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A Woman of Words (Jerusalem Road Book #3) Kindle Edition
From the Back Cover
Mary, mother of Yeshua, is nearing sixty, and though she still delights in serving alongside the disciples, she has begun to feel her age and experience fading memories. She feels compelled to record the stories of Yeshua's life while the eyewitnesses are still alive.
The disciple Matthew is overjoyed to join Peter, James, and John in Jerusalem. He dreams of preaching but is disheartened when he learns the other disciples prize his skills as a bookkeeper more than his teaching ability. He is further dismayed when Yeshua's mother asks him to help her compose a manuscript. He agrees, yet their differing visions cause friction between them from the start.
As word of their work spreads throughout Jerusalem, they face pressure from both friends and foes, and when the Roman emperor turns an angry eye toward the Holy City, Mary, Matthew, and the believers must endure an unimaginable test of faith. --This text refers to the library edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B08MXZX8RD
- Publisher : Bethany House Publishers (May 4, 2021)
- Publication date : May 4, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 10565 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 366 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0764239260
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #191,443 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Perhaps more than anything, I applaud Angela Hunt for tackling a non-Christmas book with Mary of Nazareth's POV in it. No, Mary should not be put on a pedestal, as she made clear during the book. Yes, she was fully human (which, as far as Angela's portrayal, is extremely relatable). But most non-Catholic Christians don't get to know that much about Mary. Here, she's everything we think of as the "ideal" Mary--compassionate, hospitable, and unfailingly faithful to Yeshua. But she's also a mother, in every sense. She can be irritable, stubborn, and frail. In other words, she's a fully realized person. Brava!
Not that Angela skimped on Matthew, the other POV character. As a writer and scholar, I related to him deeply, making A Woman of Words perhaps the first time I've related so well to a male protagonist. As with Mary, I enjoyed seeing Matthew as a person. I especially enjoyed his story and how Yeshua changed him, as well as how long it took for Matthew to embrace healing and his new God-given identity. So many times, Christian books read as if once a character realizes they need healing, or receive a new identity, the original hurt goes away. Here, Matthew deals with the hurt and learns to let it be part of his story without being the definition of it. That way, he can move forward.
The relationship between Matthew and Mary, as well as those two and secondary characters, was a big selling point. Outside of Matthew and Mary, some of the characters read a little "flat," but that's often because they already have their own books. I did enjoy the relationships I did get to see, especially between Mary and Miriam, and Matthew and Achiakos. That last one was a nice touch, considering the complex relations between Jews and Gentiles during the time period.
As always with Angela Hunt's books, the spiritual threads have a depth I don't always see in Biblical fiction (because they're kind of built in, so how deep they go depends on the author). Yeshua's presence is, again, tangible on every page. I loved seeing Him in person in Matthew's vision/conversation, but He saturates the story off-page, as well. I particularly enjoyed how this happened while Matthew was writing what would become his Gospel. That is, I sympathized with Matthew when he worked so hard only to have Mary criticize his interpretation and writing. But, she was right. The Bible's story, the Gospels' story, is about Yeshua, not the humans around Him or the humans we are. And while I thirst for more details sometimes, after reading this book, I can honestly say I wouldn't have it any other way. I already know my own story. I would want to hear it in terms of how Yeshua touched and changed it.
Some plot threads didn't seem quite as needed as they appeared to be at first. Some didn't seem to get the page time they needed to become fully realized. The two I'm thinking of are Matthew's relationship with Dina, and the trouble over Caligula's statue. The latter, I'm more able to forgive because it is historical fact. But the way it's written inside the Gospel-writing project, it didn't quite mesh with the rest of the story for me. As for the thread with Matthew and Dina, I don't think it's far-fetched or disrespectful at all. But considering how well-developed Matthew was as a single guy, plus how little we knew of Dina in comparison...again, it didn't mesh as well as it could have.
Those things said however, Woman of Words is still an amazing book, particularly toward the ending (there are a few things I'd love to spoil but I will restrain myself). I'm so glad I saved it to "savor," and so glad Angela is writing at least one more Jerusalem Road book. I don't want this journey to end! A confident 4.75, and a hearty recommendation.
The only reason I did not rate this book 5 stars is it had a bit of a slow start for me, but honestly, I will be going back for a second read on this one. I feel like I may not have been fully invested when I began the book. Should I discover it was my lack of attention, I will return and edit this review.
Thank you Ms. Hunt. You certainly inspire me in a genre I had not discovered until October 2020 and now I am devouring you, and many other authors like you, who inspire and compel me to finish my novel.
Hunt's wonderful afternotes again explained what was fact vs. what was fictionalized and her sources for research. Although we don't know what happened to Mary after the crucifixion other than that Jesus told John to take care of her, it is very plausible that Mary could have worked with Matthew to write the first book of the New Testament. I look forward to reading future books in this series.
**I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
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