Original thinkers are rather lacking in the Netherlands. Especially in spiritual, esoteric circles, imitating and copying seems to have been elevated to an art form. That is why my heart started beating faster when I read the book Ecce Homo by the then unknown Anne-Marie Wegh, almost a full decade ago. What a great and beautifully designed eye opener that was! Especially the clear and pleasantly readable way in which she opened up the Biblical imagery to the general reader in that book, made a deep impression on me.
In the meantime, we are three equally startling books further and I can only conclude that Anne-Marie is one of the most original authors in the Dutch non-fiction writing landscape. Her writing is still developing and time and again she manages not only to captivate the reader, but also to enrich and surprise him. This also applies to her last fruit of the pen: Mary Magdalene, the disciple whom Jesus loved. It is true that in this book she elaborates on the themes already known from her earlier work about the symbolism in the Bible and spiritual awakening processes, but the angle she chooses here is again remarkable and also extremely topical.
The era of patriarchy – focused on the short term, the individual and financial success – is clearly coming to an end, while female values such as cooperation, connection and intuition are gaining in importance. In view of, for example, the climate crisis and the high-voltage healthcare system, we have to. But: as inside, so outside. And so there is also the invitation to each of us to balance the inner man with its feminine counterpart. That from the merging of the two the ascending fire of the kundalini energy may burn away all that stands between man and God.
While the reputation of Mary Magdalene has been seriously tarnished in recent centuries, despite the Biblical fact that she was present at Jesus’ death on the cross and as one of the first to proclaim his resurrection, we now live in times of the rediscovery and rehabilitation of the feminine principle. The realization of God that Anne-Marie speaks of in her books may still seem far off from a global point of view, but Mary Magdalene, who has risen from the ashes of masculinity and ecclesiastical dogmatics, can be a guide on the way there. The book Mary Magdalene, the disciple whom Jesus loved, testifies to this in a fabulous and – given the abundance of the most impressive and, as Anne-Marie shows, equally mysterious and profound works of art – colorful way.
– Niels Brummelman, Chief editor Paravisie Magazine –