As many who know me well are aware, I rarely have a good word for organized religion, and yet will often curl up with a book which concerns man’s search for spirituality.
Recently read ‘The Secret Magdalene’ by Ki Longfellow and now weeks later I can still feel the vibrancy of that ancient time and her incredible life. Not perhaps the Magdalene most are familiar with, but one whose life, words, ideas and world will transform all who encounter her in this phenomenal adventure.
Have been partial to historical novels since first encountering Mika Waltari’s ‘The Egyptian’ as an adolescent. “I, Sinhue, the son of Senmut and his wife Kipa, write this...” and I had entered another time and a fascinating world. Now more than half a century later I have discovered the exciting and very real world of Yeshu and Magdalene, and all those whose lives they encountered along the way and how each in turn was changed. I felt that I was present as the ideas and concepts of Gnosticism were born and developed. Indeed, I was changing as the protagonists changed.
A thought provoking work of infinite beauty. Not just the exquisite telling of a incredible story, but an experience. And one which I will return to again and again.