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Was Mary Magdalene a prostitute, a female divinity figure, a church leader, or all of those? Biblical references to her are tantalizingly brief, but we do know that she was the first person to whom the risen Christ appeared - and the one commissioned to tell others the good news, earning her the ancient honorific "Apostle to the Apostles". Today, Mary continues to spark controversy, curiosity, and veneration. In a vivid re-creation of Mary Magdalene's life story, Margaret George convincingly captures this renowned woman's voice as she moves from girlhood to womanhood, becomes part of the circle of disciples, and comes to grips with the divine. Grounded in biblical scholarship and secular research, this fascinating historical novel is also, ultimately, "the diary of a soul".
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By Diane E. Sidener on 06-11-13
A well told story of a female disciple of Jesus
Considering how very little is known about Mary Magdalene, this is a masterful imagining of her story. It brings to life what it must have been like to be one of Jesus' disciples, and their struggles to understand Him, their fear at His arrest, and their desolation at His death. The one part I could have done without was the too-lengthy post-resurrection story of her attempts to find her daughter, and their many mis-communications: it was long and somewhat tedious. I understand its necessity in the story but just didn't find it compelling.
7 of 7 people found this review helpful
By Sox Fan on 10-23-14
Would you listen to Mary, Called Magdalene again? Why?
Yes- there is so much real- geographical historical data and so many important messages that I know I must hear it again. "He who has ears, let them hear."
What did you like best about this story?
A bit of history, a bit of speculation but all in all- a wonderful journey!
Which character – as performed by Kate Reading – was your favorite?
Mary and then, unfortunately....Judas...!
Who was the most memorable character of Mary, Called Magdalene and why?
Jesus and Blessed Mother. I also loved meeting Jo-Anna and Susanna.
Any additional comments?
Mary Magdelene has been my Patron Saint for a very long time. This book helps bring to life part of her amazing, yet still somewhat mysterious life on earth and relationship as a true disciple of Christ.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful