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The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity

Paperback |English |1590304950 | 9781590304952

The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity

Paperback |English |1590304950 | 9781590304952
Overview
The author of The Wisdom Jesus takes readers on a journey to discover the real Mary Magdalene--and finds a powerful, ancient model for 21st-century spirituality Mary Magdalene is one of the most influential symbols in the history of Christianity--yet, if you look in the Bible, you'll find only a handful of verses that speak of her. How did she become such a compelling saint in the face of such paltry evidence? In her effort to answer that question, Cynthia Bourgeault examines the Bible, church tradition, art, legend, and newly discovered texts to see what's there. She then applies her own reasoning and intuition, informed by the wisdom of the ages-old Christian contemplative tradition. What emerges is a radical view of Mary Magdalene as Jesus's most important disciple, the one he considered to understand his teaching best. That teaching was characterized by a nondualistic approach to the world and by a deep understanding of the value of the feminine. Cynthia shows how an understanding of Mary Magdalene can revitalize contemporary Christianity, how Christians and others can, through her, find their way to Jesus's original teachings and apply them to their modern lives.
ISBN: 1590304950
ISBN13: 9781590304952
Author: Cynthia Bourgeault
Publisher: Shambhala
Format: Paperback
PublicationDate: 2010-09-14
Language: English
Edition: 9.1.2010
PageCount: 256
Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.84 x 7.31 inches
Weight: 14.24 ounces
The author of The Wisdom Jesus takes readers on a journey to discover the real Mary Magdalene--and finds a powerful, ancient model for 21st-century spirituality Mary Magdalene is one of the most influential symbols in the history of Christianity--yet, if you look in the Bible, you'll find only a handful of verses that speak of her. How did she become such a compelling saint in the face of such paltry evidence? In her effort to answer that question, Cynthia Bourgeault examines the Bible, church tradition, art, legend, and newly discovered texts to see what's there. She then applies her own reasoning and intuition, informed by the wisdom of the ages-old Christian contemplative tradition. What emerges is a radical view of Mary Magdalene as Jesus's most important disciple, the one he considered to understand his teaching best. That teaching was characterized by a nondualistic approach to the world and by a deep understanding of the value of the feminine. Cynthia shows how an understanding of Mary Magdalene can revitalize contemporary Christianity, how Christians and others can, through her, find their way to Jesus's original teachings and apply them to their modern lives.
Editorial Reviews


"A spiritual masterpiece, and by far the wisest and most profound book ever written on Mary Magdalene."--Andrew Harvey, author of
Son of Man and Hope: A Guide to Sacred Action
"A remarkable invitation into the origins and wisdom of Christianity, through the apostolic witness of Mary Magdalene. Expect a challenge, perhaps more than you 're ready for. This book should change something, as it invites you to deepen your capacity for love, through the witness of Jesus 's beloved disciple."--The Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schiori, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church
"It takes courage, intelligence, maturity, but mostly Christian intuitive wisdom to write a book such as this. Cynthia Bourgeault succeeds grandly!"--Richard Rohr, OFM, author of
The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See
"Pastor, scholar, mystic . . . Cynthia Bourgeault is all of these, but never before has she combined them so compellingly and persuasively, and--dare one say it?--so efficaciously as here in this work that lives so close to the center of her own being."--Phillis Tickle, author of
The Great Emergence: How Christianity Is Changing and Why
"Bourgeault masterfully takes the best of tradition, history, and recent scholarship, sums it up with clarity, and then respectfully and artfully flings open new doors of insight, wisdom, and possibility. She offers completely unique and stirring insights about Mary Magdalene."--
Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction
"This is not simply another book on Mary Magdalene along the lines of Dan Brown or the Holy Blood/Holy Grail authors. Yes, Cynthia Bourgeault, an Episcopal priest, is making an argument about the relationship between Magdalene and Jesus, an argument that is certainly controversial, and in lesser hands has been badly distorted. However, Bourgeault does it in a way that is grounded both spiritually and academically."--
Parabola


CYNTHIA BOURGEAULT is a modern-day mystic, Episcopal priest, and theologian. She divides her time between solitude at her seaside hermitage in Maine and traveling globally to promote the rediscovery of the Christian contemplative path. She is a core faculty member at the Center for Action and Contemplation and founding director of an international network of Wisdom Schools. Cynthia's articles and essays have appeared in many journals and publications, and she is the author of numerous books, including
The Wisdom Jesus,
The Meaning of Mary Magdalene,
The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three, and
The Heart of Centering Prayer.

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Overview
The author of The Wisdom Jesus takes readers on a journey to discover the real Mary Magdalene--and finds a powerful, ancient model for 21st-century spirituality Mary Magdalene is one of the most influential symbols in the history of Christianity--yet, if you look in the Bible, you'll find only a handful of verses that speak of her. How did she become such a compelling saint in the face of such paltry evidence? In her effort to answer that question, Cynthia Bourgeault examines the Bible, church tradition, art, legend, and newly discovered texts to see what's there. She then applies her own reasoning and intuition, informed by the wisdom of the ages-old Christian contemplative tradition. What emerges is a radical view of Mary Magdalene as Jesus's most important disciple, the one he considered to understand his teaching best. That teaching was characterized by a nondualistic approach to the world and by a deep understanding of the value of the feminine. Cynthia shows how an understanding of Mary Magdalene can revitalize contemporary Christianity, how Christians and others can, through her, find their way to Jesus's original teachings and apply them to their modern lives.
ISBN: 1590304950
ISBN13: 9781590304952
Author: Cynthia Bourgeault
Publisher: Shambhala
Format: Paperback
PublicationDate: 2010-09-14
Language: English
Edition: 9.1.2010
PageCount: 256
Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.84 x 7.31 inches
Weight: 14.24 ounces
The author of The Wisdom Jesus takes readers on a journey to discover the real Mary Magdalene--and finds a powerful, ancient model for 21st-century spirituality Mary Magdalene is one of the most influential symbols in the history of Christianity--yet, if you look in the Bible, you'll find only a handful of verses that speak of her. How did she become such a compelling saint in the face of such paltry evidence? In her effort to answer that question, Cynthia Bourgeault examines the Bible, church tradition, art, legend, and newly discovered texts to see what's there. She then applies her own reasoning and intuition, informed by the wisdom of the ages-old Christian contemplative tradition. What emerges is a radical view of Mary Magdalene as Jesus's most important disciple, the one he considered to understand his teaching best. That teaching was characterized by a nondualistic approach to the world and by a deep understanding of the value of the feminine. Cynthia shows how an understanding of Mary Magdalene can revitalize contemporary Christianity, how Christians and others can, through her, find their way to Jesus's original teachings and apply them to their modern lives.
Editorial Reviews


"A spiritual masterpiece, and by far the wisest and most profound book ever written on Mary Magdalene."--Andrew Harvey, author of
Son of Man and Hope: A Guide to Sacred Action
"A remarkable invitation into the origins and wisdom of Christianity, through the apostolic witness of Mary Magdalene. Expect a challenge, perhaps more than you 're ready for. This book should change something, as it invites you to deepen your capacity for love, through the witness of Jesus 's beloved disciple."--The Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schiori, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church
"It takes courage, intelligence, maturity, but mostly Christian intuitive wisdom to write a book such as this. Cynthia Bourgeault succeeds grandly!"--Richard Rohr, OFM, author of
The Naked Now: Learning to See as the Mystics See
"Pastor, scholar, mystic . . . Cynthia Bourgeault is all of these, but never before has she combined them so compellingly and persuasively, and--dare one say it?--so efficaciously as here in this work that lives so close to the center of her own being."--Phillis Tickle, author of
The Great Emergence: How Christianity Is Changing and Why
"Bourgeault masterfully takes the best of tradition, history, and recent scholarship, sums it up with clarity, and then respectfully and artfully flings open new doors of insight, wisdom, and possibility. She offers completely unique and stirring insights about Mary Magdalene."--
Presence: An International Journal of Spiritual Direction
"This is not simply another book on Mary Magdalene along the lines of Dan Brown or the Holy Blood/Holy Grail authors. Yes, Cynthia Bourgeault, an Episcopal priest, is making an argument about the relationship between Magdalene and Jesus, an argument that is certainly controversial, and in lesser hands has been badly distorted. However, Bourgeault does it in a way that is grounded both spiritually and academically."--
Parabola


CYNTHIA BOURGEAULT is a modern-day mystic, Episcopal priest, and theologian. She divides her time between solitude at her seaside hermitage in Maine and traveling globally to promote the rediscovery of the Christian contemplative path. She is a core faculty member at the Center for Action and Contemplation and founding director of an international network of Wisdom Schools. Cynthia's articles and essays have appeared in many journals and publications, and she is the author of numerous books, including
The Wisdom Jesus,
The Meaning of Mary Magdalene,
The Holy Trinity and the Law of Three, and
The Heart of Centering Prayer.

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Shipping method varies depending on what is being shipped.  

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To be eligible for a return, your item must be unused and in the same condition that you received it. It must also be in the original packaging.

Several types of goods are exempt from being returned. Perishable goods such as food, flowers, newspapers or magazines cannot be returned. We also do not accept products that are intimate or sanitary goods, hazardous materials, or flammable liquids or gases.

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  • Downloadable software products
  • Some health and personal care items

To complete your return, we require a tracking number, which shows the items which you already returned to us.
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  • Book with obvious signs of use
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Items returned to us as a result of our error will receive a full refund,some returns may be subject to a restocking fee of 7% of the total item price, please contact a customer care team member to see if your return is subject. Returns that arrived on time and were as described are subject to a restocking fee.

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