Real Reads: Mary Magdalene
, Gill Tavener
Number of pages: 64
Draw young people into the Gospel's timeless message in new ways.
My darkness lifted, never to return.
This man was truly the light of the world.
Mary's childhood in Magdala leaves her with emotional scars she fears she will never heal — until she meets Jesus.
Recognizing the importance of Jesus's work, she decides to do all that she can to support him, but what good can a woman do in a man's world?
Will Mary ever be accepted by Jesus's other disciples? What will she learn from the miracles she witnesses and from her many conversations with the son of God? To Mary the message seems simple, so why can't others believe?
After witnessing Jesus's agonizing death, Mary is the first to see the empty tomb, the first to see the risen Christ. What role can she play in spreading the news about Jesus after his death?
"Lucidly done and without any dumbing down, these stories pull off the difficult trick of being time-honouring and contemporary."
—Andrew Motion, Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom 1999-2009
Alan Moore is a child psychologist and writer who is particularly interested in how the world’s major religions present the stories central to their faiths. He has studied the Bible extensively, and believes that it is by presenting its material clearly, accurately and accessibly that children can gain most from it.
Gill Tavener is now a fulltime writer and editor, but for many years was head of an English Department at a British secondary school. Her particular passion is exciting older children about literature, with its powerful stories, unforgettable characters, and important moral and social issues.