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    Diana Taylor's Mary, Chosen of God

    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.
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    Beautiful story of Mary, mother of Jesus

    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.
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