Saturday, May 14, 2005

Septuagenarian Emerges From Retirement to Publish First Book

Septuagenarian Emerges From Retirement to Publish First Book

Secrets of the Magdalene Scrolls, a novel that disspells myths and disinformation about Mary Magdalene is authored by a 76 year young septuagenarian.

Rainier, Washington (PRWEB) October 11, 2005

What does a 76-year young woman do in her spare time? She writes books and her first novel was published in December 2004 when she was 75. The book is now into its second revised edition. Who is this outrageous woman? Her name is Bettye Johnson the author of Secrets of the Magdalene Scrolls and the just - released novelette, A Christmas Awakening.

Johnson was age 75 when Secrets of the Magdalene Scrolls was published and it is now into a second revised edition. What does this book have that other books on Mary Magdalene do not have? Information that none have dared or didn’t know to put in their books.

Moving from the present day to the time of Mary Magdalene, Johnson has woven a spellbinding tale of intrigue, historical information regarding Mary Magdalene and Jesus, adventure, adversaries, romance and the spiritual message the Magdalene left that changed the lives of the four principal characters. The scrolls are in the form of the Magdalene’s journal and were hidden in an unknown cave in the French Pyrenees Mountains. The storyline moves from the present day to the time of Mary Magdalene as the quartet strive to translate the scrolls.

Bettye Johnson is considered to be outrageous and says, "I have always been a champion of women’s rights and in my book I place into historical perspective my perceptions of the life of Mary Magdalene based on the research I have done."

She researched Mary Magdalene for over seven years and made a decision to put her information in the form of fiction. She had never heard of The DaVinci Code until she was two-thirds the way through her manuscript. Johnson's book compliments that of Dan Brown’s. In an unusual move for a work of fiction, Johnson has a bibliography in the back of her book.

Background: Bettye Johnson was born in Texas and grew up there. She attended Texas Women’s University and after leaving the University (formerly named Texas State College for Women), she worked in the Foreign Service branch of the U. S. State Department with tours of duty with the embassies in Paris and Tokyo. She has also been a wife, mother of three sons, grandmother, great-grandmother, government worker, Federal Women’s Program Coordinator for a government district office, program director of a holistic health center, and has emerged from retirement to become an author. She is currently working on the sequel to Secrets of the Magdalene Scrolls.

Please visit her website http://www. magdalenescrolls. com (http://www. magdalenescrolls. com) for more information about Bettye Johnson and her books. She can be contacted through her website.

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