About Aftermath, by William Frank Diedrich   

    On the evening of 14 Nisan in the Jewish year, 3790, Yeshua, also known as the Nasorean, was arrested. Three friends, Mary Magdalene, Judas Iscariot, and Judas Thomas  gather in the early morning hours to make sense of the man, his mission, and their own roles. 
     Mary, the Apostle to the Apostles, descendant of Solomon and Makeda the Queen of Sheba, wife of Yeshua, and spiritual teacher herself, helps the two disciples to discern the true message of Yeshua. Judas, who did what Yeshua asked of him, must face the guilt and conflict he carries within. Thomas hopes to save Yeshua, and to become more like him.
    In the aftermath of the arrest, trial, and  crucifixion these three companions each go their separate ways, navigating a tumultuous, first century world, teaching The Way, for the next forty years. Mary must contend with a male-dominated world that does not recognize women as teachers or leaders, and where feminine characteristics are seen as weak and foolish. She must resurrect the universal truth that masculine and feminine are equal and balanced, as in the original scriptural name for God—Elohim, a feminine name with a masculine plural. Thomas, blessed with brilliance, must learn to balance heart and mind, and to unify with the greater Mind. Judas, a courageous man and loyal disciple, must find Heaven—before he can die.
    Aftermath is one part inspiration, one part imagination, and one part historical and Biblical research. It unites  historical facts and possibilities with spiritual truths and perennial wisdom. It asks important questions about who we are. It will challenge the reader’s belief system, and perhaps offend some. This is not a book that tells people what to believe. It is a story about real historical characters who must deal with anger, grief, conflict, frustration, and the often demanding path of spiritual growth. It is a story about the power of love, the joy of union and relationship, and the wisdom that dwells within us.
    Aftermath is written as fiction, yet it contains Universal Truth and perennial wisdom, available to anyone who is open-minded and who seeks the truth.