Saturday, June 23, 2012

Mary Magdalene by Diana Wallis Taylor ~ review

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Revell (June 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800720482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800720483

Book Description

June 1, 2012
Long maligned as a prostitute or a woman of questionable reputation, Mary Magdalene's murky story seems lost to the sands of time. Now a portrait of this enigmatic woman comes to life in the hands of an imaginative master storyteller. Diana Wallis Taylor's Mary is a woman devastated by circumstances beyond her control and plagued with terrifying dreams--until she has a life-changing confrontation with the Savior.

Lovers of historical and biblical fiction will find this creative telling of Mary's story utterly original and respectful as it opens their eyes to the redeeming work of Christ in the lives of those who follow him.

My take on this book:

I have become an avid reader of Biblical fiction and one of my favorite authors of this genre is Diana Wallis Taylor. She writes her stories in such a way that once you finish the book I always come away with a deeper understanding of not only the character that she writes about but also about the Bible verses that center around the character.

Her latest book shines the spotlight on "Mary Magdalene." We learn that she was an only child, her father a very successful boat builder. At the age of eleven her life changed dramatically when she is kidnapped.Her father pays the ransom to get her back, but after the incident Mary suffers from headaches,nightmares and seizures. While her loved ones  sympathized with her, the people of her village shun her, fearing that she is crazy or worse. When they hear rumors that the Messiah is coming, a man named Jesus, the son of God,they wonder if it is true and  if perhaps he will be able to help Mary.

"Mary Magdalene" is another great fictional Biblical story from Diana Wallis Taylor. With her well crafted storytelling and attention to historical detail the author easily pulls me right into the story. The author writes with a clarity that brings the characters to life, and makes it  easy to understand their stories. After reading this story I was propelled to dig out my Bible and read  all that I could find about Mary Magdalene. Anyone who enjoys Biblical fiction is in for a real treat with this story. Recommended.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

"Available June 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."

1 comment:

  1. I love when fiction can give you a greater understanding and make more real things you have read about in the bible or in history, making them jump off the page is an art.


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