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.
I love books that take a part of history and put a fictional twist on them. I think it is because I have often wondered how it would have felt to be there in that particular moment or to have experienced first hand the conversation or event that was happening. I am enthralled with that form of imagination…even more when you take biblical accounts and emphasize it through one character’s eyes…it gives the story a new dimension.
So it is with Mary Magdalene: A Novel by Diana Wallis Taylor. Writer, Diana Taylor, takes you into the world of Mary Magdalene in a vivid, intriguing and compelling way. She provides Mary with a fictional history and background which gives you a little insight into the way she “may” have viewed the Messiah, Jesus and life at that time.
As a reader you are instantly drawn to Mary and her life, your heart breaks as she undergoes pains and trials and your spirit rejoices with her as she is released from the bondage that has plagued most of her life. Diana Taylor offers a description of Mary where she literally pops off the pages and into your heart…but even more compelling is her gentle and yearning descriptions of Jesus Christ. There were moments I had to stop reading and close my eyes imaging the different way my Savior could have said this phrase or that. It was wonderful for my spirit to feel his voice through the words of the write.
Albeit…I also found there were a few moments that the book felt as if it was moving along too slowly. I found myself skimming over a few paragraphs to arrive at a more detailed or active paragraph.
While the book’s story line had moments of inspirational highs and moments that seem almost too leisurely…overall it was a delightful book that offers the readers a momentary glimpse into what “might have” been.
The IE Mommy