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A Punch to the Heart
on 30 March 2007
The Secret Magdalene is a beautiful book, both evocative of its times and yet resonant with our own. The author, Ki Longfellow, has researched her characters and time period with stunning detail that allows us to enter into a time removed from our own and experience it as we imagine those people must have experienced it, and yet when we re-enter our own time period we are enriched by those people's lives and experiences.
You don't have to be a Christian to love this book and to take meaning from it. It operates on many layers from that of being a mesmerizing story of ancient times, to that of being an original and moving retelling of the Christ story through Mary Magdalene's eyes (in this book a strong and powerful teacher in her own right), to a study of Gnosticism and modern spirituality.
Read it again and again to find even more depths and layers of meaning. Longfellow's language is sheer poetry and yet effortless.