Mary Magdalene by Diana Wallis Taylor

Renee Ann Smith —  June 27, 2012 — 6 Comments

One woman desperate for hope. One Savior with the power to heal.

Book blurb from 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.

My take on the story: I love Diana Wallis Taylor’s sweet, simple way of telling a story. In this book, she presents Mary Magdalene as a normal, happy young girl who is forever changed by a traumatic event. Though Mary survives the incident, she begins to let fear rule her mind. In spite of the efforts of her family, she cannot live a normal life. Her mental deterioration continues until she becomes a woman possessed. Though I knew from the Bible account that Jesus would free Mary, I hurt with her as she fought those battles in her mind and eagerly turned pages to get to that miraculous encounter.

Diana Wallis Taylor made Mary and her world real for me. As I read about Mary’s struggle through so many wasted years, I couldn’t help but contemplate the debilitating affect fear can have on any of us—if we let it. And I was moved to thank God for the peace and freedom that come from His healing touch on our lives. This is a story you won’t want to miss. You can pick up your copy of Mary Magdalene at this link. ***Thanks to Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, for providing my review copy.

About the author: Recently named “Writer of the Year” by the San Diego Christian Writer’s Guild, Diana Wallis Taylor has been writing since the age of 12 when she sold her first poem to a church newspaper. She won first place in the San Diego Book Awards for her short story, “Phipps and the Jay”; First place in Christian Romance for her book Smoke Before the Wind. First place in Christian Fiction for her manuscript, “House of the Forest”; Second place last year for Martha in the Reader’s Favorite Book Review and Award Contest.

Diana lives with her husband Frank in San Diego, California. Between them they have six grown children and ten grandchildren. She enjoys speaking and sharing her heart with women of all ages. In addition to her speaking and writing, she serves on the Board of the San Diego Christian Writer’s Guild, the Board of her church, sings on the worship team, and enjoys taking part in Professional Women’s Fellowship. You can find Diana at this link.

This week I’m linking up with Your Thriving Family and Beholding Glory.

Renee Ann Smith

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

6 responses to Mary Magdalene by Diana Wallis Taylor

  1. I love love love your blog! SO AWESOME AND NOW HAVE THREE FROM YOUR BLOG ON MY TBR LIST! Keep up the good work!

  2. misskallie2000 June 28, 2012 at 10:19 pm

    Love stories bases on stories from the Bible. Have added to my wish list.

  3. “Though Mary survives the incident, she begins to let fear rule her mind” — have i ever been there, done that!

    i hadn’t actually heard of this book, so thx for sharing your thoughts on it,

    p.s. hopping over here as your new neighbor at 🙂

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