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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Crown (July 12, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307717690
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307717696
  • Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,336,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“This imaginative novel may make you a believer.” —O, the Oprah Magazine

“Wolf takes the prevailing Jesus mythology, twists it around, and stands it on its head by reimagining the Messiah as a female…. this controversial biblical revision is sure to be a book-club darling.”—Booklist
 
"A young girl in ancient Palestine struggles with her calling as a spiritual leader in Wolf's audacious, deftly woven debut."—Publishers Weekly

“This book took me on a journey back to the days of Jesus. I was surprised in more ways than I ever could have imagined. The Way is one of those rare novels that makes you think.”—Javier Sierra, New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Supper
 
The Way is a unique and ambitious debut novel, certain to provoke passionate discussions.”—John Shors, bestselling author of Beneath a Marble Sky
 
“Wolf’s voice, vision, and verve combine to make The Way an emotional and action-packed debut.”—Alice Peck, author of Bread, Body, Spirit: Finding the Sacred in Food and Next to Godliness
 
The Way is a magical, evocative first novel that I plan to buy a carton of to give to my family and friends. Kristen Wolf’s rich imagery transports the reader into ancient Palestine where harmony and balance—the feminine Way—have been lost in the worship of a vengeful male deity. The tension between how the world is and how it might be if people followed The Way is as vital a question today as it was in ancient times. This message of compas­sion, healing, and respect for women could indeed transform our world.”—Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., author of A Woman’s Journey to God
 
“The point [Wolf] makes in this book is one I deeply believe in: we begin with the mother and then we lose our way—all of us.”—Kavita N. Ramdas, the Global Fund for Women

"..this spiritually provocative novel will enthrall people of all faiths."—Bookloons
 
5-Stars "Fascinating, fans will enjoy the "truth" of Anna's journey." —Harriet Klausner, Amazon's #1 Reviewer
 
"THE WAY will invoke some deep thinking and soul searching...pick it up." —Rhodes Review
 
"The Way is a daring and passionate debut from an author to watch in the future." —Historical Novel Society
 
"...page turning and utterly creative." —Maria's Space 
 
"Remarkable story, beautifully told." —Mary Johnson, Author of "An Unquenchable Thirst

Following Mother Teresa in search of love, service, and an authentic life"   "Wow, is all I can say. This novel blew me away!"—Book Pleasures

"Respelendent writing" —Minding Spot
 
"THE WAY challenges you to think beyond what you have learned... to expand your vision..." —Library Girl Reads 
 
"A bold and powerful story... needs to make its way to the reading lists of women...everywhere." —Rainbow Reader 
 
"Highly descriptive settings, imaginative plot, and flowing script abound..." —Literary R & R
 
"This imaginative novel may make you a believer." —OPRAH Magazine "A Title to Pick Up Now!"
 
"...[an] audacious, deftly woven debut."  —Publisher's Weekly
 
"[a} fascinating idea." —Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Kristen Wolf is a mother, writer, and filmmaker living in the Rocky Mountains. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Georgetown University and holds an M.A. in creative writing from Hollins University. This is her first novel.

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KRISTEN WOLF is a writer and mother living in the Rocky Mountains. She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Georgetown University and holds an M.A. in creative writing and film from Hollins College where she was awarded a full scholarship.

As a child, Wolf grew up in a heavily forested suburb outside New York City with her parents, a younger brother, and an ever-changing menagerie of pet animals.

Both Wolf's parents and grandparents passed onto her an avid love and respect for nature -- which explains the photos of Wolf posing with an ever-widening array of pets, including cats, dogs, guinea pigs, mice, quail, two raccoons, chickens, even a squirrel that lived in her bedroom! Needless to say, hers wasn't the average American family.

Later, Wolf's family purchased land in upstate New York and on weekends and summers lived like a regular Swiss Family Robinson, clearing the land, building fences, barns and, eventually, raising and tending cattle, horses, pigs, goats, chickens etc. This led to a very unique life for Wolf and her brother as they lived like farmers on the weekends and students in a suburban public school during the week.

Wolf credits her unique childhood for providing her with keen powers of observation, a passion for living things, unlimited curiosity, and a strong independent streak.

As an adult, Wolf has worked primarily as a writer and filmmaker.

THE WAY is her first novel.

Customer Reviews

Jesus becomes a great shepherd.
M. G. Gagliano
Wolfe has done a sensational job of portraying the ancient times as well as painting the details to bring the old world to life.
Wendy L. Hines
I left this book feeling just a little bit lessened and somewhat sad.
olanchana

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Read More Books on July 12, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The Way is a rare novel with a simple, yet unforgettable premise--what if Jesus was a woman? Certainly the nature of this question is bound to create controversy, but what a wonderful topic for readers and book clubs to ponder. The best novels are the ones that provoke contemplation and discussion, and The Way is such a book. The novel's protagonist, Anna, is the perfect voice to carry the story forward as she endures suffering, doubt, and ultimately redemption. I highly recommend this unusual and well-written novel, which made me contemplate my own faith and beliefs. An excellent read.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Wendy L. Hines VINE VOICE on February 29, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Anna is a young girl living in ancient Palestine in a male-dominated world. Her mother, Mari, and her father, Yosef, try to be good parents, but they both have their own beliefs. Yosef feels like he is less of a man until his wife gives him a son. Mari, a quiet woman, tries to adhere to his ways and ensure that their daughter is taught as well, so she may survive. Mari secretly though, plans an escape for young Anna.

Anna is an inquisitive yet quiet child. Her mother calls her handsome, but she has the mannerisms of a male, a square jaw and a thick brow, wide shoulders, but her sex deems her a female. When her mother dies and her father sells her to a shepherd, Anna is taken from everything she has ever known and tries to find her way.

In a camp of shepherds, whom are all male, Anna knows the only way she will survive is if she can pass as a male. She takes the name of Jesus, and becomes a grand shepherd. The leader of her band of shepherds, Samson, knows that Jesus is special and tries to come up with a way to get him to where he needs to be. There is a hidden society of women hiding in the mountains and they teach and learn what is called, "The Way". They have unique healing abilities and have a higher calling.

When Samson's trick to get Jesus in the mountains is successful, Jesus is confused. Why would his friend play such a trick on him? He wants to leave immediately, but the women urge Jesus to become whom she really is and before long, she can't help but answer the call. But someone is hunting for the secret society and won't stop until they are all annihilated. Can help come before it's too late? Or will Anna take it their lives into her own hands, along with her own destiny?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By OneMisiPlease on September 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is definitely NOT the "life of Christ" - but a fictionalized story of a woman who renames herself "Jesus" to survive in 7-30 AD, hidden as a male and living in a brutal male dominated society. I could not put this book down. The characters are fully realized and I cared about them from the first pages of the book. I hope the actual manifestations of "The Way" live, breathe and survive today. We need more Anna/Jesus women to lead the way!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By art alchemy on July 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover
this is a novel that once read, remain inside forever. Ms. Wolf's writing has the quality of a woodcut, as she carves out images and feelings through concise and magical sentences until, without even realizing it, you are immersed in a rare and fascinating world. i read this novel while my 15 month old baby was in the hospital, and will always remember the strength and companionship that it brought during that time, and continues to do so now.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ron E. Kendricks on July 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
A remarkable first novel that examines the "feminine-aspect" of the advent of Jesus.

Ms. Wolf is clearly an author one would want to pay close attention to her future endeavors.

This novel could have been very "bad" except for the genius talent of its author. Ms. Wolf has
the ability to share without being preachy. Her characters,Solomon, Peter, and Judas were fascinating.
Her female characters, Rachel, Ruth and Shereen all had great dialogue.

Her reliance on the Gnostic Christ was evidenced.

One might also wonder how familar Ms. Wolf is
with the Essence Gospels, and the training of Mary and Martha to prepare
them for the birth of the Awakener.

The beginning of the Era of the Mother of the World,
and the Divine Feminine is now happening on
a planetary scale. Ms. Wolf's novel is most timely

It will up to women to reach out her hand to uplift mankind.

It is up to women to bring about beauty, truth, joy, and compassion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Library Girl Reads VINE VOICE on April 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The Way envisions a new beginning for Christianity through the portrayal of Jesus as a woman. Anna's masculine appearance as a child causes her no end of hurt as the other children make fun of her and her father despairs that he has no son. The loss of an infant son and then the death of his wife lead Anna's father to disguise her as a boy and sell her to shepherds so he will be rid of her. For Anna this is the beginning of an unimaginable journey as she must first hide her femaleness and then learn to embrace it when she reaches what she thinks is her final destination. Her time as a shepherd and her time among the Sisters learning The Way prepare her for a larger role in the spiritual conflict taking place outside the caves she thinks of as home.

Sometimes you are looking for a book that will just take you away from your life. A book that lets your imagination run wild and entertains or relaxes you. The Way is not one of those books. The Way challenges you to think beyond what you have learned of Christianity. To expand your vision beyond yourself and your family and to remember how all things in the world are connected. Wolf takes some of the traditional Bible stories of Jesus and gives them new life as she shares them in a different context. The Way does not diminish Christianity but instead adds another layer of thought that expands it to include both Mother and Father in nourishing roles for all people.

Wolf writes in a straightforward manner that is both stark and beautiful at the same time. She matches her writing to each scene with scenes of the desert and scenes of the caves flowing just a bit differently. This enhances the reading experience as I was able to get a great sense of what Anna was feeling and experiencing through the changes in the writing.
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