Sunday, March 21, 2010

Review and Giveaway!

I am so excited to get to review a Liz Curtis Higgs book! Although, I have to say that I most think of this author for her neat children's books -like The Parable of the Lily or the Parable of the Sunflower. She is probably best known for the Bad Girls of the Bible series. Here Burns My Candle is her latest book and it is based on the story of Ruth and Naomi. Now, what makes it really interesting is that it is set in Scottland in the 1700's. She takes a lot of liberties with the story line. Truly, we aren't given many actual details into the life of these Biblical characters before the death of their husbands, so I was anxious the read this book and see what her interpretation was.
This was a good book. Of course you go into it knowing the general plot-line, but that didn't spoil it because I was intrigued at how she would develop these characters. I think I had some pre-conceived ideas about the real Ruth and the book really challenged those. I had to go back to the Bible and verify what facts we do have on these characters - which might have been the point. The character who is based on Ruth's husband was a bit of a scoundrel and I thought the book dwelt a bit much on his extramarital affairs.
Liz Higgs has on several occasions written about Scottland in this time period and she handles that era in a very insightful way. You can click on the book trailer below for a sneak peak.
The book only covers Chapter 1:1-18, so it was just getting good! I would like to read the sequel and see what happens next!
Go here for more information about the author, HERE to order the book!

Okay - now for the really fun part! I get to do a giveaway! I am giving away a free copy of the book Here Burns My Candle! So, in order to be entered in the giveaway:

  • Become a follower of this blog and leave a comment to this post with your email address letting me know. If you are already a follower, leave a comment to that effect as well.
  • For an extra entry - If you have a blog, blog about this giveaway and send me the link in a comment.
This giveaway is open to US residents and ends on Saturday, March 27th at 9pm. One winner will be randomly selected and notified by email on March 29th.
This book was provided by WaterBrook Multnomah for the purposes of review only.

18 comments:

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Jen @ GBG said...

I blogged about your giveaway.
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Cakeblast said...

I am a new follower from Friday Follow! Sounds like an interesting book! I don't know much about Ruth and Naomi, so it would be interesting to learn.

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