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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Mary Magdalene

Last year, I had the pleasure of reading and reviewing Martha, by Diana Wallis Taylor.

I enjoyed her newest book, as much as Martha, and found it very interesting how this author was able to take another biblical account and mix it with history and culture and produce such an intriguing story. I like authors that make me think and Diana took the liberties of writing a fictional account that made me think about Mary Magdalene before she was a “madwoman”.

The bible doesn’t say much about her life other than she was a follower of Jesus, and he cast seven demons out of her. We know he appeared to her following the resurrection but the mentions of her in the bible are mainly in reference to her following Christ. I really liked how Diana’s story proposed what Mary’s life might have been like, prior to meeting Jesus and how she possibly became demon possessed.

The story of Mary Magdalene comes to life in this book, and I really enjoyed the fictional story. The author creates a very emotional, vulnerable character who is completely hopeless when she meets Jesus. I read with anticipation, her encounter with Christ, knowing she would be set free from her bondage and torment. It was a wonderful reminder of just how much we are loved.

Just like the story of Martha, I highly recommend Diana’s books for those who enjoy biblical fiction.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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

About The Book:

One woman desperate for hope. One Savior with the power to heal.

A beautiful girl blossoming into womanhood, Mary has high hopes for a life filled with learning, family, and young love. In one dreadful night, all of that changes. The nightmares come first, then the waking visions of unspeakable terror, until Mary hardly remembers her dreams for the future.

Can the Most High deliver her from this torment? How long must she wait for healing?

This vivid portrait of the enigmatic Mary of Magdala comes to life in the hands of an imaginative master storyteller. Diana Wallis Taylor introduces you to a Mary who is both utterly original and respectful of the biblical account, opening your eyes to a redemption that knows no bounds.

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