I was introduced to Liz Curtis Higgs through the If:Gathering and Ann Voskamp’s blog. Upon finding out that she is such a prolific writer, I became curious about her work. It’s Good to Be Queen was my first book of Liz’s to read, and I’m glad that I did. (Although when my review copy arrived, my husband asked why I had requested a romance novel!)
It’s Good to Be Queen examines 1 Kings 10:1-13 (The Queen of Sheba Visits Solomon) in great detail. I have read through this passage many times before but never gave it much attention. Well, Liz Curtis Higgs gives it a whole book’s worth of attention! Over ten chapters, she examines the passage through various Bible translations and theological sources, placing the verses in historical context. I felt like I was reading an amplified version of the Amplified Bible! After examining a portion of the text, Liz connects the chapter’s topic to present day issues. Thus, the reader gains an understanding of the Old Testament text in the original context and an understanding of what the passage has to teach modern-day readers.
I very much appreciated that Liz sticks to the biblical text and reputable sources as she brings the Queen of Sheba to life. While popular culture makes Sheba an…interesting…character, Liz examines the text without fictional embellishment. This does not make Sheba boring—just the opposite, in fact!
The book includes discussion questions and a study guide, making it accessible to both individual readers and reading groups.
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FTC Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.