Original Year of Publication: 2001
Paperback Page Count: 656
Genre: Biblical Fiction
Summary: Mary Magdalene is one of the Bible's most controversial figures--some argue that she was a prostitute, others the wife of Jesus. Even more wonder if she was the most beloved of his disciples, his best friend and counselor. Margaret George's book follows the life of Mary from when she was a young girl, to her wife and motherhood, and on to her following Jesus. It paints a picture of a young Pharisee woman who, after being driven to the edge of sanity by demons, finds a different calling with a strange prophet...
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Four out of Five Stars: Not Margaret George's best, but certainly far better than Henry VIII and Mary, Queen of Scotland and the Isles. The main problems with this book are its annoying main character--though I have a feeling that it's just me who dislikes her--a slight plotline that is kind of, well, stupid, and a bad beginning. Overall, I would say that it's an interesting read, and casts Jesus very well. It makes Bible stories more exciting, but as an entire book, is nothing amazing. It didn't grab me, but I have a feeling that a lot of historical/biblical fiction fans will like it. As a Christian, I can also add that there is nothing in the book that truly offended me.
Also by this Author: The Memoirs of Cleopatra, The Autobiography of Henry VIII, Mary, Queen of Scotland and the Isles, Helen of Troy.
Similar Books: The Red Tent.
Up Next: No clue.