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Mary Magdalene: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Diana Wallis Taylor
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Book Description

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.


Praise for Diana Wallis Taylor

"Taylor has crafted an exquisite love story."--RT Book Review about Martha, 4½ stars TOP PICK

"An eye-opening expedition into the past."--Booklist about Martha

"Excellent historical detail."--Historical Novel Review about Martha

"Taylor's rich descriptions of the landscapes, lifestyles, and rituals mesh easily with [an] emotional and very personal story."--BookBargainsandPreviews.com about Journey to the Well

"Set in a vividly depicted first century, this absorbing debut novel is populated with charming characters."--Library Journal about Journey to the Well


Diana Wallis Taylor is the author of the novels Journey to the Well and Martha and lives in California. Find out more at www.dianawallistaylor.com.


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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.


Praise for Diana Wallis Taylor

"Taylor has crafted an exquisite love story."--RT Book Review about Martha, 4½ stars TOP PICK

"An eye-opening expedition into the past."--Booklist about Martha

"Excellent historical detail."--Historical Novel Review about Martha

"Taylor's rich descriptions of the landscapes, lifestyles, and rituals mesh easily with [an] emotional and very personal story."--BookBargainsandPreviews.com about Journey to the Well

"Set in a vividly depicted first century, this absorbing debut novel is populated with charming characters."--Library Journal about Journey to the Well


Diana Wallis Taylor is the author of the novels Journey to the Well and Martha and lives in California. Find out more at www.dianawallistaylor.com.

About the Author

Diana Wallis Taylor is the author of the novels Journey to the Well and Martha and lives in California. Find out more at www.dianawallistaylor.com.

Product Details

  • File Size: 987 KB
  • Print Length: 301 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0800720482
  • Publisher: Revell (June 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0073UPQMM
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,308 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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42 of 45 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not the love story you expect. June 5, 2012
Format:Paperback
It is nice to just immerse yourself in a good book. Sometimes it is just to get away. But sometimes reading one that is well written after having read a few not so well written ones is a treat.

Mary Magdalene by Diane Wallis Taylor is that book for me. It is very well written about a woman of the Bible that I can't wait to meet. I want to hear her side of a story that so many have guessed about through the ages. She has been misjudged, misunderstood, and just not known for years. Which does seem to drive everyone who studies, reads or knows the Bible crazy (No pun intended).

Mad Mary as she becomes known to her family and friends was a beautiful young lady, the apple of her father's eye. She was well known in Magdalene because of her father's ship building company. So when she is struck down by headaches, seizures and other mental illnesses the town knows and suddenly no one is interested in marrying her or even standing by her family.

I probably don't have to go into any more of Mary's story. She is probably one of the best known women of the Bible. Like I said before she has had her entire life guessed about and people believing they have the answer to who and what she was. The Catholic church declared her a prostitute, even though there was nothing written about it in the Bible. In recent years people have decided that she was married to Jesus again with no evidence to that fact (ok that is not a new idea).
This book is not meant to answer those questions. Diane will be the first to tell you she doesn't know either. However it does paint a picture of a woman that Jesus freed from her mental illness and she loved him for that and followed him to the cross. This was just a nice book to read.

I really enjoyed the gentleness of it and yet the beautifully written story of a forgiven soul.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some interesting parts but.... August 6, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I found that the beginning of the book which gave an explanation of the madness and posession of Mary Magdalene was interesting. The book was well written and the details of the settings helped me to vizualize the atmosphere. Once the demons were expelled and Mary Magdalene was healed (no spoiler here if you have read the gospels), the storyline started getting more unbelievable for me. Mary Magdalene's understanding and insight into the truths spoken by Jesus just struck me as too convenient. The story seemed to rush at the end, not going into as much detail about her life after meeting Christ as it did before. I guess that's part of what I was looking for when reading this book. Note: This book does refer to the other children of the Blessed Mother, naming 4 sons and alluding to daughters. The Catholic Church declares the perpetual virginity of Mary, the mother of Jesus. This was not central to any part of the book but I wanted to point out the doctrinal error to any Catholics who may read this book.

Overall, it was a good read, but will not be on my "read it again" list.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
I am surprised (and sad) to have to say that I didn't like Mary Magdalene as much as I had hoped--especially since I really enjoyed Diana Taylor's two previous biblical novels. There was just something about this book that didn't really click for me, making getting through this book difficult in some parts.

There were, however, things I did enjoy about this book. Such as the way Mary becomes possessed with demons. I wasn't expecting something like that at all, and while to some it might seem very far-fetched...it still was very plausible. And Taylor worked it all together so seamlessly, it was very believable!

Another aspect of Mary Magdalene that I liked was the different viewpoint we are given of the last half of Jesus' ministry here on earth--when Mary joins Jesus' following. I haven't read anything like that before, and it was neat to see first-hand what the disciples--and the women--did in the hours after Jesus' crucifixion.

So, while I didn't become enthralled with the story of Mary Magdalene, there were still some parts I enjoyed. And from all the reviews this book is getting, I know I am in the minority here, so don't take my word alone that you won't enjoy Mary Magdalene for yourself. It might just be the biblical fiction of the year you have been waiting for!

I reviewed this book for Revell. It was not required that I give a positive review, but solely to express my own thoughts and opinions of this book, which I have done.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mary Magdalene Book Review June 19, 2012
Format:Paperback
Mary Magdalene is a fascinating but mysterious character in the New Testament. The authors of the gospels do not give much information about her past other than where she was from and that she was healed of demon possession. Diana Wallis Taylor does a great job filling in the blanks in this fictional account of Mary's past. The internal torture Mary goes through with headaches, seizures, having to be locked up so she wouldn't hurt herself or anyone else, being ostracized in the community and called "Mad Mary" makes your heart hurt. Her husband, family and close family friends stay by her side through very difficult times and make the choice to stick by Mary even though it looks like there will be no end to her torment. The healing she receives from Jesus gave me a better understanding of why she was so devoted to Jesus. The book also gives you an idea of how she might have come to be one of Jesus' followers and the first one to see Jesus alive after his death and resurrection. I like how this book is written and would highly recommend it.

This book was provided by Revell for review without compensation.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Good story
I gave this book a three not for the story itself but for the fact it was not scriptural. I was very disappointed that it was not story of Mary Magdalene in the Bible. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A story of quiet beauty and inspiration.
Mary is an only child of a shipbuilder. Her father hires a tutor to teach her the Torah. She absorbs the lessons and loves learning about Hsshem (God) . Read more
Published 13 days ago by Bill Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Mary Magdalene
This was an excellent read, filled with the truths of scripture, yet told with imagination and detail. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Satisfied
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Loved it.
Published 18 days ago by Zee
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
Brings alive some of the New Testament stories I've read so many times. Author's writing was honorable of the scriptures, which was so much appreciated. A very enjoyable read.
Published 20 days ago by Sandi Buchanan
3.0 out of 5 stars New Angel and interesting
This book told the story of Mary Magdalene from a different angle, the story from the mouth of Mary and her past as a young woman with a terrible illness. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Diane Siddons
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I enjoyed this author's perspective of Mary Magdalene's fictional life.
Published 1 month ago by R. Jordan
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful story
Wonderful book.
Published 1 month ago by travelrn
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and inspiring story.
I felt like I was there with Mary, learning and listening. There are many wonderful lessons learned through the story.
Published 1 month ago by CMH
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very entertaining and moves well.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

I'm a grandmother with six grown children and 10 grandchildren. I had my first poem published when I was twelve and got hooked on writing. Then life got in the way. Now I'm enjoying writing Biblical Fiction and Christian Fiction AND being published by Revell! Mary Magdalene will be out June 2012, and my present project, a book on the wife of Pontius Pilate, June 2013.

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