Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Mary: Chosen of God Book Review

About the Book

“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 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 prophecy 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.

About the Author

Diana Wallis Taylor
has written eight biblical novels, including Mary, Chosen of God, Martha, Journey to the Well, Mary Magdalene, Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate, and Ruth, Mother of Kings. Well-known in the Christian book industry for her biblical fiction, her most recent five books have received over 3,000 ratings on Goodreads. Taylor is a former San Diego Christian Writer’s Guild’s “Writer of the Year” and her biblical novels have earned her a variety of awards. Diana lives in San Diego with her husband, Frank. They have six grown children and ten grandchildren.

 My Thoughts

I don't typically read Biblical fiction unless the focus is on someone I find very interesting. Also, many authors struggle with very boring a dry novels when it comes to Biblical fiction, but not so with Diana Wallis Taylor. I think she did a splendid job writing this story and holding true to our Biblical knowledge about Mary. Honestly, we don't have a lot to go on when it comes to Mary, so of course Taylor had to take liberties with the story. That is why this is a fictional book. I also like how she kept Mary's humanity and didn't raise her up as being someone more than what she was. She was chosen by God to give birth to his son, but she was still just a girl and still just a human. I liked reading this because it really made me think about the setting, the culture, and what it really would be like. Imagine showing up pregnant and your betrothed being in shock. I would think Mary would be worried about this. People would talk and you can't tell me she didn't notice. She had faith and didn't doubt what she had to do, but can you imagine what people must have thought of her? 
The only parts which I didn't really love is when Jesus is a little boy/teenager. We have no clue and Taylor did a fairly good job with this. I think she could have left it out and just put possibly what Mary could have been thinking instead of how Jesus might have acted. 
Otherwise, wonderful book and well written. 

Five stars. 

"I received this book from Celebrate Lit for free in exchange for an honest review."


To celebrate her tour, Diana is giving away a gift basket that includes Mary, Ruth, Whitaker House’s study Bible, and The Lord is my Shepherd candle from Abba Anointing Oil! Click here to enter:

Blog Stops

October 4: Simple Harvest Reads (spotlight)
October 5: Proverbial Reads
October 5: I Hope You Dance
October 6: Book by Book
October 10: A Greater Yes
October 10: Back Porch Reads
October 11: The Power of Words
October 12: Book Babble
October 13: Mary Hake
October 14: Splashes of Joy
October 15: Bigreadersite
October 16: Henry Happens

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