Oops, I Relate More to the Bad Girls in the Bible

I had a wild, but beautiful plan to sleep in until noon, do a face mask, and get coffee before I had to be at work at 2:30. Would you like to know what I did instead? It doesn’t matter if you answered yes or no, because I’m going to keep talking either way, but sometimes it’s nice to think you have a choice.

What I actually did was wake up to two phone calls from a coworker at 8:26 and 8:29. I did not answer either phone call, which worked out for me because they texted me at 8:30. Then I made the mistake of opening Facebook…which led to me watching videos from The Real daytime show for AN HOUR AND A HALF?? Who am I?

I followed that with watching the Hulu Fyre Festival documentary (I watched the Netflix one last night) and while I could talk about that for a LONG time, I actually wanted to talk to you guys about the book I finished yesterday. 

The book was Bad Girls of the Bible: And What We Can Learn from Them by Liz Curtis Higgs. I went straight to Goodreads to update that I was done with the book, and glanced at the review. The one that caught my eye was from a woman who started her review with “I am not a Christian.” She said a lot in the review, but the gist was that she thought it was refreshing, and the book made the Bible more interesting and understandable. 

As someone who has lived in church for 25 years, gone to church camp every summer of my life, and went to private Christian schools for 16 years, I cannot agree more with this review. In the book Liz talks about ten women in the bible: Eve, Potiphar’s wife, Lot’s wife, the woman at the well, Delilah, Sapphira, Rahab, Jezebel, Michal, and “the sinful woman.” Notice that several of them don’t even have names? 

In the beginning of each chapter Liz modernizes these stories, and then explains the story from the Bible verse by verse. I will be honest that I did not care much for the modernized stories, but I can see how they would be helpful for some, so I just skimmed through and went to the actual Bible study portions. I loved seeing Bible stories from a different perspective, and also was very surprised at how relatable these women are. 

“When she was perfect, beautiful, and innocent, I found no toehold where I could connect with Eve. When she was tempted by her flesh, humbled by her sin, and redeemed by her God, I could sing out, “Oh, sister Eve! Can we talk?” 

Can I relate to Ruth who left her home and everyone she knows to follow her dead husband’s mom to a place she had never been to work in a barley field? No, I hate fields and physical labor. Can I relate to Esther, who marries a king and risks her life to save all of her people? No, I’m horrified at the idea of even going on a date, and I don’t like doing things where I could potentially be murdered. 

Can I relate to Lot’s wife who didn’t want to leave her stuff? Yeah, and if Springfield was on fire and all of my friends were still there, I would turn around too, so go ahead and call me salty. Can I relate to Michal, who was a daddy’s girl? Yep, my dad is my favorite person. Can I relate to Sapphira who didn’t give away EVERYTHING she had? Uh, yeah.

So, there you have it. I relate more to the bad girls of the Bible. What a weird time.

I hope you’re all having a wonderful day!

Love, Hannah