Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
of whom shall I be afraid?

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Mary Magdalene Book Review

SUMMARY:  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 live 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.

REVIEW:  Mary Magdalene is a fascinating but mysterious character in the New Testament.  The authors of the gospels do not give much information about her past other than where she was from and that she was healed of demon possession.  Diana Wallis Taylor does a great job filling in the blanks in this fictional account of Mary's past.  The internal torture Mary goes through with headaches, seizures, having to be locked up so she wouldn't hurt herself or anyone else, being ostracized in the community and called "Mad Mary" makes your heart hurt.  Her husband, family and close family friends stay by her side through very difficult times and make the choice to stick by Mary even though it looks like there will be no end to her torment.  The healing she receives from Jesus gave me a better understanding of why she was so devoted to Jesus.  The book also gives you an idea of how she might have come to be one of Jesus' followers and the first one to see Jesus alive after his death and resurrection.  I like how this book is written and would highly recommend it.

 This book was provided by Revell for review without compensation.

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

Diana Wallis Taylor is the author of the novels Journey to the Well and Martha and lives in California.  Find out more at

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