Martha: A Novel

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Perhaps one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented characters of the New Testament is Martha. Often painted in the colors of reproach, Martha seems to be the poster child for how not to be a follower of Jesus. From the mind of Diana Wallis Taylor comes this touching, well-researched portrayal of Martha of Bethany, sister of Mary and Lazarus. Through Taylor's lush descriptions and inspired combination of imagined and recorded dialogue, Martha's world--her trials, triumphs, and loves--vibrantly comes to life....
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Overview

Perhaps one of the most misunderstood and misrepresented characters of the New Testament is Martha. Often painted in the colors of reproach, Martha seems to be the poster child for how not to be a follower of Jesus. From the mind of Diana Wallis Taylor comes this touching, well-researched portrayal of Martha of Bethany, sister of Mary and Lazarus. Through Taylor's lush descriptions and inspired combination of imagined and recorded dialogue, Martha's world--her trials, triumphs, and loves--vibrantly comes to life. Follow Martha as she is jilted by her betrothed, falls in love with a Roman soldier, grieves the death of her father, cares for her siblings, and serves her Lord with dignity and grace. Readers will never read the biblical story of Martha the same way again.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800734657
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Pages: 254
  • Sales rank: 792,547
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.58 (d)

Meet the Author

Diana Wallis Taylor is the author of Journey to the Well and Martha, and has published many articles, and has contributed stories to several books. Taylor lives in California. Find out more at www.dianawallistaylor.com.
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  • Posted July 3, 2011

    Martha's Story

    Being a fan of Biblical fiction, I truly enjoyed this book. It is a great story. Diana Wallis Taylor did a wonderful job of bringing Martha to life. I think Martha is always used as a "what-not-to-do" example, and I'm so thrilled with the way the author told her story. She created a reason why Martha was so worried about getting things done. It's so easy for us to excuse behavior today because we understand the "why" behind that behavior. Sadly... Martha doesn't get that same understanding. Until now.

    It's nice to think of Bible characters as what they are. Human. This book will bring to life some of the most talked about people in the Bible... Martha, Mary, and Lazarus. To get an idea of what they were thinking and feeling as they walked with Jesus, and as Lazarus was raised from the dead made me see their story in a whole new light. It is very much in keeping with scripture, yet adds enough fiction to make a wonderful book that you'll be sure to enjoy.

    *Revell Books and Baker Publishing Group have provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review. ~ Thank you!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2013

    Martha

    Didnt know how Id feel about this book but loved it! Kept me up reading many nights when I should have been sleeping. These Bible characters were really brought to life. Would definitely recommend.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

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    A Tale Of Romance, Trials, Triumphs and Love

    Diana Wallis Taylor in her new book, "Martha" published by Revell takes us back to Biblical times to give us a look into the life of a very underappreciated character.

    All right let's say it together: Martha was rebuked by the Lord while her sister, Mary, was given high honor. Martha, Mary and their brother, Lazarus, do not make many appearances in the Bible but when they do their stories are intense. Martha, by her actions, is always portrayed in a negative manner and no one wants to be a Martha in a Mary world. Diana Wallis Taylor looked at the life of Martha with different eyes and set about writing a story that gave credit to her life.

    In this book, "Martha", Martha is a real person with real desires and plans and Ms. Taylor researched what life was like in Jesus' time and came up with a full picture of what her life might have been like. Of course, this is a work of fiction but it is a sweet tale of romance, trials, triumphs, and love. And, of course, there is also Jesus appearing in the story. Want to read a good book with events from the Bible woven into it then I recommend this book highly.

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    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Revell. 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."

    "Available June 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2013

    Excellent Read -- You Won't be disappointed!

    I picked this book up on a whim, because I always felt that Martha was misunderstood. This book gives you a great view into the life of a young Jewish girl in Biblical times. Ms. Diana Taylor masterfully weaves in historical fiction with Biblical history. I can't wait to read the next book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2012

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    I really enjoyed this adaptation of the life of Martha. The auth

    I really enjoyed this adaptation of the life of Martha. The author really knew her stuff, touching on the Hebrew ways and the passages from the Bible -- all entwined into this delightful story. If you like Christian books that inspire your faith and make you "feel good", you will like Martha. Here are some other wholesome books you will probably enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2011

    Wonderful book

    She has quickly become one of my 2 favorite authors. The other being Francine Rivers. Great story. Can't wait for more books from her.

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

    A wonderful, insightful story!

    ABOUT THE BOOK: (back cover)


    She has spent her life caring for others-will she ever find someone who will cherish her?


    Martha's entire life is marked by her responsibilities to her family. In the absence of her mother, she runs the household, makes the meals, cares for her father, and attempts to keep her absentminded younger sister on task. In the midst of her duties, will she ever find time to live her own life-or find her own love?


    This touching, well-researched portrayal of Martha of Bethany, sister of Mary and Lazarus, unveils the woman within the Bible character. Through Diana Wallis Taylor's lush descriptions and inspired fusion of imagined and recorded dialogue, Martha's world-her trials, triumphs, and loves-vibrantly comes to life. Follow Martha as she navigates the complicated worlds of family, faith, and love...and you'll never read her story the same way again.



    MY THOUGHTS:

    This book took me a bit longer to get into than others similar, but once I got going I really enjoyed the book of Martha. Diana Wallis Taylor really brings the characters of Mary, Martha, Lazarus, and Jesus among others to life. As you read you feel the joy, and the heartache of Martha, you learn more about Jesus and his disciples as well as other more unknown Bible characters. I never really thought about the disciples having wife's before I read this book, and the book of Martha taught me many other aspects of the time period that I have not known or realized before.

    Martha was a very misunderstood woman, she gave her heart and her all for her family even though she deeply yearned for love. On the other hand, Mary was rather 'flighty' did not have much responsibility and seemed to have everything fall her way from the love and honor of Jesus to a love of her own! For Martha, things did not go as well and as you read her story you will learn that there was a whole lot more to Martha than is generally portrayed.

    I highly recommend this book, it was a joy to read.

    "Available June 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group."

    I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for review from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 2, 2011

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    A Most AMAZING New Look At Martha!

    Diana Wallis Taylor has that talent that is beyond belief. She has that talent that will grip the readers SOUL, not just their attention. She pulls you to the story with just one sentence and you hang on every word, and when the end of the book comes, you are left in awe, with a feeling that will stay with you to the end.

    Reading this beautiful, tender story of Mary and Lazarus' sister, Martha, I fell in love with Biblical fiction all over again. Why? Because Taylor brought Martha to life, like watching a historical Biblical film. I saw life through the eyes of Martha. Watching what she had to go through, running a household at such a young age after her mother passed away, keeping up with Mary, her wayward younger sister, and still trying to prepare herself for marriage someday, well, it just really moved me. She was such a wonderful person, and one who seems to be so overlooked in the Bible now a days. Her faith in God was what moved me the most.

    When Jesus comes to the home of Martha, we see how knowing Him and how the resurrection of both Lazarus and Jesus affect Martha. I could feel each and every emotion that Martha did. I was in tears at times, and at others, I just held on to the feeling that this spectacular Biblical fiction novel left me with.

    Martha is a book that will hook you and you won't want to put it down. If you're like me, you'll grab it and be down with it in a day. Taylor truly keeps the Biblical aspect of this story real, while mixing in a slight bit of fiction. This 5 star novel is superbly written, extremely captivating and magnificently moving. My faith in God is so much stronger now, and my knowledge of Martha in a new light is amazing. I can't wait to see more work like this from this fantastic author!

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  • Posted July 2, 2011

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    wonderfully written story!

    I loved this book, I read it in one sitting, not putting it down until I finished it. I think what really struck a cord with me for the book, was the authors careful writing of a background story. When we read the story of Martha in the Bible, there isn't anything that refers us to what her life was like before she was mentioned in the Bible. I cried, laughed and hurt along with Martha as she experienced the loss of love, the joy of life and the hurt she experienced as life dealt her hard experience after hard experience. Diana Wallis Taylor is a very capable writer, who made me feel like I was looking into Martha's actual life. I was so happy that she found love (spoiler alert, sorry). After all she had suffered she deserved love. And the scenes of Jesus at their home were just absolutely wonderful, you could really sense the presence of the Lord in ther home, in the scenes as Diana wrote them. Great book! 5 star rating! 245 pages $14.99 US CBR
    This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.
    Available June 2011 from Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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  • Posted June 29, 2011

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    Martha

    Author Diana Wallis Taylor takes a little known woman from the New Testament and tells her story in a new and refreshing way. In her latest book, Martha, Diana Wallis Taylor weaves Biblical accounts with fiction to create the life of this caring woman. Readers will love Wallis Taylor's power of description and her ability to take a character that is mentioned in less than a few sentences and give her a life, with the loves and trials any woman of the time might have faced. This is a stirring account of Martha of Bethany's life, that will leave readers with a much deeper appreciation for a woman who didn't feel like she had time to sit at the feet of Jesus. Martha has always been a very interesting character to me. Since childhood I have always heard the story of Jesus going to visit the home of Lazarus of Bethany and how Mary sat and washed his feet with her hair. Mary seemed to be the main character of that particular story, but you also have Martha who was so busy doing everything that had to be done, she didn't take the time to sit down when Jesus was there. She's usually depicted as someone who didn't have time for Jesus and in a negative way. I always thought that was a misconception. I always wondered what Martha was up to, what made her the way she was, was there more to the story. Though we probably won't ever know the actual details Diana Wallis Taylor's book Martha gives readers a wonderful idea of who Martha could have been. It is obvious that the author did a remarkable amount of research on this novel. Her descriptions of life during the time when Jesus walked the Earth are fantastic. She describes the area, the dress of the people, the attitudes that pervaded Bethany at that time. She even goes into detail on the daily life that Martha probably experienced and how being a friend of Jesus affected her family. Jesus was not always the most popular person to be friends with during this time and I thought the author conveyed that to the readers as well. Martha becomes a real person in this book, readers become attached to her and want her to find love and even sympathize with her when she is rebuked for not sitting at the feet of Jesus. Diana Wallis Taylor takes a person from the Bible who readers know practically nothing about and she brings her to life with ease and purpose. I think it was the author's intention to show her in a different light and she pulls it off in a great way. Readers who have been reading Christian fiction for awhile will find this new spin off called Biblical fiction interesting and something that changes the idea of what inspirational writing is all about. Biblical fiction basically takes people from the Bible or stories from the Bible and expands and develops them with fiction. They give the reader an idea of who these people really were, how they lived, what they faced in their everyday life. There are many different authors who are beginning to write Biblical fiction and to see the benefits of telling these stories, though they may not be an exact portrayal of Biblical events, they do have their place and I look forward to reading more of this kind of Christian writing. Diana Wallis Taylor is sure to be a front runner in this sub-genre. Martha is beautifully written, very descriptive and very poignant. I think readers will appreciate a different view of this often misunderstood woman. I recommend it to anyone who love Christian fiction and to those who wish there was more to the story...

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

    A MUST READ BIBLICAL FICTION! MARTHA BY DIANA WALLIS TAYLOR...

    RATING:4.5)MARTHA by Diana Wallis Taylor is an exciting inspirational Biblical fiction based on the touching story of Mary of Bethany and Lazarus' sister,Martha. It is well written with depth and details. This is a touching account of Martha's life and her emotional story. Martha,who spent her life caring,and helping others finds someone to cherish her. This story follows Martha through her world of family,faith,trials,triumphs and love during this complicated era where Jesus' story is woven throughout also. If you enjoy biblical fiction this is a story for you for it is filled with days of old,their trials,faith,their joys, and of course love. For Martha to find someone to cherish her is a miracle of itself.She is a devoted woman of faith and family. A must biblical fiction read. This book was received for the purpose of review from the publisher and details can be found at Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group and My Book Addiction and More.



    **Available June 2011, at your favorite bookseller from Revell,a division of Baker Publishing Group***

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  • Posted June 21, 2011

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    Beautifully Written.

    The reader is instantly transported to New Testament times and quickly immersed in period context. Vivid descriptions of places, dress, and behavior fill your mind. You have the opportunity to understand the type of life Martha would have lived and the challenges she faced. You can feel her struggles as she chooses the needs of others over her own and devotes her life to serving. Her encounters with Jesus are well presented and the scriptural content appears accurate.

    A wonderful look into the life of women in the New Testament.

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