Saturday, July 2, 2011

Blog Tour: Martha

Martha: A Novel

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.

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 Revel a division of Baker Publishing.


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