Perhaps one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented characters of the New Testament is Martha. Often painted in the colors of reproach, Martha seems to be the poster child for how not to be a follower of Jesus. From the mind of Diana Wallis Taylor comes this touching, well-researched portrayal of Martha of Bethany, sister of Mary and Lazarus. Through Taylor's lush descriptions and inspired combination of imagined and recorded dialogue, Martha's world--her trials, triumphs, and loves--vibrantly comes to life. Follow Martha as she is jilted by her betrothed, falls in love with a Roman soldier, grieves the death of her father, cares for her siblings, and serves her Lord with dignity and grace. Readers will never read the biblical story of Martha the same way again.
My take on this book:
I have become a fan of Biblical fiction, and when one latches onto my imagination and allows me to see Biblical characters in a whole new way while staying true to what the Bible says then its a winner in my book. When I started reading the book of "Martha," I kept thinking to myself Martha who, but once her brother Lazerus is mentioned, it started to fall into place for me, because who doesn't know the story of Lazerus being raised from the dead.
As the story unfolds Martha becomes a very real character with feelings and longings just like any other young lady. While she longs to marry, how could it ever happen, she stepped into the role of caretaker of her family when her mother died and took that responsibility very seriously, but that doesn't stop her from wishing for a husband and children of her own. I had hoped the relationship with Thaddeus would work out but it wasn't meant to be. Some of the most exciting parts of the story were when Jesus stayed with Martha and her family.
If you are like me and are unsure who Martha was once you read this book you will never forget her.I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction, and if you have never read Biblical fiction then this quick read is the perfect book to introduce you to this exciting genre.
A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Available June 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.