Posted in Mary Magdalene, Song of the Beloved

Song of the Beloved – First Proof

We are getting closer to the launch of my upcoming novel, Song of the Beloved – the Gospel According to Mary Magdalene.  The first proof arrived in yesterday’s mail.  Here is a first glance!  With a few adjustments, the book will be ready for release.  I’m still planning a fall release! 


Song of the Beloved is a provocative retelling of the Jesus story from the perspective of Mary Magdalene.  After fourteen years of suffering the debilitating effects of trauma, Mary is healed by Jesus.  She then becomes his most enthusiastic and devoted disciple; later becoming his companion, co-minister, beloved and wife.  Designated the Magdalene, Mary is appointed to carry on Jesus’ ministry after his death.

A great work of fiction, inspired by scripture, historical documents and ancient sacred texts, Song of the Beloved provides nourishment and inspiration for those in search of a relevant Christianity – with Jesus and Mary as two who lived the fullness of the human experience while teaching us how to love.


What reviewers are saying about Song of the Beloved:

At a time when Christianity as we know it is reaping the harvest it has sown in denying the feminine, as Mary Magdalene herself was denied, Lauri Lumby offers us a devotional outpouring of that love between her and Jesus that was the foundation of his teaching and healing ministry. Rooted in the Gospels, and skillfully echoing their resonance in her use of language, she tells Mary’s story first hand by ‘being her’, embodying her passion and her memory and bringing alive the female half of Christianity that is the church’s only hope of re-integration and resurrection.

– Jay Ramsay, author of Crucible of Love—the alchemy of passionate relationships and The Poet in You.


Song of the Beloved is a vivid and deeply moving memoir that transports the reader to another time and place. While reading, I felt I was actually there, witnessing and experiencing events and feelings first hand and being filled with the golden light of love emanating from the heart of Jesus and the Magdalene.

– Toni Carmine Salerno, bestselling artist & author of Magdalene Oracle.


The phenomenon of Jesus Christ is a mystery so great it invites different ‘takes’ on it. This is a vivid and moving one written from the wise depths of the heart.

– Gabriel Bradford Millar, poet and co-founder of Poetry Stroud and Celebration of the Word.

Posted in Discernment, Truth, Virtual Church

Weekly Service – Using the Brain God Gave Us

This week’s virtual church service for the fourth Sunday of Lent is LIVE.  Click HERE to view the 20 minute service.  In this week’s service, we explore the story from John’s gospel of the Man Born Blind and the invitation to use the brain God gave us to reason, discern and exercise truth.  Sometimes the truth God reveals to us differs from the truths handed down by man.  Sometimes the law of love overrides the law of the Church.

Posted in Inspiration, Jesus, Lessons

Direct and To The Point

Today’s blog says it all…..there is not much else we need to know about the Jesus message than this!


 Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the Gospel of God:

“This is the time of fulfillment. The kingdom of God is at hand.

Repent, and believe in the Gospel.”

Mark 1: 15

Pretty much says it all.  The time of fulfillment is NOW!!!!!   The kingdom of God is NOW….right here in our midst, and it might even exist within us (not in some heaven light years away or in some galaxy far, far away, and only to be attained after we die.).  Return your focus (repent) on the Divine as the center of who you are and the center of your life.  And BELIEVE!

Where do you recognize the kingdom of God in your very midst, right here, right now?

How are you being invited to re-focus your gaze, your intention and your attention on the Divine Source that lives within, among and all around us?

What are the obstacles to you believing that the kingdom of God is NOW, and that it might even be housed WITHIN you?

Lauri Lumby

Authentic Freedom Ministries