31 Proverbs To Light Your Path (Review)
This is the first of the more than 30 books written by Liz Curtis Higgs that I have read. Having seen her name repeatedly on books written for women, it was time for me to evaluate what she was offering. Pleased that 31 Proverbs to Light Your Path lives up to her purpose “to help women embrace the grace of God with joy and abandon.”
Number of Pages: 224
Dimensions: 8 X 5.18 (inches)
Amazon Rank: #90 in Christian Books & Bibles Christian Living Women's Issues
Release Date: October 3rd, 2017
Liz takes popular verses from the Book of Proverbs, dissects them by phrases and explains each one with relevance for today’s woman. Instead of the theological findings and academic significance which some Bible Studies offer, she does something more useful to the majority of readers. She concentrates on helping them gain and apply wisdom on the various issues of life.
For example, on Proverbs 15:16 (Better a little with the fear of the LORD that great wealth with turmoil), she comments on Better a little: “The same televisions that urge us to buy more, more, more also show us news stories of the rich and famous who are utterly miserable. Wealth can solve a few day-to-day problems, but it’s a poor salve for heartache or disappointment.”
Each verse for the day forms a short chapter. At the end of every chapter, there is a prayer followed a One Minute, One Step exercise to encourage immediate action on the lesson gained from the selected verse.
At the end of the 31 verses, there is a study guide, one portion for each chapter, which includes Bible passages outside the Book of Proverbs, questions which can inspire personal reflection, and some which may form the basis for group discussion.
The power of her writing rests mainly in the straightforward manner in which she illustrates from her own life how she applies what she is teaching.
She shares on Proverbs 17:22, (A cheerful heart is a good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones), “A few Aprils ago I was diagnosed with clinical depression… I will leave any additional advice to those who are qualified to give it, but may I just say that there is no zero shame in taking an antidepressant… It doesn’t mean you don’t trust God. If your body needs more serotonin, then swallow your pride and swallow the pill your doctor prescribes.”
Liz Curtis Higgs has authored over 30 books, her most famous being the Bad Girls of the Bible series. Here Burns My Candle was named 2010 Best Inspirational Romance.
In 31 Proverbs to Light Your Path, she relates her stories with humility and humor. They are all about how her life has improved since walking in God's wisdom, and she shares details that demonstrate some human struggles to which we can relate. Her prayer after the study on Proverbs 17: 22 is "Lord Jesus, how I love to laugh. Thank You for making that possible. Bless You for calling it holy. I am ever grateful for Your good, good medicine."
The practicality of the One Minute, One Step exercises is also powerful. Not only do they push readers to start acting of what they learn, they create a sense of well-being based on the performance of well-doing. After a lesson on gracious speech, the exercise asks the reader to “Text, e-mail, or tweet a brief, encouraging word to a friend right now. Make it personal and sincere. Rather than asking a question that requires a response, just let her know you’re thinking of her and what you appreciate about her.”
Readers who want more than they get from the usual devotional consisting of only a Scripture verse and a lightweight commentary, will get more depth from 31 Proverbs to Light Your Path; and they will actually become wiser about maximizing their spiritual experience.
Writers, like me who want to write under the themes of Christian Living and Women’s Issues will learn from Liz how to tell their own stories in a way that empowers.
Anyone can gain light on his or her path from these devotionals which promote the Godly wisdom the author writes about.
Through Blogging for Books (http://www.bloggingforbooks.com/), I received this book free from the publisher. There was no request for me to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.