Author Bettye Johnson brings the world a wonderfully written, intriguing novel about Mary Magdalene. Although the book is a work of fiction, it reads like history and you want to believe it is history. You want to believe that all of the questions have been answered by the lost scrolls of Madalene. With a hint of romance, adventure and history, this book is a page turner that you will have a hard time putting down. Easy to follow and understand, this book is a great read. You don't have to be a history buff to follow along. You don't need to be a religious fanatic either. You just need a free day and an open heart to folloow along on this journey to discover the scrolls of Mary Magdalene. --Rapid Book Review<br /><br />Secrets of the Magdalene Scrolls is a tantalizing story depicting the discovery of ancient scrolls about Mary Magdalene and Jesus. Though it covers some of the same ground as the Da Vinci Code, the writing is infinitely better and far more believable. The heroines in the story are more realistic and the adventures described in a truer voice along with a possible time-line--something very much lacking in Dan Brown's tale. Whether the reader chooses to believe what is revealed in story form or not, the book is entertaining from beginning to end. How can the author improve this book? No suggestions--the author knows how to write and tell a compelling and convincing story. Hopefully the promotion for this book will be enough to make those who read the Da Vinci Code want to read Secrets of the Magdalene Scrolls. --Writer's Digest Judge for 15th Annual International Self-Published Book Awards
Praise be to the Creator of All. Praise be unto this Life for she is the one foretold to be the Messenger of Hope. She is the Anointed One to bring the Message of Remembrance of who we are. Rejoice, rejoice, rejoice! Dan Brown opened the door to religious artifacts with his book The DaVinci Code. Bettye Johnson blows that door off its hinges in Secrets of the Magdalene Scrolls. After visiting France, the author became fascinated with Black Madonnas, which forms the basis for her wonderful novel centering around to women hiking the French Pyrenees Mountains and discovering ancient scrolls in a hidden cave. Bringing an American businessman and a disillusioned priest into their secret, the women hear an interpretation of the scrolls. It appears to be the life self-described story of Mary Magdalene. As the two women and their companions continue to interpret the scrolls, they become fearful that the scrolls will fall into the wrong hands. The ladies begin a cross-country trek to insure that the scrolls are placed with the proper authorities, so that they may be received and enjoyed by all. What follows is a story of passion, betrayal, and mystery told in a page-turning style. Although this is a work of fiction, truth is found in the research on display here--truth and the seekers of truth. The novel is packed full of historical references, but the fictional elements ease the delivery of the overly intellectual passages. There is also a bit of the outspoken to please the curious mind. In the end, this is an adventurous and thought-provoking story. --The US Review of Books - Reviewed by Sue Johnson
From the Publisher
Bettye Johnson's dynamic novel is an Independent Publisher Book Award 2006 Winner. Johnson has brought Mary Magdalene to life as a real woman who had her own mission and her own following. The scrolls are in the form of Mary Magdalene's journal of her life from birth until the end of her own ministry. This book is action-packed and a real thriller with overtones of the spiritual aspect of Mary Magdalene.