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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Book Blog Tour Stop - Mary Magdalene by Diana Wallis Taylor

I have always been fascinated with Mary Magdalene, probably one of the most mysterious women in the Bible. So I was thrilled when I was asked to host a book blog tour stop for Diana Wallis Taylor's new book, "Mary Magdalene."

About the Book:

One woman desperate for hope. One Savior with the power to heal.

A beautiful girl blossoming into womanhood, Mary has high hopes for a life filled with learning, family, and young love. In one dreadful night, all of that changes. The nightmares come first, then the waking visions of unspeakable terror, until Mary hardly remembers her dreams for the future.

Can the Most High deliver her from this torment? How long must she wait for healing?

This vivid portrait of the enigmatic Mary of Magdala comes to life in the hands of an imaginative master storyteller. Diana Wallis Taylor introduces you to a Mary who is both utterly original and respectful of the biblical account, opening your eyes to a redemption that knows no bounds.

Diana Wallis Taylor gives her readers a wonderful accounting of the life of Mary Magdalene in this ficitional story. Beginning at Mary's childhood and continuing through her adult life suffering from unexplained seizures and nightmares, and finally telling of Mary's healing by Jesus and her time spent among the apostles following Him, Taylor presents a story that is captivating and inspiring.

No one truly knows what Mary Magdalene's life was really like, but using references from Scripture as well as historical documentation on what a woman's life would have been like back then, Taylor's novel is as close a recreation as is probable. It makes for fascinating reading, and I highly recommend it to those who enjoy historical fiction as well as biographies of Biblical women.

One of my favorite paintings of Mary Magdalene

About The Author:

Recently named "Writer of the Year" by the San Diego Christian Writer's Guild, Diana Wallis Taylor has been writing since the age of 12 when she sold her first poem to a church newspaper. Her third novel, Mary Magdalene comes out in May and she recently completed her fourth novel of Biblical Fiction for Revell, Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate. She won first place in the San Diego Book Awards for her short story, "Phipps and the Jay"; First place in Christian Romance for her book Smoke Before the Wind. First place in Christian Fiction for her manuscript, "House of the Forest"; Second place last year for Martha all in the Reader's Favorite Book Review and Award Contest. Her collection of poetry, Wings of the Wind came out in 2006. Her writing contributions appear in various compilation books and magazines. Diana wrote the words and melodies to an Easter cantata called "Glorious" recently completed with her fellow collaborator, Carolyn Prentice, who did the orchestration.

Diana lives with her husband Frank in San Diego, California. Between them they have six grown children and ten grandchildren. She enjoys speaking and sharing her heart with women of all ages. In addition to her speaking and writing, she serves on the Board of the San Diego Christian Writer's Guild, the Board of her church, sings on the worship team, and enjoys taking part in Professional Women's Fellowship.

Find out more at www.dianawallistaylor.com

I received a review copy of this book from the publisher. I was not compensated for my opinion.

Available June 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

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