Mercy Like Sunlight: A Novella, by Liz Curtis Higgs

4 Stars!

Who Will Set Her Free from the Darkness Inside?
Mary Margaret Delaney hides in the shadows, her arms scarred, her heart wounded by grief and weighed down with regret. Adrift on the streets of Chicago, she is surrounded by strangers and hounded by demons, both real and imagined. Her neighbors in Lincoln Park call her Mad Mary—until a fearless young pastor dares to call Mary his friend.

Inspired by the biblical account of Mary Magdalene, this touching contemporary story first appeared in Liz’s nonfiction book, Mad Mary, later titled Unveiling Mary Magdalene. Now updated as a stand-alone novella, Mercy Like Sunlight is a powerful tribute to God’s boundless compassion and unending grace.

Liz Curtis Higgs is a popular conference speaker and the author of more than thirty books, with 4.5 million copies in print, including her best-selling nonfiction series, Bad Girls of the Bible, Really Bad Girls of the Bible, and Slightly Bad Girls of the Bible. Liz has also written Scottish historical fiction inspired by biblical characters, including her Christy Award-winning novel, Whence Came a Prince, and her New York Times bestseller, Mine Is the Night. Liz and her family live in Louisville, Kentucky.

Very interesting story! This book was very intense at times, and even a little sad - but very uplifting at the same time! I loved how this almost paralleled the Bible at times - with the two Mary's (and many more times that I don't want to give away).

Excellent character development, you get so caught up in the characters lives. Through the whole book I was wondering "Is she crazy, is she possessed, multiple personality disorder? You can't help but love Mary along with all her quirkiness. You watch her transformation happen that is so touching and personal.

Here's a few lines -
"Seven years of darkness. Her charmed life has slowly dismantled itself. Released by her employer, abandoned by her husband, neglected by her neighbors, discarded by society, Mary had become all too familiar with suffering and well acquainted with sorrow."

"Mary, think of it like this: Mercy is the motive. Grace is the the gift."
She struggled to grasp the difference. "Can you have one without the other?"
"Not if God is the One being merciful. Grace-forgiveness - is an expression of God's mercy."
This book got nothing lower than a 4 star rating on Amazon and B&N! Definitely worth the read.

Thank you "Blogging for Books" for sending me this e-book to read and review.

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  1. Interesting and lovely cover.

    I recently read Women of Christmas by LCH.

    1. Oh good, this was my first one by her. I'm gonna go look that one up.