She’s Still Got It: Interview with Author Liz Curtis Higgs
New York Times best-selling author Liz Curtis Higgs shares her latest non-fiction book and how it's OK to be a bad girl.
BY: Corine Gatti
Why did you decide to write this book?
I love the women of the Bible, period. I wrote about the bad girls of the Bible for years and I love the bad girls. I love the bad girls because they show us what not to do. Many of them show us what God can do with a bad girl. Like Rahab’s incredible story. Like the woman at the well. Like the woman with issue of blood. All these incredible women of the Bible that were seen as bad now we see as redeemed women. In the process you hit other women while studying the Bible. Growing up my first name was Ruth, Ruth Elizabeth. Why Ruth? Again it’s the business of her being an outsider to religion, and choosing to come in from her standpoint. We know that God choose her from the beginning of time Ruth was always in the plan. I am not attracted to mild mannered women in the Bible.
I didn’t come to know Christ until I was 27. I came roaring into the kingdom as this former bad girl. I’m kind of edgy and out there. That hasn’t changed. When you’re that way and you read about these women in the Bible that are meek, mild, gentle and soft spoken—always do the right thing girl, I have no door to enter that women’s heart. Ruth isn’t that woman. She’s often portrayed that way. Not only is she a Moabite, who has this past, but when Naomi Ruth’s (mother-in-law) says to her to return roughly 12 times—Ruth says “No. Your people will be my people.” She bucks the system and goes against the flow. I love her.