Mary is ordinary girl from Nazareth. She helps her mother with household chores, she daydreams about a handsome carpenter’s son named Joseph, and at night she lies on the roof and contemplates at the stars. But one evening, a heavenly visitor comes with unexpected news—and her life is changed forever.
Experience the life of the Messiah from the perspective of his mother, who must place her trust and obedience in Adonai, the Most High, as he fulfills centuries of anticipation in the middle of her daily life. Walk with Mary as she witnesses Yeshua grow, mature, minister, and even crucified—and then raised again, to the kindling of her new faith.
I was disappointed with Taylor’s previous novel, Ruth, which I felt had some Biblical inaccuracies. I hoped this was more in keeping with her previous titles, which I’d enjoyed
In Mary Chosen of God, Diana Wallis Taylor takes the well-known nativity story and humanizes Mary on a level I’ve not previously seen. She writes extensively about the cycle of life in a small Galilean town, focusing on some of Mary’s more mundane activities. After all, the mother of God was also the mother to several other children, ran a busy household, and had parents to look after as well. I thought it was interesting that she portrayed Mary and Joseph as being similar in age as I’d always thought Joseph was at least a decade older. We see Mary trusting God regarding Jesus (who is called Yeshua here), but also fearing for her son. She wonders what the angel meant when it said that Yeshua would reign over Israel forever; does it mean that Yeshua will overthrow the Roman occupation?
We also read of Mary’s presence in Jerusalem when her son is arrested and crucified and then as she experiences the resurrection. Taylor attempts to show us how Mary might’ve felt watching her beloved son go through all that. Mary Chosen of God finishes on an ambiguous note: the book finishes after Pentecost and, with no mention of her in the Bible after that time, Taylor doesn’t attempt to imagine the rest of Mary’s life.
I found Mary Chosen of God easy to read and it turned a couple of my presumptions on their collective heads. Taylor takes license with small details such as the names of Jesus’s sisters, but the story as a whole is an accurate representation of the Gospel accounts. As we approach the Advent season, this would be a good insightful novel of Jesus birth to read.
Thank you to Celebrate Lit and Whitaker House for my complimentary copy of Mary Chosen of God, which I received in exchange for my honest review.
This review is part of a Celebrate Lit blog tour
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Publisher: Whitaker House
Publication Date: 01 September 2016
Page Count: 320