Saturday, June 23, 2012

Mary Magdalene by Diana Wallis Taylor

Meet what well could have been the life story of Mary Magdalene.

Author Diana Wallis Taylor takes the Biblical time period and historical facts and works them together to create Mary Magdaline - a novel. This book starts with Mary's upbringing in a loving Jewish home, as a beloved only child. Soon those who plot evil against her family kidnap her as a pre-teen. Since her Father Jared is an excellent builder of quality boats, a ransom is demanded. Mary is rescued, but not with out great trauma and her life is suddenly and almost irrevocably changed.

Now Mary suffers from things that no man can cure. The local priests pray for deliverance for her over and over again, but the nightmares and seizures do not stop.  She is loved by those who can see past her pain and illness, but feared and hated by many. Through it all she is praying that HaShem (God) will heal her, save her, or just take her home and end her suffering and the issues it causes those she loves. Her only thread of hope is the voice she heard that told her "It is not yet time, beloved. Trust me." She is shunned and rejected by most of her community. Her husband is in agony that her condition is not improved, but worsened and at times her voice is not even her own. Mad Mary they call her as she walks in the market place. The woman God has forsaken, even refusing to allow her to bear a child. And her condition became yet worse! 

Her husband is building a boat for James and John, the sons of Zebedee. They bring news of a man named John, who wears strange skins and says the Messiah is coming very soon. If that is real, if it isn't just another rumor could there be One coming that could help Mary and her family. Could this man named Jesus be the Son of God, and could or would he have any answers for Mary and her family? 

Mary is well known in the Bible for being around Jesus quite a bit. I want you to read this book to see how this story, through the eyes of this writer and Mary see lives change and hearts heal. The Savior with power to heal is waiting. Are you ready to read what He does? 


About the Book — Mary Magdalene
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.

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Diana Wallis Taylor — award-winning Christian author

Diana Wallis Taylor
Recently named "Writer of the Year" by the San Diego Christian Writer's Guild, Diana Wallis Taylor has been writing since the age of 12 when she sold her first poem to a church newspaper. Her third novel, Mary Magdalenecomes out in May and she recently completed her fourth novel of Biblical Fiction for Revell, Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate. She won first place in the San Diego Book Awards for her short story, "Phipps and the Jay"; First place in Christian Romance for her book Smoke Before the Wind. First place in Christian Fiction for her manuscript, "House of the Forest"; Second place last year for Martha all in the Reader's Favorite Book Review and Award Contest. Her collection of poetry, Wings of the Wind came out in 2006. Her writing contributions appear in various compilation books and magazines. Diana wrote the words and melodies to an Easter cantata called "Glorious" recently completed with her fellow collaborator, Carolyn Prentice, who did the orchestration. 

Diana lives with her husband Frank in San Diego, California. Between them they have six grown children and ten grandchildren. She enjoys speaking and sharing her heart with women of all ages. In addition to her speaking and writing, she serves on the Board of the San Diego Christian Writer's Guild, the Board of her church, sings on the worship team, and enjoys taking part in Professional Women's Fellowship.
The Author's web site is:

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

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