Review: Martha: a novel

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My Thoughts
I have a love-hate relationship with Biblical fiction. I’m attracted to it for the way it can help me see Bible stories through a new lens. At the same time, I’m always cautious because I’m concerned about the author’s twists on Scriptures. Yet when the books are about people I’ve studied on my own, novels can help me see the story in a new light. This novel on Martha is one such book. The author does a great job of painting the scenes in living color. There’s much the Scripture doesn’t say and much that the author has to expand on, but she does so with care. I was transported back to the ancient times and swept into what might have been.

More about the book
When her mother dies leaving young Martha in charge of the household, her family is dependant upon her to oversee the home. Yet like other girls in her village, Martha longs to be married and begin her own family. Considered a fine cook and weaver, Martha is quick to help others within her community. She experiences the hope of love and love lost, trials, friendship, the death of her father, the overwhelming duty to her family, the discovery of the Messiah, the miracles witnessed at the Temple, and the hospitality she shows to her Lord with dignity and grace. However, when Lazarus becomes ill and Jesus is too late – Martha questions both her faith and the Lord. How could she know that one of the Lord’s greatest miracles was only moments away? Through the life of Martha, Taylor shows readers a new perspective and appreciation for this special woman of the New Testament. 
  

Diana Wallis Taylor enjoys speaking to women’s groups and teaching writing and poetry workshops.  She is the author of Journey to the Well, has published many articles, and contributed stories to several books. Taylor lives in California. Find out more at www.dianawallistaylor.com.

Available June 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

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