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A fresh retelling of the biblical story of Martha, sister of Mary and Lazarus, shows her strength, character, and vulnerability as she serves her family and her Lord.
ebook, 256 pages
Published June 1st 2011 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published May 7th 2011)
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I have favorite books for every mood or season of life I’ve experienced. When I rate them on a scale of 1 to 5 (on Good Reads or Amazon), I give 4′s to the novels that are well-written, suspenseful, and engaging. I save the 5′s for those books that mean something more to me.

A 5 is for a novel that has helped me grow as a person, comforted me, filled up a crack or two in my heart, or bolstered my faith in God. I think Martha by Diana Wallis Taylor earned a 5 because it did all of these things. Th
Kathryn Bashaar
I didn't care for this book at all, but it doesn't surprise me that its overall rating is 4+ stars. I think for the kind of women who usually ready Christian fiction, this book is fine. It just wasn't for me. It lacked any dramatic tension. Yes, there were dramatic events, but they are events that have already been described in the Bible. If you're going to re-tell a familiar story from a different perspective, your main character should have her own drama. In this telling, Martha didn't really ...more
Abbie Riddle
Jun 28, 2011 Abbie Riddle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the first page the reader is immediately immersed in the New Testament time and customs of a well known character of theological and moral teachings - Martha the sister of Mary. The story of Mary choosing the better path is so well taught that we often forget to glean the goodness of sacrificial service for others.

Within these pages the often looked down upon Martha has a chance at her story being told. I do not know of any older sibling who could not relate to the struggles that Martha fa
Molly (Cafinated Reads)
Jul 02, 2011 Molly (Cafinated Reads) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Molly (Cafinated Reads) by: Revell
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
Aug 03, 2011 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mary and Martha. It’s a well-known story in the bible. But after reading Diana’s new release, Martha, I will never see Martha the same way again! Showing the innermost thoughts, dreams, and feelings of this hard-working woman, I can understand her story so much better. Staying close with scripture, Martha tells of Christ’s ministry on earth, his death, and his resurrection through the eyes of one very special woman, Martha.

Martha, Mary, and Lazarus were all believable and portrayed as a very clo
Jun 29, 2011 Carly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading biblical fiction is something that is fairly new to me. I used to not be very interested in reading it for a variety of reasons, but I decided I would give it a try and so far, I have not been disappointed by it.

The story of Martha of Bethany is a familiar Bible story and Diana Wallis Taylor did a very good job with the Biblical details and with adding to the story to really bring Martha to life. One of the things that struck me so much with this book was how easy it was to relate to Ma
Jun 26, 2011 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When Martha was just a young girl, her mother passed away. Since than, Martha has taken over the role as mother to her father, brother and little sister. Martha’s father has offered Martha to a nice young man as his wife. When the man takes another, Martha wonders if she will ever marry. As the years pass, Martha has settled with the idea that she will be an old maid. When love finally appears in front of Martha’s face, will she recognize it and accept it?

I have read many books that are based on
Jun 23, 2015 Jerry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book made me feel like I was watching a movie. Martha, Mary, Lazarus, and the other characters are very vividly portrayed here. Fans of fictional portraits of Biblical figures would do very well to give this one a try.
Dec 15, 2014 Guna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of Martha here fits with the biblical story, and actually suggests some outcomes we always wondered about - what happened to Mary and Martha, and how about Lazarus? Well-written.
Dana Good
Aug 11, 2013 Dana Good rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author drew me into the story from page one! I couldn't put it down but hated to see it end. As the story of Lazarus unfolded my heart broke even though I knew how it would end. Reading of the family's relationship was Jesus was...real to me. Even though I know it is a work of fiction these people became more real to me and opened my eyes and heart in a way I've never known before and all of this has helped me as I read and study my Bible. I try to look beyond the words on the page to the pe ...more
Jul 07, 2014 R. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
2014 Martha by Diana Wallis Taylor

If you enjoy biblical stories retold and fleshed out with detail and information that makes sense to the historical time period and the fact it is a biblical story then you will enjoy this one.
This story appeals to all women who have been a daughter, sister, wife, and or mother that has the primary responsibility of running a busy household. There is so much to do and never enough time to get it all done and the burden of responsibility can at times be overwhel
Darlene Ferland
Mar 30, 2014 Darlene Ferland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Martha comes alive in this novel. . . In the Bible we hear little of her: she was sister to Mary, who washed Jesus' feet and dried them with her hair and to Lazarus, who was raised from death after four days. Here she is fleshed out and the reader comes to know her. Diana Wallis Taylor has done an exceptional job of researching the time period and has woven those threads to make her novel come alive. As you read, you can smell the bread baking and the herbs mixing with the olive oil. You can see ...more
Sep 09, 2012 Elaine rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Martha was 13, Lazarus was 11 and Mary was 8 when their mother died. They lived in bethany. A two hour walk to the temple in Jerusalem.

The disciples who first visited their home were:
Matthew, the record keeper.(Once a tax collecor for Herod)
James and John-brothers. The sons of Thunder.
Peter and his brother, Andrew.
Philip, Nathaniel, James, the son of Alphaeus and Simon.
Juda, son of James and the treasurer, Judas Iscariot.
Spikenard-costly oil used for annointing. Mary annonted Christ's feet
Jul 02, 2011 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book, I read it in one sitting, not putting it down until I finished it. I think what really struck a cord with me for the book, was the authors careful writing of a background story. When we read the story of Martha in the Bible, there isn't anything that refers us to what her life was like before she was mentioned in the Bible. I cried, laughed and hurt along with Martha as she experienced the loss of love, the joy of life and the hurt she experienced as life dealt her hard experi ...more
Victor Gentile
Jun 26, 2011 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Diana Wallis Taylor in her new book, "Martha" published by Revell takes us back to Biblical times to give us a look into the life of a very underappreciated character.

All right let's say it together: Martha was rebuked by the Lord while her sister, Mary, was given high honor. Martha, Mary and their brother, Lazarus, do not make many appearances in the Bible but when they do their stories are intense. Martha, by her actions, is always portrayed in a negative manner and no one wants to be a Martha
Jun 27, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Author: Diana Wallis Taylor
Publisher: Revell
June 2011
ISBN: 978-0-8007-3465-7
Genre: Inspirational/biblical fiction

Mary, Martha, and Lazarus are familiar Bible characters that we are familiar with. This story is centered around Martha, the responsible sister.

According to the author, Martha’s mother died when she younger and her father wasn’t healthy. Martha was responsible for looking after her sister and brother. Mary was a dreamer, and Lazarus managed the family farm. Martha’s dad
Cheryl Gatling
Martha's mother died young. Martha became "the woman of the house" when she was still a girl, responsible for cooking, and cleaning, and raising her two younger siblings. She also does weaving to earn extra money for the family. Mary is a daydreamer, sweet and kind, but more interested in rescuing baby animals than in getting dinner ready. Martha rose to the challenge, becoming an accomplished housekeeper. In this imagined version of the Bible story, that is how Martha came to be the hyper-respo ...more
Jun 29, 2011 Maggie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd like to say I know my stories from the Bible, but I didn't recall Martha at all. However, I did want to learn more and see how an author fleshed out her life and made her into a whole person, so I was happy to be able to review Martha by Diana Wallis Taylor.

I'll admit it, the only person I really recognized by name was Lazarus. But as I read along, I became deeply interested in reading about Martha, her quest to become married, her love affair and her dedication to her family.

Jesus does not
If you are a fan of biblical fiction, you will want to add Diana Wallis Taylor’s newest book to your reading list. Martha is the story of Martha of Bethany, sister of Lazarus and Mary. I really enjoyed how the author developed Martha’s character in this story, being that so little is actually known about her.

This story helped me to remember that when reading the Biblical account I shouldn’t overlook that Martha had hopes and dreams and wasn’t just a crabby, overwhelmed woman!

Those familiar with
Jul 01, 2011 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have become a fan of Biblical fiction, and when one latches onto my imagination and allows me to see Biblical characters in a whole new way while staying true to what the Bible says then its a winner in my book. When I started reading the book of "Martha," I kept thinking to myself Martha who, but once her brother Lazerus is mentioned, it started to fall into place for me, because who doesn't know the story of Lazerus being raised from the dead.

As the story unfolds Martha becomes a very real
Aug 31, 2011 Louise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Story Description:

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 Ann
Jul 02, 2011 Mary Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Being a fan of Biblical fiction, I truly enjoyed this book. It is a great story. Diana Wallis Taylor did a wonderful job of bringing Martha to life. I think Martha is always used as a "what-not-to-do" example, and I'm so thrilled with the way the author told her story. She created a reason why Martha was so worried about getting things done. It's so easy for us to excuse behavior today because we understand the "why" behind that behavior. Sadly... Martha doesn't get that same understanding. Unti ...more
There is just something about Biblical fiction that always warms my heart. The story about Martha is another fabulous title from Ms. Taylor! Now I am even more hooked on her writing. I found myself reading several portions of this story out loud to my husband. For me, there is something special about a book where the Scripture is actually part of the story. I found the writing to be smooth flowing as well, and very insightful.

While staying true to the Biblical account of the story of Martha, so
Patricia C Robbins
Test the Spirits

Did Thomas really marry Thomas? I would like proof, but the narrative "fictionalized" stories help us to realize that Mary, Martha, and Lazarus were real people just as we are. Although we may not know all the details of their lives, our heavenly Father knows all about us. He has no false expectations about what we can and will do. The stories of the Bible are presented to introduce us to His goodness. This one was well presented.
Jan 20, 2016 Allan67 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another book read to the wife. She loves to be read to, she always has. Reading is one of the few things that we can do together.

This is a pretty well done piece of Biblical fiction. The story line is obviously how things might have been in Ms. Taylor's imagination. The Biblical parts were pretty well believable in that they might have been that way. There were a few places that were probably stretches, but hey, it's fiction to be enjoyed and not to be held as absolute fact.
This story brought the Bible to life for me. The author seems to have tried to stick very close to the account of Martha's life in the Bible, but added details that added dimension to her story. In my opinion, the events in this book help the reader understand why Martha and Mary might have reacted in the way they did to Biblical events. Interesting to read and a reasonable length, not so short that the reader needs more information but not so long that it becomes boring or repetitive, fans of B ...more
It is a simply written fictional retelling of the story of Martha.

1 blooper spotted:
She makes POTATO latkes for Passover? in the year 1 B.C. in Israel?

The potato was in Peru until the Spanish Conquistadors got there in 1537 A.D.. The potato went to Europe in 1570, but didn't gain any popularity until the 1780s in Ireland.

So the use of potatoes by Martha is off by 1800 years.

It has a Protestant view, and barely mentions Mary (Mother of Jesus),Mary Magdelene, and the Myrrh-bearing Women (Jesu
Nov 07, 2014 Selina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting novel of Martha, Mary's sister in the Bible.
I thought it would never make great literature, being a bit slightly too direct from the King James Version..did Jesus really speak like that, if he did, it would make more sense to couch the entire novel in 1611 English cadence then try to marry the two, on one level, the dialogue is what is familiar, but then on another level the extrapolations are high-school level writing.
So a bit jarring for me to read.

On positive note, I thought Mart
May 07, 2014 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is a beautiful story of Martha and life during the time of Jesus. The story catches the atmosphere of the day and the relationships of Martha with her sister, Mary and her brother, Lazarus. It draws a wonderful image of Jesus as he visits with them on several occasions and we see the family and friends and neighbors come close to Him. I will look for the author's other book JOURNEY TO THE WELL. Not sure if she has others....
Jan 31, 2015 Mom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Dec 17, 2014 08:51AM  
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Diana Wallis Taylor is the author of the novels Journey to the Well and Martha and lives in California. Find out more at
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