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

Liz Curtis Higgs
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The veil has been lifted.

Discover the Gospel truth about the most myth-understood woman of the New Testament. Was Mary Magdalene a prostitute? An adulteress? The wife of Jesus? An ancient goddess? Liz Curtis Higgs, best-selling author of Bad Girls of the Bible and Really Bad Girls of the Bible, combines heartfelt contemporary fiction with extensive biblical research to bring to life the real Mary Magdalene of the Bible.

With her own eyes, she saw him.
With her own ears, she heard him.
With her own hands, she touched him.

Unveiling Mary Magdalene
opens with the fictional journey of Mary Margaret Delaney, a madwoman adrift in modern Chicago. Her moving story, closely paralleling the biblical account, is followed by a verse-by-verse study of the first-century Mary Magdalene and her life-changing encounters with the Christ.
“Liz has done it again! What hope and promise this will bring.” 
—Kay Arthur

“The unforgettable portrait of a courageous woman.”
—Rebecca St. James

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Editorial Reviews


"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!

Product Details

  • File Size: 1801 KB
  • Print Length: 322 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B005MKWE7K
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press (February 19, 2009)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002ZFGJM6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,608 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dose of encouraging reality January 11, 2007
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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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars terrific two-part combo May 27, 2004
?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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovin' Liz August 2, 2008
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome, awesome, awesome!! November 5, 2012
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mary Magdalene January 27, 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing View to Mary Magdalene August 14, 2008
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very creative author July 14, 2008
This is a very unique way to study the Bible and its interesting characters. Higgs is extremely witty and creative!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great for discussion July 13, 2009
We are reading this book in a women's small group study. We have read all of the authors' other books in the "Bad Girls of the Bible" series. Her presentation of the story in a modern setting helps us relate to the story. We also appreciate the Biblical research that she includes. We would definitely recommend this book & the authors other books to any woman reader or women's group.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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Published 1 month ago by Lynnie McCrobie
4.0 out of 5 stars ... than I expected or was pictured I am very satisfied.
Other than being an older publication than I expected or was pictured I am very satisfied.
Published 3 months ago by P. Stevens
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good book for a meaty bible study. Book in very good shape. I recommend highly.
Published 5 months ago by rita l atherton
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed this book, hard to put down.
Once you open the book you are enraptured. Definitely brings out the compassion and the love of Jesus for the sinner...Beautifully written.
Published 5 months ago by Gayle Jacobson
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this Book!
This book grabbed my attention from the very beginning! Great points of truth but in a modern way. Try it - you won't be disappointed!
Published 7 months ago by Hope M Galyon
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredibly inspiring book!
I just finished this book and am eagerly telling all my friends that they really must read it too!

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Published 7 months ago by Victoria J. Mejia-Gewe
5.0 out of 5 stars Liz Did it Again!
Wonderful book. I especially like the contemporary spin on Mary, the disciple of Christ. Great Bible study tool. Thank you.
Published 8 months ago by Laurie S. Lechlitner
5.0 out of 5 stars Unveiling Mary Magdalene
We are using this book in Bible study and I am pleased with it and have found it helpful. Thank you.
Published 10 months ago by Margaret Jones
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Customer Service is Excellent. This DVD is for mature Christians not for children. It's a lecture format. This may suite small group discussion.
Published 10 months ago by mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Biblically correct book
Very good book. It gave insights that I'd not thought about. The author has a sense of humor and that added to the content.
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More About the Author

Imagine a heartwarming Bible study wrapped inside a beautiful gift book: that's The Women of Christmas. the latest release from Liz Curtis Higgs. Verse by verse, Liz unpacks the biblical stories of Elizabeth, Mary, and Anna, who each welcome the Christ child into the world in a marvelous and miraculous way.

Liz admits, "My goal is simple: to help women embrace the grace of God with joy and abandon!"

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.

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

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."

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