Mary Magdalene: A Novel

Mary Magdalene: A Novel

by Diana Wallis Taylor

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Long maligned as a prostitute or a woman of questionable reputation, Mary Magdalene's murky story seems lost to the sands of time. Now a portrait of this enigmatic woman comes to life in the hands of an imaginative master storyteller. Diana Wallis Taylor's Mary is a woman devastated by circumstances beyond her control and plagued with terrifying dreams--until she has a life-changing confrontation with the Savior.

Lovers of historical and biblical fiction will find this creative telling of Mary's story utterly original and respectful as it opens their eyes to the redeeming work of Christ in the lives of those who follow him.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441231932
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 06/01/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 138,551
File size: 1 MB

About 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
Diana Wallis Taylor is the author of the novels Journey to the Well, Martha, and Mary Magdalene and lives in California. Find out more at

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Mary Magdalene: A Novel 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 32 reviews.
THESELF-TAUGHTCOOK More than 1 year ago
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.
chc94 More than 1 year ago
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.
MollyzReviewz More than 1 year ago
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!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
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.
BibleLove More than 1 year ago
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
MyBookAddictionandMore More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read of a woman we see & heard very little about in scripture. I enjoyed her family lifestyle opening up to readers. I would definitely recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written! Made me smile, cry, and celebrate my faith.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book, but would have given 5 stars if there had been more...hmmmm...passion? Depth of feeling? Just seemed to me that this didn't get that far below the surface. Review by CherishD
Anonymous 7 months ago
I've been told by many prophet's that I reminded them of Mary, but didn't know why until now. I have bipolar disorder as well as split personality disorder, paranoid schizophrenia and PTSD. I used to think of myself as a mad women who loved the Lord with all my heart. I wonder why I have si much passion towards people who I don't. But know I know it is because Christ lives in me. And that's why I am so eager to tell people about him and love and Grace.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed it. Looking for more substance and explanations of the story at the end of the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a good read. It held my interest and gave me pause to ponder my walk with Jesus.
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What an awesome read. I am a Roman Catholic, having had gone through RCIA, as a young adult. I loved this book, it answered so many questions & clarified so much of the Easter season for me, even 30 years later. I can't wait to read more by this author.
lalabug22 More than 1 year ago
I can't put this book down. I am so glad that I made this purchase.
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I enjoyed this story!
Pappy1943 More than 1 year ago
You could tell the author did her homework
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Diana Wallis Taylor makes you feel that you are there and witnessing the sorrows and joys of Mary Magdalene.
taperunner More than 1 year ago
This was a great book couldn't put it down./
SailorJan More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book. Good to see a Bible story written in every day type events. Made Mary a very understandable person. Recommend.
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GigisNook More than 1 year ago
Very good book to read...