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Unveiling Mary Magdalene: Discover the Truth About a Not-So-Bad Girl of the Bible Kindle Edition

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"While Jesus no doubt redeemed Mary Magdalene's soul, Higgs has nobly rehabilitated her reputation." -- Publishers Weekly, August 27, 2001

From the Author

Here’s the truth: Mary Magdalene has been knocking at the door of my heart for ages. She got squeezed out of BAD GIRLS OF THE BIBLE when I realized I needed more time to research her complex story. Then she was dropped from the roster for REALLY BAD GIRLS OF THE BIBLE because Tamar and Bathsheba took up more than their allotted pages. (Pushy, huh?) Now I know the real reason why Mary Magdalene waited so patiently in the wings: She deserves a book all her own!

Come meet the genuine Mary Magdalene of the Bible–not the scarlet-draped legend–and follow her one-of-a-kind story of deliverance and dedication, despair and declaration. Of all the books I've written, this one is my favorite. It was previously published as MAD MARY (2001), but alas, people kept asking, "Which Mary, and who is she mad at?!" And so, a new title and a new look, but the same content, the same book.

As with my other Bad Girls books, this one opens with a contemporary, fictional take on the biblical character. Once Mary Margaret Delaney’s story has prepared our hearts for learning, we’ll leave her in the Windy City and go verse by verse through Mary of Magdala’s ancient biblical tale, tossing aside modern myth-conceptions as we embrace the real Mary Magdalene. Prepare to be amazed by this eye-opening sister!


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  • File Size: 3876 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (February 19, 2009)
  • Publication Date: February 19, 2009
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002ZFGJM6
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Liz Curtis Higgs admits, "My goal is simple: to help women embrace the grace of God with joy and abandon!"

Her latest release, It's Good to Be Queen, encourages readers to become as bold, gracious, and wise as the queen of Sheba, who journeyed across the desert to test the mind and heart of King Solomon.

In her best-selling series of Bad Girls of the Bible books and videos, Liz 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.

Liz also offers a twenty-first century take on the book of Ruth in The Girl's Still Got It, dishing out meat and milk, substance and style, in a highly readable, always entertaining, and deeply personal journey.

And you'll find a heartwarming Bible study wrapped inside a beautiful gift book with The Women of Christmas. Verse by verse, Liz unwraps the biblical stories of Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna, who each welcome the Christ child into the world in a marvelous and miraculous way.

Liz's award-winning historical novels, which transport the stories of Rebekah, Leah, Rachel, Dinah, Ruth, and Naomi to eighteenth-century Scotland, also invite readers to view these familiar biblical characters in a new light.

According to Publishers Weekly, "Higgs is a stickler for period authenticity." To that end, Liz has traveled sixteen times to Scotland, the setting for her novels, and has filled her shelves with nearly one thousand resource books about Scottish history and culture.

Also a gifted professional speaker, Liz has presented more than 1,700 inspirational programs for audiences in all fifty United States and fourteen foreign countries. When the National Speakers Association honored her with the Council of Peers Award for Excellence, Liz became one of only 35 women in the world named to their CPAE-Speaker Hall of Fame.

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 enjoy their old Kentucky home, a nineteenth-century farmhouse in Louisville, and are the proud (and relieved) parents of two college grads.

"I have three abiding passions: encouraging my sisters in Christ, exploring the stories of women in the Bible, and writing novels set in Scotland of old. When I'm not traveling, speaking, or spinning a story, I connect with readers online, take copious photos, read historical novels, watch period films, and immerse myself in research--the more books, the merrier. I'm a lame housekeeper, a marginal cook, and a mediocre gardener, but home is still my favorite place to land."

Visit Liz's Web site: http://www.LizCurtisHiggs.com

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Wow! This book is fabulous. Written with typical Liz humor and deep insight, this book is a must for anyone who wants to really understand Mary Magdalene. Liz lets us know why most of our perceptions about Mary Magdalene are erroneous. She also has that wonderful ability to modernize the story for us. We see a fictional modern woman and situation juxtaposed against the scriptural Mary. This really brings Mary to life. If you've read the DaVinci Code, you'll want to compare the two Marys represented.

I can also recommend Bad Girls of the Bible and Really Bad Girls of the Bible by the same author, who describes herself as a "former bad girl." Funny, moving, and meaningful.
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?The Story?. On an icy Chicago day, Pastor Jake Stauros of Calvary Fellowship sees the desperate mumbling woman in her Goodwill wardrobe struggling to walk so he offered her help. Mary Margaret Delaney pretends to ignore his kindness and just keeps slipping, and incoherently saying ?Luna?. Jake truly wants to help her, but wonders how to reach Mary Margaret without a miracle as she acts as if demons possess her mind, and soul. Yet with God?s help he has assisted several rag tag muffins now part of the Calvary Fellowship. He will continue to pray for Mary Margaret, show her she is not alone, and optimistically hope she will join them. Mary Margaret?s story is a brilliantly written modern day parable paralleling that of Mary Magdalene so that readers can place a contemporary context on perhaps the bible?s ?baddest girl?.
?The Study?. Will the real Mary Magdalene stand up? Was she a courageous individual who followed Jesus and quickly became more than just a believer, but the person who was honored with being the first to see his reappearance? Was she a prostitute, Jesus? earthly lover or was that bad PR by a male dominated medieval church? Was she possessed by demons? Liz Curtis Higgs answers all the above and more with a thought provoking, well researched look at the New Testament. Using specific references that are easy to follow, Ms. Higgs furbishes a powerful intriguing case of who was the real Mary Magdalene.
UNVEILING MARY MAGDALENE is a terrific two-part combo that provides a wonderful novelette with an insightful biblical study that enables the audience to come away with a full understanding of one of the bible?s ?goodest? girls.
Harriet Klausner
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I bought this book because I love Liz's sense of humor and thought that was what I was buying. I took it on vacation with me and read the novel portion of the book and was pleasantly surprised that it was a well written novel with a very serious side (it made me cry on the airplane). I enjoyed it so much that I am going to suggest it as a book/bible study at church. Liz is a multi-talented sister and I wouldn't hesitate to purchase anything that she wrote.

Karen Lancto
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This is an amazing book about the true life of Mary Magdalene. It starts with a contemporary story of Mary M. to help the reader understand what Mary M.'s life might have been like. The book identifies the mistakes that have been made over history to write an incorrect story about Mary M. It's a wonderful book to discover or re-discover Mary Magdalene. She's always been my favorite and now even more so. Great book!
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I had never given much thought to Mary Magdalene before reading this. What an author! Her ability to bring Mary back and make her real to us is incredible!
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I really enjoyed how Liz Curtis Higgs wrote this book in two separate parts; the first being a fictional story and the second being the study. It helped to develop the relationship between Jesus and Mary M. The Study was super informative as well, however I did feel that she was distracted by tangents that we not completely relevent to Mary's story. Overall it was very informative and enjoyable.
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As other reviewers have pointed out, this book does two things: (1) it tells us a very important, ancient story in such modern terms that we easily "buy into" the characters, the situations, and the dilemmas long before we recognize the original; and (2) it makes us take a fresh, careful, thoughtful look at Mary of Magdala, who she was, who she wasn't, and who she might have been. All of this captured and held my interest. The book is presented in two sections: "The Story" and "The Study." The first half of "The Story" is much better crafted and written than the second (which gets a bit ham-fisted in places), but the device still works fairly well as an effective set-up for "The Study." Overall, the issues raised in this book are still intriguing my mind, days after completing the book, so for that reason, I can recommend this work.

Clearly, this author is very popular and successful. For me personally, however, there is too much Smarty-Pants in the way Liz Higgs writes. Particularly in "The Study," I felt she tries too hard to be clever or funny, disrupting the flow of both the text and the point she is trying to communicate. That's not good writing.

I was also put off by her repeated use of words like, "Sis," "Babe," and "Chick," all addressed to me, her reader. First of all, I might well be a male reader, not a female; sadly, the message she conveys to males is, "This book is not written for you." Second, most of these nicknames are the very same ones used back in the Bad Old Days by men who wolf-whistled at us, ogled our breasts, and pinched our bottoms. I don't like being "sex-ified," not even by another woman.
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