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Liz Curtis Higgs, Author and Public Speaker

Longtime Louisvillians may recognize Liz Curtis Higgs' voice first. She came up through the ranks of local radio before leaving to craft an enviable career as an author and public speaker.

A self-identified “encourager,” Liz Curtis Higgs has found success with her "Bad Girls of the Bible" book series, as well as being in demand on the public speakers circuit. "Louisville Life" talks to Liz about her book "Here Burns My Candle" and a Louisville speaking engagement, where she played closing act to former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin.

We taped Liz at her home and at an event called The Gathering at Southeast Christian Church.

In her best-selling series of "Bad Girls of the Bible" books, workbooks, and videos, Liz Curtis Higgs breathes new life into ancient tales about the most infamous—and intriguing—women in scriptural history, from Jezebel to Mary Magdalene. And her nonfiction book, "Embrace Grace", was winner of a 2007 Retailers Choice Award.

A veteran speaker, Liz has presented more than 1,600 encouraging programs for audiences in all 50 states and 11 foreign countries. In 1995, she received the Council of Peers Award for Excellence from the National Speakers Association, becoming one of only 32 women in the world named to the CPAE-Speaker Hall of Fame.

As of this segment's initial airing (May 13, 2010), Liz Curtis Higgs is the author of 30 books, with more than three million copies in print.

Her children’s Parable 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.

For ten years Liz was a columnist for Today’s Christian Woman magazine.

Liz earned her bachelor of arts degree in English from Bellarmine College in Louisville, Ky.

She is married to Bill Higgs, Ph.D., who serves as director of operations for her speaking and writing office. The couple lives in a nineteenth-century farmhouse in Louisville and are the proud parents of Matthew and Lillian.

Program 426
"Louisville Life" meets popular public speaker and author Liz Curtis Higgs, a local chef helping people to change their lives, and the family that operates Louisville’s oldest garden center - Boone Gardiner. (#426)