The Da Vinci Code:

The Young Adult Adaptation?

For some reason, Dan Brown has now (9/2016) released a "young adult adaptation" of his best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code .

The puzzle is that it is not as if the original novel was written at a particularly high level. Middle school kids could easily read and understand it. In addition, the DVC moment was quite a few years ago now, and perhaps you have sensed a pulsing demand for a YA version of an over decade-old novel...but I haven't.

Nonetheless, given that this new edition might indeed bring a few new readers into the DVC world, for their benefit, I'm making my own response, originally published by Our Sunday Visitor in 2004, available at no cost out here on the Internet. It's a pdf file - just click and download.

Da Vinci Code Young Adult Adaptation

Click on the cover or this link to access the file.

The book offers help in answering questions like....

  • Did Leonardo Da Vinci really use his art to communicate secret knowledge about the Holy Grail?
  • Is it true that the Gospels don’t tell the true story of Jesus?
  • Were Jesus and Mary Magdalene married?
  • Did Jesus really designate Mary Magdalene as the leader of his movement, not Peter?

What seems to intrigue readers is that the characters in The Da Vinci Code have answers to these questions, and they are expressed in the book as factually based, supported by the work and opinions of historians and other researchers. Brown even cites real books as sources within the novel. Readers - especially teens encountering this new version - are naturally wondering why they’ve not heard these ideas before. They’re also wondering, if what Brown says is true, what the implications for their faith could be. After all, if the Gospels are false accounts, isn’t all of Christianity as we know it a lie?

This book is intended to help you unpack all of this and to explore the truth behind The Da Vinci Code. We’ll look at Dan Brown’s sources, and see if they’re really trustworthy witnesses to history. We’ll ask if his characterization of early Christian writings, teaching and disputes – events that are widely documented and have been studied for hundreds of years by intelligent, open-minded people – are accurate. We’ll look at Jesus and Mary Magdalene – the people at the center of this novel – and see if anything at all The Da Vinci Code has to say about them is based on the historical record. And along the way, we’ll find a startling number of blatant, glaring errors on matters great and small that should send up big red flags to anyone reading the novel as a source of facts, rather than just pure fiction.

Table of Contents

  1. "Only a Novel?"
  2. Secrets and Lies
  3. Who picked the Gospels?
  4. Divine Election
  5. Toppled Kings?
  6. Mary, Called Magdalene
  7. The Age of the Goddess?
  8. Stolen Gods? Christianity and the Mystery Religions
  9. Surely, He Got Leonardo Da Vinci Right?
  10. The Grail, the Priory and the Knights Templar
  11. The Catholic Code

Mary Magdalene: Truth, Legends and Lies

De-Coding Mary Magdalene

Mary Magdalene: Truth, Legends and Lies

was published by Our Sunday Visitor books some years ago, but is now out of print. You may download a pdf version of the book by clicking here. It is simply a pdf of the original text of the book and therefore has pre-publication markings. But it's free! (If anyone knows how to quickly and easily clean it up...feel free to let me know at amywelborn60 - at - gmail - dot - com.

Are you interested in an objective examination of the life and lore of Mary Magdalene, a narrative that isn't agenda-driven or saturated with ideology?

Do you just want to learn more about Mary Magedalene's identity and role in Christian spirituality, literature and art?

I wrote this book for you.

There's a great deal of material out there on Mary Magdalene, it's true. Some of the scholarly material is really fine, but tooamy welborn many of the books for popular audiences are informed by one ideology or another, or fall completely into fantasy.

In De-coding Mary Magdalene I stick to the facts - what we know about Mary Magdalene from the Gospels, and then how Christian amy welborn tradition in both East and West continued to meditate on the figure of Mary Magdalene, seeing in her the model disciple - and weaving all kinds of fascinating legends around her as well.

Here's the bottom line: The Da Vinci Code propogates the lie that Christianity through the ages marginalized and demonized Mary Magdalene as a "whore" in order to minimize her impact.

Wrong, wrong, wrong.

Mary Magdalene was the second most popular saint of the Middle Ages. And do catch that word - saint - Honoring someone as a saint (feastday July 22) is a truly odd way of "demonizing" a person. Don't you think?

So - come meet Mary Magdalene - as she comes to us in the Gospels, as Christians imagined her through the ages as they contemplated her fidelity and discipleship, and how some contemporary interpreters get her so completely wrong.

Table of Contents

  1. Mary of Magdala
  2. "Why Are You Weeping?
  3. The Real Mary?
  4. Apostle to the Apostles
  5. Which Mary?
  6. The Golden Legend
  7. Touching the Magdalene
  8. To the East
  9. The Penitent
  10. Mary and the Mystics
  11. The Magdalene in Art
  12. Rediscovery

Download a pdf version of the book here.

Links to more free e-books:

The Power of the Cross (free e-book)

Mary and the Christian Life (free e-book)

Come Meet Jesus - An Invitation from Pope Benedict XVI (free e-book)


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