Christmas Book Review: The Women of Christmas by Liz Curtis Higgs // 12 Days of Christmas Day 10

Today is Day 10 of the 12 Days of Christmas! When I started participating in this blog party, I wasn’t sure if I would keep up with posting every day – and now here we are in the home stretch! I work like normal today (although I expect it to be fairly crazy), but then I have four days off work to celebrate and relax. I am looking forward to it so very much!

The book I am reviewing today is one I just finished a few days ago. It has caught me by surprise with how much I enjoyed reading it and how much I truly got from it; even though it is nonfiction, it is as engaging as any fiction book. I couldn’t put it down once I started reading it!

About the Book

The Women of Christmas

Title: The Women of Christmas

Author: Liz Curtis Higgs

Genre: Nonfiction, Theology – Christmas

Synopsis: 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.

My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

My Thoughts

This little book is a treasure. Throughout most of this month I read a few pages each morning with breakfast, and it provided a distinctly comforting start to the days. Although I know the Christmas story well, and have read about Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna countless times, I enjoyed revisiting them in The Women of Christmas. The writing style is conversational; usually I like something more formal, but for this book, it works well. It’s not a sermon, and it’s not a history lesson; this is a friendly reminder of some of the most incredible moments of these women’s lives. It’s taking a moment to get to know each one more deeply, to intentionally contemplate on verses well-known verses, and to consider what their actions and responses mean for the situations I face.

The Verdict

The Women of Christmas earns a rare five-star rating from me, and receives a high recommendation. Whether you enjoy nonfiction or not, this book is easy to read and engaging from the first chapter. Also, it is theology, but it is very accessible. I recommend this to everyone wanting to pause for a moment (or more) and reflect on the true story of Christmas – the reason for literally everything that we do – through the eyes of the women prominent in the story. This one is important.

Are there any Christmas theology books or authors that you highly recommend?

Don’t forget to check out Faith’s blog Stories by Firefly for the rest of the 12 Days of Christmas posts and to enter the giveaway, and visit In the Bookcase for lots more Christmas book reviews!

Until the next chapter,

Merry Christmas!

Jana

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