Sunday, July 3, 2011

Blog Tour: Martha (Review)

She has spent her life caring for others--will she ever find someone who will cherish her?

Martha's entire life is marked by her responsibilities to her family. In the absence of her mother, she runs the household, makes the meals, cares for her father, and attempts to keep her absentminded younger sister on task. In the midst of her duties, will she ever find time to live her own life--or find her own love?

This touching, well-researched portrayal of Martha of Bethany, sister of Mary and Lazarus, unveils the woman within the Bible character. Through Diana Wallis Taylor's lush descriptions and inspired fusion of imagined and recorded dialogue, Martha's world--her trials, triumphs, and loves--vibrantly comes to life.

What I Thought
Ok, stop and think, what is the first thought that comes to your mind when you think of Martha.

Ok, be honest, was it the scene in the Bible where Martha looks at Jesus and says (in a completely paraphrased way): "Lord, tell my sister to get off her can, and work - there's too much to do to sit and just list."

This book - yes, it's fiction - may change the way you read that familiar story again.

In her novel, Taylor helps build (through research) a historical background for Mary, Martha and Lazarus -the three siblings who lived in Bethany. The research helps paint a picture of why Martha (and the other siblings) were the way they were, and how this impacted their faith walk.

She also explores some of the things happening in Jesus' life during this time period - bringing to life some of the emotions followers might have felt in the days leading up to the crucifixion and the resurrection.

On the scale of one to five, with five being the highest, I give it a solid three. It's not my favorite book this summer, BUT it's well written and gave me something to think about. It definitely made me think differently about Martha - in a good way.

About The Author
Diana Wallis Taylor is a speaker for Stonecroft Ministries and is currently working toward her MA in biblical studies at Bethel Seminary.

She is the author of Journey to the Well, has published many articles, and has contributed stories to several books. Taylor lives in California. Find out more at www.dianawallistaylor.com.

Online Resources
Visit Diana Wallis Taylor's website
Read an Excerpt from Martha

About Revell, The Publisher
Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life.  They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet. For more information, visit www.RevellBooks.com.

Note: As a freelance journalist, I was provided a copy of this book by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. This review was not influenced by a free book - just in case you (or the FTC) were worried about this detail.

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