New book explores the curious and controversial life of Mary Magdalene

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‘La Magdalena’ unravels a provocative tale of a woman and how the controversies surrounding her life can change Christian history forever

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Dan Brown’s recent books including the Da Vinci Code aroused the general public’s interest in other less considered and less known aspects of Christian history. Inspired by this notion, author Lauren Sleeman wants to enthuse readers on a thought-provoking story that speaks to them and explores the lesser known aspects of women’s history. It helps them unravel the histories of the indigenous peoples of the world whose beliefs encompass a universal interconnectedness which is also the central theme of Jesus’ and Mary’s teachings.

“La Magdalena” tells the story of an often overlooked woman who lived during an influential period of history in the Western world. The book is a fictional account of Mary’s teachings, her followers, as well as being a love story of her time with Jeshua, better known as Jesus of Nazareth in the story. Mary is presented as a member of an early sect called the Theraputeae who understood ancient knowledge and intuitive wisdom. As the story progresses Mary and Jeshua face the challenges of his imminent death, and the journey Mary and her followers must subsequently make as concerns for her safety become paramount. It contains familiar elements of human behaviour such as love, betrayal, joy and jealousy as readers join Mary in her account of the events that took place over two millennia ago, events that could have had a very different outcome.

“La Magdalena” takes a slice of an incredibly significant time in history of the whole of the Western world and imbues it with a breath of fresh air. It is a delightful story which contains sacred mysteries and many aspects with which readers can engage. It takes readers to the heart and soul of Mary Magdalene, not as a subsidiary person in Jesus’ life and in history, but as a woman of considerable significance in her own right.

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About the Author
Lauren Sleeman was born in Winton, New Zealand in 1956. She has travelled throughout Europe and parts of Asia, and also visited Jordan in the Middle East. All of these ventures including working in both London and Cannes in the south of France provided rich material for the story of Mary Magdalene. Her research for a master’s degree in psychotherapy provided the impetus to complete “La Magdalena”. She has a 22-year-old son and an 18-year-old daughter and currently lives with her husband in Wanaka, New Zealand.

La Magdalena* by Lauren Sleeman
The Story of Mary
Publication Date: December 19, 2013
Trade Paperback; $19.99; 296 pages; 9781493137466
Trade Hardback; $29.99; 296 pages; 9781493137473
e-book; $3.99; 9781493137480

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