Book Review: 31 Proverbs to Light Your Path by Liz Curtis Higgs
“Practical, well researched and full of poignant stories, this book will empower you to live in light of God’s wisdom,” writer Mary DeMuth wrote of Liz Curtis Higgs who she defined as having a “contagious passion for the Word of God.”
Although many Christian writers have pondered the wisdom found in Proverbs, few have expressed it and applied it more richly than Liz Curtis Higgs does in 31 Proverbs to Light Your Path (public library) — the inspiring collection of truths and practical insights, which are story-rich devotionals, study driven commentaries, and simple do-it-now challenges she describes as discoveries of “why God calls us to righteousness and how He makes being good possible.” Her goal here is not to show you how to be good. She says: “My goal is to show you how good God is.”
And what a good God He is indeed.
After a speaking conference in Cape Town, South Africa, Higgs boarded a flight to Johannesburg before an eighteen-hour flight home to the US. When she had to disembark via a set of stairs without side rails leading to the tarmac 10 feet below, she refused help with her luggage. Higgs writes:
A smart woman would have stopped at that point and waited for help. An even smarter woman would have asked for assistance before starting down. But a foolish, prideful woman thinks, I can handle this myself, and takes one more step.
Over the side she went, plunging to the ground first.
My thoughts at that moment were concise. This is it. This is how I die.
Long before Higgs fell onto the tarmac, Eve’s pride before her fall changed the course of humanity forever. We all fall when pride goes unchecked. We don’t have all the answers, so it behooves us to never see humility as a weakness, but rater to see hubris as a precursor to destruction:
The Lord doesn’t say pride sometimes ends badly. No, it’s a guaranteed outcome. God’s word makes it plain that a proud attitude brings ruin and an arrogant spirit gives way to a nasty fall.