A novel and entertaining approach to Bible study! Closely paralleling Scripture, Higgs's book opens with a fictional account of a madwoman adrift in 21st-century Chicago. Then dashing the myths and misconceptions, Higgs offers a verse-by-verse examination of Mary Magdalene and her life-changing encounters with Christ. Includes discussion questions. (Previously published as Mad Mary.) 290 pages, softcover from Waterbrook.
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."
"The unforgettable portrait of a courageous woman."
Rebecca St. James
Liz Curtis Higgs has been telling tales since she wrote her first “novel” at the tender age of ten. Careers in broadcasting, public speaking, nonfiction writing, and children’s books brought her back to her first love–fiction–at the turn of the 21st century.
Since 1986, Liz Curtis Higgs has presented more than 1,500 inspirational programs for audiences in all 50 states as well as Germany, England, Canada, Ecuador, France, and Scotland. In 1995, Liz received the highest award for speaking excellence, the “Council of Peers Award for Excellence,” becoming one of only forty women in the world named to the Speaker Hall of Fame by the National Speakers Association.
Feature articles about Liz have appeared in more than 250 major newspapers and magazines across the country, and she has been interviewed on more than 600 radio and television stations, including guest appearances on PBS/Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly, A & E, MSNBC, NPR, CBC Canada, BBC Radio Scotland, Focus on the Family, and Janet Parshall’s America.
A member of Novelists, Inc., Liz now focuses her writing efforts on historical fiction, particularly novels set in eighteenth-century Scotland. To aid in her research, she has visited the U.K. on eight occasions, including her "Heart for Scotland" 12-city U.K. book tour in October 2003, and she has collected nearly 700 resource books on Scottish history and culture. A graduate of Bellarmine College with a B.A. in English, Liz is a member of the Eighteenth-Century Scottish Studies Society and the Dumfries & Galloway Family History Society, as well as supporting the National Museums of Scotland, Historic Scotland, and the National Trust for Scotland.
Liz is the author of twenty-one books, with more than 2 million in print. Her fiction to date includes two historical novels and two contemporary novels:
• Fair Is the Rose
• Thorn in My Heart
• Mixed Signals
The most recent of her 11 nonfiction, best-selling books include…
• Unveiling Mary Magdalene
• Really Bad Girls of the Bible
• Bad Girls of the Bible
The above titles also have corresponding VHS videos and companion workbooks.
And she has written five books for young children:
• Go Away, Dark Night
• The Parable of the Lily
• The Pine Tree Parable
• The Sunflower Parable
• The Pumpkin Patch Parable
Her children’s Parable Series was awarded the ECPA Gold Medallion for Excellence at the Christian Booksellers Association Convention in July 1998, and her book Bad Girls of the Bible was an ECPA Gold Medallion Finalist in 2000. Her first novel, Mixed Signals, was a RITA Finalist for both Best First Novel and Best Inspirational Novel. Her second novel, Bookends, was a Christy Finalist for Best Contemporary Fiction. And her third novel, Thorn in My Heart, was a #1 historical fiction Christian bestseller, followed by a second historical bestseller, Fair Is the Rose. Whence Came a Prince, the latest novel in the series, publishes in March 2005. In addition, Liz is the editor of an annual newsletter, The Graceful Heart, with 25,000 readers, and is a columnist for Today’s Christian Woman magazine with her back page feature, "Life with Liz." Her first video Bible study series, Loved by God, was released in March 2004.
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 share their 19th-century farmhouse in Louisville, KY, with their two teenagers, Matthew and Lillian, and too many cats. For more about Liz, visit her Web site: www.LizCurtisHiggs.com.
Unveiling Mary Magdalene by Liz Curtis Higgs is a truly unique Bible study for women about the "other" Mary in Jesus life. It starts with a fiction present-day story about a woman named Mary Margaret Delaney. She is a woman plagued with demons from her past. A "mad woman" living in a house haunted with voices and memories from the past.
Then she meets Jake Stauros from the Calvary Fellowship church. He's different. He doesn't judge her. He seems to see into her heart when he looks at her. Over a period of time, Mary Margaret comes to accept this Jesus that he represents and lets God's light remove the demons of guilt and fear from her life.
Mary's story could be my story (or yours) of the deliverance received when we met Jesus as our Savior. Not only were the demons removed, but we became sisters with each other in God's family. Mary Magdalene is a role model for all women. The Bible she was delivered of demons. Jesus elevated her and all women by reference, and later the apostles' referrals, to her as she and other women ministered to them all.
In the follow-up Bible study, Liz shows how Mary Magdalene has been mis-represented by Hollywood and even some ministers. She also shows the excellent example women have through Mary Magdalene. "Whether you see yourself as a 'woman of influence' or not, God does...But first you have to be set free from your past, released from your demons, filled with the Holy Spirit, and sent by the One who knows exactly where you need to go."
The whole book is riveting reading--from the opening novel to the ending challenge. I highly recommend this book for all women. It would make a great group study or individual study. -- Linda Demorest, Christian Book Previews.com