Mercy Like Sunlight

A Novella

by Liz Curtis Higgs

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.

“I was deeply moved by the story of Pastor Jake and Mary Margaret Delaney. So well written. So challenging to me. So Christlike. And so Chicago!”

—Neta Jackson, best-selling author of The Yada Yada Prayer Group

“Irresistible, unconditional love shines through on each and every page!”

—Sharon Ewell Foster, Christy Award-winning author of Passing by Samaria


Recent Reviews

Mercy Like Sunlight

Melissa Smith

5 Stars

Book description: "Closely paralleling the biblical account of Mary Magdalene, this novella follows the fictional journey of Mary Margaret Delaney, a mentally ill woman adrift in contemporary Chicago, desperate for someone to save her…

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Perfect for Easter

Brooke Barenfanger

4.5 Stars

Mercy Like Sunlight was not my usual reading material. However, I really enjoyed it. The characters were just so…real. Mary Margaret Delaney was a character broken by her past and rendered immobile by her despair to move forward with…

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Beautiful contemporary retelling of Mary Magdalene

Heidi Smith

5 Stars

Mercy like Sunlight. Just the sound of it makes me smile and feel warm inside. Plus, I love anything by Liz Curtis Higgs. :) I have read every one of her books and they are all fantastic! So, when I saw this book by her and that it was…

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Mercy Like Sunlight

Joy Williams

5 Stars

Tortured by demons of guilt & grief ever since a disastrous event Mary Delaney aka Mad Mary is in the depths of despair has no hope left. What a terrible condition to be in! She meets Pastor Jake and eventually accepts his help. What…

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great story of redemption

Sylvia Villalpando

5 Stars

Mercy like Sunlight is a story about Mary Margaret Delaney. For seven years, Mary has been tortured by demons ever since a tragic event unfolded in her life. This event caused her great grief, guilt, and regret. Closely paralleling the…

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