On point look at a subject which offends many, but one you can't avoid if you claim to be a Christian and are honest with yourself. Ages old Christianity the way it has always been taught/programmed into humanity is a spiritual starvation diet; that's why people are searching for the real truth, which I think we are getting close to finding. This book proposes many theories, makes outright statements, makes you think. It propped up a lot of questions I had been thinking about ("when the student is ready, the teacher will appear" etc.) and has provoked me to even more closely examine my thoughts on the subject. Though once a member of an evangelical church (didn't know what they were about when I got drafted in there), I have long been unable to stomach the Christian church's way of packaging a fairy tale that has no bearing on human reality then or now. I do believe the "bible" has been heavily edited and parts of what should have been in there were simply forbidden. Much criticism was aimed at Jesse "The Governor" Ventura for saying "Organized religion is for the weak-minded" and I believe he is mostly correct. You'd have to be weak-minded to hide behind a bunch of fabricated misinterpretations and outright lies in an attempt to belong to something or feel safe attaching yourself there (I tried it once, I know). I think a lot of organized religions fall into the category of being motivated to keep knowledge from people. The religions and organizations which are guilty of this are always criticizing the religions and philosophies which seek to get knowledge TO people.
I steer clear of any specific religious affiliation though I am Christian and have experienced many instances of what others would refer to as "miracles". I do not believe in aligning myself with a specific organization or titled entity. I merely seek. Do I think that Mary Magdalene could do the things this book says she could? Yes. I have long suspected that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were very different historical figures than the church has let on, long before I ever heard of Dan Brown (whose books I have not read, by the way, or any of the other "Mary wasn't who/what you were taught she was" authors). After all, churches exist mainly to control their members, not enlighten them, in my opinion.
Could they walk the realms at will? I think so. Were they enlightened and ascended beings? I think so. Was Mary's anointing oil a special realm penetrating agent? I get the impression it was. Is manna liquid from heaven an accelerator of this ability? I think so - I've actually harvested this stuff myself and rubbed it on myself - didn't know exactly what to call it at the time, but I knew I was to anoint myself with it when it appeared out of nowhere. Strange, interdimensional things happened to me afterward.
Are all the spooky biblical hocus pocus references in the bible to miracles and "supernatural" acts correct? I would put that stuff into the category of things having scientific explanations we simply don't understand yet. I think all "miracles" are merely scientific manipulations we have not learned how to do yet. I don't believe there are miracles persay, just science we haven't mastered yet. I don't think any of this stuff is magic or supernatural, just undiscovered science authored by God.
I feel this book is worth a read if you have an open mind. Very conservative people may well be quite offended by this book. I would say that we can expect that sooner or later some very conservative person will read this book and give it a scathing review because from what I've observed, they are not believers in free thought, hence, they do not question anything - they just swallow it all whole. To do anything less than that in their circles means you don't have any "faith" - another control mechanism used to program the flock. I would put these people into the category of the weak-minded.
I have had some heavy duty experience with the other realm which I won't go into, and I say don't doubt anything - it just might happen to you. Do I believe in God? Yes. Do I believe in Jesus? Yes-and I love him. I simply will not allow myself to ever be programmed again. I seek knowledge, not organizational affiliation. Nor do I deny that the conservative evangelicals know something about cultivating an anointed atmosphere that is God-charged with heavenly energy. They do some things right - they really do. They may do it almost accidentally, but they some of them seem to know how to call up an anointed atmosphere which allows "miracle" science to operate within. I cannot say that I did not learn anything or benefit in some ways from my few years of involvement with that sort of church. I got out because of the hypocrisy and viciousness of many of the other members of the church and found the same type of atmosphere in several other evangelical churches I tried to attend regularly afterward. It would seem close contact with God-power can make some people rather arrogant and "all-knowing" in their own minds.
My criticism of this book is that I couldn't keep track of all the meanings of words and names as the author threw what seemed like hundreds of these things at the reader in an ongoing mishmash. I wish he would have created some convenient charts to group together and categorize the geneology of the names/words he defined and connect them via a clear pathway he could have drawn up. I was pretty glazed over by all the connecting of words and names he did in this book. It could have been much better organized in this respect than it was, in my opinion.
All in all, interesting and worth the time it took to read it. I am not a follower of any author or line of teaching or philosophy - I merely glean the wheat and discard the chaff from all I experience. I got some wheat from this book. Mary is "enlightened" and is "light". She had secret anointing oil which assisted in walking between the realms. She "got it" and most of the male apostles did not get it and were extremely jealous of her. Hence, the attempt to obliterate her acts in chauvinistically authored scripture. It was a good book. A bit intense in the facts being hurled at the reader, but a bountiful read.