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Mary Magdalene: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Diana Wallis Taylor
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Book Description

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." 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

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

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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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,514 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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
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
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 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
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 great novel.
I thought it was a very entertaining novel. It kept my interest and was well written. The author portrayed Mary Magdalene in a different way.
Published 1 day ago by Grandma L
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful story
Although a work of fiction, this story of Mary of Magdala, her early life, and time with Jesus is very well told. You feel as if you are living it with her. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars ok for what it is. but could be so much more.
A for effort. D for execution. If you're making up a story about someone, then why not make up a story? Migraines, really? Not saying she could be fighting lions in the hippodrome. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Onion Eaters
4.0 out of 5 stars Good story
It was an interesting story of what sort of person Mary Magdalene might have been and her life before and after meeting Jesus. She is a woman about whom we know very little.
Published 8 days ago by Beth Nagy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed the book very much. It held my interest all through the book.
Published 9 days ago by Jeanne Beekley
5.0 out of 5 stars I bought this for my wife and she absolutely loved it! So much so
I bought this for my wife and she absolutely loved it! So much so, that she will be ordering additional ebooks by Ms. Read more
Published 13 days ago by D. McCall
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful story of the life of Mary
Mary life was changed after she was kidnapped at the age of 11 and from then on suffered from terrible headaches and seizures which grew until after her marriage as the years went... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Mary, Mentally Ill
This was an interesting interpretation of Mary's life and her devotion and following of Jesus. In this novel, Mary was not a prostitute. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Laugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic book, it made me feel closer to Jesus and helped me spiritually grow.
Published 14 days ago by carol anne poland
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm am so glad I did
Books about Biblical accounts of people who were in those times always catch my interest. I'm very careful to take note of the publishing house and author to see if I recognize... Read more
Published 17 days ago by Cindy
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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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