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Mad Mary : a bad girl from Magdala, transformed at His appearing / Liz Curtis Higgs.

By: Higgs, Liz Curtis.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Colorado Springs, Colo. : WaterBrook Press, 2001Description: 290 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 1578564476.Subject(s): Mary Magdalene, SaintDDC classification:
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"Here's the truth, sister: Mary Magdalene has been knocking at the door of my heart for three years. "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 M 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. Like my previous Bad Girls books, Mad Mary begins with the fictional journey of Mary Margaret Delaney, a bad woman--or was it madwoman?--adrift in contemporary Chicago, desperate for someone to save her from herself. "Once Mary Delaney's story has prepared our hearts for learning, we'll leave the Windy City and go verse by verse through Mary of Magdala's ancient biblical tale, tossing aside modern misconceptions as we embrace the real Mary M. "Prepare to be amazed by this eye-opening sister who was transformed twice when You-Know-Who showed up and spoke her name. Oh, Mary!" -- Liz Curtis Higgs

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Acknowledgments (p. xi)
  • Prologue: Wings of Madness (p. 1)
  • Mad Mary: The Story
  • 1. Darkness Again and a Silence (p. 7)
  • 2. The Wounds Within (p. 22)
  • 3. Power of the Visible (p. 39)
  • 4. Pilgrim Soul (p. 57)
  • 5. We Look for God (p. 74)
  • 6. Hinges of Our Friendship (p. 92)
  • 7. Darkness Bends Down (p. 109)
  • 8. The Dewy Morn (p. 124)
  • Mad Mary: The Study
  • 9. Her Infinite Variety: Her Legend (p. 139)
  • 10. Moonstruck Madness: Her Demons (p. 155)
  • 11. Through Thick and Thin: Her Dedication (p. 180)
  • 12. Path of Sorrow: Her Despair (p. 199)
  • 13. The Trysted Hour: Her Discovery (p. 225)
  • 14. Letter to the World: Her Declaration (p. 249)
  • Epilogue: When We Speak Words (p. 270)
  • Study Guide (p. 273)
  • Notes (p. 276)

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Publishers Weekly Review

Higgs fans have wondered why Mary Magdalene, an obvious choice as a bad girl of the first order, didn't appear in Higgs's popular Bad Girls of the Bible and Really Bad Girls of the Bible. She warrants an entire book to herself, says Higgs one reason being that Mary Magdalene turns out not to have been a bad girl at all, but one who has gotten "two thousand years of bad press." Higgs offers painstaking biblical exegesis to demonstrate how Mary Magdalene has been "myth-understood." For example, Higgs shows that there's no biblical evidence that Mary was a prostitute, and claims that she was probably old enough to be Jesus' mother. (She was most likely older, since when she is listed with Mary the mother of Jesus, Mary Magdalene's name appears first in almost every instance.) She was a woman of independent means, supporting Jesus' ministry with her financial generosity. She was not the woman who anointed Jesus' feet with oil (that was yet another Mary, Mary of Bethany). Finally, and most importantly, she was the person Jesus appeared to first after his Resurrection and entrusted with the news of his appearing. Although biblical scholars have long rejected the idea of Mary Magdalene as a scarlet harlot, few books have offered these ideas to the hoi polloi; Higgs, with her conversational style and characteristic humor, is the perfect author to popularize such scholarship. While Jesus no doubt redeemed Mary Magdalene's soul, Higgs has nobly rehabilitated her reputation. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved