Mary Magdalene: A Woman Who Loved [NOOK Book]

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A beautiful woman, a life changed by tragedy, driven into sin, condemned and rejected by her own people, a slave to despair and desperate for love. She saw a light, she reached out and touched it, her life was changed forever.
Mary Magdalene, a novel in the genre of Ben Hur, brings the 1st century alive, inspires the soul and challenges the reader to love as she loved.

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Mary Magdalene: A Woman Who Loved

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Overview

A beautiful woman, a life changed by tragedy, driven into sin, condemned and rejected by her own people, a slave to despair and desperate for love. She saw a light, she reached out and touched it, her life was changed forever.
Mary Magdalene, a novel in the genre of Ben Hur, brings the 1st century alive, inspires the soul and challenges the reader to love as she loved.

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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940011184314
  • Publisher: Steve Copland
  • Publication date: 1/12/2011
  • Series: 1st Century Trilogy , #1
  • Sold by: Smashwords
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 67,356
  • File size: 398 KB

Meet the Author

Steve Copland is a self-supported missionary from New Zealand, serving The Lord in Ukraine since 2003. He is member of the pastoral team at New Life evangelical church in Kiev. He lectures on Systematic Theology and Church History at the Ukraine Evangelical Seminary, and also Biblical Studies, Apologetics and Church History at the International Christian University in Kiev.
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  • Posted February 28, 2012

    Inspirational and Historically Accurate

    After reading this beautiful novel and one particularly slanderous review (Lovestoreadbooks) I felt compelled to write my own. As a professor of history I can assure readers that the author has taken great pains to be historically accurate, albeit, he has chosen the genre of 'fiction' as some of his characters are not real.
    Synagogues were littered all over Judea in Jesus' time (he preached in them regularly), Pontius Pilate is called "prefect" by at least one Roman historian, and Israel existed 750 BC as a nation, albeit a split one. The charge of plagiarism is slanderous in the extreme and absolutely untrue. Just read the canonical gospels and you'll find the story.
    If you are seeking a deeply emotional novel that opens the gospels and the 1st century in a way that responsibly reflects the biblical account, then this book is for you. This is the best account of Mary Magdalene I have ever read, and although it doesn't claim to be absolute fact, it touches the heart in such a way that one can easily believe it is inspired. Highly recommended!!

    50 out of 50 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 26, 2011

    So beautiful!

    You don't have to be a religious person to love this book. If you remember any bible stories, a lot of this will seem familiar. It's told in a novel style based on the life of Mary Magdalene whom we meet as a prostitute who is angry and sometimes demon possessed. She is not allowed in the temple, though the men that use her services are. Jesus is treated exactly as I expect he would be treated if he lived today. Parts of the story are inspiring, other parts are sad, some are actually heartbreaking. My favorite parts were Jesus forgiving Mary Magadelene and her going home to take her braids out and the makeup off, her spreading the gospel and decided to follow Jesus with his disiciples, Lazarus being raised, the religious politicians who are out to get Jesus, the Roman soldiers who participate, Pontius Pilate, and the crucifixtion scene. I didn't want this book to end even though I knew how it ended. I would read other books by this auther in a minute. I also recommend this to any book club as I think the discussions would be great.

    46 out of 51 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 30, 2011

    Great book!!! Well written!

    I really liked this book. I appreciated reading the Jesus story from others' perspectives. Thanks for a great read Steve Copland!

    29 out of 35 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    One of the best books Iv'e read yet. Nice in depth details of the times before and up to the resurrection , OK it's fiction but who knows? It could very well have been each individuals accounting of the way we know it to be.

    21 out of 26 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2012

    Very Highly Recommended

    First, if the reader is Catholic I think he/she will enjoy it more than others. It is a story that many of us already know, but so much of the "missing" information has been added that it is fascinating and even educational. I know that the stuff that has been added is based on Mr. Copland's imagination, the way he tells it you don't even realize it has been added to what you already know. I really enjoyed the book and honestly feel that I have read an eyewitness account of what happened so long ago.

    18 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 20, 2012

    Highly recommended

    A fantastic book, really brings to life the people during the time of Christ and the issues that they faced, although so many centuries ago one can still relate to the pain and loss and rejection experienced by women then and now and the healing power that Christ brought to their lives. The conflicted Mary still exemplifies conflict experienced by women today. The character of Raisa looking for love and being conflicted as a Jewish woman and a woman wanting to experience love. The forgiving Christ heals and forgives all. This is a book of hope for our times and a reminder to all of us that Jesus is the one and only source of healing, love and forgiveness in a world where people are still seeking truth. Should be a mandatory read for teens at school for comparative religion or social studies.

    16 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2011

    Beautiful

    I liked this book a lot. i couldn't put it down once i started reading.

    12 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2011

    amazing

    this book was an amazing read from start to finish

    12 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2011

    Interesting story, but a little confused

    Overall I am enjoying reading this book. I like how it brings me back to the time of Jesus and the way people lived during these times. However, the title is a little misleading, it's not a story about Mary's life. It's more about the events happening around her during her life, but not necessarily (always) specific to her life. The book goes back and forth from her story, to several other characters in the book and their lives. A little confusing to follow sometimes, but still a good read.

    11 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 22, 2012

    Brilliant. A beautiful portrayl of 1st century Palestine. Well w

    Brilliant. A beautiful portrayl of 1st century Palestine. Well written and inspiring.

    10 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 22, 2011

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    Takes One Back to 1st Century Palestine; Rich in Detail and Imagination

    This book started out rather ploddingly, but as the story progressed, it became richer in detail and in substance. The reader is led through many of the travels and situations that Jesus, the Christ, encountered that we read of in the synoptic gospels. This book helps to flesh out the journeys of Jesus with His first-century disciples, including Mary Magdalene, recounting many of His parables, His healings and other miracles, and makes the reader to feel transported into that time and place. I was especially intriqued by some of the historical detail concerning pagan religions that were thriving during that time in the Roman Empire, particularly the description of Mithraism that was evoked through the portrayal of the lives of several characters who figure prominently in this story. My only criticism is the too-frequent occurrence of grammatical and spelling errors that should have been expunged before the publication of the book. (Could this be due to it having been but into e-reader form without, perhaps, as many editorial checks in place as there were for a book in physical printed form?)

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 15, 2012

    HORRIBLE, insulting to my learning

    I was hoping this book would read like the RedTent. Boy was I mistaken. Some of the dialogue was indicative of ghetto english than anything resembaling dialogue of the time of Christ. Also, since when did Jews pray on there knees and much less bring their hands together for prayer. That is a Chritian custom. For the record I am Catholic.
    I love to read books where I learn something. With this book there were too many inaccuracies. Writer is definitely not a historian! This is probably the first book I could not finish. Too bad because the life of Mary Magdalene is inspiring.

    5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 23, 2012

    Not many books move me as this one did...the depth of emotion St

    Not many books move me as this one did...the depth of emotion Steve Copland portrays in this beautifully crafted novel is exceptional; it was like watching a biblical movie. I will definately be looking for the next novel in the series. A great read.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2011

    Was a good read for free.

    As others have stated needs a better proofreader. Also, more charcter development on Artrillius and the other soldiers why write about Mithras without any conclusion? The ending seemed hurried as if the author was writing an assighnment for class got to the required length and ended it.

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    Simply Brilliant This book is not for the intellectually impair

    Simply Brilliant

    This book is not for the intellectually impaired as witnessed by some of the sillier reviews. It does have many characters, but isn't difficult to follow unless one has a premediated idea of the figure of Mary Magdalene. It is written totally within a Christian context and keeps to good biblical theology throughout. For Christians seeking to be inspired by the life of the biblical Mary Magdalene, and to simply be blessed to bits, this novel is nothing short of brilliant. Yes, it needed a better proof reader, but hey, it cost less than a cup of coffee and had me feeling as though Jesus Christ was in my living room. Few books have ever done that for me, so a huge 'thank you' to Steve Copland for having the passion to write a novel which brings my bible to life. I will certainly be recommending it to members of the Church I attend and if I could have given it 10 stars I would have.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2012

    A very frustrating read. Copland has introduced so many charact

    A very frustrating read. Copland has introduced so many characters and story lines ... it feels like it was written by someone with an extreme case of ADD. He jumps around so much, it becomes BORING. There are numerous misspelled words, punctuation and grammar errors, and most annoyingly: interchanging character names for who's doing/saying what (Raisa's name and Taliya's name interchanged at times, making no sense whatsoever). Most unforgivable, when speaking of the devil in the Garden of Gethsemane, he capitalizes "He" for Lucifer, frequently. If you are looking for an insightful book about Mary Magdalene, this is not it. There are no redeeming qualities at all about this book. Don't waste your time or hard earned money.

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2012

    Life changing book

    This book is awesome in everyway. It feels like you are there in the book. A book has never touched me like this one. I recommend it to anyone.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2012

    Nice

    This is a different perspective that i enjoyed.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2012

    Moved me to tears

    Even though you already know the plot and ending, this is one of the most moving books I have ever read. It brings the events to life and into your heart.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 6, 2011

    Okay

    The story is rather good. The grammar and puncuation is appalling. Easy read minus bad grammar and puncuation.

    4 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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