Mary Magdalene Revealed: The First Apostle, Her Feminist Gospel & the Christianity We Haven’t Tried Yet

September 12, 2019 - Comment

–WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER– The Gospel of Mary Magdalene reveals a very different love story from the one we’ve come to refer to as Christianity. Harvard-trained theologian Meggan Watterson leads us verse by verse through Mary’s gospel to illuminate the powerful teachings it contains. A gospel, as ancient and authentic as any of the gospels

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–WALL STREET JOURNAL BESTSELLER– The Gospel of Mary Magdalene reveals a very different love story from the one we’ve come to refer to as Christianity. Harvard-trained theologian Meggan Watterson leads us verse by verse through Mary’s gospel to illuminate the powerful teachings it contains.

A gospel, as ancient and authentic as any of the gospels that the Christian bible contains, was buried deep in the Egyptian desert after an edict was sent out in the 4th century to have all copies of it destroyed. Fortunately, some rebel monks were wise enough to refuse-and thanks to their disobedience and spiritual bravery, we have several manuscripts of the only gospel that was written in the name of a woman: The Gospel of Mary Magdalene.

Mary’s gospel reveals a radical love that sits at the heart of the Christian story. Her gospel says that we are not sinful; we are not to feel ashamed or unworthy for being human. In fact, our purpose is to be fully human, to be a “true human being”- that is, a person who has remembered that, yes, we are a messy, limited ego, and we are also a limitless soul.

And all we need to do is to turn inward (again and again); to meditate, like Mary Magdalene, in the way her gospel directs us, so that we can see past the ego of our own little lives to what’s more real, and lasting, and infinite, and already here, within.

With searing clarity, Watterson explains how and why Mary Magdalene came to be portrayed as the penitent prostitute and relates a more historically and theologically accurate depiction of who Mary was within the early Christ movement. And she shares how this discovery of Mary’s gospel has allowed her to practice, and to experience, a love that never ends, a love that transforms everything.

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Anonymous says:

The Book I’ve Always Wanted and Didn’t Know I Needed I devoured this book in the course of a day. That’s a first for me with books in this genre. However, as a Christian who in my heart always knew there was more to Mary Magdalene and her relationship to Jesus, this book is the treasure I never thought I’d find.I love how this book satisfies the part of me that loves to learn by providing me with theological interpretations of the passages and references to other gospels and teachers/theologians but also satisfies the spiritual side…

Anonymous says:

Very safe/empowering book, no matter what your spiritual beliefs are… This book came to me at a time, where any books about biblical characters feels daunting, yet this book shed light to beauty and profound wisdom. It shares the personal journey of the authors connection to Mary Magdeline, and while their lives, histories, and cultures are on far opposite ends of the spectrum, their courage and strength are not. Really stellar read with the perfect mix of deep history and rich story-telling.

Anonymous says:

The story I didn’t know I was missing As someone who left Christianity years ago, but still felt the tugs of Christianity… but never found a home in a church or comfort in the “old Bible”…this book validated all those years of crazy. Simply put, there is more to the story. More to Christianity than I was ever taught or knew to look for. My soul felt like it was coming home when reading this book. Thank you, Meggan, for the blessing this book is.

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