Friday, July 19, 2013

Review and Giveaway of Daughter Of Jerusalem By Joan Wolf

I received this book from Worthy Publishing free in exchange for my honest review of this book. The opinions expressed here are my own.


Book Description:

She was a widow, a businesswoman, an adulteress.
In her lifetime, she knew murder, prejudice, and faith. She transformed from a Jewish girl longing for family to one of the closest friends of Jesus of Nazareth -- the Son of God.

HER NAME WAS MARY MAGDALENE.

In this fictionalized story of one of the Bible's most compelling women, New York Times best-selling author Joan Wolf beautifully recreates the history, romance, and tradition of Mary's world. Daughter of Jerusalem follows Mary's life from her first love through her loveless marriage, to the moment she heard of a miracle worker in her own town -- and ultimately to the moment she saw Him risen from the dead.

As this inspiring chronicle reminds us, Mary was the first to witness history's greatest moment. She was a woman who sought forgiveness for her sins, and a follower of God who yearned for a deeper faith. She was Jesus' beloved disciple. Read Mary Magdalene's story and find yourself in this remarkable woman's journey to discover the Kingdom of God.
 

My Thoughts:
 
Daughter of Jerusalem is the first book by Joan Wolf that I have had the opportunity to read.  Daughter of Jerusalem is a fictional story of Mary Magdalene's life from childhood until Jesus' death.  Joan Wolf writes a wonderful story of Mary Magdalene and her life.  From her childhood, Mary's life was a rough one. She was sent to live with her deceased Mother's sister and her family because of conflict with her stepmother. Mary had to leave her step siblings Martha and Lazarus.  Mary falls in love and is set to wed one of the men in her home until her Uncle decides to marry her off to a rich Jewish Man because of money.  Mary moves to live with him in Sepphoris, a place more Roman than Jewish.  Mary finds herself becoming Roman and very popular in the Roman circles. She becomes educated and finds herself in making decisions against her beliefs.  When tragedy strikes, Mary finds herself  heading back home to Bethany, to her step siblings. From there Mary finds her calling.
 
I really enjoyed this book. The story of Mary,Martha and Lazarus in the Bible have always been my favorite.  Joan Wolf writes this beautiful story that gives Mary this life that takes many twists and turns.  I found myself unable to put this book down once I started it.  I found myself filled with much emotion as I read this story.  The story Joan Wolf tells truly had me spellbound.  As I read this story I felt like I was right there watching everything unfold including Jesus' Crucifixion and Resurrection. As I read the story from the point of his arrest it reminded me of The Stations of The Cross. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Christian Historical Fiction! You will not be disappointed. I have found a new author for my Must Read List! I give this book 5 Stars
 

Giveaway!!
I have been given an extra copy of Daughter of Jerusalem to giveaway to someone. So to be entered into the giveaway I am asking for everyone to post a comment on here about their favorite story from the Bible or their favorite person from the Bible. I will draw a name randomly on Monday July 22,2013 in the evening. Please include your email address so I can contact you! Thank you for checking out my blog and my review!

3 comments:

  1. I'm going to exclude stories of Jesus as my favorites, because that's just obvious. My favorite women to learn about in the bible, whose stories fascinate me most, are Mary Magdalene and Rahab. I don't know why their stories fascinate me so. I think it perfectly shows how God uses people that most believers would never expect Him to use.
    rachel.cook@apsbulldogs.org

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  2. Esther and Rahab are obvious favorites, but I would love to know more about Lydia if I could travel back in time. I love knowing all the people in the Bible are REAL, not just fictional stories. :)
    This book sounds very interesting!
    farmygirl at hotmail dot com

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  3. I definitely need to read about Rahab and Lydia! Thank you both for entering and commenting. It means a lot to me. I will be contacting you both for your information!

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