QUICK HIT: Covering ten classic biblical “bad girls,” Liz Curtis Higgs uses her top-notch storytelling abilities to draw listeners in and draw out the teachable moments of each story. It’s a classic book turned into a great small group series.
The one thought I had after going through Liz Curtis Higgs’ Bad Girls of the Bible small group DVD study was that she spoke exactly the way she wrote—except perhaps even more bubbly and infectiously hilarious. The DVD series follows the same ten figures presented in the book, presenting their stories, their flaws, and the lessons that can be learned from them.
Each DVD sessions lasts about 10-12 minutes, making it perfect for a small group or Sunday School time. While reading the full-length book might be helpful (and encouraged for deeper study), it isn’t something that’s necessary.
The lessons are as follows:
- Potiphar’s Wife
- Lot’s Wife
- The Woman at the Well
- The Sinful Woman
Each of these individuals (save Eve), fall into one of three categories: Bad to the Bone, Bad for a Moment, Bad for a Season but Not Forever. I leave it to you to figure out which one goes where (or read my review of the book for the answer). Higgs’ teaching is humorous, light-hearted, and a breath of fresh air in what could have been a boring and way-too-serious study. The study is obviously geared toward women, making it a perfect women’s group series, but nothing precludes you from using it in mixed groups as well. However, with that said, Higgs’ style and voice is engineered to appeal to women.
What the DVD series lacks is a more definite and defined structure. While I rarely play by the instructions to the T, it’s always nice (especially for volunteer leaders) to have some format to follow. So for those looking, here’s what I would suggest to fill an hour long study:
Begin by going through the Scripture associated with the story. Take some time to discuss and look over the Scriptural elements. As a leader go through the passage yourself beforehand and write down the observations and questions that arise. Then, move on to the video. Each session is relatively short but covers the gist of what Higgs writes about in the book. If you own the Bad Girls of the Bible book, you can look in the back for study questions. You may also wish to buy one of the older workbooks associated with the series to get some idea of how to run discussion questions.
Overall, I absolutely loved the book and the DVD series…and I don’t think I’m alone. Higgs originally wrote Bad Girls of the Bible ten years ago, and yet it’s still making waves with this new DVD series. Obviously, hearts are being touched and lives are being changed. It’s a great series that would be perfect for your church.