Mary, Chosen of God

Mary, Chosen of God

by Diana Wallis Taylor

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Mary is ordinary girl from Nazareth. She helps her mother with household chores, she daydreams about a handsome carpenter’s son named Joseph, and at night she lies on the roof and contemplates at the stars. But one evening, a heavenly visitor comes with unexpected news—and her life is changed forever.
Experience the life of the Messiah from the perspective of His mother, who must place her trust and obedience in Adonai, the Most High, as He fulfills centuries of anticipation in the middle of her daily life. Walk with Mary as she witnesses Yeshua grow, mature, minister, and even be crucified—and then raised again, to the kindling of her new faith.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629117492
Publisher: Whitaker House
Publication date: 08/04/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 341,693
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Diana Wallis Taylor was first published at age twelve, when she sold a poem to a church newsletter. Today, she has an extensive portfolio of published works, including twelve books; an Easter cantata, Glorious, written with a musical collaborator; and contributions to various magazines and compilations.
Her works of biblical fiction include: Lydia Woman of Philippi; Mary, Chosen of God; Journey to the Well, the story of the woman of Samaria; Martha; Mary Magdalene; Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate; and Ruth, Mother of Kings. Diana also wrote a book on Halloween, Harmless Fun or Risky Business.
Diana lives in San Diego with her husband, Frank. They have six grown children and ten grandchildren. Readers can learn more by visiting her website,

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Mary, Chosen of God 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
How can you breathe fresh life into a story you know so well? Well, Diana has managed to do just that. Even though I knew what would happen in this story I couldn’t wait to read and see how Diana would spin it and bring it to life. I really enjoyed her take. So many times we think, oh, how sweet, Mary was pregnant with the Son of God. We forget about the shame and judgement that followed her because of what people didn’t know. She had this wonderful news yet who would believe her? And then how would she feel when this child went to the cross? Definitely gives you a great perspective in this book and brings familiar story, new life. Biblical fiction readers will love this, or anyone who loves the story of Jesus!! A copy of this book was given to me through The Book Club Network, Inc. in exchange for an honest review.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite I was delighted as I read Mary, Chosen of God to find it stayed true to the Bible and made the family come to life. Mary, Joseph, Jesus and his brothers and sisters were a loving family. Only Mary and Joseph knew that Jesus was conceived and born to a virgin and chosen to become the Messiah. Mary gave birth in a stable and loved and took care of Jesus through his boyhood, loving him as only a mother can love a son. His sisters and brothers respected and loved him dearly, and he loved them and treated them with kindness. As his mission begins, Joseph has died and Jesus has been elevated to the head of the family. His brothers and sisters cannot understand how he can just leave home one day; collect a group of disciples; and perform the miracles they hear about. Mary has been waiting for this day to come, though she too was never sure exactly what to expect. There is anger, sadness and disarray amongst the family and it hurts Mary to see this, but the Lord has made it clear that she can say nothing to explain Jesus until the time is right. As I read Mary, Chosen of God, I felt the pain and heartache Mary had to live with, never knowing what the true path was that Jesus would be called to live, and the fact that she could reveal nothing about it. Mary’s love for Jesus showed in every page of the book and author Diana Wallis Taylor did an extraordinary job of telling the story from birth to death. I had doubts when I decided to read this book that there would be altering misrepresentation of the Bible, but instead it brought each family member to life and made them seem so much more real. This is a book that must be read by young and old, Christian and non-Christian for a truly inspiring event brought to life.
2boyzmommy More than 1 year ago
I have a new author to add to my "favorites" list. Her name is Diana Wallis Taylor. I had the pleasure of reading her novel Mary, Chosen of God and enjoyed it very much. I love reading Biblical fiction, especially when it is as well-written as this book was. The characters are very believable and I felt like I had a clear window into the life of Jesus and his family. It definitely helps me understand my Bible better. This book was very well-researched and I highly recommend it. I will definitely be reading more books by Diana Wallis Taylor. I received a copy of this book from the publisher and The Book Club Network, Inc. All opinions are my own.
SeasonsofGrace More than 1 year ago
This book, although actually a bit different than I expected, was quite interesting. Diana does a really good job of bringing the time period and characters to life. It was engaging to read about Mary as she heard from the angel, became wed to Joseph, and later on had little Yeshua. As he grows, and his brothers and sisters come along, Mary's life story continues. Her relationship with God was a blessing to me. I enjoyed imagining her feelings and how awed she was to be raising the Messiah and be his mother, as well as, the things that she witnessed happening later in his life. As you read you can feel her love, her struggles, and he emotions she must have felt. Although, at times the story may have played out a bit different than what I personally would have imagined, I enjoyed the author's take. It was interesting to read the Jewish names and at time words were included that made the story more personal. I also, originally thought this to be a type of Christmas novel and was suprised to find that after just a few short chapters, that part of the book was over. The book actually spans the lifetime of Jesus. I also enjoyed the author's take on Jesus as a boy and how he was taken with insects, bugs, birds, and had a calming effect on those around him. There was definitely much thought put into the story. I would recommend this book. I received a free copy through the Book Club Network and Whitaker House to review. All opinions are my own and I was not required to review it positively.
LanguageTCH More than 1 year ago
Mary Chosen of God by Diana Wallis Taylor is a heart-warming story about Mary’s deep faith in and relationship with God. From her journey at the time of the angel’s appearance, announcing God’s plan for her life, to the time of the Lord’s ascension, the reader experiences what might have been her life and path through the years. The author relates Mary’s belief that Jesus, God’s Son—and hers, has a special purpose to fulfill, but she does not fully realize the plan until it unfolds before her eyes. The story relates the absolute trust in God and Mary’s reliance upon Him, even in the worst trial. The author succeeds in creating a likely family for the Messiah and the probable siblings’ reactions to Jesus and His ministry. Through the story we learn a lot about the culture and the rituals of the Jewish people. Overall, it was an enjoyable fictional account of Mary’s life and experiences. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
Robbi44 More than 1 year ago
This story, although fictionalized, I believe captures the heart of the biblical Mary, the young Jewish girl chosen by God to be the mother of Jesus. The book is emotionally powerful and deep, yet is written with beautiful simplicity. Although the author has expanded the various events of Mary’s life and her relationship with Jesus as her son, the story still maintains the truth of the Scriptures. It reveals Mary’s nature and develops her character as a very realistic person. I couldn’t help but identify with her and wonder what my response would have been to an angel’s announcement. Would I have the grace and trust in God to believe and then accept the cruelty of people. How would I handle the life and the death of my innocent son – who is also my Savior, Almighty God in the flesh. I recommend this book, especially at Christmastime as we think of the Christ Child and the miracle of a human being becoming the mother of the God Child.
carol223CS More than 1 year ago
Diana Walls Taylor's Mary, Cosen of God Enthralling!! Inspirational!! Captivating writing!! Vivid description is deftly woven into this historical Biblical fiction. The reader becomes part of the story. The reader will discover the foods eaten in their time period, the modes of transportation, the housing set up, the way clothing was made plus the Jewish traditions and Festivals. All the characters were well defined, vivid, colorful and added to a greater understanding of Mary from a human view point. You will feel her vulnerability, her patience, her faith, her understanding, joys and sorrows. The reader is present when Mary accepts God's invitation to be the Mother of the Messiah and accompanies her in the journey of Yeshua from birth to death to His resurrection and ascension back to His Heavenly Father. I voluntarily read & reviewed a copy of this book. Thank you to book and the publisher for this Book. My opinion is my own.
annelr More than 1 year ago
Mary: Chosen of God by Diana Wallis Taylor is a remarkable novel. Biblical fiction is one of my favorite genres to read and this book did not disappoint. The story of the young Hebrew maiden, Mary, may be a familiar story to many but her every day life and her thoughts and emotions throughout her journey as the mother of Jesus leave a bit to the imagination and Taylor fills in this story magnificently. The rawness of emotions as we see Mary's wonder at being chosen as the Messiah's mother, the love she shows as Yeshua grows and the grief as she watches her son die are eloquently portrayed. Throughout the story Mary is depicted as a woman of prayer, one who is in intimate contact with Ha'Shem, the God Who Sees Her. In the Scriptures, it is said that Mary treasured and pondered all these things in her heart and Taylor shows that well as Mary often is seen questioning and thinking about this miracle child of hers. She knew who he was but where was he going? What is his destiny? What would come next? Would he take on Rome? When could she reveal his miracle birth to his siblings so they might understand more fully who Yeshua really was? How could she dispel their disquietude and skepticism as they try to make sense of a brother who is now a rabbi who heals the sick and raises the dead? Mary knew within her heart of hearts that Yeshua was only loaned to her for a time and she must trust the Father with what she could not see. Taylor keeps the story moving and brings interest as she describes the everyday life of the Hebrew families, their meals and activities, the architecture of their living areas and the ways of travel. Ancient history is brought to life as the Hebrew customs, holidays and feast days are described and integrated into the story. Mary: Chosen of God is a captivating and compelling book, one that those who love Biblical history will not want to miss. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Book Club network. A favorable review was not required and opinions are my own.
NKBookReviewer More than 1 year ago
Mary Chosen of God by author Diana Wallis Taylor is a compelling historical novelization of the life of Mary, mother of Jesus. I loved everything about this book. The cover was hauntingly beautiful and the storyline was well researched and written in such a way that I was immediately engaged. I was hooked from page one which is rare for most books. Author Taylor has made Mary come alive on the pages of this beautiful book. Mary's kind, sweet, obedient heart is clearly depicted by her thoughts, words, deeds, and prayers. Her prayers were some of my favorite parts of the book. The customs, festivals, and daily life of Bible times were made clear through this book. It was interesting, educational, and relaxing to read about life then. Even reading about what food was served and how it was prepared was fascinating to me. This book fills in the blanks per the author's perspective on the feelings, conversations, and activities in the life of Mary beginning when she was a young girl. It tells the love her parents had for her in choosing a husband, her shock when told she was carrying God's son before she was married, and her heartbreak at the treatment of Jesus. It is the story of a woman and will bring tears of joy and hurt as you read it. Many other characters are equally as compelling. Joseph, her husband, was portrayed as a kind, loving, handsome man. Elizabeth, her cousin, was a sage God fearing woman. It was strange though to read a fictionalization on Jesus. I am not sure how I feel about that. It was cute to read about young "Yeshua" and the bug, but I personally have trouble with fictionalizing Christ's words. However, this is a very good book and not at all demeaning or disrespectful. All of the storytelling was done with God in mind. It is clear the author meant to honor Him in her writing. I would definitely recommend this easy to read book. There is so much to glean from it. Anyone that enjoys biblical fiction will adore this book. Any Christian will love reading it. It would make a wonderful gift for a new Christian or for a church library. I rated it a 4 out of 5 stars. I was given the book by Book Fun (The Book Club Network) and here is my honest review.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic take on Mary's view of what happened to her, Joseph and Jesus. This made Mary real to me. What would you do as a 14 year old girl when you are told that you will have a child that will be God's son. I don't believe that I would handle it well at all. This takes us from before the birth of Christ to the death and resurrection of Jesus. Well done. I received this book from Celebratelit for a fair and honest opinion.
Kathae More than 1 year ago
It was a pleasure to read this retelling of the biblical account of Mary, the mother of Jesus. The author was careful to give well-researched details of how life was lived at the time, which gave the story believability and authenticity. What I especially appreciated was Mary's deep devotion to and relationship with God, as evidenced by the time she spent in prayer with Him. In her village, everyone followed the protocol regarding food preparation, observing the Sabbath, and respect for elders. Her observance and obedience was a natural response to her love for God. Her relationship with God was real, hence, she was chosen by God. I recommend this book to those who enjoy biblical fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. This review is my honest opinion.
ksnapier475 More than 1 year ago
I enjoy historical fiction. This began when I started reading fictionalized biblical stories. This book fits in with the latter category. In "Mary, Chosen of God" the author was able to do a great job of telling this story. She was able to make her descriptions come to life in a way that I felt like I could reach out and touch the items she talked about, or hear the conversations taking place. This is a beloved story that I feel was well represented with this book. The author did a wonderful job, which was a wonderful surprise. I hadn't read anything by this author before but I will keep my eyes out for her works in the future. I was given this book by and Whitaker House in exchange for my honest review.
HelenM0 More than 1 year ago
Mary Chose by God, written by Diana Wallis Taylor will pull at your heart. “ Mary is an ordinary girl from Nazareth. She helps her mother with household chores and at night she lies on the roof and contemplates the stars. But one evening, a heavenly visitor comes with unexpected news – and her life is changed forever.” This is a historical story based on the Bible accounting's of Mary, Joseph and Jesus. The story is told from Mary's point of view. It shows how she puts her trust in God, “Adonai”, to help her through the times when she is hurting. The author takes a lot of liberty with this story by including children that Mary and Joseph may have had, their names and birth order. She does use biblical accounting's to some point. But she gets Mary's story through to us very well. Can you imagine being 14 and being told you are going to have a child, God's son. You are not married and will be looked down upon by everyone, and you will bring shame to your family. This is exactly what happened to Mary and Joseph. They were honored to be chosen by God to raise His son. They also acknowledged the people and dreams God sent to them and they followed them to keep Jesus safe until they could return home. As a mother, I hurt for Mary. I cannot begin to understand what she went through. She knew Jesus would be special but she did not understand what that meant. And when her other children turn against Jesus, she is not able to tell them the truth. She must hold this to herself. According to this story, Mary also watches Jesus die on the cross for our sins. The story also gives us a look into how the people lived at that time. The author includes the different food and spices that were used in cooking. She also describes the traditions and homes of that time. This is a very good book that I would recommend to everyone. I received a copy of this book from Book Club Network in exchange for an honest review.