A Song of Songs: Mary Magdalene Awakes
This is a novel about the return of Mary Magdalene at the end of time.
It tells of her final incarnation as a young woman named Jenna who is born with a birthmark over her forehead shaped like the continent of Africa. Jenna is irreligious and tough, and unhappily immersed in the corporate world. Unbidden, she starts to have dreams and visions of a time with Christ, and they become so real that she crosses through time to find herself weeping at his feet during the crucifixion.
This is also a story about the Cathars in the Languedoc area of France. The Cathars embraced the idea of reincarnation. For this, and for their belief in direct revelation and a dualistic universe of good and evil, they were destroyed by the Catholic Church in the 13th century. In the process, their society was destroyed too as town after town was mercilessly razed by the crusaders and thousands put to death: men, women and children, none were spared. This became known as the first western genocide of Christian against Christian. Because of the Cathars, the Church gave birth to the Inquisition.
The Cathars loved Mary Magdalene, and believed that she was the beloved of Christ and the keeper of his teachings. Their story is interwoven with the Knights Templar who were embedded in the Languedoc, and with Jenna's ongoing odyssey as she comes to full awareness of who she is.
Ultimately, this is a story about love that does not depend on time.
It is also a warning about the end of time.