The Magdalene Gates

A Novella By Richard G. Geldard

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The Magdalene Gates
A Novella
by Richard G. Geldard

A suspense-filled, mysteriously attractive story of love and spiritual awakening . . .

Subjects: Fiction, Religion, Religion, Women's Spirituality

6 x 9, paperback
148 pages

ISBN 10: 1-936012-90-1
ISBN 13: 978-1-936012-90-9

Book Details

Description

“This is the book my soul has been thirsting for . . ." —Mirabai Starr


The Magdalene Gates is a suspense-filled love story and a spiritual mystery novella, set mainly in Athens, Ephesus (the resting place of Mary) and Crete.

Mysteriously attractive, it centers on Maia and Tonio’s discovery of long-buried Magdalene letters—threads in a teaching Jesus entrusted to Mary as the most advanced of his disciples. Intrigue surrounds this potentially earth-shaking discovery as a growing love brings spiritual awakening and new life to both characters.

Through his relationship with Maia and her contemporary family of seekers immersed in Mary Magdalene’s anti-institutional teachings, Tonio is initiated into a spiritual practice that leads toward spiritual maturity and enlightened consciousness through a series of Gates, or levels of development.

Alternate description

Maia Spiros is a highly intelligent, physically attractive, and spiritually compelling young woman—part of a colorful family of three generations devoted to profound but suppressed teachings that Mary Magdalene received as Jesus’s most intimate and most advanced disciple.

One day, guiding a group of students through the Theater of Dionysus in Athens, Greece, she sees a young man standing on the Acropolis wall above the theater, apparently immobilized by his vision of her. Somehow she knows: He is the person her mother’s dreams foresee, who will help them discover and translate important and long-missing letters of Magdalene that a recent earthquake has made findable.

She welcomes the American grad student’s awkward advances, with uncanny certainty that her mother’s dreams will again prove accurate, as they always do. But she and Tonio must hurry. And Maia knows she may not survive . . .

Their story that follows, the teachings it is grounded in, and the several other interesting characters who help unfold this mysteriously attractive novella carry

    • a positive, hopeful message
    • a refreshing look to humanity’s possible future in our confusing and often dark time
    • a transformed image of the New Testament feminine and of how Jesus empowered women
    • a glimpse of opening to a new way of viewing and being in the world

Early Praise

“This is the book my soul has been thirsting for.  Ever since I encountered the fragmented, mysterious and luminous Gospel of Mary, I have yearned for those missing pages to turn up.  In The Magdalene Gates, esoteric scholar Richard G. Geldard masterfully fills in the blanks, weaving his own potent understanding of Mary Magdalene’s wisdom teachings with a gripping mystery and a moving love story. The result is a novel I couldn’t put down, and which has somehow fundamentally changed me.  Highly recommended.” —Mirabai Starr, author of Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce and Tender Mercy of the Women Mystics and translator of Dark Night of the Soul: John of the Cross

“Set in Greece, against an authentic historical, philosophical and religious backdrop, Geldard weaves a tantalizing tale of love, mystery and spiritual awakening that probes ancient Christian scrolls to synthesize the wisdom traditions of East and West. Particularly inspiring is the spiritual development of the young hero Tonio who abandons a conventional academic career to follow his beloved, and wise, Maia into an uncommon life of service to a world in need of spiritual reformation and healing. A well-crafted novella of power and emotional depth.” —Lyla Yastion, author of Pause Now: Handbook for a Spiritual Revolution and Homesick: Finding Our Way Back to a Healthy Planet

Companion website

Visit the author's online companion and complementary resource at https://themagdalenegates.org. This participatory website provides helpful supplementary readings and descriptions of stages in our growth as human beings that parallel Tonio’s development in The Magdalene Gates book.

About Richard G. Geldard

 

At Faneuil Hall, Boston, June, 2003



"Geldard's knowledge and understanding of Emerson is second to none, including the inimitable Harold Bloom." —Robert Lamb, New York Journal of Books

Richard Geldard is a full-time writer and lecturer living in New York City and the Hudson Valley. He is married to the artist and writer Astrid Fitzgerald.

Before turning to writing he was an educator, teaching English and philosophy at both the secondary, undergraduate and graduate levels. His most recent appointment was at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpenteria, California, where he taught the Greek Mystery Religions. Prior to that he taught Greek Philosophy and The Science of Mind at Yeshiva College in New York, where he also supervised the General Studies program at the university’s boys' and girls' high schools.

He is a graduate of Bowdoin College, The Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College, and Stanford University, where he earned his doctorate in Dramatic Literature and Classics in 1972. He has also studied at St. John’s College, Oxford.

Geldard is the author of nine books, including studies of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Greek philosophy and culture. He is also a frequent lecturer. In June, 2003, and September, 2003, he was a featured speaker at Faneuil Hall in Boston as part of the Emerson Bicentennial Celebrations. In June, 2005, he was the Keynote speaker at the re-instatement of the Delphic Games in Delphi, Greece.

Dr. Geldard serves on three Boards of Directors: the Ralph Waldo Emerson Institute, the Friends of the Shawangunks and the World Sound Foundation.

 

Book Details

“This is the book my soul has been thirsting for . . ." —Mirabai Starr


The Magdalene Gates is a suspense-filled love story and a spiritual mystery novella, set mainly in Athens, Ephesus (the resting place of Mary) and Crete.

Mysteriously attractive, it centers on Maia and Tonio’s discovery of long-buried Magdalene letters—threads in a teaching Jesus entrusted to Mary as the most advanced of his disciples. Intrigue surrounds this potentially earth-shaking discovery as a growing love brings spiritual awakening and new life to both characters.

Through his relationship with Maia and her contemporary family of seekers immersed in Mary Magdalene’s anti-institutional teachings, Tonio is initiated into a spiritual practice that leads toward spiritual maturity and enlightened consciousness through a series of Gates, or levels of development.

Maia Spiros is a highly intelligent, physically attractive, and spiritually compelling young woman—part of a colorful family of three generations devoted to profound but suppressed teachings that Mary Magdalene received as Jesus’s most intimate and most advanced disciple.

One day, guiding a group of students through the Theater of Dionysus in Athens, Greece, she sees a young man standing on the Acropolis wall above the theater, apparently immobilized by his vision of her. Somehow she knows: He is the person her mother’s dreams foresee, who will help them discover and translate important and long-missing letters of Magdalene that a recent earthquake has made findable.

She welcomes the American grad student’s awkward advances, with uncanny certainty that her mother’s dreams will again prove accurate, as they always do. But she and Tonio must hurry. And Maia knows she may not survive . . .

Their story that follows, the teachings it is grounded in, and the several other interesting characters who help unfold this mysteriously attractive novella carry

    • a positive, hopeful message
    • a refreshing look to humanity’s possible future in our confusing and often dark time
    • a transformed image of the New Testament feminine and of how Jesus empowered women
    • a glimpse of opening to a new way of viewing and being in the world

“This is the book my soul has been thirsting for.  Ever since I encountered the fragmented, mysterious and luminous Gospel of Mary, I have yearned for those missing pages to turn up.  In The Magdalene Gates, esoteric scholar Richard G. Geldard masterfully fills in the blanks, weaving his own potent understanding of Mary Magdalene’s wisdom teachings with a gripping mystery and a moving love story. The result is a novel I couldn’t put down, and which has somehow fundamentally changed me.  Highly recommended.” —Mirabai Starr, author of Wild Mercy: Living the Fierce and Tender Mercy of the Women Mystics and translator of Dark Night of the Soul: John of the Cross

“Set in Greece, against an authentic historical, philosophical and religious backdrop, Geldard weaves a tantalizing tale of love, mystery and spiritual awakening that probes ancient Christian scrolls to synthesize the wisdom traditions of East and West. Particularly inspiring is the spiritual development of the young hero Tonio who abandons a conventional academic career to follow his beloved, and wise, Maia into an uncommon life of service to a world in need of spiritual reformation and healing. A well-crafted novella of power and emotional depth.” —Lyla Yastion, author of Pause Now: Handbook for a Spiritual Revolution and Homesick: Finding Our Way Back to a Healthy Planet

Visit the author's online companion and complementary resource at https://themagdalenegates.org. This participatory website provides helpful supplementary readings and descriptions of stages in our growth as human beings that parallel Tonio’s development in The Magdalene Gates book.

About Richard G. Geldard

Larson Publications photo of author Richard G. Geldard

 

At Faneuil Hall, Boston, June, 2003



"Geldard's knowledge and understanding of Emerson is second to none, including the inimitable Harold Bloom." —Robert Lamb, New York Journal of Books

Richard Geldard is a full-time writer and lecturer living in New York City and the Hudson Valley. He is married to the artist and writer Astrid Fitzgerald.

Before turning to writing he was an educator, teaching English and philosophy at both the secondary, undergraduate and graduate levels. His most recent appointment was at the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Carpenteria, California, where he taught the Greek Mystery Religions. Prior to that he taught Greek Philosophy and The Science of Mind at Yeshiva College in New York, where he also supervised the General Studies program at the university’s boys' and girls' high schools.

He is a graduate of Bowdoin College, The Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College, and Stanford University, where he earned his doctorate in Dramatic Literature and Classics in 1972. He has also studied at St. John’s College, Oxford.

Geldard is the author of nine books, including studies of Ralph Waldo Emerson and Greek philosophy and culture. He is also a frequent lecturer. In June, 2003, and September, 2003, he was a featured speaker at Faneuil Hall in Boston as part of the Emerson Bicentennial Celebrations. In June, 2005, he was the Keynote speaker at the re-instatement of the Delphic Games in Delphi, Greece.

Dr. Geldard serves on three Boards of Directors: the Ralph Waldo Emerson Institute, the Friends of the Shawangunks and the World Sound Foundation.

 

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