The Magdala Trilogy by Peter Longley
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ORBIT, Life with My People:

by Peter Longley

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“Orbit is not just a dog; he’s a spiritual being…” Yakov Smirnoff

Orbit was a Great Pyrenees who touched many people all over the world. He was born in a log cabin in the Ozarks and was adopted by a self-sufficient community. Within the community, he adopted Bettine and Peter, whose property, Alpha Meadows, became his kingdom. His life was filled with a lot of happiness in an idyllic setting, but set against a back story of fear and pain.

His ability to sing to Bettine’s flutes, took him in film around the world on concert tours where his spirit moved international audiences.

His circumstances at home, and his compassion for his people, caused him to develop his unique canine understanding, which was confirmed for him when he went over the rainbow bridge. Here, he reveals his wisdom in living the unconditional love of animals, despite all the complexes of their human companions. Orbit’s was a good life; he spread a message. Just be glad that he lived!

 


 

A Star's Legacy: Volume One of The Magdala Trilogy: A Six-Part Epic Depicting a Plausible Life of Mary Magdalene and Her Times

Forsythia
A Memoir of Lost Generations
by Peter Longley

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Encased within the drama of John Galsworthy’s The Forsyte SagaPeter Hovenden Longley weaves an autobiographical reminiscence of his own English family from the 1880s to the 1960s. Brought up in the last days of Forsythia, a world of the 3 percent born in privilege to serve the British Empire, Longley celebrates his family’s lost generations. Nothing—neither the abdication of the King Emperor Edward VIII in 1936 nor Adolf Hitler’s relentless bombs—could shake the British people’s conviction that theirs was the eternal kingdom. Blindly, they believed that after a good cup of strong, Indian tea and a game of croquet on the lawn, Forsythia would go on forever.

But in the aftermath of the Boer War,the Irish rebellion, the Great War, and the rise of socialism, even the faith of most stalwart champions of the empire would be shaken. Forced to accept that the world they once loved was changing around them, Longley’s family and their peers struggled to adapt to a new reality. As a living witness to his family’s history, Longley takes the reader through the Second World War, the independence and division of India, and the gradual dissolution of the empire itself.

With the permission of the Galsworthy estate, Longley analyzes The Forsyte Saga and reflects on the impact of this work of literature. His was the last generation of Forsytes, witnesses to those final rays that filtered across the empire on which they all thought the sun would never set.

 


 

Beyond the Olive Grove: Volume Two of The Magdala Trilogy: A Six-Part Epic Depicting a Plausible Life of Mary Magdalene and Her Times

A Star's Legacy:

Volume One of The Magdala Trilogy: A Six-Part Epic Depicting a Plausible Life of Mary Magdalene and Her Times
by Peter Longley

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In 5 B.C. a star appears mysteriously in the Middle Eastern sky, and three people are born under its aspect: Joshua of Nazareth, Linus Flavian, and Maria of Magdala—A Star's Legacy. At the time of their birth, superstition is rife. Intrigue between High Priests, the Herodians, and Rome, along with hope in an expanding world of greed and commerce, gives shape to their diverging but intertwined destinies. Action takes the reader from Jerusalem and the hillsides of Galilee to the Jewish world of Alexandria, the trading centers of Petra and Palmyra, and the magnificence of Rome. Surrounded by slavery and rebellion and immersed in their own adolescent dreams, the lives of Joshua, Linus, and Maria unfold in a vast canvas covering the length and breadth of the Roman world.

The Magdala Trilogy provides a fascinating commentary on the origins of Christianity. Who was Jesus' father? Was Jesus married? Was the Messiah divine? Where were the seeds of his message sown? Has that message come down to us in Christian orthodoxy or was it something else? Could Mary Magdalene have been the guardian of a different message? Was Mary Magdalene a lesbian? Did Jesus have a son?

These questions are all explored in an epic that traverses the trade routes of the Ancient World, mingling Roman, Greek, Jewish, Persian, and Indian thought and philosophy in a quest to better understand Mary Magdalene and her times. A Star's Legacy and its sequels are both challenging and yet plausible, incorporating traditional beliefs, fictitious thoughts, and new controversial interpretations. With vivid prose and compelling characters, A Star's Legacy offers a captivating glimpse into Biblical times.

 


 

Beyond the Olive Grove: Volume Two of The Magdala Trilogy: A Six-Part Epic Depicting a Plausible Life of Mary Magdalene and Her Times

Beyond the Olive Grove:

Volume Two of The Magdala Trilogy: A Six-Part Epic Depicting a Plausible Life of Mary Magdalene and Her Times by Peter Longley

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Joshua, Maria, and Linus Flavian determine their destinies. From the Nazirite and Essenic sects to the burgeoning fishing industry on the Sea of Galilee, Joshua and his band of followers are led from obscurity to the portals of the Roman prefect in a movement poised to change the world. They are members of a healing ministry that concerns the Jewish authorities that are striving for survival and security under the umbrella of Rome. Accidentally, Maria of Magdala becomes a part of this movement, and is left with an awesome responsibility. Linus Flavian pits Roman pride and ambition against a Galilean past.

The second in the dramatic new series, The Magdala Trilogy, Beyond the Olive Grove provides a fascinating commentary on the origins of Christianity that is both challenging and yet plausible, incorporating traditional beliefs, fictitious thoughts, and new controversial interpretations. With vivid prose and compelling characters, Beyond the Olive Grove offers a captivating glimpse into Biblical times.

 

 


 

The Mist Of God:

 

Volume Three of The MagdalaTrilogy: A Six-Part Epic Depicting the Plausible Life of Mary Magdalene and Her Times by Peter Longley.

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With vivid prose and compelling characters, The Mist of God offers a captivating glimpse into Biblical times providing a fascinating commentary on the origins of Christianity that is both challenging yet plausible, incorporating traditional beliefs, fictitious thoughts, and new controversial interpretations.

The destinies of Linus Flavian, Maria of Magdala, and their son, Marcus, play out in this dramatic first-century story that spans the extremities of the known world of that time, from Britannia to India. The Roman Empire is rising to its height while a fledgling religious sect of Judaism reconciles itself with the mystery of its crucified leader, Joshua of Nazareth. Growing from a clash between nationalistic Judaism and a messianic universalism, followers from Saul of Tarsus to Simon Cephas take the fledgling faith out to the Gentile world on the trading routes of the House of Arimathea.

Their witness, however, differs from the very personal understanding of divinity that Maria believes she learned from her lover, the crucified Lord. Nevertheless, she passes this legacy on to her son Ben Joshua, the child Joshua never knew. Ben Joshua finds this message enhanced when he travels to India as a partner in the House of Arimathea-but his survival is anything but certain.


Love is Where Your Rosemary Grows 

Love is Where Your Rosemary Growsby PeterLongley

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Jake Saunders, a middle-aged artist and enthusiastic horticulturist from Georgia, while teaching drawing and painting classes on board a luxury cruise ship becomes captivated by Rose, a nineteen-year-old beauty. The relationship that develops shows all the pitfalls of their age difference and the generation gap that it reveals, but is lovingly supported by Rose's affable mother, Marianne Paulsen, who is herself attracted to Jake.

Set in exotic locations in Iceland, Europe, Georgia, Minnesota and New York the story shows the development of Jake's relationship with both these women and the different kind of love each fosters. When Marianne is diagnosed with cancer, the garden of her home on Lake Minnetonka in Minnesota becomes the bonding ground between her and Jake-a garden that at first Jake had started to restore for his upcoming wedding to Rose, but which ultimately becomes the means for his personal growth and Marianne's spiritual transition.

 


 

Two Thousand Years Later

by Peter Longley

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Two Thousand Years Later is a stirring saga of love, intrigue and revelations, ignited by the meeting of three people on a twentieth century journey. Exploration into their shared past lives in the First Century AD leads to the unraveling of one of the greatest mysteries of all time: Who was Jesus of Nazareth? And what was his message? The contemporary characters in this novel, set on a world cruise taking the reader to exotic and wonderful places, find out through their interaction, along with dreams, music association, and even a past life regression session, that they believe they all knew each other in a First Century AD world. Their discovered recollections of that world and their relationships mirror the characters found in The Magdala Trilogy.

"Intriguing...'Two Thousand Years Later' shows us a new concept of our interconnected consciousness with all creation throughout the universe and gives us an alternative message of Jesus appropriate for the cosmic thinking of the millennium." The EDGE Newspaper, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

"An inquiring search for truth, worthy of serious examination, utilizing another view of Jesus that challenges contemporary Christian thinking." The Venerable Canon Robert N. Willing Archdeacon Emeritus, New York

 

 

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Two Thousand Years Later is now only available from the author, priced at $ 18 including postage and packing. To order please e-mail Plongley@hotmail.com

 


 

Twenty-Five Years Before the Mast-A Cruise Director Looks Back

By Peter Longley

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In this fascinating study encompassing a period of rapid growth and change, a cruise director looks back over a career that spanned twenty-five years on some of the best-known luxury ships of the second half of the twentieth century, including ten years aboard Cunard's famous ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2.

Peter Longley fell into the industry by accident in 1978, at a time when it could be said that cruising was exclusively for the rich and famous. Longley traces this form of travel from its imperial passengers sailing the lifelines of empires to the fabulous world cruises that attracted eccentric passengers. Here, life and challenges both above and below decks are explored on these floating cities at sea that still hold myths of the past as they leap into the future.

From gala buffets to a musicians' strike, from entertaining royalty to evacuation at sea, Longley takes you there. You will go from dry docks to exciting ports of call, interspersed with anecdotes of an extraordinary lifestyle. You will also witness murder at sea, a ninety-foot wave, stowaways, and the sorting of garbage. 

See how technology changed shipboard pastimes, and how the jet plane changed itineraries and entertainment, and how the computer changed everything. Finally, take a look at cruising today with over four hundred ships plying the seven seas. Learn how a few corporations now run the industry, and vacations range from voyages on mass-market mega ships to luxury river cruises. 

 

 

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Twenty-Five Years Before the Mast-A Cruise Director Looks Back can now be ordered at all bookstores or on-line at www.amazon.com or www.barnesandnoble.com