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June Maffin

Reviewer June Maffin:Living on an island in British Columbia, Canada, Dr. Maffin is a neophyte organic gardener, eclectic reader, ordained minister (Anglican/Episcopal priest) and creative spirituality writer/photographer with a deep zest for life. Previously, she has been grief counselor, broadcaster, teacher, journalist, television host, chaplain and spiritual director with an earned doctorate in Pastoral Care (medical ethics i.e. euthanasia focus). Presently an educator, freelance editor, blogger, and published author of three books, her most recent (Soulistry-Artistry of the Soul: Creative Ways to Nurture your Spirituality) has been published in e-book as well as paperback format and a preview can be viewed on YouTube videos. Founder of Soulistry™ she continues to lead a variety of workshops and retreats connecting spirituality with creativity and delights in a spirituality of play. You can find out more about June by clicking on her Web Site.






 
By June Maffin
Published on March 20, 2012
 

Author: Kristen Wolf

Publisher: Crown Publishers

ISBN: 978-0-307071769-6


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Author: Kristen Wolf

Publisher: Crown Publishers

ISBN: 978-0-307071769-6


You’ll either love this book or hate it.  

You’ll either go on a journey with seven year old Anna living in first century Palestine, or you’ll stop reading this book once you realize that the sacred-to-some story parallels that of a seven year old boy living in Nazareth at the same time.

You’ll either be drawn to respond to Anna’s heart-stabbing question often asked in societies around the world today (Why is a dead son worth more than a living daughter), or you’ll dismiss the question as irrelevant because of its connection to a time long ago and a place far away.

You’ll either be curious and intrigued by the philosophy of The Way (which espouses equality for both sexes and holds a special reverence for women and The Great Mother, source of all life and sustainer of the Earth), or you’ll presume The Way (of harmony and balance) was simply a cult with no relevance for the world or individuals.

You’ll either acknowledge the presence of evil in the people and situations Anna encounters throughout her young life, or you will dismiss the concept of evil as having any reality whatsoever.

You’ll either find yourself captivated by first-time author Kristen Wolf’s imagination, or you’ll put the book down muttering “blasphemy” under your breath.

You’ll either reflect on how today’s world might have been if people had followed The Way rather than their own ways, or you will hold firm to a position that “that was then, this is now” and not take anything useful from the book.

Author and scientist Carl Sagan was right when he noted that “A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic” and author Kristen Wolf deftly weaves magic in the concept of an androgenous-looking girl (Anna) who, to protect her identity, adopts the name of Jesus (her infant brother who died at birth) when sold by her father to a wandering band of shepherds.

Whether you believe (as one character in the book noted) that “women are like weeds and from time to time, need to be hacked down”; whether you believe (as Anna noted) that “being a woman … is a curse,” this audacious novel opens Pandora’s Box on women’s equality, feminism, transformation, deception, love, betrayal and yes, Jesus mythology.  It will undoubtedly give rise to passionate discussion and controversy in book clubs, families, friends, on-line discussion groups. 
Whichever position you take, you will not forget this book.


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