Reviewed by Emma Megan for Readers' Favorite
Many women’s identities, thoughts, and accomplishments have been erased from history. Women have been robbed of true female role models. Even today, women have no choice but to read and interpret the Bible through the lens of men. But now is the time to learn from a female version. I agree we should not accept seeing Mary Magdalene as a prostitute and sinner just because the Church Fathers portrayed her that way. Bridget Erica is a healer and a Reiki Master Teacher. In her book, Magdala: The Lost Story of Mary Magdalene, she tells the story of one of the greatest women in biblical history. She uncovers the truth about Mary Magdalene, giving back her voice and shedding light on her untold and misconstrued story. This book reveals the true essence of Mary Magdalene’s life.
I was impressed to learn about the world’s first known female author, Enheduanna, a proud princess, priestess, and poet. Magdala: The Lost Story of Mary Magdalene was a read so compelling and clean that it kept me up late into the night. It vividly captures the cultural spirit of the time. I am enthralled with Erica's work of rewriting the story of one of the most misunderstood and influential women and healers in history. This riveting fictional account with strong themes of love and faith will leave readers questioning many of the stories of women from the Bible. Christians who dare to reexamine the holy texts with new eyes will have a different, more revealing appreciation for the path Mary Magdalene walked.