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Unveiling Mary Magdalene [VHS]
"As you sit in the audience, at home or at church, may you be transformed into a woman as bold as Mary Magdalene who declared without apology: 'I have seen the Lord!'" --Liz Curtis Higgs
Long before she became a best-selling author, Liz Curtis Higgs was an award-winning speaker. This one-hour video presentation, recorded live, captures her passion for Mary Magdalene's life-changing message for women today. The humor, the pathos, the life lessons, the biblical truth are all reflected in Liz's heartfelt words and animated delivery.
Through Unveiling Mary Magdalene--the book, the workbook, the video--women are invited to join Mary of Magdala on her transforming journey from madwoman to glad woman, from the darkness of her seven demons to the bright light of Easter morning.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
?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.
I was initially skeptical about the fictional contemporary retelling, but it was so gripping that I couldn't put it down and actually found myself crying with Mary Margaret, the Mary Magdalene figure, at the death of Pastor Jake even though I knew the store had to have a positive ending. It made me really connect with this Bible character in a way that nothing else could have.
The exegesis section was impressive, especially the way that Higgs included incredible amounts of research (about 60 endnotes per 20 page chapter!) without making the book feel so scholarly that it loses its intensity and draw for non-academic readers. Both biblical scholars and the general public will appreciate the lessons included in this book and the tremendous insight offered.
Here are just a few of the parts I liked best:
1. Mary Magdalene was not a real "bad woman," never being a prostitute as historically portrayed. The book goes into how this lie got spread and the renunciation of it by the Catholic Church, which started the lie at the end of the 6th century. I was really intrigued by the suggestion that this lie may be the result of Satan's trying to get revenge for Jesus' taking back someone whom Satan had claimed as his own.
2. Since we never see the actual deliverance of Mary Magdalene from the demons, Higgs points out the characteristics of demonic possession that we see in others who were delivered by Jesus in order to better understand what Mary went through.
3. The claim that Mary was Jesus' mistress has no basis, especially given the fact that Mary was probably at least as old as Jesus' mother.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Love Liz books! Gives some real Intel to Mary and her life following God :)Published 4 days ago by amanda vogel
Anything written by Liz Curtis Higgs is great, but this particular book is a wonderful book for a book club. Loved the story, made Mary so real to me.Published 23 days ago by Mammma of five
a very biased subjective perspective on Mary MagdalenePublished 1 month ago by Marian Willingham, M.A. LMFT
If you have not read this book you are missing a wonderful read! I was captivated and have lent it out so much, I had to buy a second copy. Read morePublished 2 months ago by dwagamon
This book shows no wear at all. Very nice. Thank you also for a quick delivery.Published 3 months ago by Mary-Ellen S.
reading for women s class very dry reading but love discussions it brings up fiction very goodPublished 4 months ago by Louise Wasson
I like very thing Liz writes. She makes things very interesting and adds her own brand of humor.Published 7 months ago by Avid Reader
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