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"Ambitious, skillfully researched, and vivid historical fiction, Disciple is full of cross-cultural romance, intrigue, mysticism, and magic. This Mary Magdalene is a visionary, a wounded healer, and a leader; she is a catalyst for every character she touches, including Jesus and the other disciples. Susan Little's portrait of Mary Magdalene shows her spiritual evolution as an inspiration not only in her first century, but also as an enduring guide to 21st century seekers." --Brenda Peterson, author of I Want To Be Left Behind: Finding Rapture Here on Earth

"This beautifully crafted novel offers a compelling portrait of Mary Magdalene, drawn from Susan Little's meticulous research and faith-filled imagination. Her novel brings Mary and her world to life for us, filling out cryptic biblical passages in wonderful detail and situating them within their complex religious and social settings. It fully engages from its opening pages, and keeps us reading past our bedtimes. But it does more. Gradually we realize that Disciple not only recreates Magdalene's response to Jesus and his message of the Reign of God. It challenges believer and non-believer alike to ponder what a call to follow Jesus asks of a person, and what it might mean for a world like ours, fractured in so many ways. It invites us to envision in specific and surprising ways what a community of equal discipleship between women and men might look like, and how we can bring this inclusive vision to bear on differences of race, religion, and social standing so that they might unite rather than divide us. Like all good spiritual reading, Disciple awakens and transforms the deepest longings of our hearts--opening them out to new possibilities." --Kathleen Fischer, author of Women at the Well

"In Disciple Susan Little brilliantly brings to life a Mary Magdalene who shows us her own spiritual journey in such simple, practical and generous ways that our own paths become far clearer and easier to follow. Mary's leadership by example as a woman, a citizen-entrepreneur and a spiritual trailblazer in her first century world is both inspiring and deeply comforting to me as a seeker of truth in my own life." --John Runyan, Former Director, Leadership Institute of Seattle

About the Author

Susan Little left a successful corporate career to become a spiritual counselor, sacred dancer, and writer. Her scholarly work on Mary Magdalene appears in Goddesses in World Cultures. Susan lives in Seattle, Washington.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 462 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 24, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451582102
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451582109
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,505,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I grew to care deeply about their choices and the inevitable results, good or ill, of their decisions.
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I've given many books as gifts, but this one has been the best gift I've given in years.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By PippaMaus on October 16, 2010
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Disciple by Susan Little is an ambitious and triumphant work of historical fiction, biblical scholarship and magical realism. In a spirit reminiscent of Anita Diamant's Red Tent, Disciple takes what little is known of Mary Magdalene from Bibilical reference and builds a rich, nuanced picture of life in ancient Magdala, a bustling town on the sea of Galilee located within geographical area and governmental control of the Roman Empire. A meticulously researched work of historical fiction, Disciple is set within the context of the complex social and governmental structure of Jesus' time. Just as the Pax Romana brought people of many disparate cultures, languages and religions under singular rule, so does Disciple deftly weave together the evolving personal stories of Jew, Roman, Greek and Egyptian bound to each other by circumstance, loyalty and love. Although Disciple is nominally the story of Mary Magdalene, it is just as much the story of Mary's chief steward, the Egyptian eunuch, Mummius; the Greek slave girl, Demetria, whom Mary loves as a daughter; and the Roman nobleman Marcus Severus who pledges his service and protection to Mary after the death of her father.

Not ordinarily drawn to biblical literature, I was captivated by Disciple. Disciple's rich, descriptive prose drew me eagerly into the dusty, ancient town of Magdala. I felt the sorrow and joy, the convictions and conflicts of each character as they developed through the novel. I grew to care deeply about their choices and the inevitable results, good or ill, of their decisions. Disciple left me with the earthy taste of fig and wine in my mouth, and a craving for more of this ancient and magical biblical world.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Inwall on October 16, 2010
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This is simply a great story! I have entirely new perspective on Mary Magdalene. She emerges from this historically vivid novel with such clarity, power and humanity. Engaging and exciting. I've given many books as gifts, but this one has been the best gift I've given in years.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By wjv on November 7, 2010
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Once I started this book it was hard to put down until I completed the entire book!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Susan Knox on December 27, 2010
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Susan Little is a born story teller. This is a book that is hard to put down. I sent it to a friend who is a devout Catholic and she has read it twice. I sent it to another friend who said she has not read such a compelling book for almost a year. She thanked me for helping her read again. Both friends sent it on to other readers. This is the kind of book that gains a groundswell of enthusiastic readers. I and my friends highly recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ejg on December 27, 2010
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This book was a gift from a very dear friend. From the first page, I couldn't put it down. I was there viewing the story. Treat yourself. Read it. P.S. When I finished, I immediately sent it to my neice. This book should be read, shared and enjoyed by many. It's one of those rare books that you will remember for a very long time, if not forever.
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