Saturday, June 23, 2012

Blog Tour: Mary Magdalene (Review)

Ever wonder what Mary Magdalene's life might have been like & what she experienced as a child, and as a young woman?

Diana Wallis Taylor dives into Mary's life with her newest Biblical novel - Mary Magdalene, a Novel.

Starting with Mary's life as a tween, Taylor moves explores a variety of reasons how she became known as "Mad Mary" in her village and how her faith in Jesus radically changed her life.

She also gives us a picture of why Mary was troubled by her "demons" - (spoiler alert) a childhood kidnapping and how her family helped her find healing with Jesus.

This is the second novel of this nature that Taylor has unpacked the life of a strong Biblical woman in a way that makes us re-examine their lives.

This story will definitely make you think more about Mary. It might even cause you to think about what you might do if you found yourself in a similar situation.

On the scale of one to five, this book is a solid three. If you like strong Biblical fiction, you'll enjoy this novel.

More About The Book
(From The Publisher)
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.

More About The Author

Diana Wallis Taylor is the author of Journey to the Well and Martha, and has published many articles, and has contributed stories to several books.

Taylor lives in California. Find out more at

Online Resources
An online excerpt of Mary Magdalene
Buy it at Amazon
My review of 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

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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