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"Blessed are you, Mary, chosen of God."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 crucified; and then raised again, to the kindling of her new faith.


I'm a grandmother with six grown children and 10 grandchildren. I had my first poem published when I was twelve and got hooked on writing. Then life got in the way. Now I'm enjoying writing Biblical Fiction and Christian Fiction AND being published by Revell! Mary Magdalene will be out June 2012, and my present project, a book on the wife of Pontius Pilate, June 2013.       

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Thanks, Fred, Cheri, Diana, & Whitaker Books!

Here is my review link:

This review will be posted on The Book Club Network, DeeperShopping, and Amazon with links on Bookfun.org, Pinterest, Godinterest, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn.

Thanks, Conny!

Conny, thank you so much for your kind review and for the other postings!  This is a very special book to me and I'm so glad you enjoyed it.  Diana Wallis Taylor

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!!

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A copy of this book was given to me through The Book Club Network, Inc. in exchange for an honest review. 


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.

I have placed my reviews on Amazon, DeeperShopping, GoodReads and on my blog with links to Twitter, Google+, Pinterest and Facebook.

Thank you so much for allowing me to read this wonderful book.  There were time I would get so caught up in it I wanted to cry for what Mary went through.

"Mary Chosen of God," by Diana Wallis Taylor is a fictionalization of the life of Mary, mother of Jesus. When I started reading the book I thought it might be boring, after all how many times have we heard of Mary over they years? But, I was wrong!

Taylor does a wonderful job of bringing Mary to life! She describes many of the emotions, the foods, and the rituals of daily life. It was neat to read about how Mary could have been feeling at various times. How life keeps going on, even when you are raising the most important child in all history! She shows the faith and prayer life of Mary, how close she was to God during various times of child-raising, losing her parents, and the death of her spouse.

While I know this is fiction, I loved reading about the daily life back in biblical times. It was refreshing to read about a large family and the struggle to keep up with the cooking and chores. I like knowing that even the mother of Jesus was kept overly busy, just like modern women today are. And how easy it is to put family and chores before God. It is good to be reminded to make God a priority not only every day, but every moment.

I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review. This review is posted at Goodreads, Amazon, Facebook, and DeeperShopping.

Oops, and posted at CBD.

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 bookfun.org and Whitaker House in exchange for my honest review. 


I have also posted this review on Amazon, GoodReads, Christianbook.com,, Barnes and Noble, Deeper Shopping, http://ksnapier.blogspot.com/2016/10/book-review-mary-chosen-of-god...


Title:  Mary, Chosen of God

Author:  Diana Wallis Taylor

Pages:  320

Year:  2016

Publisher:  Whitaker House

My rating is 4 stars.

Note:  I received a complimentary copy for an honest review of this book from www.bookfun.org

As most readers can discern from the title, this book is a fictional account about Mary, the mother of Jesus.  The story starts with Mary as a young girl and goes on to cover approximately fifty years of her life.  Readers will see Mary’s love of friendship with Joseph turn to the love of a man and woman.  She is soon betrothed to Joseph, but is visited by an angel of the Lord.  During this visit she learns of her cousin, Elizabeth’s pregnancy and is told to go visit her.  Mary is also told of her joyous task of bearing the long-awaited Messiah.  Mary is in wonder as to how this can happen, but obeys and thanks God for His giving her this responsibility.

When it becomes obvious that Mary I pregnant and unmarried though betrothed, Joseph wants to break off their betrothal.  A betrothal in that time was much more binding than an engagement in this day and age.  However, Joseph receives his own heavenly visitation from an angel and he also obeys God’s command to take Mary as his wife.  The town gossips I’m sure had a field day and I’m sure some shunned Mary or talked poorly about her.  She, however, remained devoted, compassionate and merciful.  She was such a godly example at such a young age in the story.

I liked the details included on Mary and her family’s many journeys, whether they were fairly short by our standards, or longer journeys.  The descriptions were vivid and helped me picture in my mind’s eye what the area might have looked like almost 2000 years ago.  I also relished the descriptions of the Jewish holidays/celebrations, way of life and culture and how Jesus lived through these events.  The gospel message was present well and consistently.  As a mother, I can imagine the hurt and agony she felt as she watched her other children turn against Jesus and then the final moments of his precious life.  I admired her devotion to God in her everyday life as well as in crises.  Something that I certainly can put into practice!

The opinions shared in this review are solely my responsibility.  Other reviews can be read at http://seekingwithallyurheart.blogspot.com/.  Also follow me on Twitter @lcjohnson1988, FaceBook at https://www.facebook.com/lisa.johnson.75457


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. Reviews were posted on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, CBD.com, Deepershopping, Good Reads, and TBCN.

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.
I have posted reviews on the following sites: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Deepershopping, Christian Book, Booksamillion, FamilyChristian, Kobobooks, LibraryThing, GoodReads and NetGalley, if available.

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 fun.org and the publisher for this Book.
My opinion is my own.
I have left my review on Amazon, Goodreads, Facebook, Kobo,
ChristianBooks, Deepshopping and Barnes & Noble.


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