Sunday, January 14, 2018

Review: 31 Proverbs to Light Your Path by Liz Curtis Higgs


From the Back of the Book

Wherever you are on your journey, here is the wisdom you need for the road ahead. Maybe you’re stuck and want to move forward. Or you feel anxious and long to know what’s next. Or you’re ready for an uplifting reminder that God holds your future in His loving hands.

 
Chosen by hundreds of women as their favorite verses in Proverbs, these thirty-one nuggets of truth reveal how faithfully God honors His promise, “I will instruct you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths” (Proverbs 4:11).
Best-selling author Liz Curtis Higgs examines each word with care and adds a sprinkling of humor through her honest stories and personal examples. For each verse you’ll find a unique “One Minute, One Step” challenge—a do-it-now task that requires one minute or less. You’ll soon discover how practical and meaningful the book of Proverbs is as you apply its ancient wisdom to your thoroughly modern life.
With a study guide included, 31 Proverbs to Light Your Path is a daily devotional and a small-group Bible study, wrapped in a beautiful gift book brimming with encouragement!

My Thoughts

31 Proverbs to Light Your Path by Liz Curtis Higgs is simply a wonderful book! I can't recommend it enough. I'm planning to re-read it soon and I've already bought copies to give as gifts.

This book can be used as a devotional or read along with your usual devotions. Each chapter is short and focuses on one verse from Proverbs. Each chapter also contains a brief prayer as well as an action step that can be done in 60 seconds or less. There is a study guide in the back of the book which can be used as you read this book yourself or it could be used in a group for discussion. 

I liked how the author related stories from her life in each chapter. I felt like that made it feel like you weren't alone if you were convicted by that chapter's verse. Also, some of the stories that Liz shares are just plain funny! 

If you are looking for a devotional or a book for your Bible study group, I highly recommend this book!

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review. 

I Was Inspired

I was inspired by most chapters in this book so it's tough to pick out a few things to discuss here. I've narrowed it down to two of my favorites:

Chapter 29's verse is "A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones." Proverbs 14:30. I read this as I was praying about what to do about my blogging future. I was comparing my blog to other blogs about the same "age" as mine or what other blogs were like when they were my blog's "age". My blog definitely comes up short! But I realized that that's okay. I felt very clear direction that I was to continue for the reason I started in the first place which was to discuss how Christian books inspire us. So, you'll be seeing a lot more "I Was Inspired" sections in my posts in the future. :) And, I'll be continuing to read and cheer for all of the other Christian book blogs out there - they're wonderful and I'd miss out on some great Christian fiction if those blogs didn't exist!

Chapter 5's verse is "A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret." Proverbs 11:13. While I don't have trouble keeping to myself things told to me in confidence, I DO need to continue working on how I participate in discussions where people are criticizing other people behind their backs (or "talking about people"). I am striving to be a positive voice rather than joining in on the negativity. When I have the power to influence a conversation to show someone in a more positive light, I want to do that. 

Let me know in the comments if you have a favorite Proverb or a favorite book by Liz Curtis Higgs!

Read on below to learn about the author, other books she's written, and how to connect with her.

About Liz Curtis Higgs

In her bestselling series of Bad Girls of the Bible books, workbooks, and videos, Liz Curtis Higgs breathes new life into ancient tales about the most infamous—and intriguing—women in scriptural history, from Jezebel to Mary Magdalene.   She is the author of more than 30 books, with more than 4.6 million copies in print. Her popular nonfiction books include Bad Girls of the Bible, Really Bad Girls of the Bible, Unveiling Mary Magdalene, Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible, Rise and Shine, and Embrace Grace. She’s also the author of the award-winning novels Here Burns My Candle and Mine Is the Night.   Her children’s Parable series received a 1998 ECPA Gold Medallion for Excellence, her nonfiction book Embrace Grace won a 2007 Retailers Choice Award, and her novel Whence Came a Prince received a 2006 Christy Award for Best Historical Novel. Here Burns My Candle was named 2010 Best Inspirational Romance by Romantic Times Book Reviews, and her 2011 novel, Mine Is the Night, was a New York Times bestseller.  On the personal side, Liz is married to Bill Higgs, PhD, who serves as director of operations for her speaking and writing office. Liz and Bill enjoy their old Kentucky home, a nineteenth-century farmhouse in Louisville, and are the proud parents of two college grads, Matthew and Lillian. Visit Liz’s website, LizCurtisHiggs.com.

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