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.
Much has been made of Mary Magdalene over the years. Secular authors such as Dan Brown have drawn upon theories that she was more than just a friend of Jesus in order to create best-sellers. At last, however, we have a beautiful book that shows the relationship between Mary and her Lord as it truly was.
Little is known about Mary of Magdala before her introduction in the book of Luke. “Mary called Magdalene, out of whom had come seven demons,” is one of the women to join Jesus and the twelve on their travels. (Luke 8:2). Diana Wallis Taylor, therefore, gives us a realistic back story of a young woman growing up in Magdala who went through something traumatic and, as a result, experienced a slow breakdown. Many in Magdala saw her as cursed – even the local rabbis could not cure her – and yet, she experienced the unconditional love of a husband who never stopped searching for a cure. That cure eventually came in the form of Jesus. After her husband’s death, Mary joined the eclectic group traveling with Jesus and was there when he was crucified.
This is Diana Wallis Taylor’s third Biblically-based novel. I read the first, Journey to the Well, when it was released and loved it. Taylor’s attention to detail is exquisite; I could easily picture the scenes she described. She includes the words of Jesus, accurately portraying how Jesus’ disciples really didn’t understand what he was saying until it was too late. I’ve not read the middle novel, Martha, but if it’s anything like the other two in the series I’m sure it’s equally as enjoyable to read.
Publication Date: June 2012
Page Count: 304
I received my free copy of Mary Magdalene from Revell in exchange for an honest review.