SATURDAY BOOK REVIEW: MARY MAGDALENE: by DIANA WALLIS TAYLOR

A Novel
ISBN: 978-0-8007-2048-3
Price: $14.99
Format: Paperback
Publication date: Jun. 12 | Division: Revell

Synopsis:

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.
Taylor explores the story of Mary Magdalene, the cherished only child of a successful Galilean, who suffers family betrayal, extreme danger and a life filled with hopelessness.  Could the new rabbi, Jesus, be the one to heal and deliver her?
About the Author….
Diana Wallis Taylor is the author of the novels Journey to the Well and Martha and lives in California. Find out more at  www.dianawallistaylor.com.
READER REVIEW

Mary of Magdala, the only daughter of a successful boatbuilder in Galilee, begins to experience horrible nightmares, suffer seizures, and hear voices after being subjected to a traumatic experience.  Everyone in her village thinks she is crazy, or worse, demon-possessed.  There seems to be no hope until a new teacher, a perhaps the  Messiah, comes to town, and then everything about Mary’s life is changed.

Mary Magdalene is  one of the most misunderstood and misaligned characters in Biblical history.  She has been portrayed as a prostitute, and even worse, as either the wife or lover of Jesus.  Ms. Taylor has managed to tell the true story, while in a fictionalized form.  The novel was very enjoyable and there was nothing objectionable or contrary to Scripture.  This was definitely worth 5 stars.

*Available June 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”