Friday, July 1, 2011

Martha by Diana Wallis Taylor - REVIEWED

About the Book: (from the publisher)

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.

Follow Martha as she navigates the complicated worlds of family, faith, and love . . . and you'll never read her story the same way again.

My Thoughts:

Dana Wallis Taylor takes Biblical characters and makes them so real, so present in the reader’s heart, that the stories in which they played a part in scripture take on new and deeper meaning.

I first encountered Taylor’s writing in Journey to the Well, and my heart was deeply touched by the story. Martha is the second book from Taylor’s pen, and I am moved in a deep way yet again. Taylor has an unusual ability to place the reader in the moment in history right along with the character she chooses to develop. With Martha, the reader gains a background from her youth and follows her into adulthood in a way that is realistic and true to history and Biblical record. By the time you have Jesus introduced into the story and the miracles he performed in Martha’s life – WOW!!

The reader will know Christ’s love in a real and personal way as never before! I applaud Taylor for the careful investigation into history that make her stories so real and timeless! She is not seeking to add to or take away anything from Scriptural events, only to make the richer and more personal. Her books are amazing! I highly recommend them!!

My deepest thanks to Donna Housler with Revell publishing for my review copy of this fine book!

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

1 comment:

daniel pattinson said...

I have been looking for this kind of book.really find interesting and insightful.Everything else you describe, makes it seem like a book I'd love.I loved this book for the beauty of the writing.
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