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Mary Magdalene

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  354 ratings  ·  77 reviews
Long maligned as a prostitute or a woman of questionable reputation, Mary Magdalene's murky story seems lost to the sands of time. Now a portrait of this enigmatic woman comes to life in the hands of an imaginative master storyteller. Diana Wallis Taylor's Mary is a woman devastated by circumstances beyond her control and plagued with terrifying dreams--until she has a lif...more
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Published June 1st 2012 by Baker Publishing Group
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Jun 23, 2012 Margaret rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Margaret by: Donna Hausler
While at this point I am fairly certain that I can tell you that Mesu Andrews is perhaps my favorite Biblical Christian Historical Fiction author, because of her books I have a big desire to jump more into other Biblical retellings. Diana Wallis Taylor is an author that many of my friends recommend for her Biblical retellings, first for The Journey to the Well and then for Martha, and now I’m quite certain that I will be hearing similar things said for Mary Magdalene.

Mary of Magdala is a female...more
Abbie Riddle
Diana Wallis Taylor does an excellent job of nailing down biblical fiction, she is in a class with a few others who do this job very well. I love biblical fiction that causes me to go back to scripture and dig into it more deeply.

This story is about one of the women of the bible that who has had decades of rumors swirling around her. Who is this beautiful, mysterious woman that followed Jesus with complete loyalty and devotion? What is so different about her that has left people across the ages...more
I enjoyed this story. There were parts toward the end that were just like the stories in the gospels, so that came together nicely. Mary's descent into darkness following her childhood trauma was believably written. I cannot imagine how horrible it was for her or her husband to have that experience. I felt her profound relief when she was freed from the demons. Her husband also had reason to celebrate because he missed the intimacy in their marriage. Mary wouldn't let him anywhere near him and t...more
Wanda Hartzenberg
What an amazing journey of a real woman with real life problems and real life love, lost and insanity and then her cure…Jesus. The man who was said to make the blind see.. this is an amazing story of the everyday life of a woman.
Mary in this book, gives up nothing at all to follow Jesus. She did not have much but in following him she gained everything and I loved this fact of the book. Subtle, never preachy but the message is clear and the book filled me with hope.

Nathan, Mary's spouse in this...more
First posted on my blog, Legacy of a Writer.

I am surprised (and sad) to have to say that I didn’t like Mary Magdalene as much as I had hoped—especially since I really enjoyed Diana Taylor's two previous biblical novels. There was just something about this book that didn’t really click for me, making getting through this book difficult in some parts.

There were, however, things I did enjoy about this book. Such as the way Mary becomes possessed with demons. I wasn’t expecting something like that a...more
When I think of people in the Bible that I would like to read more about Mary Magdalene is one of those people. If I am going to read biblical fiction, it really needs to be interesting if I am going to stay focused on it. If it feels too much like a lesson, it can boring, but I have yet to feel that way with a book by Diana Wallis Taylor. She is very good at keeping the story interesting, and feeling like a story while maintaining biblical accuracy. That is a difficult balance to achieve and Di...more
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Baker Publishing Group|June 1, 2012|KOBO e-Reader Edition

Long maligned as a prostitute or a woman of questionable reputation, Mary Magdalene’s murky story seems lost to the sands of time. Now a portrait of this enigmatic woman comes to life in the hands of an imaginative master storyteller. Diana Wallis Taylor’s Mary is a woman devastated by circumstances beyond her control and plagued with terrifying dreams – until she has a life-changing confrontation with the Savior. Lovers...more
I love Diana Wallis Taylor’s sweet, simple way of telling a story. In this book, she presents Mary Magdalene as a normal, happy young girl who is forever changed by a traumatic event. Though Mary survives the incident, she begins to let fear rule her mind. In spite of the efforts of her family, she cannot live a normal life. Her mental deterioration continues until she becomes a woman possessed. Though I knew from the Bible account that Jesus would free Mary, I hurt with her as she fought those...more
Jerry Blackerby
Although written as a novel, it was an excellent study of Mary Magdalene, the one from whom Jesus had cast out seven demons and recorded in the Bible as the first person to see the risen Jesus. “Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils. And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept.” (Mark 16:9-10).

The fact that women were the first to visit the tomb and the first person to se...more
It can be difficult for any author to take a historical person and make a novel about their life. It is equally daunting when you take a person who also happens to have a story we all think we know. Diana Wallis Taylor introduces us to a young Mary of Magdala, only child of ship builder, Jared and his wife, Rachel. Mary is loved and protected until one night when she is kidnapped by a group of men. These men are in pursuit of gold that they feel Jared has and will stop at doing nothing to get w...more
I started this book and had a hard time setting it down. Simply written, the intrigue in the story compelled me to keep reading.

For some reason I had it in my head that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute. I decided to do some research and read up on the Scriptures, and realized that nowhere in the Bible did it say she was a harlot - only that Jesus had cast seven demons out of her. She could have been a prostitute for all we know, but the author of this book did not go that route. Instead Mary was...more
Aug 11, 2014 Melba rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Christian fiction/Bible story fans
I really enjoyed reading this book, and the history that it included was interesting to read. I have always enjoyed Bible reading, so the fact that this book ties that into the story makes it come even more alive for me. Though it adds to the biblical account of the woman called Mary Magdalene (Mary of Magdala), the author stays true to the customs of the time and the biblical knowledge that is available. To expand on the character, and the life she may have led, makes for an enjoyable & int...more
I don't often read the Biblical Fiction but when I do, I want them to be just like this one. Diana Wallis Taylor uses extreme talent to bring to life the Bible and mixes it with fictional aspects, bringing the reader a emotionally moving, mind blowing novel that will leave you speechless in the end.

Not only did I want to read this because the author's work is fantastic, but I had the privilege of playing the role of Mary Magdalene in a church drama several years back. I wanted to once again havi...more
Jun 17, 2012 Dawn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Biblicial fiction fans
Mary was just a child when one night changed her life forever. As she grows into a beautiful woman, she is tormented by forces of evil. Her family has sought every treatment they could think of, yet there was no change. When a new Teacher comes to Magdala, her family takes a chance that this Jesus can help her. Once she's healed, Mary realizes that Jesus has changed her life completely and she joins His followers.

Mary Magdalene is one of the most complex and mysterious characters of the Bible....more
Mary of Magdala, the only daughter of a successful boatbuilder in Galilee, begins to experience horrible nightmares, suffer seizures, and hear voices after being subjected to a traumatic experience. Everyone in her village thinks she is crazy, or worse, demon-possessed. There seems to be no hope until a new teacher, a perhaps the Messiah, comes to town, and then everything about Mary's life is changed.

Mary Magdalene is one of the most misunderstood and misaligned characters in Biblical history....more
Mary Magdalene is the newest offering from author Diana Wallis Taylor and it is a treat for Historical Fiction fans.

Wallis Taylor has used her imagination and given us a portrait of Mary Magdalene that seems very plausible. I was thrilled that she had not gone with the old lie that Mary Magdalene was a prostitute. Clearly, she stuck to scripture and it shows.

Her portrayal of Mary who becomes possessed with demons is quite realistic and not at all overdone. I was very impressed with how she worke...more
What is the price of one's freedom in comparison to a lifetime of sorrow?

As a young girl Mary's father Jared commissions her friend to begin teaching her the Torah, a privilege not usually afforded to women. On one fateful night her life rests in the hands of greedy and ruthless individuals. An illness as a result envelopes her, leaving in it's wake a horrible name. Who will deliver her from the pain and suffering that imprisons her?

A most enjoyable, and impossible to put down biblical novel th...more
Victor Gentile
Diana Wallis Taylor in her new book, “Mary Magdalene” published by Revell takes us back to Biblical times to give us a look into the life of a very misunderstood character.
From the Back Cover: One woman desperate for hope. One Savior with the power to heal.

A beautiful girl blossoming into womanhood, Mary has high hopes for a life filled with learning, family, and young love. In one dreadful night, all of that changes. The nightmares come first, then the waking visions of unspeakable terror, unti...more
Ever wonder what Mary Magdalene's life might have been like & what she experienced as a child, and as a young woman?

Diana Wallis Taylor dives into Mary's life with her newest Biblical novel - Mary Magdalene, a Novel.

Starting with Mary's life as a tween, Taylor moves explores a variety of reasons how she became known as "Mad Mary" in her village and how her faith in Jesus radically changed her life.

She also gives us a picture of why Mary was troubled by her "demons" - (spoiler alert) a childh...more
Mary Magdalene is a wonderfully crafted novel. The author creates a vivid story and a character that so little is known about. Before reading this story, I knew that Mary was a woman Jesus had cleansed of seven demons and was the first to see Him after his resurrection, but I had never really tried to understand what that must have meant. I never considered the ramifications of having seven demons inside of a person, how she must have been marked as a crazy woman and how people must have avoided...more
A stunning book that brings the life of Jesus alive through the eyes of one of His most faithful followers.

Mary is kidnapped as a young child, and sees her beloved father almost die before her eyes. Nightmares haught her of that day, and voices tell her that she is not good enough to live, that she holds others back. All she wants, is to be free. What kind of life can she have? What about love, or most importantly of all who will refresh her tired soul?

Ms. Taylor tells the story of Mary Magdale...more
Mary is the daughter of a ship builer. Mary has just celebrated a save return of her father from one of his trips. Everyone has settled down for the evening, when Mary is kidnapped. She is rescued but ever since her safe return, she has not been the same. She keeps having nightmares. As the years pass, the nightmares get worse and Mary even experiences seizures. Her family fears for her. It gets to bad that Mary's husband has to lock her in her room. Things change when a rabbi named Jesus travel...more
Christian Fiction Addiction
Mary Magdalene is a moving read, a powerful portrayal of one of the most famous women of the New Testament. I found myself immediately drawn into this artfully crafted novel, and I must say that the first half of the story in particular was impossible to put down, from Mary's childhood experience that resulted in her being inhabited by demons, to her miraculous delivery by Jesus. The settings and descriptions the author uses are vivid and absolutely brought each scene to life. It is clear that T...more
Valerie Comer
Mary of Magdala suffered a trauma in her youth that led to having seizures and hearing voices. Although the Jewish priests prayed over her, she was not healed. The incidents grew in frequency and intensity until people around her began to whisper “Mad Mary” when they saw her. Eventually she lost her grip on sanity and needed to be kept in a locked room, both for her safety and that of the public.

A dire circumstance, to be sure. Her husband had lost the wife he loved, but never stopped praying an...more

Mary Magdalene by Diana Wallis Taylor


After reading “Journey to the Well” I am hooked on Diana Taylor’s books! I look forward to new ones coming out, and I was excited to be able to read and review “Mary Magdalene.” And again, I was not disappointed! If you like Biblical Fiction, this book is a must for you!

Since Mary Magdalene is somewhat a mystery because there is not much written about her in the Bible, I really wanted to read this book to find out what Diana Taylor’s...more
Andi Newberry ~Tubbs
This book hit home for me on many levels. I have no idea how Diana was able to write seizures so incredibly perfectly, but she was. Mary is a young girl when she is kidnapped and held for ransom, she watches as her father is stabbed, and this begins her nightmares and seizures. For years she is plagued with headaches that turn into horrible seizures. She can't be left alone, do anything alone, she gets violent. Her father seeks a betrothal for her from a distant cousin and the moment he sees Mar...more
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
With colorful descriptions, the biblical world of Mary Magdalene comes to life.

Like many of our biblical heroes and heroines, little is known about Mary Magdalene and much of what has been perpetuated through the ages is speculation or inference, not fact. Diana Wallis Taylor has crafted a wonderful story about Mary, her life and how she came to travel with the Savior. Her life, as portrayed here, while it can't answer questions about Mary, is believable.

In the book of Luke, we read that Jesus...more
Charity U
I greatly enjoyed this excellent piece of Biblical fiction. Obviously, a lot of the story of Mary Magdalene had to be fictionalized because the Bible doesn’t tell us that much. But the book was very well-written, and seemed accurate to the time period. It was very interesting to learn about how a person who was basically crazy would have been treated at that time! The way Jesus was described seemed a bit…average (?) to me. Wavy, shoulder-length hair, etc. Maybe that just bugged me – it’s not nec...more
I love historical fiction and this was my first venture into Biblical times. The author's account of Mary Magdalene's life from childhood casts a whole new perspective as how we think of the characters of the Bible. I enjoyed it from start to finish, from Mary's childhood to her descent into madness, to her healing by the Lord. I always felt that this Mary was a strong woman and I thoroughly enjoyed reading the author's perspective. Very well done.
WOW! I love stories about Biblical characters, I think because it makes them come to life for me. I know often that they are the imagination of the author, but it still makes the Bible come to life as I read it.

I love this story of Mary Magdalene, a woman plagued by demonic forces who Jesus heals and delivers. A story of love, the love of a young man for his wife, willing to search for healing for her fears, a love for a woman plagued by demonic forces by our Savior, and the love of the woman f...more
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