• A biblical, theological perspective on mental illness
• Offers a new view of Mary Magdalene's role for us today
Mary Magdalene, first witness to Jesus's resurrection, has been one of the most misunderstood of all the saints, maligned for centuries as a prostitute, despite there being nothing in the Bible to indicate anything of the sort. The Bible does say that Mary was possessed by demons, and that Jesus healed her. Today, we would call Mary's problem not possession but a mental health condition.
Author Kate Morehead says, "A saint is someone who walks ahead of us, guides us, and keeps us on the path to life . . . . For us, they are role models. Like us, they struggled and journeyed, but they drew closer and each one of them carved out a different path to God.
"It is my hope and prayer that by telling the truth of her story, Mary Magdalene might take her rightful place as the guide for those of us who struggle with mental health issues (and if we are truly honest, that means each and every one of us) . . . . It is time for us to let her show us her beautiful, unique, and sometimes frightening path to true health. It is a path that leads directly to heart of God."
Audience: those who struggle with mental health—and those who love and serve them
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"Mary Magdalene's story invites us to bring our whole beings to the embrace of Jesus's healing grace."
—The Rev. Dwight H. Judy, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Spiritual Formation, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary
"Kate Moorehead debunks historical myths around the many 'Marys' of the Bible and addresses issues of women and shame, elevating the place of women in the life of Jesus. Her intricate attention to this story gives us hope that we, too, like this beloved disciple, can be healed of our own personal demons and stay on the never-ending journey to health."
—Amy Sander Montanez, DMin DMin, LPC, LMFT, author of Moment to Moment: The Transformative Power of Everyday Life
"The story of Mary Magdalene has always resonated deeply with Dean Kate Moorehead. And now, through her profound and perceptive book, this misunderstood saint can make a difference in your life, as well, guiding you toward mental wellness and spiritual wholeness."
—The Rev. Peter M. Wallace, producer and host, Day 1, and author, Getting to Know Jesus (again)