Liz Curtis Higgs is one of my favorite people. Not only is she a gifted author but she sincerely loves people. She has a heart to encourage women and does it flawlessly. I had the honor of hearing her speak a few times and speaking with her myself. Her love for Abba shines clearly through her. Liz is the real deal.
In her book “The Women of Easter – Encounter the Savior with Mary of Bethany, Mary of Nazareth, and Mary Magdalene” she explores three women and how their lives changed because of Jesus. They all happen to be named Mary. Each have a great story.
This small hard cover book is eight chapters long. It begins with a thought provoking introduction “A Season of Grace” and ends with study questions, notes, and information about the author. This is a Lenten book but could be read at any time. It is a book to absorb and revisit. It stayed with me long after I finished it.
I was hooked immediately. It took me zero time to get invested in this inspirational book. That happened on page one. I love the author’s personal style of writing. It’s like a conversation with me. She made the three Marys relatable and I felt what they were feeling. I was sad and then thrilled when I read about Lazarus. I understood the human side of Jesus better through them and His deity. He was God. I laughed at times and teared up just as many. I got angry and could hardly read the words at times. I knew the story about Jesus’s suffering but it always hurt. It always will.
In this book I found a different view of Easter. I read about the women that followed Jesus. This book told how He changed their lives. How they loved and served Him. I wanted to be part of that elite group. I wanted to walk with the Lord, see His miracles, and listen to His stories.
As the words took me closer to the cross, I found myself grower stronger in my faith. Yes, Jesus did not deserve this, and yes, He did this for everyone. Even me. Tears fell from my eyes as I kept reading. I nodded my head when the Roman soldier said “this was certainly God’s Son”. After the tomb was opened and Jesus appeared, I rejoiced! It made me smile, really down deep in my heart, when I read Mary Magdalene was given the great honor of telling the disciples that Jesus was now alive. A woman was given such a great job.
In 193 pages I had become friends with three woman that strengthened my faith. Their stories are remarkable and unforgettable. Jesus is the one that is the heart of thus book. He is the true meaning of Easter. He is life and hope. I wanted to read more, more, more. Liz is so good at what she does. She is a gifted author, encourager, and glorifies our Lord. Don’t miss this uplifting book on three spectacular women of Easter and their Lord Jesus Christ. You will be blessed beyond measure. I rated this a 5 out of 5 stars.
“Then some of our companions went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they did not see Jesus.” Luke 24:24 NIV