Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Daughter of Jerusalem {Review & Giveaway}



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 Daughter of Jerusalem by Joan Wolf

ISBN: 978-1-936034-67-3

320 pages; $14.99

From the Publisher

New York Times Best-Selling Author Joan Wolf Sheds Light on Scripture’s Most Mysterious Woman

“Why would Jesus seek out Mary Magdalene as the first person He appeared to after His resurrection?”

BRENTWOOD, Tenn.—One of Scripture’s most mysterious and often misunderstood women, Mary Magdalene, tells her story in her own words in the latest novel from prolific author Joan Wolf. In her new release, Daughter of Jerusalem, Wolf gives readers a fictionalized account of this complex, yet remarkable woman—and one of Jesus’ most faithful followers. Readers will love this first-person account of all that took Mary from her traumatic early life to eyewitness of the glory of the resurrection.

Mary Magdalene is famous for being a sinful woman. In Wolf’s account we see those sins as well as her triumph as Jesus’ beloved disciple. Cheated of an early love by her guardian, she is forced into marriage with a rich old man. Captivated by a Roman senator’s son, she turns away from her heritage and is almost permanently lost to the morality of the Jewish law. Then she meets Jesus

of Nazareth. Is it true that he is the Messiah she has heard so much about? Can he really change her life? Is she good enough to be his disciple? Can he really be her Savior?

In Daughter of Jerusalem, New York Times best-selling Wolf skimps on no detail as she gives life to this fascinating yet mysterious woman. Readers will love seeing a living, breathing picture of the often misunderstood Mary—a woman who, though damaged, became Jesus’ friend while He walked the earth. Daughter of Jerusalem is told in three parts, each covering a different portion of Mary’s life. Readers will quickly identify with Mary, a flawed woman of deep faith who, in the end, used her wealth and influence to serve Jesus. Perfect for individual reading or book club discussion, Daughter of Jerusalem is a story not to be missed.


My Thoughts

I was very excited when Worthy Publishing offered me the opportunity to review Daughter of Jerusalem by Joan Wolf. Having read a previous fictional Bible story by the same author I was eager to participate!

Daughter of Jerusalem is the story of Mary of Magdala or as she is more popularly known: Mary Magdalene.  I have not read much about Mary Magdalene other then what is written about her in the Bible. However I do know that there is a bit of mystery surrounding her life. Some believe she was the woman that Jesus brought the seven demons out of, some also think that she is the woman with the alabaster jar that anointed Jesus feet with oil.  I have also read that Mary was the sister of Lazarus and Martha.

Joan Wolf has skillfully combined these women into one, Mary Magdalene.  The story starts out with Mary at the age of 10. Not able to live with her father and step-mother, Mary is sent to live with her Aunt in Galilee, where she at first does not feel at home and feels like an outsider until she befriends Daniel.

As the years pass a marriage is arranged for Mary as was done in those days and she moves away from her Aunt in Galilee to her husband’s home in Sepphoris.  Mary looses her faith in God and turns away from Him. Only to experience heartache, tragedy and deep regret. After Mary’s husband dies, she moves back to Bethany with Lazarus and Martha for a time. Mary is now a wealthy woman in her own right after her husbands passing and she builds a home in Capernaum on the Sea of Galilee to start a new life.

Only then does Mary encounter Jesus and her life is changed forever.

I thought the author did a wonderful job of portraying Mary. The story is told in the first person and while it is a work of fiction, I think the story is well thought out. The description of the area of the time period is very descriptive and gives the reader a very good understanding of the time period.  I really enjoyed the references to the different styles of architecture both Greek, Roman and Jewish, the differences in the land in the various cities in the story.  I could just imagine the Sea of Galilee and the town of Capernaum. 

I enjoyed reading about Mary’s childhood and the description of what life was like. The story made me appreciate all the freedoms I have as a woman today compared to the women of Biblical times.

As I have mentioned the story itself is fiction and some liberties were taken, reading a story like Daughter of Jerusalem causes me to want to delve more into my Bible and learn more about Mary and her life.

I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys Biblical fiction. It is an easy read and you will not be disappointed!

About the Author

Joan Wolf has lived most of her adult life with her husband in Milford, Conn., where she raised two children and an assortment of horses, dogs, and cats. Along the way she also managed to write forty-six published novels, the writing of which profoundly enriched her life. Learn more about her online at www.joanwolf.com.

About the Publisher

Worthy Publishing, a division of Worthy Media, Inc., is a privately held company whose mission is helping people experience the heart of God. Worthy is an independent voice in Christian publishing, managing editorial, marketing, publicity, sales, and distribution from its home offices in Brentwood, Tenn. Worthy focuses on a boutique list of new books each year, crossing a broad spectrum of genres, including fiction, Bible study, current events, devotionals, biography, leadership, and specialized Bibles, as well as spiritual and personal growth. See more at www.worthypublishing.com.



Worthy Publishing has graciously given me one copy of Daughter of Jerusalem to give away to one of my readers here at My Blessings From Above!

If you would like a chance to win please follow the directions below! Good luck! The giveaway will close July 24, 2013.

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disclosure: I received a copy of this book  from Worth Publishing in exchange for my honest review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.


HillaryM said...

Reluctant Queen by this author is the most recent I have read - -and loved it! Looking forward to reading this one as well.

oneblessedmamma said...

Francine Rivers' novellas about the women in the lineage of Christ...and The Red Tent...and probably a bunch of others I can't think of right now.

Mia said...

I haven't read any biblical "fiction" at all. Would love to start with this one. Looks good!

Jennifer Blanton said...

I like The Shack by William P. Young

Celia said...

I love Biblical fiction! Love anything by Francine Rivers. Cliff Graham's Lion of War series is amazing, but gruesome. Diana Wallis Taylor was good too. I enjoyed the Wives of King David series by Jill Eileen Smith, and hope to read her Wives of the Patriarchs series. I'm also hoping to read Lynn Austin's Chronicles of the King series. Also would like to read Tessa Afshar and Mesu Andrews and the Thoenes new series, Jerusalem Chronicles.