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

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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 bri
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published May 18th 2004 by WaterBrook (first published 2001)
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Monica Willyard
Nov 08, 2015 Monica Willyard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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What a wonderful book! I had no idea of Mary's real character. Hers is a story of true acceptance and redemption.
When I was a young woman, I nearly rejected God because I thought the only use He had for women was having babies and keeping house for men. It looked like God's plan for women was to be a permanent and uncomplaining doormat. Yuck! I knew I was a smart woman with talent using technology, and I wasn't at all a timid wallflower.
To me, that meant either I was messed up, or God was. It d
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Joy
Mar 19, 2012 Joy rated it really liked it
In the style of Bad Girls of the Bible, we get Unveiling Mary Magdalene. If you haven't read the first book, that Higgs does is to provide a modern fictionalized account of the woman and then goes into a deeper Bible study of the actual historical woman.

Mary Magdalene has gotten a bad rap for some reason. She's always portrayed as a harlot, a bad girl and wanting something more than friendship from Jesus (as seen in Jesus Christ Superstar,. Even in Passion of the Christ, she is seen as the woman
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Debbie
"Mad Mary" started with a modernized Biblical fiction story and ended with a study on the historical Mary Magdalene. I believe the fictional part has now also been published separately as a novella, "Mercy Like Sunlight." The author took the biblical story of Mary Magdalene and set it in the modern world to help readers better understand what her life might have been like. I liked her modernized biblical stories in her "Bad Girls" books, and I liked this one, too.

The second half of the book look
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Jennifer
May 15, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was not quite what I was expecting. The first half is a fiction tale of a modern-day Mary Magdelene, suffering from the demons of depression, grief due to a lost child and marriage, and constant thought of suicide who is rescued by a minister planting a church in inner-city Chicago. The second half focuses on who Mary Magdelene was (and wasn't) and what meaning her story has for Christian women in the modern church. There is a good deal of humor, and both parts of the book are very down to ...more
Janet
Sep 08, 2013 Janet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a great book.

The first part is the story of what could of been a current day Mary Magdalene and how she changed.

The second part of the book is about the Biblical Mary and what the bible has to say about her. The lessons we can learn from Mary and her demons, her dedication, her despair, her discovery, her declaration.

And we have a bonus recipe in the back for the current day Mary.

Well done Liz.
Sara
Jan 25, 2016 Sara rated it liked it
The fiction portion isn't too bad and does a pretty good job of modernizing a character whose antiquity might make her seem unrelateable and out of reach, but I felt patronized by the author's liberal use of endearments such as "babe," "girlfriend," and "sis" once I reached the nonfiction section of the book. I don't see the point of that; it doesn't make me feel closer to the author, or her subject. In fact, if I were male, I believe the technique would alienate me and make it hard to focus on ...more
Susie
Mar 21, 2016 Susie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
We read this book for our church book club, which met during Holy Week. I enjoyed the ways that Ms. Higgs slipped in so many details into names and events in the fictional part. I found the nonfiction part to be a little long; it really does give much insight. I don't agree with critics who say Higgs simply quoted others' work. It had to have been a monumental task to collate all of the research she obviously did, and put it into a type of narrative. I will never look at Mary Magdalene in the sa ...more
Jean Moulder
Jul 26, 2013 Jean Moulder rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book blew me away. Mad Mary transformed by her relationship with Jesus Christ. I can relate. This replaces Redeeming Love as my all time favorite.
Mimi
Having never been Protestant, the lack of historical background in Protestant Biblical Studies is fascinating to me. I've read another book by this author, Bad Girls of the Bible: And What We Can Learn from Them, which definitely suffered from this syndrome. This one had a bit more of the historical background of Mary Magdalene, but never mentioned Orthodoxy and some of it was dismissed quickly. In addition, when she speaks of Christ's death it is very different than the Orthodox viewpoint of th ...more
Lynchck521
Aug 21, 2015 Lynchck521 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't really like this book as much as the other ones. It was good though. With the addition of a modern day story it felt repetitive. I do think it would speak to people who struggle with relating the bible to the modern society. I just like the bible story broken down like she does in her other books Liz is one of my favorite authors and we is scripturally sound which I appreciate. There is a lot of unsound doctrine especially in regards to the sinners prayer or other "repeat after me to be ...more
Andrea
Jul 02, 2015 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In a sort of follow-up to her "Bad Girls" books, Higgs devotes an entire book to Mary Magdalene. Like the previous books, this one starts with fictionalised account of the character's story, which helps the modern reader to understand the dynamics at play. Then the second half of the book is a study of the actual Biblical story, with questions to aid reflection or discussion.

I found this book very well researched. Higgs clearly read a lot before starting to write. She explains cultural matters t
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Audrey
Feb 09, 2014 Audrey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I finished studying Unveiling Mary Magdalene by Liz Curtis Higgs. Months ago I ordered the book online and when it arrived I realized it was a workbook. No matter! I decided to get the companion book from the library and go through the workbook step by step. It has been very encouraging and inspirational. The first section is a story of a modern, fictional Mary who meets a young pastor in Chicago. The story is similar to the Biblical account of Mary Magdalene and the Christ. It is in written in ...more
J.M.
Jul 08, 2009 J.M. rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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This book is split into two parts ~ the beginning is a novel of a "modern day Mary" who is called to God through the help of a young, charismatic priest. While the story was well-written, I thought the priest's comparison to Christ was heavy-handed. By the time I read the first part, I didn't even want to continue the rest of the book.

The second part of the book is very thick reading on deciphering who Mary Magdalene was from Biblical texts. Unfortunately, Mary was a common name in Biblical time
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Gayle
Mar 31, 2016 Gayle rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I didn't like this book as much as I wanted to. I didn't care for her writing style and thought the allegory about Mary Magdalene in present times which makes up the first half of the book a bit weak. She also has a tendency to take some verses out of context and make some assumptive leaps that I disagreed with. I enjoyed Higgs's fiction based on The Book of Ruth much more. It's not a bad book; there are just so many books to be read and so little time that this is not one that is really worth s ...more
Athena
Mar 23, 2014 Athena rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Although I am a tremendous fan of the author, this is not one of her better efforts. Heavy handed symbolism and one dimensional characters with no real dramatic movement or surprise. The message of grace is appreciated and always welcome ; unfortunately this novella is not as clearly effective as Higgs' other efforts.
Mimi
May 15, 2016 Mimi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this fictional retelling of the story of Mary Magdalene and I also found the author's insights very beneficial and appreciated the emphasis of biblical truth concerning Mary of Magdala..
Laura
Aug 15, 2011 Laura rated it it was ok
I liked the fictional story at the beginning. The Bible study that followed, although full of truth, was so poorly written (with bad grammar, incomplete sentences, gratuitous colloquial phrases galore, etc.) that it was hard for me to take it seriously. In addition, she sourced the vast majority of much of her commentary from other peoples' work - to the effect of making me feeling like I was just reading a string of quotations, and not original work. She did cite everything, to the tune of 50-6 ...more
Gloria E
Jul 14, 2016 Gloria E rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel privileged to have been able to enjoy the fruit of the author's research. Edifying to the Christian walk.
Z
Aug 31, 2010 Z rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
The story in the beginning had its moments (mainly involving Mary, the mother of Jesus), but overall was pretty simple. There were no interesting turns that could have been possible when putting Mary's story in modern times. The analysis in the second half was pretty simple and was comprised of things that I had already learned from surfing the internet. Also, the colloquial tone that it was written in, while cute at first, got to be really, really annoying. More than that, it even felt condesce ...more
Melissa
Sep 15, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great look at the life of Mary Magdalene. Fictionalized, but also study of her life.
Erin Edgar
I heard really good things about the Bad Girls of the Bible series and thought I'd try this book, as I have always been interested in the personal life of this biblical character. This woman's writing style annoyed me. If she wrote "girlfriend" "sister" or any other womanish bonding term of endearment one more time, I thought I would scream. Her ideas about Mary's life were sort of interesting, but beyond that I don't have much to say. As I am not a religious person, I was not overly impressed b ...more
Paula Myers humphries
Mar 15, 2013 Paula Myers humphries rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Now that's a good book! This book was not what I was expecting, not what I heard, not what the movies, the painting's or even what I thought I knew about Mary Magdalene but it is what simply is written. I have discovered the Gospel truth about the most myth-understood woman of the New Testament!I now have so much respect for Mary Magdalene. She is a woman to admire. Liz Curtis Higgs is one of my favorite authors! (I am passing this book on to someone special asap!)
Michelle Hart
Mar 04, 2015 Michelle Hart rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2015
Fascinating look at Mary Magdalene and the misunderstandings that surround her.
Kathy
May 27, 2015 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
very good.
Pamela
Jul 08, 2013 Pamela rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wasn't really wild about the beginning of the book with the story from modern times. However, I gleaned some knowledge out of the author's discussion in the last several chapters of the book. It did make me reevaluate how I have thought about Mary Magdalene in light of the misinformation that has been conjured up by sources other than the Bible.
Teeni
Apr 30, 2014 Teeni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First half of the book was a slog. The second half, the study, was worth the wait. The author had a fun (but sometimes overly smarmy) writing style. That said, I learned a lot and am glad I read it.
Lisa
Dec 07, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I absolutely loved this story, and how Ms. Higgs brought the story of Mary Magdalene to life. The mix of modern day parable, the real story of Mary Magdalene, and Bible study was awesome. I wish there were more books like this one. Pick this one up soon if you haven't read it yet. You will enjoy every page.
Judi
Jun 12, 2014 Judi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christianity
Great Bible Study book on Mary M - My group just started "Bad Girls of the Bible" and we will include this one after reading the other 2 groupings. I enjoyed this very much - specifically resetting Mary's reputation from what has been "assumed" about her versus what is Biblically correct.
Sharon
Mar 04, 2013 Sharon rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was good. Half of it was a novel, half a Bible study about Mary Magdelene. I found the novel a bit lacking in tension, but it was a real tearjerker. The study was well researched and addresses the questions asked by many after reading Dan Brown's work, "The DaVinci Code"
Jackie Finn
Jul 18, 2014 Jackie Finn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this story & the unconventional idea that what we have learned about Mary of Magdala is all wrong.... This is the only story that I have read out of the "Bad Girls of the Bible" series so far, but I intend on reading the test of them.
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Former Bad Girl, grateful for the grace God offers. Happy wife of Bill, one of the Good Guys. Proud mom of two grown-up kids with tender hearts. Lame housekeeper. Marginal cook. Pitiful gardener. Stuff I love? Encouraging my sisters in Christ—across the page, from the platform, online, in person. Unpacking Scripture. Traveling wherever God leads. Listening to his heart. Leaning into his embrace.
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