"Margaret Starbird’s work is of particular interest to me because it fuses the diverse fields of symbolism, mythology, art, heraldry, psychology, and gospel history. Her research opens doors for each of us to further explore the rich iconography of our own spiritual history."
– Dan Brown, author of The Da Vinci Code
“In this book Margaret Starbird continues her crusade to reestablish the holiness of the feminine, which has been so cruelly stolen by ‘orthodox’ Christian leaders over the centuries. By doing so she also helps to reestablish the humanity of Jesus.”
– John Shelby Spong, author of The Sins of Scripture
"Controversial and provocative. . . . Starbird puts her distinctive touch on re-examining the legacy of Mary Magdalene and re-claiming the long-exiled Lost Feminine; an insightful journey, a beacon of hope for our time."
– Karen Ralls, Ph.D., author of The Templars and the Grail
"A superbly written and meticulously researched work by a scholar of great integrity. Her insight has once again made a significant contribution to my understanding."
– Tim Wallace-Murphy, coauthor of Custodians of Truth: The Continuance of Rex Deus
". . . Starbird makes a good case for the spiritually exiled feminine face of the faith. Further, she helps to redefine Jesus' humanity as a man who deeply loved and was loved in return by a woman. A woman who was his beloved and his disciple, even as has been said, a disciple to the other disciples."
– Pamela Crossland, TCM Reviews
"Through text, through relation to the scriptures; through a series of beautifully done color photographs from artists such as Peter Paul Reubens, El Greco, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti; and through hearing Starbird's own voice on the accompanying CD, we come to understand who Mary the Magdalene is, and the part she played, and still plays, in the sacred feminine and in the lives of all women."
– Bonnie Cehovet, Oct 2005
"This book is controversial. It will make you think. It is also well researched, and well documented. . . . I found the book, and the CD, well worth my time."
– Bonnie Cehovet, Oct 2005
"If you’re still wondering why the Catholic Church will not ordain women, opposes women’s right to control our own bodies, and fears the immense popularity of Wicca and Women’s Spirituality, think back to the Great Magdalene."
– Eva Yaa Asantewaa, Book ‘em, May 12, 2005
". . . highly recommended for feminist collections . . ."
– Carolyn M. Craft, Library Journal, Nov 1, 2005
"This book successfully achieves bringing together the areas of mythology, symbolism, heraldry, psychology, legend, and gospel history about Mary Magdalene."
– Lee Prosser, Ghostvillage.com, Jan 2006
"If you enjoyed The Da Vinci Code, and are intrigued by who Mary Magdalene really was, than this is the book for you, as this book takes an in-depth look into the life, theories, and stories surrounding her.
"Starbird not only explores the different theories on Mary, she gives biblical and other evidence to back up or dispute the claims made, instead of just spouting unsubstantiated opinions, as are so often heard regarding this woman from history.
"I found myself really enjoying this book, and had a hard time putting it down. It’s easy to read, and extremely interesting."
– ThePaganReview.com, Feb 2006
"If you, like many, want to know an alternative story of Mary and Jesus from the one supported by the institutional Christian church, skip Dan Brown and read this book."
– Barbara Ardinger, Sage Woman, No. 69
"Starbird's research into art, history, and Bible studies canonical and extra-canonical is both extensive and thought-provoking."
– Carri Brennan, For Heaven's Sake, New Age Retailer, Fall 2006
"If you want to know the truth about Mary Magdalene, this is the book to read."
– Barbara Ardinger, Facing North, Jan 2007
"Balancing scholarly research with theological reflection, [Starbird] takes readers deeper into the story and mythology of how Magdalene as the Bride embodies the soul’s own journey in its eternal quest for reunion with the Divine."
– Branches of Light, Issue 30