm so glad I took the time to read this over the holidays, though it is a good read any time of the year. It takes you verse by verse through Luke 2 and a few other passages and really digs down into what Elizabeth, Mary and Anna (as well as Zechariah, Joseph and Simeon) could have been thinking and feeling, what kind of people they were, as well as their response to God and His Word. It was thought-provoking and edifying. I liked the author's conversational style of writing What a lovely book. I'm so glad I took the time to read this over the holidays, though it is a good read any time of the year. It takes you verse by verse through Luke 2 and a few other passages and really digs down into what Elizabeth, Mary and Anna (as well as Zechariah, Joseph and Simeon) could have been thinking and feeling, what kind of people they were, as well as their response to God and His Word. It was thought-provoking and edifying. I liked the author's conversational style of writing, however there were a few instances where I felt she may have taken some artistic liberties in describing what the characters were thinking - there are some things that we just can't really know because the Bible is not specific in that area. Besides that, I really enjoyed the book and plan to read it again.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I've done much better at keeping Jesus in focus this year, and "The Women of Christmas" by Liz Curtis Higgs has had a lot to do with that. If you've ever been blessed to hear Liz speak, you know she has a verse-by-verse teaching style. This is exactly how the book is set up, going through the birth narratives in Luke 1-2 and Matthew 1-2 verse by verse. I find this method helps to slow me down and really ponder what Scripture is teaching. The book starts by focusing first on Elizabeth, mother of Jo I've done much better at keeping Jesus in focus this year, and "The Women of Christmas" by Liz Curtis Higgs has had a lot to do with that. If you've ever been blessed to hear Liz speak, you know she has a verse-by-verse teaching style. This is exactly how the book is set up, going through the birth narratives in Luke 1-2 and Matthew 1-2 verse by verse. I find this method helps to slow me down and really ponder what Scripture is teaching. The book starts by focusing first on Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist, then Mary, mother of Jesus, and finally the prophetess Anna. The details Liz provides give new insight to what for many is a familiar story. For instance, Elizabeth's husband was unable to hear or speak throughout the duration of her pregnancy, and she kept herself in seclusion for five months (Luke 1:24). Imagine how happy she was to receive Mary into her home and have someone to talk to! And think of what a blessing for Mary to hear Elizabeth declare she was carrying the Messiah (Luke 1:43) when she may not have been sure herself if she was pregnant yet. I can imagine Mary traveling to Elizabeth and going over and over in her mind what she could possibly say to Elizabeth to explain what God was doing in her life. What a gift for Mary to hear Elizabeth's declaration! And who could understand Mary better than Elizabeth, and vice versa? "The Women of Christmas" consists of 8 easy to read chapters (the first chapter took me 12 minutes to read) and has a study guide with discussion questions at the back of the book, making this great for groups as well as individuals. This book is well worth the read regardless of the season.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    Loved this book! I enjoyed getting to know Elizabeth, Mary and Anna better, details of their life. This book helped keep my focus on Christmas and the true meaning. This will be an annual December read for me.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Deanna Gottreu

    The Women of Christmas by Liz Curtis Higgs is a wonderful book for the Christmas season or for any time of the year. The book covers the lives of Mary, Elizabeth, and Anna in the months before the birth of Jesus and a few weeks after His birth. Each woman is presented through Bible scriptures and the narrative of the author. Mary is newly betrothed but she is pregnant, Elizabeth is old and barren but she also becomes pregnant, and Anna is old, widowed, and lives in the Temple waiting for the arr The Women of Christmas by Liz Curtis Higgs is a wonderful book for the Christmas season or for any time of the year. The book covers the lives of Mary, Elizabeth, and Anna in the months before the birth of Jesus and a few weeks after His birth. Each woman is presented through Bible scriptures and the narrative of the author. Mary is newly betrothed but she is pregnant, Elizabeth is old and barren but she also becomes pregnant, and Anna is old, widowed, and lives in the Temple waiting for the arrival of the Messiah. Of course the story also includes Joseph a carpenter who is betrothed to Mary, Zechariah a priest who is the husband of Elizabeth, and Simeon also a priest and living each day waiting to see the promised Messiah. The one thing that all three women have in common is that their hearts belong to God. And Mary and Elizabeth are blessed to have husbands that love and obey God. Liz Higgs does an excellent job in presenting the story of these three women and showing the involvement in and contribution of each of them in the Christmas story. The style of the writing made for easy reading and enjoyment. Liz wrote a paragraph or two to introduce each woman and then a verse of scripture was given and Liz would then give her interpretation of that verse, another verse was given, Liz would interpret, and this style of writing was continued throughout the entire book.. This form was also used for the three men in the story. This style of writing made the Christmas story so easy to understand and brought new thoughts to mind even though I have been hearing and reading the Christmas story for decades. A study guide is presented at the end for individual or small group study. This is a small book but it packs a big punch. I definitely recommend this book to all who would like to know more about Mary, Elizabeth, and Anna and their participation in the Christmas story. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishers through their Blogging for Books program in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to give a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Kaylyn

    Received as an Early Review from LibraryThing. An excellent book for a Bible study or small group. I love Liz Curtis Higgs' writing style. Very easy to read and enjoy. It was interesting to think about what the women and their husbands must have thought and felt.

  9. 5 out of 5

    christianchicklit

    Some Interesting Insights On The Stories of Elizabeth, Mary and the Birth of Jesus. Liz Curtis Higgs is one of my favorite authors! I thoroughly enjoyed her recent book The Girl's Still Got It which told the story of Ruth in great detail by dissecting line by line of the scripture. She brings this same writing style and in-depth analysis of the story of Elizabeth, Mary and the birth of Jesus. Maybe because these stories are more familiar to me, I didn't get as much added insight into the stories Some Interesting Insights On The Stories of Elizabeth, Mary and the Birth of Jesus. Liz Curtis Higgs is one of my favorite authors! I thoroughly enjoyed her recent book The Girl's Still Got It which told the story of Ruth in great detail by dissecting line by line of the scripture. She brings this same writing style and in-depth analysis of the story of Elizabeth, Mary and the birth of Jesus. Maybe because these stories are more familiar to me, I didn't get as much added insight into the stories as I did with her writings on Ruth. However, Liz puts such a great amount of research into writing her books, that you do learn some interesting tidbits along the way about the people, the geography, the culture, etc. For example, the shepherds were among the first people to see the baby Jesus, but I never knew that they were despised in the culture and were regarded as thieves. Liz mentions that because shepherds were seen as unreliable, they were not even permitted to give evidence in court. This type of detail does give new dimension to the fact that the shepherds were among the first to hear the news of Jesus' birth and to seek out the newborn baby. This is a fast read and is an interesting source to immerse yourself with the Christmas Story as we head into the holiday season. There are also tips at the end for how to use this book in a small group and a discussion guide is included. I received a complimentary copy of this book from WaterBrook Multnomah in exchange for this fair and unbiased review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Darlene Franklin

    I was a little disappointed in this book by one of my favorite nonfiction authors (favorite fiction author, too, actually). Perhaps because I'm so familiar with the Christmas story, I have pondered many of these points before. The best part were the comments from Liz'z Bible study group, how the study had changed them.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    This was a nice quick little read about the three women in the Christmas story in some way. I liked how the author told the story but I wasn't a huge fan of all the breaks in between each verse she choose to talk about. I felt she could have put more verses together and limited all the talking at times because it made the book feel slow at times when it really wasn't.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Tina "IRead2Escape"

    I have heard so much about Liz Curtis Higgs and her amazing gift of writing but this is the first I've read for myself. I was captivated from the very beginning. First of all her gift for making it feel like you are just sitting there listening to her tell you about her views on the Women of Christmas is definitely God-given. Every time I opened this book I just felt warm and snuggly. We've all heard the story of Mary, the virgin mother. And I'm pretty confident most of us have even heard about E I have heard so much about Liz Curtis Higgs and her amazing gift of writing but this is the first I've read for myself. I was captivated from the very beginning. First of all her gift for making it feel like you are just sitting there listening to her tell you about her views on the Women of Christmas is definitely God-given. Every time I opened this book I just felt warm and snuggly. We've all heard the story of Mary, the virgin mother. And I'm pretty confident most of us have even heard about Elizabeth, John the Baptist's mom and Anna the faithful widow that served out the rest of her life in the temple. But, I venture to say this book will make you look at them in a different light and renew your appreciation for these Godly women and the lives they led. Whether you are a new christian or familiar with all parts of the Christmas story I truly believe this book has something to offer you.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Annette

    Source: Free copy from WaterBrook for review. The Women of Christmas, is the story of Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna. They were the three women of the first Christmas, when the babe Jesus was born. They were women of varying personalities and age differences; however, they shared a common bond of faith in God. Each of them were called by God for a distinct role and they waited in faith for their appointed time as God's servant. They will forever be remembered as playing a part in the most important s Source: Free copy from WaterBrook for review. The Women of Christmas, is the story of Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna. They were the three women of the first Christmas, when the babe Jesus was born. They were women of varying personalities and age differences; however, they shared a common bond of faith in God. Each of them were called by God for a distinct role and they waited in faith for their appointed time as God's servant. They will forever be remembered as playing a part in the most important story ever told. “It's the women who carry the story, teaching us by example to wait upon the Lord, to trust him with everything that matters to us, to pray until our prayers our answered.” Page 4. During the Christmas season people remark (even myself) that we feel a rush to cross off our to-do list. Endless events happen during the month of December that feel as if we will be swept away through to January missing Christmas Day completely, except for a blurred memory of discarded wrapping paper around the Christmas tree and a sink full of dirty dishes. Readjusting our minds and hearts to the “real meaning” of Christmas takes effort and help. The Women of Christmas, is the answer. After reading Liz Curtis Higgs Christmas devotional book on Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna, I feel refreshed and energized feeling as if I've received a Christmas blessing. Liz Curtis Higgs's writing style is warm, cheerful, and gracious. She places my heart at ease, encouraging me to take a deep breath, relax, and be drawn back to focus on the first Christmas story. “God's strength is fully revealed when our strength is fully depleted, His power is made perfect in our weakness.” Page 19. Higg's is observant and insightful in bringing out key points from Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna, that I'd not thought of before. For example: “God didn't choose Mary because she was unique. Mary was unique because God chose her.” Page 44. The Women of Christmas, first began as an online Bible study for women. Higg's has shared some of their feelings and words of wisdom in this edition. By sharing from other women it gave the book an intimate feel, a feeling of being apart of a larger group of like-minded women who were studying the three women of the first Christmas. I enjoyed Higg's utilizing several different Bible versions, instead of the common approach of one. A study guide is included for individual or small groups use. The Women of Christmas, is a wonderful choice to give as a gift at Christmas.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Louann

    I led my Life Group (8 women) through this study for four (4) weeks, two chapters each week. We were all awestruck with Mary ... a baby herself, giving birth to the Lord of lords and King of kings. The discussion about her and how she felt when she held Him in her arms for the first time, parenting Him, raising and training Him, only to let Him go and do what God had sent Him to earth to do. Knowing your child's fate and not being able to control it. Powerful teaching. The question came up "Mary I led my Life Group (8 women) through this study for four (4) weeks, two chapters each week. We were all awestruck with Mary ... a baby herself, giving birth to the Lord of lords and King of kings. The discussion about her and how she felt when she held Him in her arms for the first time, parenting Him, raising and training Him, only to let Him go and do what God had sent Him to earth to do. Knowing your child's fate and not being able to control it. Powerful teaching. The question came up "Mary, did she know?" I believe she did .. because the Angel told her she found favor from God to be the Mother of our Savior .. so how could she not know His fate? This little book is full of wonderful insights into the three women .. Elizabeth, Mary and Anna. It amazes me what insight Liz Curtis Higgs brings to the table .. the in depth study she has done on these women. We can learn so much from young Mary. So much wisdom from a 12-1/2 year old. So much faith and immediate obedience. Oh wouldn't life be so much simpler if I were like Mary? Or Anna...who prayed continuously? Or Elizabeth who never gave up on her dream and prayed without ceasing and God honored her in her old ago (what was old back then anyway)? Beautifully written. Inspiring. Must read for all.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Pauline

    We read this for adult Sunday School class. It has interesting background information (though the pastor pointed out that some of that information is subject to debate), and some good spiritual insights. I have not read anything else by Higgs, and this may not be all that typical of her style, but I didn't particularly care for it, especially her use of so many Bible versions, repeating the same phrase in multiple translations. (There are probably some verses where that is helpful, but she does We read this for adult Sunday School class. It has interesting background information (though the pastor pointed out that some of that information is subject to debate), and some good spiritual insights. I have not read anything else by Higgs, and this may not be all that typical of her style, but I didn't particularly care for it, especially her use of so many Bible versions, repeating the same phrase in multiple translations. (There are probably some verses where that is helpful, but she does that so much in this book that I found it annoying after a while.) Another reader said this is good devotional reading and that is probably true. But I would have preferred something deeper, and covering material that I haven't heard Christmas after Christmas for decades.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bethany

    I really tried to read this book before Christmas, and I thought it would be no sweat. It looked like a pretty quick rea, but something kept me from wanting to open it up again. I didn't mind the way the author went verse by verse; I'm used to that type of teaching and feel like it is a good way for the author to make sure she covers all of her points. But I didn't feel anything special about what I was reading, no connection with it (although I did learn a few things and saw a few things about I really tried to read this book before Christmas, and I thought it would be no sweat. It looked like a pretty quick rea, but something kept me from wanting to open it up again. I didn't mind the way the author went verse by verse; I'm used to that type of teaching and feel like it is a good way for the author to make sure she covers all of her points. But I didn't feel anything special about what I was reading, no connection with it (although I did learn a few things and saw a few things about this portion of the Bible that I hadn't noticed before). Disappointed, but maybe it just didn't match my reading mood lately. I'll try it again next year.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    In compliance with FTC guidelines, I received the book for free through Goodreads First Reads. I like the idea of this book but not the execution. The author follows the story of three women (Mary, Anna, and Elizabeth) and their importance during the advent season. The approach is very simplistic. She will go line by line using various translations and then explain them further, even if they do not need to be explained. It is written conversationally and is a quick read.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lori

    I enjoyed focusing on the three women of Christmas, Elizabeth, Mary and Anna. Liz Curtis Higgs takes us through the Christmas story verse by verse, using several different translations that add insight to each. She tells the story in a very personal manner, often likening events and situations to how we might feel and respond today. I especially loved thinking about Elizabeth and Anne more deeply than I have before.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Joy

    Read this a chapter a week with a group of FB friends and we wrap it up this week. Liz looks past the obvious traits of three women of Christmas and the men around them. She shares her research and her own thoughtful insights. This book has enriched my understanding of the Christmas story. This is a book to go back to every Christmas to capture the true meaning of Christmas.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Marilyn

    Most people know who Mary, Elizabeth and Anna are. But what were their lives really like? Let Liz Higgins give you a new interpretation of their amazing yet simple lives. A study guide is included and makes a good book club book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    SarahO

    Loved reading about these amazing women and how they completely opened themselves up to God's will. I've always loved the story of Christmas and this book gave me more time with it and a deeper insight. Completely loved it!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlin Hall

    it was interesting at some parts. but overall, it was a very long, boring book. i wouldn't recommend it to everyone

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bonne Lynn

    This is book a read ever year in November and December. Having multiple miscarriages, this book is a gentle reminder about hope.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Donna Mckeller

    Beautifully written ( did I expect less?) and thought provoking after looking at Elizabeth, Mary and Anna (along with Zacharias, Joseph and Simeon) from a different perspective. I had just finished reading a mystery series and it's ending left me a little...well, devastated, and I needed something to ease the pain of saying good bye to an old friend in the characters I was now finished with. ( I know how book geeky can you be but they've been around for 18 books) I was browsing through the librar Beautifully written ( did I expect less?) and thought provoking after looking at Elizabeth, Mary and Anna (along with Zacharias, Joseph and Simeon) from a different perspective. I had just finished reading a mystery series and it's ending left me a little...well, devastated, and I needed something to ease the pain of saying good bye to an old friend in the characters I was now finished with. ( I know how book geeky can you be but they've been around for 18 books) I was browsing through the library's ebook collection and Liz is one of my first go to's when I need a little extra something. And there it was. I had all ready decided since it was December I'd read some Christmas themed books. This took my breath away and made me feel like I was right there with them as the Angel visited, and all the way through to their stories Christmas end. It made me look anew at these age old people I have heard of my entire life and brought them to life for me in a new way. Thank you Liz for yet another wonderful lesson that never feels like I'm being tortured through a lecture but like I'm having a cup of tea or coffee and a chat with a friend who just happens to point things out in conversation that stick with me.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Debbie

    "The Women of Christmas" is a Bible study focusing on the women involved in Jesus birth narrative, from Elizabeth and Mary to Anna. The author went verse-by-verse from Luke 1:5 to 2:40 and commented on events. She provided cultural background information so the reader could better understand and visualize events. (Frankly, though, I didn't always think she was right. For example, she suggests that Elizabeth went into seclusion until she felt her baby first move. I've read that, traditonally, wom "The Women of Christmas" is a Bible study focusing on the women involved in Jesus birth narrative, from Elizabeth and Mary to Anna. The author went verse-by-verse from Luke 1:5 to 2:40 and commented on events. She provided cultural background information so the reader could better understand and visualize events. (Frankly, though, I didn't always think she was right. For example, she suggests that Elizabeth went into seclusion until she felt her baby first move. I've read that, traditonally, women went into seclusion once they started to show until birth and I always assumed that's what Elizabeth did.) She also suggested what people might have felt during those events and provided other insights. There's a short study guide in the back with questions for further discussion or thought. Overall, I'd recommend this joyful Bible study.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    For the past seven weeks, I've been blessed to lead a Women of Christmas Bible Study for a group of ladies in my community.⁣ ⁣ Liz Curtis Higgs' studies are always so fun and this one was no exception!⁣ ⁣ Liz uses different versions of the Bible to help her readers gain new insight into familiar passages of Scripture.⁣ ⁣ And, this study, like Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible (another Liz study I've done) has got an in-depth Study Guide in the back that is great for group discussion or for journaling on For the past seven weeks, I've been blessed to lead a Women of Christmas Bible Study for a group of ladies in my community.⁣ ⁣ Liz Curtis Higgs' studies are always so fun and this one was no exception!⁣ ⁣ Liz uses different versions of the Bible to help her readers gain new insight into familiar passages of Scripture.⁣ ⁣ And, this study, like Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible (another Liz study I've done) has got an in-depth Study Guide in the back that is great for group discussion or for journaling on your own.⁣ ⁣ The Women of Christmas shines the spotlight on three of God's leading ladies - Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna - and what each one has to teach us.⁣ ⁣ I highly recommend this book!⁣

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tricia Mcwilliams

    I love the way God used these women of different ages and social statues. One carried a son that delivered the news of the Messiah's return. Another carried and delivered Emmanual, God's son, the Messiah. The third announced He is here. I like the perspective the author and other ladies she quoted gave on the greatest story ever told. Elizabeth, Mary and Anna were great examples of how we can grow closer to God through worship, praise, prayer and service to God.. This book is well worth reading I love the way God used these women of different ages and social statues. One carried a son that delivered the news of the Messiah's return. Another carried and delivered Emmanual, God's son, the Messiah. The third announced He is here. I like the perspective the author and other ladies she quoted gave on the greatest story ever told. Elizabeth, Mary and Anna were great examples of how we can grow closer to God through worship, praise, prayer and service to God.. This book is well worth reading and using examples from it to grow closer to the Messiah.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    This book is so incredibly beautiful. Honestly, if you can, I highly recommend reading it before Christmas. It is a fast, but thought provoking read. It just puts everything about Christmas into a beautiful perspective. If you need to step away from the hustle and bustle and stress of the holiday season and bring Christmas back to your heart in the way it should be, pick this up. It will bring you such peace and beauty.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Elizabeth, Mary, Anna. The women surrounding the Christmas story, often overshadowed by the wise men, angels, and of course baby Jesus himself. This reflective book broke down each relevant verse from the gospels and gave some insight. Interspersed are also some quotes and observations from women - which I found took away from rather than added to the reflection and study. Overall a nice way to spend the Christmas season in preparation - with a few pages a day.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jenni

    You can't go wrong with Liz Curtis Higgs, she speaks so plainly yet eloquently. This was a short, easy to read devotional that leads you to reflect on how these biblical women played a key role in the life of the Christ child and how our daily decisions continue to impact our faith life and witness to those around us.

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