Charming dialogue, grace-rich theology, and intelligent, historical storytelling...yes, please!
The Girl's Still Got It by Liz Curtis Higgs is absolutely delightful! I loved every second of this book. Higgs is witty, grounded, and absolutely hilarious.
She brings the story of Naomi, Ruth, and the heroic Boaz to life in such a way that the characters jump off the page. My heart ached as poor Naomi cried out in the desert, "the Lord's hand has gone out against me". I swelled with pride as Ruth honorably, and diligently labored in the field under the hot Bethlehem sun. And I smiled with hope as Boaz valiently came to her aid- even more so when he betrothed her to himself!
What a story! What a redeemer! Which reminds me, Higgs never once fails to bring all praise and all honor and all glory back to the true Redeemer- Our Savior. At every opportunity, she reminds us that this love story is a shadow of the story to come- the story of our "kinsman-redeemer". This book was truly a fountain of blessing to my thirsty soul.
The line by line pace that Higgs sets allows her to diligently expose the tiniest of details within the Naomi/Ruth story. This also revealed to me how absolutely thorough she was in her research for this book. And though it would seem that this type of pace would tend to lag, I can assure you, her clever anecdotes and girlfriend-conversation style make every paragraph easy and enjoyable to read. The empathy and insight that she possesses are a gift from the Lord, and I was constantly stretched to feel things about these characters that I might normally be calloused to.
If you have any hesitation about reading this for fear that she might take too many fictional liberties, fear not. Considering myself a careful reader- one who takes scripture very seriously, I did not feel that she over-stepped her bounds at all. In fact, though I would normally tend to frown upon this type of storytelling, she put my anxiety to rest within the first chapter by preparing me that her writing came forth from both her imagination and old fashioned research- as she put it. And she does an excellent job of distinguishing which is which.
As I said before, this retelling of the story of Naomi, Ruth, and Boaz was a rich blessing to my heart.
Should you choose to read it, I'll bet it blesses you, too.
I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review. I was not required to give a positive review. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.