Revell Blog Tour&Review: Martha by Diana Wallis Taylor

Posted 2 July, 2011 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

About the Book:
She has spent her life caring for others–will she ever find someone who will cherish her?

Martha’s entire life is marked by her responsibilities to her family. In the absence of her mother, she runs the household, makes the meals, cares for her father, and attempts to keep her absentminded younger sister on task. In the midst of her duties, will she ever find time to live her own life–or find her own love?

This touching, well-researched portrayal of Martha of Bethany, sister of Mary and Lazarus, unveils the woman within the Bible character. Through Diana Wallis Taylor’s lush descriptions and inspired fusion of imagined and recorded dialogue, Martha’s world–her trials, triumphs, and loves–vibrantly comes to life.

Follow Martha as she navigates the complicated worlds of family, faith, and love . . . and you’ll never read her story the same way again.

About the Author:
Diana Wallis Taylor is a speaker for Stonecroft Ministries and is currently working toward her MA in biblical studies at Bethel Seminary. She is the author of Journey to the Well, has published many articles, and has contributed stories to several books. Taylor lives in California. Find out more at

My Review:
Diana Wallis Taylor has that talent that is beyond belief. She has that talent that will grip the readers SOUL, not just their attention. She pulls you to the story with just one sentence and you hang on every word, and when the end of the book comes, you are left in awe, with a feeling that will stay with you to the end.

Reading this beautiful, tender story of Mary and Lazarus’ sister, Martha, I fell in love with Biblical fiction all over again. Why? Because Taylor brought Martha to life, like watching a historical Biblical film. I saw life through the eyes of Martha. Watching what she had to go through, running a household at such a young age after her mother passed away, keeping up with Mary, her wayward younger sister, and still trying to prepare herself for marriage someday, well, it just really moved me. She was such a wonderful person, and one who seems to be so overlooked in the Bible now a days. Her faith in God was what moved me the most.

When Jesus comes to the home of Martha, we see how knowing Him and how the resurrection of both Lazarus and Jesus affect Martha. I could feel each and every emotion that Martha did. I was in tears at times, and at others, I just held on to the feeling that this spectacular Biblical fiction novel left me with.

Martha is a book that will hook you and you won’t want to put it down. If you’re like me, you’ll grab it and be down with it in a day. Taylor truly keeps the Biblical aspect of this story real, while mixing in a slight bit of fiction. This 5 star novel is superbly written, extremely captivating and magnificently moving. My faith in God is so much stronger now, and my knowledge of Martha in a new light is amazing. I can’t wait to see more work like this from this fantastic author!

~Available June 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group~

Purchase your copy here.

*This book was provided for review by Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group*

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