If you’ve read this blog very many times, you’ll know that I rarely post negative reviews. Just because I don’t like a book, doesn’t mean you won’t like it. I know that authors put a lot of work into writing a book, and I never want to take away from their efforts. However, sometimes it does fall on me to write a review for a book that I just didn’t care for, and one of those times is now.
I have read several Liz Curtis Higgs books in the past, and I have always really liked them. She is not an author that I read on a regular basis, and I had never read any of her non-fiction books before. During my daily Bible reading earlier this year, I found myself curious about the Queen of Sheba who came to visit Solomon to test his wisdom. When I saw It’s Good to be Queen offered for review I was excited to give it a try. I was disappointed almost from the beginning. Instead of offering facts about the queen (who is referred to simply as Sheba) the book is full of suppositions about what may have happened, what could have been said or what Sheba probably did. I found this annoying. I understand that it would be extremely difficult to know exactly what took place so many years ago, with no real documentation about the events except what is written in the Bible, but why choose to write a book about a subject you don’t know much about?
My second beef with this book is that very little of it seems to be original to Ms. Higgs. It is full of footnotes, and quotes from other authors. I know that a lot of nonfiction is written this way, but in this case it just seemed like an overload of previously published information. I would have preferred to read more of her thoughts and opinions than those of others. I also didn’t care for the way that the author tries to connect my life with that of the Queen of Sheba. As in, I can be a better person if I can learn to live and behave like her. That’s a hard thing to do, since I really don’t know anything about her life.
My last issue with this book is a pretty common one to me. I am a firm believer in the King James Bible. It is the only one I read, and the one I follow and believe. I realize that not everyone feels this way, and even though I (obviously) believe they are in error, I am not offended if authors choose to use a different version in their writings. I do generally skip over such passages while reading. However, my issue comes when an author quotes multiple versions in one book. Contexts and meanings change from version to version, so I believe that a person should just choose one. You can’t just search around until you find the one that fits what you what it to say. We should alter what we believe to fit the Bible, and not the other way around.
These reason for not enjoying this book may seem petty and nitpicking to you, but they were enough to me that I gave up reading this book after about three chapters. I think I would have enjoyed a book like this more if it was written as a novel in fiction form. As I’ve said before, if you think this is a book you’d enjoy, please don’t hesitate to read it because of what I’ve said here. You may totally disagree with my opinion and really enjoy it. If you do, I’d love to hear from you! Leave me a comment to let me know what you think!
I received a free copy of this book through the Blogging for Books program in exchange for this review. All opinions are my own, and a favorable review was not required.