ABOUT THE BOOK (320 pages):
"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.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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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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.
Thank you so much for allowing me to read this wonderful book. I posted my reviews online where possible on Sept. 21
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.
I received this free book from Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review which is also posted on Barnes & Noble and Goodreads.
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. (posted on Amazon, Good Reads, Christian Books, Deeper Shopping, Barnes & Noble, and Books-a-Million)
Here is my review:
This is not your typical Mary and Joseph story; it’s so much more. I walked away with a new perspective and feeling like I had met this couple for the very first time. This author sews in the culture and how things would have been back then for a young Jewish couple who was betrothed. She captures the youthfulness, innocence, and love these two had for the Lord and for each other.
I liked when Mary prayed. She usually started out, “Oh, God Who Sees Me” This really struck a chord with me. I started saying this in my prayers too. It brings things into perspective. Here is one of Mary’s prayers.
“Oh, God Who Sees Me, she said silently. Grant me the courage to carry out your plan and to face my parents and Joseph. Give them grace to believe me. They must believe me. Strengthen me, and help me through these next few hours and days. I am your maiden, may your will be done.” …” please help me. I’m afraid of what lies ahead. I know your ways are beyond understanding, but I submit to your will. Show us the way. Go before us.”
The author gives Mary’s perspective about the trip to Nazareth for the census. Mary thinks of the baby’s arrival, “…Then a thought struck her and she pursed her lips to keep from making a sound that would worry Joseph. What if there was no midwife? Who would help her? Would she birth this heavenly child by herself? Would Joseph have to help her? She blushed at the thought. What did a man know about birthing a child? She shuddered slightly as she fought down the fear that threatened to engulf her.”
The author says this in author notes to readers, “…these were specific questions and speculations that I sought to answer in this book:
1. At such a young age, how did Mary get permission from her father to travel over one hundred and twenty miles to Juttah, where Elizabeth lived and how did she get there? It was five days from Nazareth to Jerusalem alone.
2. “Living in a small house, how would Mary hide from her mother the fact that her time of the month did not come? How could she explain the angel’s visitation in a way her parents could believe? Was that her reason for immediate haste to get to Elizabeth’s?
3. Who helped Mary with the birth? Angels? Joseph?
4. How would I show my readers that Mary and Joseph were a typical young Jewish family, living in a small village in the hills of Judea?
These are not the only aspects and questions the author answered in this book. I was glued to this novel that revealed the humanity of Mary, a 14-year-old girl facing unbelievable situations (like I hadn’t read before), showed Joseph, faithful, hardworking man and Jesus the son of God who they’d be caring for. All of them became very real to me. This author had the gift of bringing a whole new dynamic way beyond the Christmas story. I liked the writing style of this author. I highly recommend this novel. It would make a great book club pick.
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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.
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