Wednesday, December 21, 2016
"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 newsAnd#8212;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 crucifiedAnd#8212;and then raised again, to the kindling of her new faith.
A winner of the “Writer of the Year” award 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. She has completed four novels of Biblical Fiction for Revell, one novel of Biblical Fiction and a Halloween book, “Harmless Fun or Risky Business” for Whitaker House. Her fourth book, Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate, was nominated for ACFW’s Carol Award. 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 e-book, House of the Forest; Second place for Martha, First place for her manuscript for A Distant Mountain (now Shadows on the Mountain); all in 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 for 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 nine grandchildren. She enjoys speaking and sharing her heart with women of all ages.
Biblical fiction is another one of my favorite genre's. I've read most of Diana's books, I found Mary, Chosen of God on Goodreads, a friend was reading it and I thought it was a perfect read for Christmas and I was right! Diana takes you right into the heart of Mary, the words from Luke 2:19, Mary treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart, become alive and real. I've always been amazed at Mary's faith in God as she walked through her pregnancy of Jesus, raising him, watching him begin his ministry and then seeing her child die a criminal's death. In this book we not only watch Mary as Jesus grows, we see how his siblings handle having him as their brother, and the struggle with unbelief.
I loved this book and it will become a book I will read at Christmas each year. Highly recommended!
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