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Monday, June 18, 2012

Mary Magdalene...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.

With colorful descriptions, the biblical world of Mary Magdalene comes to life.

Like many of our biblical heroes and heroines, little is known about Mary Magdalene and much of what has been perpetuated through the ages is speculation or inference, not fact.  Diana Wallis Taylor has crafted a wonderful story about Mary, her life and how she came to travel with the Savior.  Her life, as portrayed here, while it can't answer questions about Mary, is believable.

In the book of Luke, we read that Jesus cast out "seven devils" from Mary and Diana gives a fantastic portrayal of Mary before that event took place.  As word of Jesus and his ministry spreads, Mary's husband brings her to him, believing that he will heal her.  A wonderful cast of supporting characters brings Mary's experience to life and it is both heartbreaking and tender to read.

I particularly enjoyed Mary's interactions with the apostles and the portrayal of the last days of Jesus' ministry.

Available June 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Thanks to Donna Hausler of Baker Publishing for the opportunity to review this book.  You can learn more about Diana Wallis Taylor here.  You can purchase your own copy here.

Read 6/12

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4/5 Stars

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