Rise and Shine: Encouragement to Start Your Day (Hardcover)

Encouragement to Start Your Day

By Liz Curtis Higgs

Waterbrook Press, 9781400070008, 272pp.

Publication Date: November 16, 2004



When you rise from your bed, how many minutes does it take before you truly shine?
Oh, dear. That long.
Might I have just "two" of those precious minutes each morning? Two minutes to whisper a gentle word of encouragement, to brush a feather across your funny bone, to prove how beautiful and valuable you are to God?
Two minutes. No calories, no squat thrusts, I promise.
Rise, sister mine. And shine.

About the Author

Liz Curtis Higgs has been telling tales since she wrote her first novel at the tender age of ten. Careers in broadcasting, public speaking, nonfiction writing, and children s books brought her back to her first love fiction at the turn of the 21st century.

Since 1986, Liz Curtis Higgs has presented more than 1,500 inspirational programs for audiences in all 50 states as well as Germany, England, Canada, Ecuador, France, and Scotland. In 1995, Liz received the highest award for speaking excellence, the Council of Peers Award for Excellence, becoming one of only forty women in the world named to the Speaker Hall of Fame by the National Speakers Association.

Feature articles about Liz have appeared in more than 250 major newspapers and magazines across the country, and she has been interviewed on more than 600 radio and television stations, including guest appearances on PBS/"Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, "A & E, MSNBC, NPR, CBC Canada, BBC Radio Scotland, "Focus on the Family, " and "Janet Parshall s America."

A member of Novelists, Inc., Liz now focuses her writing efforts on historical fiction, particularly novels set in eighteenth-century Scotland. To aid in her research, she has visited the U.K. on eight occasions, including her "Heart for Scotland" 12-city U.K. book tour in October 2003, and she has collected nearly 700 resource books on Scottish history and culture. A graduate of Bellarmine College with a B.A. in English, Liz is a member of the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society and the Dumfries & Galloway Family History Society, as well as supporting the National Museums of Scotland, Historic Scotland, and the National Trust for Scotland.

Liz is the author oftwenty-one books, with more than 2 million in print. Her fiction to date includes two historical novels and two contemporary novels:

" Fair Is the Rose

Thorn in My Heart


Mixed Signals

"The most recent of her 11 nonfiction, best-selling books include "

Unveiling Mary Magdalene

Really Bad Girls of the Bible

Bad Girls of the Bible

"The above titles also have corresponding VHS videos and companion workbooks.

And she has written five books for young children:

" Go Away, Dark Night

The Parable of the Lily

The Pine Tree Parable

The Sunflower Parable

The Pumpkin Patch Parable

"Her children s Parable Series was awarded the ECPA Gold Medallion for Excellence at the Christian Booksellers Association Convention in July 1998, and her book "Bad Girls of the Bible" was an ECPA Gold Medallion Finalist" "in 2000.Her first novel, "Mixed Signals," was a RITA Finalist for both Best First Novel and Best Inspirational Novel. Her second novel, "Bookends," was a Christy Finalist for Best Contemporary Fiction. And her third novel, "Thorn in My Heart," was a #1 historical fiction Christian bestseller, followed by a second historical bestseller, "Fair Is the Rose." "Whence Came a Prince"," " the latest novel in the series, publishes in March 2005. In addition, Liz is the editor of an annual newsletter, "The Graceful Heart," with 25,000 readers, and is a columnist for "Today s Christian Woman" magazine with her back page feature, " ""Life with Liz." Her first video Bible study series, "Loved by God, " was released in March 2004.

On the personal side, Liz is married to Bill Higgs, Ph.D., who serves as Director of Operations for her speaking and writing office. Liz and Bill share their 19th-century farmhouse in Louisville, KY, with their two teenagers, Matthew and Lillian, and too many cats. For more about Liz, visit her Web site: www.LizCurtisHiggs.com."