Donated Book – Now available at Samuels Public Library

Front Royal Women's Resource Center and Royal Oak Bookshop co-sponsor donations to Samuels Public Library that are by or about women. Nan Hathaway, Book Donation Sponsor & Coordinator, chooses our books each year. Thank you Nan!

We highlight one of these books every third week each month. Our 2020 Book Reviews and Commentaries are provided by JoEllen McNeal. Thank you JoEllen!

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

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 if 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.
Meggan Watterson is a feminist theologian with a Master of Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School and a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University. Her work has appeared in media outlets such as The New York Times, Forbes, The Huffington Post, and Marie Claire. She is the author of Reveal, The Sutras of Unspeakable Joy, and The Divine Feminine Oracle and co-author of How to Love Yourself (and Sometimes Other People).

“Mary Magdalene Revealed is a master piece of theology, feminism, and just plain spiritual goodness. No matter what your religious or spiritual background, you will find hope, joy and a bracing new way to think about your body and your life in these pages.” -Christiane Northrup, M.D.

2020 June Book Commentary