Sunday, January 3, 2016

It's Good to Be Queen by Liz Curtis Higgs

It’s Good to Be Queen: Becoming as Bold, Gracious, and Wise as the Queen of ShebaIT'S GOOD TO BE QUEEN by Liz Curtis Higgs is subtitled Becoming as Bold, Gracious, and Wise as the Queen of Sheba. Focusing on the Biblical account of Sheba, not on the legends or movie speculations, Higgs tells how the powerful Queen of Sheba came to visit Solomon and to experience his wisdom herself.   She came ready to test him, and as scripture relates, she shared everything on her mind, and Solomon answered all her questions.  It appears that solving riddles were signs of wisdom then, and certainly she came equipped with her best mental puzzles, but nothing stumped Solomon.  Rather than be perturbed by her inability to confuse the great Solomon, Sheba (that's really the country and not her name, but everyone uses it as a name) looked beyond the man and praised the God who delighted in making Solomon both wise and a powerful king.  As Higgs relates this statement of praise implies that Sheba accepts God as THE GOD.

I've always liked Liz Curtis Higgs writing; her fiction is wonderfully complex, and her nonfiction presents powerful lessons gleaned from the lives of women we thought we had nothing in common with.  This book puts forth ten lessons based on scripture that is not even a page long in words, but certainly too important to be overlooked.  From Sheba's actions, Higgs tells us to be bold, be open to God's plans, seek wise counsel, be humbled, be honest, encourage others, praise God, give generously, receive graciously, and end well.  I especially enjoyed Higgs's explanation of the last three points.  Questions follow the book for both a simple book discussion and a more complex study.
I received a copy of this title from Blogging for Books for my opinion.

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