1. What surprised you in your research for The Girl’s Still Got It: Take a Walk with Ruth and the God Who Rocked Her World?
Ruth’s powerful monologue—“Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God” (Ruth 1:16)—is in truth a confession of faith. We often forget that at the start of Ruth’s story she was a pagan. Her people worshiped many gods and in particular, “Chemosh the vile god of Moab” (2 Kings 23:13). Yet she willingly left behind her family, her homeland, and all that was familiar to her, and embraced the true God of Israel—not unlike Abraham centuries before her. Amazing!
2. After readers finish this your book what do you want them to remember—walk away feeling?
I want my sisters to know that a faithful, trustworthy God loves them completely. As I say in the opening pages, “The book of Ruth is a crash course in Sovereignty 101, with God whispering all through it, ‘Trust me!’” Believing in God really isn’t the challenge; trusting him with our lives, and the lives of those we love, is what takes a big leap of faith. Ruth, Naomi, and Boaz show us the way!
3. Can you share some of your testimony with us?
Growing up in small-town Pennsylvania, I was the quintessential Good Girl: Honor Roll, church choir, Girl Scouts, yada yada. But then I turned sixteen, got my driver’s license, and strapped on my Bad Girl shoes. For me the 1970s were a blur of sex, drugs, and rock’n’roll.
Liz lead a Women of the Bible Tour of Israel in late 2011 "Ta-da" by the
In September 1981 I met two Christian coworkers who hugged me regularly and loved me unconditionally. Little by little my heart softened toward God. Early in January 1982 I showed up at their church, determined to see if there were any other people like those two: funny, loving, nonjudgmental, Bible-toting Christians. There were whole pews full of them. Then I heard God’s Word. And I knew why I’d come.
When I gave my heart to Christ, he gave it right back to me, good as new. The first verse I memorized will always be my favorite: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17) Or as we say at the Higgs house, “Ta-Da!”
Nora: Thanks for sharing your heart and your testimony. I'm in the middle of reading The Girl's Still Got It now and love how you are transparent in it. You've made it easy to grasp the bible story and give us practical ways to apply the word to our lives. I'm thankful for the opportunity to read this and learn.
|Liz w/group young women in |
4. What have been the benefits to you in having relationships with reading groups?
Whether they focus on fiction or nonfiction, I love chatting with book clubs. I always learn something new and get a deeper understanding of what readers respond to…and don’t respond to! I love to shower them with freebies too: autographed bookplates, bookmarks, magnets, and any other goodies I have in hand to share.
5. Do you have a set size a reading group has to be before you'll talk to them on the phone or in person? What do you feel most comfortable doing?
TGSGI Sisters Z - Two dozen women were in the audience when Liz recorded the Bible study DVD that goes with her new book, The Girl's Still Got It.
6. What have you learned about your book and yourself from book club meetings?
The Bad Girls of First UMC in
Speaking with book clubs reminds me of how diverse my readership is—all different ages and stations in life—which is thrilling. With my fiction I get a clearer picture of how people perceive the characters I create. With my nonfiction I have a better understanding of what the takeaway value of my book might be for my readers. On the whole I’ve found book clubs to be very honest about what they like and don’t like, and that’s hugely helpful as I craft the next book.
7. What was your most memorable reading group experience? What made it so special?
I chatted via Skype with a book club in Australia. It was truly something to enter into their world long distance and feel like we were all sitting together in the same room! Because my daughter was living in their country at the time, they were especially kind to me, praying for both of us and for our year apart. I wanted to jump on a plane and join their group, so sweet was their fellowship!
8. Can you give us a peek into what you are working on right now and when it will be out?
|IN STORES OCTOBER 2012|
We’re heading back to Scotland for my seventh work of historical fiction. I’ve longed to write a Christmas novella for years, and this is finally our season! On October 2nd look for A Wreath of Snow. It will be a hardcover book, perfect for gift giving. Here’s our official description:
Christmas Eve 1894
All Margaret Campbell wants for Christmas is a safe journey home. When her plans for a festive holiday with her family in Stirling crumble under the weight of her brother’s bitterness, the young schoolteacher wants nothing more than to return to the students she loves and the town house she cherishes.
Then an unexpected detour places her in the path of Gordon Shaw, a handsome newspaperman, who struggles under a burden of remorse and shame.
When the secret of their shared history is revealed, will it leave them tangled in a knot of regret? Or might their past hold the threads that will bind their future together?
As warm as a woolen scarf on a cold winter’s eve, A Wreath of Snow is a tender story of love and forgiveness, wrapped in a celebration of all things Scottish, all things Victorian, and especially, all things Christmas.
Nora: I've had the privilege of reading a galley copy of your new book and loved it. This story not only warms your heart and prepares it for the holiday season but it drives home the meaning for the season. Jesus died for our sins. We're all forgiven. It's a free gift yours for the taking. I loved how you showed how forgiveness changes everything. This story show forgiveness and how hard it can be but when we push through, block the lies of the enemy and trust God to have his way with us. It's all worth it. Forgiveness not only changes us and sets us free but it affects everything we do and everyone we meet. Love the cover of this book too. I highly recommend it.
QUESTIONS I JUST HAD TO ASK
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1. You are shipwrecked on an uninhabited tropical island with a group of Christians – all friends and relatives of yours. You all have to work as a team to survive. Many roles have to be filled. Which role do you think you’d play?
I have so few survival skills that clearly my only hope would be to serve as the official encourager / cheerleader / hugger of the group, keeping people’s spirits up!
2. You've been given 48 hours to hang out with any two people (alive or dead). Who would you pick and what would you do?
I would definitely want to hang out with Ruth and Mary Magdalene. Even though I’ve written books about both these women and have done extensive research, I still have dozens of unanswered questions. Okay if I meet with each one for 24 hours? And bring a video recorder? I’d want to give each woman my undivided attention and capture it all on film to savor over and over!
3. What three things would you rather not live without? (Besides friends and family)
Books, movies, and food. More or less in that order! :o)
4. There are places where they put your face on magazine covers for fun, but I was curious if you could be on any magazine cover, which one would you select? Why?
I’ve actually been on a few magazine covers over the years—a strange experience, to be sure! Under the category of “This Would Never Happen,” it would be a treat to be on the cover of Scottish Life magazine, because it contains beautiful images and stories about my favorite foreign land.
5. Since you are a bible teacher, as well as a fiction writer. I was wondering if you could ask God any question, what would you ask?
Heavenly Father, why do you love us so much?
6. God made an array of beautiful and amazing creatures in this world. Some with the most interesting abilities. If you could be any kind of animal for a day, which one would you be and why?
Definitely a cat. I love cats and think the idea of napping most of the day, slinking around the house, purring when someone pets me, and leaping with ease onto to impossibly high surfaces would be very cool.
7. You've had amazing experiences, been around the world. I was wondering what is the most special thing anyone has ever done for you?
|My Bonnie Prince Charlie|
My family, friends, and readers have blessed me in so many ways that I really couldn’t pick one that was the most special. But here’s a recent one that’s very special: my daughter-in-law, Beth, commissioned a talented artist in town to create a painting of my cat, Jack, dressed as Bonnie Prince Charlie, who made a cameo appearance in my Scottish historical novel, Here Burns My Candle. Isn’t that the most fabulous gift for a woman who loves cats and Scottish history?
|Ta- da with The Bad Girls in |
Just a HUGE HUG of thanks for supporting my writing for the last 20 years! You’ve made the journey with me as I changed and grew, from humorous nonfiction articles and books to children’s picture books to biblical studies of those Bad Girls of the Bible to devotionals to Scottish historical novels to DVD Bible studies. Bless you, bless you many times over!
Now in stores: The Girl's Still Got It: Take a Walk with Ruth and the God Who Rocked Her World
“A perfect blend of humor, extensive research, descriptive language, and insightful commentary” Publishers Weekly Starred Review
Thanks Liz for stopping by and giving us a peek into your new book and your book club memories. Looking forward to reading your book The Girl’s Still Got it and Loved your new Christmas novella, A Wreath of Snow, really soon. Thanks to your publicist for hosting this three book giveaway of THE GIRL'S STILL GOT IT!!
Blessings to you too Liz. Thank you again for being here. I was thrilled to meet and chat with you at the Christy Awards last year 2011. I had never heard you speak before. You had me and everyone else in stitches. It was a great night. One I'll always cherish.
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