Elizabeth 'Emac' MacDonald Releases Skirting Heresy: The Life & Times of Margery Kempe
NEW YORK, June 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Acclaimed journalist Elizabeth MacDonald, who created Forbes Magazine's "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women" annual ranking, has now turned her attention from the world of finance to an unsung trailblazer of the Middle Ages. Skirting Heresy: The Life & Times of Margery Kempe (published June 2014, by Franciscan Media), is a bold, new look at the mysterious and misunderstood Margery Kempe, the first autobiographer in the English language. It brings the 15 th century mystic to a new level of understanding, including the revelation that Kempe is indeed the Patron Saint of Gossipthere currently is no Patron Saint of Gossip for those who suffer from malicious talk.
"What a dazzling achievement," says Steve Forbes. "MacDonald vividly brings to life both the world of Medieval England and even more impressively, the heroic Margery Kempe, whose insights and courage speak to the modern world. This book will absorb and enlighten you."
Skirting Heresy reads like an historical adventure novel, filled with romance, intrigue, bravery, and betrayal. At the same time it shows the anxieties, humor, fears, hopes, and failings shared by Kempe and the medieval world are the same issues the modern world deals with today.
MacDonald's artful pen created an immersive tale, a deep and meaningful connection with the reader that is more than a book. Skirting Heresy fills a cultural void, providing not just an historical narrative, but a tale filled with gripping humanity, comfort, explanation, and hope for all those who struggle through their daily lives. Kempe's story is sure to have a resounding impact and is certain to become a compelling read for many, including teenagers, who have suffered from gossip, falsehoods, and rumors. After reading Skirting Heresy, one will be hard-pressed to disagree that MacDonald has made a convincing case that Kempe is indeed the Patron Saint of Gossip.
CNBC anchor and economist Larry Kudlow saysSkirting Heresy is "one of the best historical narratives I've read in a long time, a gripping, bold new take that shows what was happening in Catholic England before Joan of Arc was executed," as the 600 th anniversary of the saint's death approaches. FOX News' Greta Van Susteren says: "Elizabeth MacDonald is a gifted reporter. Her ability to weave passion and truth together shines in Skirting Heresy, a compelling must-read for religious readers and history buffs alike." FOX's Neil Cavuto adds: "Quite a book. Quite a subject. Quite, an author." And historian Father George W. Rutler calls Skirting Heresy "an interesting introduction to the life of a remarkable woman who if, in the eyes of the world, was an eccentric and even neurotic."