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Mary Magdalene: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Diana Wallis Taylor
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Long maligned as a prostitute or a woman of questionable reputation, Mary Magdalene's murky story seems lost to the sands of time. Now a portrait of this enigmatic woman comes to life in the hands of an imaginative master storyteller. Diana Wallis Taylor's Mary is a woman devastated by circumstances beyond her control and plagued with terrifying dreams--until she has a life-changing confrontation with the Savior.

Lovers of historical and biblical fiction will find this creative telling of Mary's story utterly original and respectful as it opens their eyes to the redeeming work of Christ in the lives of those who follow him.


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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.

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  • 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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41 of 44 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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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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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some interesting parts but.... August 6, 2013
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful
Words cannot describe how much I enjoyed this book.
It is truly a blessing that Bookbub offered it to me.
Published 5 hours ago by Phoebebeebee
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting read
I enjoy historical fiction. Not sure how much is fiction, most of what Jesus said in book is from bible. Read more
Published 9 hours ago by debbie overby
5.0 out of 5 stars Just great
This book was so interesting. It had more information the the Bible ever told us about Mary. loved it.
Published 1 day ago by Diane E. Ritter
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It was wonderful, I could hardly put it down. I would like to see more like it.
Published 1 day ago by Sandra L. Dove
4.0 out of 5 stars Mars
I enjoyed reading this book. It was nice seeing the event from a woman's perspective. I liked the way the story was so familiar.
Published 2 days ago by mars
5.0 out of 5 stars A different take on a Biblical story
This Mary is possibly not what you are expecting, but her story is well told and riveting. I enjoyed it immensely.
Published 2 days ago by By
4.0 out of 5 stars wonderful story of Mary
This is a very interesting story about Mary Magdalene. It has many references to the Scriptures woven nicely into the story. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Cat
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved this.
What an amazing journey of a real woman with real life problems and real life love, lost and insanity and then her cure…Jesus. The man who was said to make the blind see.. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Wanda
5.0 out of 5 stars This was an excellent book!
This was an excellent book!! Even though it is categorized as Christian Fiction I felt that it followed scripture pretty accurately. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Music Lover
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic book, you'll love it.
I loved this book. It takes you on a journey through Mary's live from a young child to adulthood. I cried in certain parts of this book. It was very touching. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Carolann C. McGrath
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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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