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Posted November 4, 2013
Daughter of Jerusalem by Joan Wolf
I won Daughter of Jerusalem through a Goodreads first reads drawing, and I am so glad I did! It is a fictionalized account of Mary Magdalene’s life. Not much is revealed about Mary Magdalene in the Bible, but the author made some judgment calls and ran with it and turned out an AMAZING story! It was really interesting to learn about the culture in Israel during the time of Christ’s life on Earth. Also, it was neat to get to know some other biblical personalities through Mary’s eyes. But most of all, this was such a well-crafted story. Author Joan Wolf made me feel as if I were experiencing the heart-wrenching disappointments, the temptations, and the joys that Mary went through, myself. I highly recommend this book!
Posted September 11, 2013
Mary truly loves God and follows his commands as she’s shuffled from one family to another never actually being identified as a part of a family until she’s forced to chose. Can God ever forgive her for her sins? Can she ever forgive herself?
While I did not agree with all aspects of this book – like that Mary of Magdalene and Lazareth’s sister were the same person – I found the book to be quite amazing. I was completely drawn into her life and the amazing people and what it must have been like to live during the time of Jesus.
Author: Joan Wolf
Source: Worthy Publishing via Netgalley
Posted July 20, 2013
Ok, my experience with the historical novel has been with the mainstream ones about English history. All I know of Mary Magdalene is from the Bible and Jesus Christ Superstar. So for me this is a new foray. Bit dubious at first, some Christian novels are rather 'in your face' preachy. However...Daughter of Jerusalem surprised me in many ways.
First the storyline flowed smooth as silk. My preconceptions about Mary Magdalene as a prostitute in this book were unfounded. The book is fiction, and thoroughly enjoyable. As I read certain parts, especially those referring to women during their cycles as 'unclean', well the women's lib side of me wanted to go 'grrrrr' at whoever made that ridiculous rule.
As the storyline unravelled, I found myself enjoying the setting, and most of all that Mary became stronger and stronger. Establishing her own identity and refusing to be subservient to any man. She stood up for her beliefs and when she met Jesus, knew that he was the Messiah. The Jewish leaders spoke of someone who would save them and in their own mind became blinkered to the events happening around them. They had their own ideals, and refused to believe that God would walk among them in human form. Experiencing for himself the world he had created.
So, as a conclusion. Please do not judge a book by it's cover. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and have no problem recommending this to friends and family.
Posted July 19, 2013
She was the first person to see her resurrected Savior, a sinner whom Jesus cleansed of seven demons, and one of the women who followed and supported Jesus and the Twelve Apostles, but who was Mary Magdalene? What was her story? In her latest novel, Daughter of Jerusalem, New York Times bestselling author Joan Wolf puts a story to the person of Mary Magdalene. This first-person tale begins when, at a young age, Mary is sent from her family to live with her aunt and ends after Pentecost.
This is the first Joan Wolf book that I read and I am so glad I did. The novel is easy to read and utterly engrossing – I didn’t want to put it down. I cried at times while reading of Mary’s hardships and rejoiced in her triumphs. I will definitely be reading more of Joan Wolf’s writings. I’ll also be learning more about the Biblical account of Mary Magdalene. The book has me intrigued and I want to learn more about this important woman.
I love historical fiction because it weaves well-known historical characters and occurrences into the story. It’s fun to see how the author gives life to the Biblical account by putting names and relationships to people who we know little about from the Bible, such as Fulvius Petrus, an acquaintance of Mary’s that turns out to be the centurion that had the faith to ask Christ to heal his servant from a distance. However, it is important to remember that Daughter of Jerusalem is a work of fiction. The Bible gives us no reason to suppose that Mary participated in many of the events that the author places her at, nor does it give us many details about her life. It also doesn’t explain her political leanings. I found it startling that the author blends Mary Magdalene and Mary of Bethany (the sister of Lazarus and Martha) into a single person. I had always thought that these were two different people, but after reading the book I spent some time researching and discovered that there are some who believe that they may be the same person (though many scholars do not). The author provides a believable explanation of how Mary of Magdala could also be Mary of Bethany and the truth is that we really don’t know.
This is a fantastic book and a highly recommend it to any Christian. It is a wonderful story, makes some great points, and will cause you to open your Bible and learn more.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Worthy Publishing as part of their Daughter of Jerusalem blog tour. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing these things in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
Posted July 18, 2013
In this fictionalized story of one of the Bible's most compelling women, Joan Wolf beautifully recreates the history, romance, and tradition of Mary's world. Daughter of Jerusalem follows Mary's life from her first love through her loveless marriage, to the moment she heard of a miracle worker in her own town -- and ultimately to the moment she saw Him risen from the dead.
Of all the biblical novels I've read that included the character of Mary Magdalene, I believe Daughter of Jerusalem is my favorite. Joan writes in an easy flowing style that held my attention while moving the story along. The first two sections, which deal with the love of Mary's youth followed by her loveless arranged marriage, are great storytelling. And the third section, which includes many of the people and events of Jesus' ministry as seen through Mary's eyes, I found very inspiring. The story makes the miracles of Jesus come alive.
Mary Magdalene has been a fascinating character throughout history, and I like how Joan portrays her as adulterous rather than being a prostitute. Betrayed by the men in her life, Mary learned a hard lesson early on: "Never give men any more power over you than they already possessed. . . . I raised unseen walls around me and let nothing or no one come in." She strays away from the innocent faith of her youth - "I still believed in the God of Israel; I just wanted nothing to do with Him" - and her growing faith in the Messiah is a joy to watch.
The attention to historical and cultural detail is impeccable and adds much interest to the narrative. There were a couple of things I differ in belief on, but even biblical scholars don't agree, so that's okay. The story rises above that and never fails to entertain and inspire.
The way Mary became a devout follower of Christ, never wavering in her faith and using her considerable wealth to help others, offers both a challenge and example to us today. This is a story that I can easily recommend to all readers, not just to those who enjoy biblical fiction.
This book was provided by Worthy Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
Posted July 16, 2013
his is the story of Mary Magdalene, sister of Lazarus and Martha. At 3, her mother died, and her father soon remarried a woman, who didn't like Mary. At 10, her father took her to live with her mother's sister, in a well to do household, several days away. She fell in love with a man she couldn't marry, and then was forced to marry a man she could never love.
This is the kind of book I can't put down, it comes across as written by someone who was there. When Mary's husband dies, and she is forced to face the fact that she can no longer live in Sepphoris, you can feel her angst.
Can you imagine knowing Jesus personally? Of seeing your brother raised from the dead? Of being at the cross, when Jesus was crucified? Of being at the tomb and realizing that Jesus' body was no longer there?
I keep few books after I review them, but I plan on keeping this one, to read again.
I was given a copy of this book to read and review, no other compensation was given. I am not required to give a postitive review. All opinions expressed here are my own
Posted July 16, 2013
Joan Wolf takes a very intriguing woman from the Bible and writes a fictionalized account of her life in such a way that the reader is immediately drawn to Mary Magdalene, rejoicing with her as she finds love, and mourning with her over love lost.
The writing in this book is first person, which, I admit, is never my favorite. But Ms. Wolf has written this in such a way that you really don’t notice the first-person account. You really feel like you’re hearing Mary Magdalene’s story straight from her mouth, and it’s beautiful. And painful. And full of hope, redemption, and forgiveness.
I’ve learned many things about Mary’s story through this book. I knew she had been a disciple of Christ, but it never dawned on me that she was truly that involved, and that she and Jesus had a close relationship. Ms. Wolf writes with some liberty as one will never truly know what Jesus said outside of what is recorded, but I do imagine she likely got some things right. ¿
I highly, highly recommend this book. It’s easy to read, draws you right into the story, and is thoroughly enjoyable. Ms. Wolf has outdone herself!
*I was given this book for free from Worthy Publishing in exchange for an honest review. The thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own.
Posted June 17, 2013
Joan Wolf in her new book, "Daughter of Jerusalem" published by Worthy Publishing takes us back in history to the Israel at the time of Jesus and into the life of Mary Magdalene.
From the back cover: She was a widow, a businesswoman, an adulteress. In her lifetime, she knew murder, prejudice, and faith. She transformed from a Jewish girl longing for family to one of the closest friends of Jesus of Nazareth -- the Son of God.
HER NAME WAS MARY MAGDALENE.
In this fictionalized story of one of the Bible's most compelling women, New York Times best-selling author Joan Wolf beautifully recreates the history, romance, and tradition of Mary's world. Daughter of Jerusalem follows Mary's life from her first love through her loveless marriage, to the moment she heard of a miracle worker in her own town -- and ultimately to the moment she saw Him risen from the dead.
As this inspiring chronicle reminds us, Mary was the first to witness history's greatest moment. She was a woman who sought forgiveness for her sins, and a follower of God who yearned for a deeper faith. She was Jesus' beloved disciple. Read Mary Magdalene's story and find yourself in this remarkable woman's journey to discover the Kingdom of God.
The Bible, betrayal, romance, faith,and love. These are the ingredients for "Daughter of Jerusalem". Ms. Wolf took an interesting character from the Bible and has done an admirable work in adapting her to a fiction book. Ms. Wolf has made it much more romantic than the Bible portrays it but that is perfectly fine. "Daughter of Jerusalem" is told in three parts, each covering a different portion of Mary's life. Ms. Wolf does not skimp on detail as she gives life to this fascinating yet mysterious woman. While this book is based on a real-life person from the Bible it is also a work of fiction and that means that some of what is written is totally made up. Where does fact stop and fiction take over? I have no idea. Ms. Wolf has done a great job with these characters and you feel that you are there with them walking along with Jesus.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Wynn-Wynn Media for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Posted April 29, 2013
Normally I do not read a lot of biblical fiction, but reading this book made me want to swallow up all the biblical fiction I could find. It was a wonderful read that made the biblical story of Mary Magdalene come to life. While all these events did not necessarily happen to the biblical Mary, this was a great fictional tale of the story of Mary.
The story opens when Mary is just 10 years old. After having problems at her own home, she is sent to live with her Aunt Leah at the home of Lord Benjamin. Mary must soon find her place in a household of 32 people. While she doesn’t make friends with the girls very quickly, Mary quickly becomes friends with Daniel. Just when they think their lives are going to go in a happy direction, things change.
When Mary is sold into a loveless marriage, she is terribly disappointed with her life. Feeling as if God has abandoned her, she finds love with another. Eventually, after a series of unfortunate events, she returns to Capernaum. There she meets Jesus and we see her learning to trust in him and rely on his strength and forgiveness.
I loved seeing the relationship between Jesus and Mary come to life. You can see that Mary greatly admired him and when she finally found a way to forgive herself, she was willing to work hard to follow Jesus and do what she could to help his ministry.
I enjoyed this book very much but as a warning to other readers, make sure you realize that this is a fictional account of Mary. It may have some of the facts straight, but a lot of this is fiction. If you want to know the real story of Mary, the Bible is where you’ll get the most accurate facts.
I received a free ecopy of this book from Worthy Publishing through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions stated are my own.
Posted April 18, 2013
Posted April 17, 2013
DAUGHTER OF JERUSALEM by Joan Wolf is an interesting Christian Historical Fiction set in Biblical times. Biblical fiction based on the Biblical character Mary Magdalene. Filled with betrayal,romance, faith,and love. Written in first person with engaging characters and a faith based plot. Mary Magdalene is forced to leave her siblings in Bethany,(Lazarus and Martha), due to her relationship with her step mother. Inspirational story of the life of Mary Magdalene,her struggles,her faith, her strength and how she served Jesus. An interesting and intriguing plot with engaging,interesting characters. I have read other stories of Mary Magdalene and Ms. Wolf's take on her life is a wonderful written story,although,a different version to this Biblical character life,her relationship with Jesus,heartbreak, death, infidelity, and deceit. If you enjoy reading more on Biblical characters,written with faith in mind you will enjoy "Daughter of Jerusalem". Received for an honest review from the publisher.
HEAT RATING: SWEET
REVIEWED BY: AprilR, My Book Addiction Reviews
Posted April 5, 2013
DAUGHTER OF JERUSALEM tells a possible story of what Mary Magdalene's life was like from childhood until after Christs' death. The author includes familiar things from the BIBLE as well as create some things of her own. When you're reading you will recognize themes while others appear to be the authors creativity.
The story begins as Mary's father, due to problems with his current wife, sends her to live with her aunt so that he may have a little peace in his home. Mary and her father walk from Bethany to Magdala to find she is to be living in a much grander home, filled with life and family. All doesn't come easily in the beginning, but she does manage to make a friend with her cousin Daniel. Here the author tells of a love story between Mary and Daniel, which helps to tell the reader of the real subserviant position women were in at that time. You really realize this when Mary is speaking to Leah after she learns she is to be married to a rich man instead.
With this new marriage you see how women really are chattle in Mary's time and life. Once she gets to her new position, she is changed in more ways than one. She lives in her new home and city, where for the first time in her life she has some freedom. She accidentally runs into a woman at the market and they become fast friends. She learns a different language and has her eyes opened to the world around her. Mary makes choices based on her disappointment in those around her as well as herself, when she sees those in her faith for what they truly are. Mary becomes removed from her faith for a time, not truly returning until she meets Jesus and watches him die.
To me, I thought the author gave Mary Magdalene some things which other women had done, however the story works out really well. Some things I would have liked to seen more of were images such as the man carrying the cross for Jesus. The author also brings to light the fact that women remained with Jesus while the men disappeared, as well as the fact that not only the men disciples are teaching, but also Jesus' women followers too, something often overlooked today.
If you like stories from the BIBLE you will like this one. It portrays Mary as a human being, while giving the world a glimpse of what real faith can be like once you finally allow it in your life, but also reminds us that as Christians we have no reason to expect that life will be easy, that bad things will not happen to us. After all, look what happened to Jesus.