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Product Details

  • Paperback: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Authentic Media (September 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780780508
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780780504
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.5 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #243,802 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

When I read stories in the Bible, I wonder about how or why the people said or did certain things. How did Noah gather the animals into the ark? Why would Rebekah and Isaac favor one son over the other? Why did Balak not run screaming in terror when the donkey spoke to him? What did Peter think when he was walking on the water? Who could afford perfume that cost a year's worth of wages? Perhaps because of their "moment in time" nature, the people in these Bible stories are often viewed as iconic figures on a stained glass window. David was a courageous young boy. Solomon was the wisest of all. Peter was brash and impulsive. Judas was a traitor. Martha fretted over a meal while Mary sat peacefully at Jesus' feet. But these people were more than a boy with five stones, a man with a floating zoo, a parent who played favorites, a disciple who acted before thinking, or a woman with an expensive bottle of cologne.They had flaws and strengths, likes and dislikes, favorite foods, hopes and fears, pride and insecurities. Just like us. One reason I like writing biblical novels is that, for me, when I view these people as simple humans, when I learn more about their time period and their culture, the Bible stories come alive and I glimpse possible answers to some of my questions.

About the Author

PAULA K. PARKER is a nationally recognized American playwright, author, and freelance writer. She is highly respected in the Christian entertainment industry and is frequently called upon to write about it. In 2010, her first novel was released, YHWH: The Flood, The Fish and The Giant, and the sequel, YESHUA: The King, The Demon and The Traitor, co-written with G.P. Taylor.

More About the Author

Paula K. Parker is a nationally recognized playwright, author, and freelance writer.

She is highly respected in the Christian entertainment industry and is frequently called upon to write about it. She has contributed more than 1000 articles, personality profiles, and CD, book, movie and theatrical reviews to such national publications as Christian Single, Christian Health, Family Fun (Disney), Living with Teenagers, the National Drama Service, ParentLife, Clarity, Release Ink, PB&J, Profile, Bible Express, and HomeLife magazines. She has been a co-contributing writer for Crosswalk.com and the Entertainment page at LifeWay.com. She is the National Christian Entertainment Examiner for Examiner.com and serves as Senior Editor at the online entertainment magazine, BuddyHollywood.com.

An accomplished playwright, Paula has written numerous professionally produced full-length plays, short sketches, and One-Acts. She is best known for her sparkling stage adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride & Prejudice, Jane Austen's Sense & Sensibility and Jane Austen's Emma.

Paula provided commentary for the New York Times Best-Selling Bible-zine, Becoming, and was a contributing author to The Young Believer's Case Files with Stephen Arterburn (Tyndale).

She co-authored two novels, YHWH: The Flood, the Fish & the Giant, and YESHUA: The King, The Demon & The Traitor with New York Times Best-Selling author, GP Taylor. She co-wrote Shameless Self-Promotion and Networking with Mike Parker and Torry Martin. Her devotional book, Illuminations showcases the work of artist Tracy H. Sugg.

Her latest biblical novel SISTERS OF LAZARUS; Beauty Unveiled, reached Amazon's Top Ten Best-seller's list for biblical fiction.

When she is not writing, Paula whiles away the hours with her writer/actor husband Mike, visiting with their five grown children, loving on their grandchildren, playing in their gardens, restoring their vintage home, cooking, baking (especially anything chocolatey) and playing the harp.



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I highly recommend it...very enjoyable read!
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A great perspective of how they lived and felt during those times.
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Was sad for this book to end!!Wanted to keep reading.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tracey Sandilands on September 23, 2013
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I was curious to read this book from a secular viewpoint, mainly because I love historical fiction and am familiar with the story of Lazarus from my childhood even though I'm not religious now. I have to say I loved every minute of it. The transitions from fact to fiction and literary licence are seamless. The characters are full and rich and by the end of the book I understood Mary and empathized with Martha. Also, the story ends at precisely the right point, to avoid diverting away from the sisters into the more exciting things that were happening at the time. The historical detail relating to the Jewish traditions and the mindset of the times were insightful, and the story is told with much love. This isn't a book only for the Christian reader - it's a remarkable story, told well and a thoroughly good read.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By connywithay on September 22, 2013
Format: Paperback
Title: Sisters of Lazarus - Beauty Unveiled
Author: Paula K. Parker
Publisher: Authentic Media Limited
ISBN: 978-1-78078-050-4

"You're right, Mary; there isn't much difference between my veil and your mirror," Martha tells her sister in Paula K. Parker's novel, "Sisters of Lazarus - Beauty Unveiled."

At two hundred and thirty-two pages, this paperback book is targeted toward mainly women who appreciate light romance blended with the Biblical story of a family during Jesus's time. With no profanity, sex, or violence, teenagers to adults will enjoy the adapted historical story. This reader wishes all pronouns of God were capitalized for reverence.

With both parents deceased, Lazarus is responsible for his older sister Martha and younger sister Mary as they live in Israel during the Roman era. The brother has his hands full with both siblings. Martha, scarred both emotionally and physically, pours her devotion and love into housework and cooking, convinced she will never be married. While Mary, beautiful yet vain, spoiled, and prideful, would rather barter at the village for a spice and attend to her well-appreciated looks.

Although Lazarus has promised he would never marry either sister unless the selection is approved, the controlling Uncle Joktan wants them married for family wealth or the continuing lineage. While both women seem opposite, they are insecure when it comes to love, romance, and relationships.

When their brother invites his old friend, Judas, for Passover dinner, the dynamics of the three family members change as they get to know Jesus and His disciples.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lori S. on September 10, 2013
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This is a RICH book. From the beginning, Paula's descriptions and flow draw you into a world you might not be too familiar with - a traditional Biblical Jewish home. I've read many books and studied much of the Jewish history, and Paula's words immediately open the doors of the family home and draw me in. I could see, taste, hear, and feel the environment of this book.

Her characters, also, are rich and full. Empathy, sympathy, fondness, repulsion, irritation, joyfulness - all are emotions I felt toward the characters while reading yesterday.

Yes, that's right. :) I read it all in about three and a half hours. I couldn't put it down. The story of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus is one I'm very familiar with. Paula's words brought them to life, and I couldn't wait to see where they went next. And you will find yourself identifying with these characters, probably all of them - their flaws, their dysfunction, and the love and acceptance they receive from Jesus.

Please, read this book. Get a copy for your girlfriends and your daughters. Don't skip the author's note at the end. Discuss it. Share it. READ IT. :D And allow its underlying message of love to sink in, deeply.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Pogadaeus on March 11, 2014
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I purchased this wonderful book from the author at a writer's event recently, and since I picked up several other books with it and set them amongst my other stacks of books I'd bought but hadn't yet read, it took me a while to get around to reading it... but when I did finally pick it up, I could hardly put it down. I found myself reading it in between stirring and pouring and getting kids ready and waiting in the line to pick up after school - Always during coffee in the morning, and then again late into the night. I'm normally not a huge fan of biblical fiction, but this book has made a believer out of me! Sisters of Lazarus was not just a delightful read, it drew me headlong into the 1st century world of Lazarus and his two sisters from the first page to the last.

Paula Parker unfurled a vibrant, breathing, dusty world of Jewish life and culture normally expounded upon monotonously by many-degreed scholars, but she did it in such a way that I not only learned a few fascinating historical nuggets, I also truly began to feel the character's hopes and fears in a visceral way. There I was, wanting to help in the kitchen, or tagging along with the sisters to the marketplace, or gasping with indignation at an injustice. I could almost taste and smell and feel what it might have been like to live in that time period, in that culture.

Parker really did her research and it paid off big time. The detail with which she describes the native clothing styles, the daily routines, and the social and religious customs of the Jews of that time period gave me a deeper insight into many significant events of Scripture as well as the character and possible motives of each person involved in the story.
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