This is the first book that I’ve read by Liz Curtis Higgs, and I was delighted. It’s Good to Be Queen weaves interesting research, biblical truth, creative imagination, practical application, and today’s insight into a beautiful tapestry that could adorn the most elegant woman.
Now when the queen of Sheba heard about the fame of Solomon concerning the name of the LORD, she came to test him with difficult questions. 1 Kings 10:1
Higgs takes the reader on a journey through the eyes and mind of the queen of Sheba, beginning with an arduous trip from Yemen (Southern Arabia) to Jerusalem, about 1,500 miles.
Higgs provides discussion questions for a book club single session and a study guide in the back of the book for readers to delve deeper or to use the guide in a small group. In the study guide section, she writes:
Sheba’s desire for wisdom fueled her long journey north. … Sheba’s trek across the desert was dangerous, with the threat of wild animals and even wilder weather. On your spiritual journey, what are some of the challenges you face?
Just 13 verses, but Higgs painted a picture of a bold, strong woman who sought wisdom at a great price: her wealth, her time, her physical effort, her pride, and her gods. Yes, Higgs, believes that she turned from her pagan gods and worshiped the one true God, the God of Solomon.
In addition to the secondary research Higgs conducted for this book, she also asked her followers questions and included their insight:
Doris gets the credit for this one: “Today is a good place to begin finishing well.”
That’s part of the legacy the queen of Sheba passes on to us. The “bold and foward-thinking” woman was all about making the most of each day. She studied, she pursued, she asked, she listened, she marveled, she spoke truth, she encouraged, she learned, and in the end she praised the Lord and urged others to join her.
I had not pondered the queen of Sheba in-depth, and I am so glad that I read It’s Good to Be Queen. It made me ask myself how much I really pursue the wisdom of God.
Thank you, Liz Curtis Higgs for a great study.
Father, thank You for Liz Curtis Higgs and her commitment to You and to her sisters in the Lord. Bless her, I pray, and continue to pour out Your wisdom and Spirit upon her. Father, bless Your daughters and sons, and instill in them a desire to pursue You and Your wisdom. You are the Creator of the Universe, the All-Knowing God. Thank You for the queen of Sheba and her example to women of all ages.