Saturday, June 23, 2012

Mary Magdalene

Imagine the feeling of spending your life tormented by demons because of your terrible memories from a kidnapping at an early age, the death of your mother and father, the inability to have children, and the death of your husband. These are all things that Mary Magdalene experienced in her life as told in the new book by Diana Wallis Taylor. Even though Mary experienced all of these hardships, she still placed her trust in Christ and spent her time following Jesus and his disciples. The book follows Mary from the young age of 11 until her adulthood and her experiences following the resurrection of Jesus.

Mary is a great example for people who are living through hardships. Although anyone who experienced what she went through in her life may have become bitter, Mary never lost her faith. This shows a great example for young women as to how they should live their lives, even in the face of difficulty. Mary’s husband Nathan was also a great example. He never gave up on Mary and did not stop loving her although she almost became a stranger to him. He had ample opportunities to leave her and find a new wife, but he was dedicated to their marriage and commitment. Family was also integral in this book, as both of Mary’s parents were strong in their faith and passed on their beliefs to Mary. They never gave up hope that someday she would be cured from her headaches, nightmares, and demons.  

This was a great book which allowed me to learn more about Mary Magdalene, since I really only remembered stories of her in her older age and I did not realize what she went through before she decided to follow Jesus. The book was also written in a way that made it easily understandable and a fun read. I wanted to learn what would happen next with Mary, and I was interested to see Jesus’ resurrection through her point of view, as told by the author. I cannot wait to share this book with others so they can have the opportunity to learn more about Mary Magdalene.

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

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of  Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.” 

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