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Ki Longfellow's FLOW DOWN LIKE SILVER is the second book in her trilogy of the Divine Feminine that began with The Secret Magdalene. In this exciting new work she continues the search for gnosis through the astonishing life of Hypatia of Alexandria.






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EIO BOOKS was, and remains, proud to have published the first edition of Ki Longfellow's The Secret Magdalene in 2005.

In 2006,The Secret Magdalene found a new home with Crown, a division of Random House, where it was a lead title in early 2007.



First Edition
Publication date:
March 30, 2005

ISBN 0-9759255-3-9







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The Secret Magdalene

Detailed, poetic, and fully human, this is a thrilling novel, a powerful evocation of a Mary Magdalene who was in her own right a philosopher, a traveler, a teacher, and a prophet. This Mary Magdalene was much more than a wife, much more than a favored follower, more even than the Beloved Disciple. Mariamne Magdal-eder "knew the All."
    And while the popular view of the Magdalene has lately begun to change its shape from repentant sinner to Beloved Disciple, few speak of what "knowing the All" actually means.
    KNOWING THE ALL is the heart of the Christ's original Gnostic teaching. It was the Apostle Paul's message, his "revelation of the Lord" that blinded him on the road to "Damascus."
It was the very heart of early Christianity.
    Still beating, Gnosis, or "knowing," was cut out of the body of the Church more than sixteen hundred years ago—and was then buried so deeply and for so long, all involved lived and died in the belief it could never come again. But, with the discovery in 1945 of the Nag Hammadi codices, perhaps the last of their kind, both Gnosis and the Magdalene have returned to us...offering Hope in these troubling times.
    The Secret Magdalene is not only a painstakingly researched portrait of a great woman who was wise beyond her time and her place, it is a portrait of the search for GNOSIS—the individual's direct experience of God.




Praise for "The Secret Magdalene":

"...a beautiful book...the writing compelling."—Elaine Pagels, the Harrington Spear Paine Professor of Religion at Princeton University and author of "The Gnostic Gospels," "The Gnostic Paul," and "Beyond Belief," amongst others.

"Ms. Longfellow has done a beautiful job of merging history, spirituality, and fiction into this captivating novel. It will quickly become a classic that will be enjoyed by any who love good fiction or who are interested in Gnosticism." Find the full review at—Mark Williams, Magdalene Circle, a tradition grounded in Sophian Gnosticism.

"It may not be too much to say that Mariamne herself is one of the most perfectly crafted figures in modern fiction, which makes it no surprise that so many readers have taken to her so emotionally. She will no doubt eclipse all other representations of Mary Magdalene for some time." "I take The Secret Magdalene as symbolism, and as such it enriches and exhilarates me, it nourishes my optimism and further washes away any fear of the unknown."—Earl Doherty, author of "The Jesus Puzzle"

(Read the entire review by Earl Doherty: "A Magdalene Triptych," a three-part book review of "The Da Vinci Code" [Dan Brown], "The Da Vinci Fraud" [Robert M. Price], and "The Secret Magdalene" [Ki Longfellow] on his influential website "The Jesus Puzzle." Scroll down to "Book Reviews & Article Reviews." Find the clickable A Magdalene Triptych.)

"Because I am a writer myself, I should like to address this work as literature. There is much in The Secret Magdalene that is more poetry than prose, but don't let the idea of "poetry" put you off. (Pity that it should in this "infomerical-sound-byte-Hip Hop doggerel" day and age.) The prose poetry flows like fine vintage wine and takes you swiftly and lyrically from one page to the other as Ms Longfellow spins the most delicious tale of a young girl caught up in a terrifying world of rigid male values. Being Mariamne of the House of Benjamin, born to wealth and privilege and some education, but more especially, being born with wit and humor and an endlessly questing questioning mind, this Mariamne (who becomes in time Mariamne Magdal-eder, or to our ears: Mary Magdalene), tells her first person tale with candor and a tremendous natural intelligence. Her story is spell-binding, and told with the perfect "passive" voice, often sounding like the most gorgeous bits of the King James translation of the Bible. Once caught up in the rhythm of the work, there's no putting it away. Longfellow's is an important voice, and one I hope to hear from again, and again."—Carl Matthew Spicer (Cambridge, MA) - Amazon Review

"Magdalene.org endorses this book." "Ki Longfellow has achieved, in my opinion, the best Mary Magdalene novel ever written. She has left no trace of the weepy penitent, the sultry courtesan, or the harlot with a heart of gold. Gone are the demons, the groveling, and the superficial saintliness. The Magdalene that has replaced these tired old caricatures is complicated, robust, strong, tender, pensive, awkward, imaginative, and loving. In a word, Mary Magdalene is finally human." "Perhaps the greatest joy I found in this book aside from the powerful depiction of a realistic Mary Magdalene was Longfellow's deft ability to convey so much information about the ideas that form the foundation of gnosis, the driving concept behind classical Gnosticism. But so talented is the author that her efforts to educate us are transparent; we learn along with the characters, and because the plot flows so smoothly, the pages seem to just turn themselves. Unlike other books about Mary Magdalene that attempt to convey some larger message, this does NOT read like a dry, preachy tome. It's a literary and philosophical treasure that will be savored by the spiritual seeker and casual reader alike."

"The Secret Magdalene continues the great Gnostic tradition of exploring mystical truths through the power of story. From its striking opening lines onwards it addresses deep perennial questions about the human predicament and the quest for Gnosis. Imaginative, well-researched and full of profound wisdom, this wonderful book brings the ancient world to life."—Timothy Freke, co-author with Peter Gandy of "The Jesus Mysteries," "Jesus and the Lost Goddess," and "The Laughing Jesus." Timothy alone published "Lucid Living."

"The journey is never without a deep moving of the heart, a speaking to the soul, a search for truth born in a tumultuous age and distilled over the centuries. The reader is transformed alongside Mariamne as she treads the precarious path toward his crucifixion and leaves behind these words for us to ponder: "But this the Daemon of Mariamne Magdal-eder knows, and this the Daemon of Yehoshua the Nazorean taught: as he IS and will always BE: We are all Consciousness. We are all eternal. There is no Death. There is only Life." "A wonderful writer!"—Loretta Kemsley, President, Women Artists and Writers International, Publisher of MOONDANCE: Celebrating Creative Women

"The Secret Magdalene did what few books about Mary Magdalene are able to do: it surprised me. It surprised me to such a degree, in fact, that I couldn't put it down. As a voracious reader, I've frequently joked that I consume books for breakfast, but in this one instance, I feel instead that the *book* consumed me. It is a particular joy to be writing such a whole-hearted recommendation for this title. One of the most remarkable things about it is that it sifts through classical Greek philosophy, early Christian texts, and Gnostic literature and fuses them together into an entirely feasible world. Mariamne Magdal-eder is dropped into the middle as a woman who "has become male," who becomes the disciple most loved by Jesus, and who has a pivotal role in the foundation of Christianity itself." "This book is a literary rarity by which all future novels about Gnosticism should be measured. In addition, I can only hope that it heralds an emerging hybrid perspective in the modern Magdalene movement. "I can't recommend this book highly enough. If you are interested at all in Gnosticism and early Christianity or in the many views of Mary Magdalene, this is definitely not a book to be missed. Not only has it instantly become one of my favorite books about Mary Magdalene, it has become one of my favorite books in any category."—Lesa Bellevie, founder of Magdalene.org, and author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Mary Magdalene"

"Oh wow, was I lucky to find this book. I only stumbled across the title when I was googling stuff on early Christianity and then found a link to this. I went to my local library, but apparently there are only four copies in all the libraries across the whole US. So I decided to shell out the cash on Amazon since I had heard such good things about it. It was money well spent. It is just beautiful. The writing is gorgeous, the pacing is perfect, and the characters are really well done. It's no small task to write about the most famous historical/religious figure in our culture and not fall into making him a sappy floating mystic or turning him into a grungy "everyman." I mean, he is kind of an everyman, that's the point, but sometimes people try too hard and make Jesus a crotch-scratcher so they can make it clear that he's just like everyone else. The story is really about Mary Magdalene, who has become a big pop-culture figure because of The Da Vinci Code. This book leaves The Da Vinci Code in the dust in terms of literary craftsmanship, depth and meaning. No silly homicidal albinos or hackneyed cliffhanger chapter endings here. (Note that the face on the cover of this novel is the apostle John from Da Vinci's "The Last Supper." Got to love it.) This book has a couple pages of source materials listed at the end. It's a novel. I've never read a novel with so much source material listed. The scholarship is amazing, and though I'm not a Biblical scholar by any stretch, I am not completely ignorant either, so I appreciate well-researched stuff. Ok, so you get the point that I'm blown away by it. But what about the story? It's about the life of Mariamne Magdal-eder, later called Mary Magdalene, her childhood, young adult life and the years she spent with Yeshua (who we of course call Jesus). True to what we know about Mary Magdalene, she is an intellectual force to be reckoned with—educated with her sister in Alexandria (the New York of its day) by philosophers, mathematicians and astronomers. But she wasn't just a brain, and this book fleshes her out wonderfully. I love stories about the ancient Mediterranean: the Greeks, Egyptians and Romans all hold a special place in my heart. So historical fiction about them really floats my boat. But the crowning jewel of this novel is how it (theoretically) explains the early teachings of Jesus before gnostic or literalist Christianity came to be. Even though I knew how it ends, (spoiler—he dies) I still cried at the end. Heady stuff. Beautiful food for head and heart. I give this book my highest endorsement. Go! Read!" — Written by VeggieGeek in her blog on November 18, 2005

While speaking of "The Gospel of John," Origen (who was a brilliant Egyptian philosopher and one of the greatest of the early Christian theologians) once wrote: "John does not always tell the truth literally. But John always tells the truth spiritually." Since Origen is long gone in body, I guess it's up to me to paraphrase him now, and say: "The Secret Magdalene does not always tell the truth literally. But The Secret Magdalene always tells the truth spiritually."

This is a book of profound understanding. Yes, there is the impressive scholarship. Yes, there is everything here...from the politics of the times (Romans, Greeks, Jews, Samaritans, Egyptians, Persians, Arab tribesmen--and just like now, they're all up to something, and very little of it any good), to the variations in dress (blond hair was in fashion, plucked from the heads of northern slaves), to the brisk trade in opium (rosh, opion: the best came through Crete and was used all over the Holy Land without a useless, not to say stupid, War On Drugs...which meant there were no Drug Lords and no drug runners and no vicious killings for the price of a fix...but I think I'm digressing here.) As I was saying, it's all here: myriad gods and goddesses which filled this long gone world with vivid color--as well as the usual all-too-human strife. (As in: My God can beat up your God.) And yes, the writing is wonderful for all the reasons writing can be wonderful. Like Nabokov, there is the delicacy of feeling. Like Austin, there is an acute eye for human character. Like Thomas Wolfe, there is lyricism. And like Dumas, there is just plain tearaway story telling. But Longfellow's understanding of her subject--which is "gnosis," beginning with a deep spiritual longing, an acute heart-filled desire to "know" God, and ending, if one so blesses oneself, with a direct face-off with God as Ultimate Consciousness--is unlike anything I've ever come across in my own search for truth, or meaning, or enlightenment, or just plain common sense. (I can't contain myself, must digress again. If I may, I'd like to bring us all the way back from Origen of one thousand eight hundred years ago to George Harrison and yesterday--"I really want to know you, I really want to go with you, and it takes so long I know, oh my Lord, my sweet Lord." Here's hoping George is playing a few licks with "ALL THERE IS" right this eternal minute. I'd give my left goolie to hear that concert.) In other words, The Secret Magdalene, through the totally absorbing story of the Magdalene herself (Mariamne Magdal-eder, a woman I would give my back teeth to know, then or now) is about the true nature of reality and our place in it. Now brothers and sisters, that's what lifts this book high above all others like it (are there any like it?) and makes it soar with MEANING.

Read this one. If you're like me and like so many others, all searching for something our religions no longer give us (if they ever did) and you can't be bothered with New Age hokum, plus! you'd love to get your nose into a good book and a brilliant read, here it is...waiting for you."— A Scholar and a Gentleman (Cambridge, Mass) - Amazon Review




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