Book Review: Mary Magdalene Revealed by Meggan Watterson

Jill Celeste's book review of Mary Magdalene Revealed by Meggan WattersonA few weeks back, Hay House had a $5 sale. As a lover of Hay House books, I couldn’t wait to see what titles I could grab, promising myself to only purchase four books.

As I scanned the titles, delighted in the options, my eyes stopped on one: Mary Magdalene Revealed by Meggan Watterson.

I am not sure why that red book cover jumped out at me, but I dropped the book into my shopping cart without a second thought and made my purchase.

As the calendar turned to December, I thought it would be the perfect time to read something about Christianity, and Meggan Watterson’s book found its way to my nightstand. And for seven nights, I was enthralled.

Mary Magdalene Revealed is part history, part memoir, part self-help. Watterson expertly explains the history of Mary Magdalene, and describes her personal pilgrimage to southern France and England. Additionally, she shows the reader how the teachings of Mary Magdalene helped the author live her best life.

If you’ve ever felt like there’s a big hole in the story of Jesus Christ – and indeed Christianity (like I did) – you will want to add Mary Magdalene Revealed to your bookshelf right away. Watterson demystifies Mary Magdalene’s life and relationship with Jesus, and teaches us how to incorporate The Gospel of Mary into our lives.

My big takeaways:

#1: Question and be curious

For almost two centuries, the Church has told a patriarchal (and untrue) story of Jesus Christ, despite evidence that his life – and the people in his life – were different than the Church’s rendition.

I am thankful for scholars like Meggan Watterson who asked questions (such as where are the women?) and researched to find the answers.

Let’s face it:  Men in power have altered the retelling of history and religion to meet their needs. That’s what happened with the story of Jesus and Mary Magdalene. We know better now.

#2: The Ego is part of us

Admittedly, when I speak about the Ego, I don’t have nice things to say. In fact, I refer to the Ego in the masculine (Mr. Ego) and encourage people to tell their Ego to buzz off.

Now that I’ve read Mary Magdalene Revealed, I have a kinder, more accurate interpretation of the Ego. The Ego is our human-ness. It reminds us of our pain, fear, and anger so that we can move in spite of them.

We can’t ignore our Ego. Instead, we can use the Ego’s messages as signals. Tuning in, instead of tuning out, actually makes you more Divine. I love that!

#3: Women are meant to be spiritual leaders

Mary Magdalene was Christ’s first Apostle. What Jesus taught Mary Magdalene appears in The Gospel of Mary, but we will never know Christ’s teachings because portions of Mary’s gospel have been destroyed. What’s for sure is that Jesus intended for Mary to be part of the process – not excluded and tossed aside.

(Let’s not forget other spiritual leaders of Christianity, including Mary of Nazareth and Joan of Arc.)

Female spiritual leaders also appear in other religions from Isis in Ancient Egyptian mythology to Tibetan Green Tara, a female buddha (see page 54 of this book to learn more).

Despite what religious lore may suggest, women are meant to be spiritual leaders. Mary Magdalene is proof of female spiritual leadership, and this comforts me right to my soul.

How Mary Magdalene Revealed relates to entrepreneurs:

This book won’t appeal to many entrepreneurs, but if you decide to read it, here is the big entrepreneurial lesson that’s in store for you.

Detach from the outcome.

Throughout this book, you’ll see examples and anecdotes about what happens when you stop worrying about the result and leave it to The Universe.

For example, when Watterson was worrying about flying across the Atlantic, she left it to The Universe (my interpretation) and was led to take the Queen Mary instead (resulting in so many enlightening moments for the author).

The Universe has your back, always. Let go and know you are in the hands of Divine Love. I love that, too. (  )


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ABOUT JILL

Hi, I’m Jill Celeste. I teach purpose-driven entrepreneurs (just like you) everything you need to know about marketing so you can become the Director of Marketing for your business.

Because when you put your Director of Marketing hat squarely on your head, marketing is your number one priority (which will result in more clients!).

When I am not teaching about marketing, you’ll find me hanging out with my husband or my sons, loving up my two cats, chasing my puppy Trixie, or feeding the backyard ducks (much to my neighbor’s chagrin). I am an avid reader of literary fiction and personal development books. And I like to talk to my sweet basset hound, Emma, who left this earthly plane on October 17, 2019.

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