"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.