Mary Magdalene: A Novel

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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.

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Overview

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."--BookBargainsandPreviews.com 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 www.dianawallistaylor.com.

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Library Journal
Taylor (Martha; Journey to the Well) delivers a young Magdalene full of dreams and hope until she is torn down by circumstances beyond her control. She then finds hope in Jesus of Nazareth. Wallis gives a new perspective on the most misunderstood character in the Bible.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780800720483
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 6/1/2012
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 309,534
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet 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 www.dianawallistaylor.com.
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  • Posted June 23, 2012

    AN ENLIGHTENED VIEW OF MARY MAGDALENE

    Mary of Magdala, the only daughter of a successful boatbuilder in Galilee, begins to experience horrible nightmares, suffer seizures, and hear voices after being subjected to a traumatic experience. Everyone in her village thinks she is crazy, or worse, demon-possessed. There seems to be no hope until a new teacher, a perhaps the Messiah, comes to town, and then everything about Mary's life is changed.

    Mary Magdalene is one of the most misunderstood and misaligned characters in Biblical history. She has been portrayed as a prostitute, and even worse, as either the wife or lover of Jesus. Ms. Taylor has managed to tell the true story, while in a fictionalized form. The novel was very enjoyable and there was nothing objectionable or contrary to Scripture. This was definitely worth 5 stars.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2012

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    Reviewed by Anne B. for Readers Favorite There are many myths a

    Reviewed by Anne B. for Readers Favorite

    There are many myths about Mary Magdalene. From the Scripture we know she was plagued by demons. Our Lord Jesus healed her and she followed him, was devoted to him and was one of his disciples. She was the first to see Christ after the resurrection. Nowhere in the Scripture does it say she was a prostitute. There are several Marys mentioned in the Scripture; it was a common name, hence many have tried to lump them all together into one female. Diana Wallis Taylor has wisely seen through the myth and created a novel centered on the life of Mary Magdalene. "Mary Magdalene" is a fictional story based on the real life character Mary of Magdalene. As can be expected in a fictional novel, the author has used poetic license. Our tale begins with twelve year old Mary in a harbor awaiting her father’s ship. It was unusual for a female to be educated but her father thought it was important and made arrangements for her to study the Torah. Mary began having nightmares, severe pain in her head and seizures. Her parents sought help from the High Priest but only the true Lord brought her relief. After three years of marriage Mary was still without child. In that age to be barren was to be nothing.

    There is so much more to this story than I can possibly put in a summary. This is a must read book. Taylor is a master storyteller; she brings her characters to life and they march off the page into the reader’s heart. "Mary Magdalene" is my favorite of all her books and I have enjoyed all of them. She has the ability to take a historical figure and recreate their life in a way few authors can. I particularly liked the way she began this story with Mary at twelve years of age. She brings Mary through many of the trials people faced in that day namely, illness, addiction, death, barrenness and possession. Then she met the one true healer, Jesus. Diana Wallis Taylor is a talented writer and at the top of my favorite authors list. I look forward to her next book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 22, 2012

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    Biblical Fiction To Move Your Soul!!!

    I don't often read the Biblical Fiction but when I do, I want them to be just like this one. Diana Wallis Taylor uses extreme talent to bring to life the Bible and mixes it with fictional aspects, bringing the reader a emotionally moving, mind blowing novel that will leave you speechless in the end. Not only did I want to read this because the author's work is fantastic, but I had the privilege of playing the role of Mary Magdalene in a church drama several years back. I wanted to once again having the feeling that I felt when I became a woman of the Bible. Reading Mary "Mad Mary" Magdalene's story, I felt an emotion beyond words. To be a woman unworthy of love and subject to gossip because of being "different", dealing with sickness like seizures, can't be easy on anyone in any time period. When I followed Mary on her journey, I was transformed. I cried for her when I saw what she went through from the people of her village. But, the best part was the visualization that Ms. Taylor used to create the amazing healing that Jesus gave to Mary. The redeeming love, the chance at true happiness with her husband who honored her no matter what, was beautiful. It was a part of the story that moved me to tears. I love when a novel can do that. I most definitely recommend this novel with the highest of 5 Books and two thumbs. From fictionalized accounts to Biblical accuracy, this book will have you grabbing your Bible for reference and grabbing tissues for the tears. I am anxious to see what Ms. Taylor has in store next for Biblical fiction lovers! Well done yet again, Ms. Taylor! Bring on the next!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 1, 2012

    A new perspective on a character of the New Testament

    Growing up, I had always heard that Mary Magdalene was the "town slut". This story, though fictional, gave me a new perspective on her, and how she became one of the few women who was a close friend of Christ.

    Mary Magdalene shares her thoughts on some of the Apostles - she didn't trust Judas (smart woman) - and the Last Supper; she knew something big was going to happen, but she and Mary, Jesus' mother couldn't figure out what.

    Diana Wallis Taylor is one of my new favorite Biblical fiction authors. I know it's not real, but the locations and events are based on extensive resesarch. The dialogue is imagined. The story is captivating.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    Mary magdalene

    Mary Magdelene was a prostitute dont judge her cuz theres some prostitutes out here in the world jesu loved mary for who she was and so should u i lve her like jesus does jesus loves everybody except for the devil and his kids so praise him like i do halleluagh halleluagh thank you lord

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 25, 2012

    Highly Recommneded

    I loved this book. It was well written, touching, and I felt like I was back in the bible times. I recommend this book to all who loves to read these biblical fiction novels

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2012

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    HAVE YOUR TISSUES READY! A MUST READ! MARY MAGDALENE by Diana

    HAVE YOUR TISSUES READY! A MUST READ!


    MARY MAGDALENE by Diana Wallis Taylor is another winner in the Women in the Bible novels from this author. I liked this book of Mary Magdalene and Nathan. They were great characters. It was a great love story between Mary Magdalene and Nathan. I was so happy when Jesus healed Mary. I cried along with Mary. A must read! Received for an honest review from the publisher. Details can be found at Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group,the author's website,and My Book Addiction and More.




    “Available June 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group"




    RATING: 5

    HEAT RATING:Sweet: No sex or scenes of physical intimacy except some kissing. No graphic violence or profanity.

    REVIEWED BY: DorothyA, My Book Addiction and More

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    Mary Magdalene

    Beautifuly written

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