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Book Review: 31 Verses to Write on Your Heart

I’ll admit to choosing a review copy of Liz Curtis Higgs’ 31 Verses to Write on Your Heart for two main reasons; the lovely cover, and my desire to learn more Bible verses.


Higgs begins each chapter with a verse, and then breaks that verse down into parts. She weaves ancedotes and explanations into each chapter, but I found it disconcerting that she continually refered to different versions of the Bible when she explains passages or verses. As an example, from page 33:

“Your Bible may say ‘I am ready’ (AMP), ‘I am able’ (HCS’), or ‘I can endure’ (CEB).”

Please, unless I am a Bible scholar, I don’t need to know all the different versions or translations. I just want to read uplifting messages and learn Bible verses from a single study Bible.

Higgs wrote “When you spend time in God’s Word, life starts making sense. The broken places inside you begin to heal. Darkness and discouragement give way to the light of hope. Your purpose becomes clearer, and your desire to make a difference grows.”

I agree completely. Unfortunately, she lost me with the constant references to different versions. Thankfully, she makes up for it with her excellent study guide at the back of the book.


Author, public speaker, and workshop presenter for community colleges, libraries, women's groups and for grief support groups, Hospice and retreats. Certified grief counselor and Senior Service librarian for the James Kennedy Public library. Popular public speaker and workshop presenter on the topics of writing, couponing, utilizing your creativity in everyday life, and finding hope in grief. "Coupon Crazy: The Science, the Savings, and the Stories Behind America's Extreme Obsession" was published by Familius Publishing in 2014. "Chemo-Therapist: How Cancer Cured a Marriage" and "Refined By Fire: A Journey of Grief and Grace" were released by Familius in 2014. "Mary & Me: A Lasting Link Through Ink," co-written with Mary Jedlicka Humston of Iowa City, was published in September 2015. Grief journal to be released in 2018.

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