Monday, September 3, 2012

Mary Magdalene: A Book Review

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.

About The Author:

Diana Wallis Taylor is the author ofJourney to the Well and Martha, and has published many articles, and has contributed stories to several books. Taylor lives in California. Find out more at

My Review:

Diana Wallis Taylor is a new-to-me author, and after reading Mary Magdalene, she is one of my new favorite authors. I can't wait to read more from her in the future.

Mary Magdalene is a beautifully written novel that brings Mary to live and allows us, the reader, a glimpse into her life. Not only that, but you get a wonderful look at what life would have been like for women living in the time of Jesus. I love that the overlying theme in the book is that regardless of what happens in our life, God is with us each step of the way, and that our timing is not His. We just need to trust and be strong, in spite of the storm. A beautiful message in a beautiful book. The book was very well written and I just could not put it down, reading it in one day (thanks in part to a 12 hour car ride while coming home from vacation). The interpretation that Taylor has of Mary is solid, and I loved how the many other characters where also developed. 

I highly recommend this book and give it a huge thumbs up.

BUY IT:  You can purchase Mary Magdalene at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

***I received a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communication Inc., for the purpose of review on this blog. All opinions expressed are my own and I have not been compensated in any other manner***

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