Piety Hill Musings

The ramblings of the 51 year old Rector of St. John's Episcopal Church of Detroit. Piety Hill refers to the old name for our neighborhood. The neighborhood has changed a great deal in the over 150 years we have been on this corner (but not our traditional biblical theology) and it is now known for the neighboring theatres, the professional baseball and football stadiums and new hockey/basketball arena.

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Sunday, July 23, 2006

Should have guessed this was coming....

While away at St. Mike's the USA Today published an article about a woman who has published a fiction book, but also claims it is somewhat autobiographically, and that she is the blood relative of a union between Jesus and Mary Magdalen - ala The Da Vinci Code.

In the article we read this

So far, McGowan is offering only her word about her lineage and only hints at her proof. In addition to the visions, she says, she has discovered that her family is related to an ancient French lineage that traces its roots to Jesus and Mary Magdalene's descendants. Legend holds that Mary Magdalene settled in France after Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection. "That's all I'm prepared to say right now," McGowan says. Some members of her family, she explains, want her to respect their privacy and not discuss it.

Despite the lack of hard evidence, McGowan's supporters include her literary agent Larry Kirshbaum, who left his position as CEO of Time Warner Books in December to start his own literary agency. McGowan was one of his first clients and he helped her get a seven-figure, three-book deal with Simon & Schuster. (Her next two books pick up where The Expected One leaves off.)

Sure...we are supposed to just 'take her word' cause some family members don't want here to talk about it (they might discover she is crazy?). Of course, her agent is a 'believer' because he is poised to make lots of money from the gullible book buyers and potential movie deals.

The link to the article in the USA Today can be found at
http://www.usatoday.com/life/books/news/2006-07-17-magdalene-book_x.htm