Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Claudia by Diana Wallis Taylor - REVIEWED

About the Book:  (from Revell Publishing)
In a time of turmoil, one woman will search for love and peace--and find it where she never expected.
Tugged this way and that by fate's indifferent hand, Claudia's life is adrift--until she meets Lucius Pontius Pilate and becomes his wife. When they move to the troublesome territory of Judea, she does what she has always done: makes the best of it. But unrest is brewing and Claudia will soon find herself and her beloved husband embroiled in controversy and rebellion. Might she find hope in the mysterious Jewish Rabbi everyone seems to be talking about?

Let this epic story whisk you through marbled palaces, dusty marketplaces, and idyllic Italian villas as you follow the unlikely path of a woman who warrants only a passing mention in one of the Gospel accounts, but whose story, as told by Diana Wallis Taylor, is one worthy of legend.

My Thoughts:
WOW!! Just – WOW!!  To look at the crucifixion  and ultimately faith through the eyes of Pontius Pilate’s wife will give you an entirely new way to consider God’s sovereignty, His mercy, His grace and His unending faithfulness!  Diana Wallis Taylor has been gifted with a very special insight that allows her to consider Bible history and event from a fresh and powerful perspective!  I was brought to a place of grace anew in my own faith walk, and I was encouraged and deeply satisfied by the end of the novel!

I don’t dare reveal any of the plot twists in this fabulous book, so I won’t share intimate details.  What I do want you to know is that you are given the chance to know Claudia from an early age.  You are able to get to know the culture that dictates her marriage to Pilate and the resulting storm that was brought into their life by Jesus’ death on the cross.  I appreciate the variety of ways that the author has her characters respond to Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.  She does this very realistically and doesn’t leave every detail neat and tidy by the end of the story.

The fact remains that to declare yourself a follower of Jesus came with a very high price, and that danger takes a very real form in Claudia’s life as you reach the end of the novel.  I am so grateful for Diana Wallis Taylor’s ministry.  For in fact, that is what her novels represent to me – a powerful ministry that is deeply saturated by the touch of the Father’s hand.  Thank you for another fabulous opportunity to spend time considering the Christian’s faith from a very intriguing perspective!!

About the Author:
Diana Wallis Taylor is the author of the novelsJourney to the WellMartha, and Mary Magdalene and lives in California. Find out more at www.dianawallistaylor.com.

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