The novel The Magdalen by Bonnie Jones Reynolds is an amazing journey that most of us have been exposed to in other forms for most of our lives, but this time it is different. The main players are all there, but not as we have been told about them previously.
This is the story of Joshuah, Merriam, Yeshua, Judah and the rest of those characters that we have come to know in other familiar names. This is the re-telling of the New Testament that many people would rather not see, but in my humble opinion is essential, as it allows the mind, heart and soul to make a choice. It contains all the things we love about a good book. This is a voyage back in time that could quite possibly show people an amazing future.
I really loved this book. It’s a long book, I’ll give you that, and I felt at times a little heavy handed in terms of what is being “taught”, but over all it was fantastic. Bonnie Jones Reynolds has taken the “Greatest Story Ever Told” and made it greater. Each of the characters we know from the Bible, is different and real. They are strong and likeable, something that’s essential. We are introduced to a whole new understanding of what God may be. Not only do we see a truly Gnostic version of the Story of Jesus’ life, but we are also introduced to the history of the Jewish people, that I’m sure many are completely unaware, as I was. I was drawn in and held to the end.
This is a novel that many will find radical and controversial, but it’s a story that has been longing to be told. If you have an open mind and heart to hear about a message of Joy and Love, then please read this book.