After reading Dan Brown's The DaVinci Code , I curiously sought out other writers who could expound on the Mary Magdalene story from a more journalistic vantage point. One of the authors I found was Margaret Starbird, author of the best-selling The Woman with the Alabaster Jar , who gives a convincing and intriguing read about Mary Magdalene as the other, lost, apostle to Jesus. I enjoy Starbird's style of writing and her books are always a quick, fun read. Fun in that I enjoy the facts she presents and questions she continues to ask. She, like me, long ago set out to seek more information on Mary Magdalene and as such she offers information she found on her own quest to her readers in an easy to digest style. As a female reared in a strict Baptist home, I often wondered about a woman's role in the church. More importantly, how religious overtones affect society in general. I believe Starbird has provided me the first optimistic look at what Mary Magdalene’s legacy really might be and for the first time, I am hopeful about my spirituality and the questions that have haunted me since my childhood days in Sunday school.