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The Way

A Novel

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Anna is a fiery tomboy living in ancient Palestine whose androgynous appearance provokes ridicule from the people around her and doubt within her own heart. When tragedy strikes her family, and Anna's father—disguising her as a boy—sells her to a band of shepherds, she is captured by a mystical and secret society of women hiding in the desert. At first Anna is tempted to escape, but she soon finds that the sisterhood's teachings and healing abilities, wrapped in an ancient philosophy they call "The Way," have unleashed an unexpected power within her.

When danger befalls the caves in which the sisters have made their home, Anna embarks on a hazardous mission to preserve the wisdom of her mentors by proclaiming it among ordinary people. Her daring quest and newfound destiny reveal, at last, the full truth of her identity—a shocking revelation that will spark as much controversy as it does celebration.

Anna’s story is one of transformation, betrayal, love, loss, deception, and above all, redemption. Readers will cheer for this unforgettable protagonist—and for debut novelist Kristen Wolf, whose beautifully written book both provokes and inspires. A compelling mix of history, myth, and fantasy, The Way is a fascinating exploration of the foundations and possibilities of human spirituality.

From Publishers Weekly

May 30, 2011 – A young girl in ancient Palestine struggles with her calling as a spiritual leader in Wolf's audacious, deftly woven debut. Anna is "a handsome child" with an androgynous appearance. Disguised as a boy, she is sold to shepherds in 7 A.D. and enjoys the freedom of being male, as "being a woman in this life is a curse." But she re-emerges as female when a secret society of women, known as Sisters, who follow the holistic philosophy of "The Way," take her in. Anna's quest for self-discovery and the wisdom of the Way is showered with repetitive motivational statements like "Remember who you are, no matter who you must become." Wolf delves into the psyche of her characters by continuously presenting their uncertainties. Insecure Anna, for instance, "was not qualified to join the Circle! And she was nowhere near as wise or knowledgeable as the others." Some of the Sisters wonder "about the future of The Way. And whether or not I am serving it honorably." Alternating chapters that follow both Anna and Jesus Christ eventually intermingle into a controversial mix of fiction and fantasy that questions widely held notions of faith and posits an alternate history of one of the most influential figures of all time.

Customer Reviews

The Way is intriguing and provocative!

Just completed new author, Kristen Wolf's, The Way and it's riveting! Couldn't put it down until I finished. From the start it challenges old myths against new realities. Go girl!!!! Very inspiring!!! When's the movie? Total 5 star!!!


"This imaginative novel might make you a believer," -- O Magazine, September 2011

"A young girl in ancient Palestine struggles with her calling as a spiritual leader in Wolf's audacious, deftly woven debut."—Publishers Weekly

“Wolf takes the prevailing Jesus mythology, twists it around, and stands it on its head by reimagining the Messiah as a female…. this controversial biblical revision is sure to be a book-club darling.”—Booklist

“This book took me on a journey back to the days of Jesus. I was surprised in more ways than I ever could have imagined. The Way is one of those rare novels that makes you think.”—Javier Sierra, New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Supper

“The Way is a unique and ambitious debut novel, certain to provoke passionate discussions.”—John Shors, bestselling author of Beneath a Marble Sky

“Wolf’s voice, vision, and verve combine to make The Way an emotional and action-packed debut.”—Alice Peck, author of Bread, Body, Spirit: Finding the Sacred in Food and Next to Godliness

“The Way is a magical, evocative first novel that I plan to buy a carton of to give to my family and friends. Kristen Wolf’s rich imagery transports the reader into ancient Palestine where harmony and balance—the feminine Way—have been lost in the worship of a vengeful male deity. The tension between how the world is and how it might be if people followed The Way is as vital a question today as it was in ancient times. This message of compas­sion, healing, and respect for women could indeed transform our world.”—Joan Borysenko, Ph.D., author of A Woman’s Journey to God

“The point [Wolf] makes in this book is one I deeply believe in: we begin with the mother and then we lose our way—all of us.”—Kavita N. Ramdas, the Global Fund for Women

The Way

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The Way
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  • $11.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Religious
  • Published: Jul 12, 2011
  • Publisher: Crown/Archetype
  • Seller: Penguin Random House LLC
  • Print Length: 368 Pages
  • Language: English
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