Jim Durham
News Bureau Director

Liz Curtis HiggsLiz Curtis Higgs, author, speaker and encourager®, promises to deliver a power-packed testimony during Opening Convocation at Georgetown College on Tuesday (Sept. 14) at 11 a.m. in John L. Hill Chapel.

How can it not be when her No. 1 bestseller, even after 11 years, is still Bad Girls of the Bible?!! “Takes one to know one!,” she exulted in an e-mail.

The Louisville-based Higgs, who will also receive an Honorary Degree, was quick to say that her message to the campus community and central Kentucky will be one of hope and encouragement. Entitled “Embrace Grace” it has the same title her non-fiction book that won the 2007 Retailers Choice Award.

“I’ll be sharing a bit of my journey, which is all about God dealing with this Former Bad Girl and offering her a whole new way of doing life. As Opening Convocations go, this one should be fun. And yes, definitely hope-filled.”

“When it comes to being awarded an Honorary Doctorate, I definitely qualify as ‘least likely’,” wrote Higgs, whose husband, Bill ‘74, and son, Matt ‘09, are Georgetown graduates. “So you can imagine how fun it is for Mom to be getting to walk across the GC stage!”

H.K. Kingkade, Executive Director of the Office of Religious Life at Georgetown College, is thrilled to have this kind of “Former Bad Girl” as the convocation speaker. “As an author and speaker, Liz Curtis Higgs has encouraged women around the globe with her inspirational messages,” Kingkade said. “She exemplifies the type of speaker we desire to put in front of our students to challenge them both intellectually and spiritually. Her life is a witness of how God can use our talents throughout our lifetime to share a message of God’s love to all people.”

Liz Curtis Higgs’ reach is considerable. More than 4,000 churches nationwide are using her video Bible study series, Loved By God. For 10 years, Liz was a columnist for Today’s Christian Woman magazine.

She is also the author of 27 books with more than three million copies in print. Her children’s Parables Series was awarded the ECPA Gold Medallion for Excellence in 1998; her Scottish historical novel, Whence Came a Prince, won the 2006 Christy Award for Best Historical Fiction; and Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible received a 2008 Retailers Choice Award.

Here’s just a sampling from Higgs’ website:

In her best-selling series of Bad Girls of the Bible books, workbooks, and videos, (Higgs) breathes new life into ancient tales about the most infamous – and intriguing – women in scriptural history, from Jezebel to Mary Magdalene. Biblically sound and cutting-edge fresh, these popular titles have helped more than one million women around the world experience God’s grace anew. Her best-selling historical novels, which transport the stories of Rebecca, Leah, Rachel, Dinah, Naomi, and Ruth to eighteenth-century Scotland, have also helped her readers view these familiar characters in a new light.

Scotland is the setting of Higgs’ current project, Mine Is the Night, which will be in bookstores in March 2011. Her website says: The emotional and spiritual journey that began with Here Burns My Candle soars to a triumphant finish in Mine is the Night, a dramatic and decidedly Scottish retelling of the biblical love story of Boaz and Ruth, transported to eighteenth-century Selkirkshire.

On the personal side, Liz earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Bellarmine College, and is married to Bill Higgs, Ph.D., who serves as Director of Operations for her speaking and writing office. After graduating from GC in 1974, majoring in Social Work and Religion, he went on to Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he earned his MDiv in 1977and his PhD in Old Testament Languages in 1982. And he taught in the Religion Department at Georgetown College during 1985-86.

Bill and Liz enjoy their old Kentucky home – a 19th-century farmhouse in Louisville – and are the proud parents of Matt; and Lillian, who will graduate from Savannah College of Art & Design at the end of the Fall 2010 semester with a BFA in Sequential Art.

“2009 was a big year for Matt: he graduated in May, married in October, and got a great job at SHPS, Inc. in Louisville, as a COBRA Customer Service Representative. Proud mom? Oh, yeah.”