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Journey to the Well

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  1,284 ratings  ·  140 reviews
Since Samaria is a land of many springs, Marah could have gone to the local well. Instead she went a mile out of her way in the heat of the day to draw her water, avoiding the other women who drew their water in the cool of the morning. Who was she? It was this woman that Jesus chose as the first person to whom He would reveal Himself as Messiah. Was there more to this wom ...more
Paperback, 316 pages
Published August 22nd 2003 by Xulon Press (first published 2003)
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John 4:16-18
16 He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”
17 “I have no husband,” she replied.
Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. 18 The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”

First of all, let's take a good long look at that whitewashed cover. That is one European-American Victoria Secret model with a spray tan up thurrrrr. Would it really have been so hard to get an ac

Ever been curious about the woman at the well. The Samaritan woman that Jesus spoke to that so shocked his disciples. For those that are clueless--and that's an okay place to be--the story is found in John 4. This novel is inspired by that passage of Scripture. What do we really know about her? Jesus told her that she had had five husbands and the man she was living with then was not her husband. Around these bare facts, Diana Wallis Taylor has woven a richly detailed back story.

When we first me
I read this book from start to finish. No exaggeration there. I started it yesterday afternoon, went to sleep last night, got up this morning and started reading again until I reached the end. I absolutely loved this story! In this fictional account of Marah's life, you will see that there is so much more to the Samaritan woman that Jesus spoke to at the well. She had a history that fit her name, Marah, which meant bitter. She was not a heartless woman, but a wounded woman who needed love. That ...more
As incredibly cheesy as this is going to sound, the Kindle has opened up a world of authors I would have never encountered. Why? Free Kindle books! Genius marketing on their part. But just in case you don’t have an e-reader (and for the love why not?? You can get the apps for free), let me introduce you to Diana Wallis Taylor and her novel Journey to the Well: A Novel.

This historical fiction tells the story of the Samaritan woman at the well who encountered Jesus and, along with the her village,
I read this book because it was a free Kindle download and the premise seemed interesting. The author takes on the familiar biblical story of the Samaritan woman who goes to draw water at a well and encounters Jesus there, who tells her of the living water that is his to give, and who tells her “everything she ever did.”

The author invents an imaginary back-story for this woman, explaining how she came to have five husbands only to end up with a sixth man who was not her husband, telling why on
A expanded retelling of the Samaritan woman who met Jesus at the well, giving her history. Although the writing was fine, and there was plenty of detail, it didn't really draw me in, nor did I feel a connection with any of the characters - including Marah. She seems to get blown in different directions, rarely being an active participant in her own life.

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I've had this book in my Kindle for a while now, and I wish I had read it sooner.

It is a fictional account of the story surrounding an episode in the gospel according to John. It displays the author's creative mind, her take on the events preceding the journey of the Samaritan woman to Jacob's well, up until the experience of salvation for herself, her family, and her village.

Though the central figure in this novel was the Samaritan woman, it also captured a couple of other episodes from the bib
Luann Habecker
easy read. actually held my attention. a lot of background, leaving me forgetting this was about the Samaritan woman at the well.

I strongly disagree with the bottom of pg 318 where it says, "As we forgive ourselves, we open our hearts to the forgiveness of Christ."

No where do i find this supported in scripture. If i could forgive myself then what need would i have of Him and His sacrifice and forgiveness? We either accept His sacrifice or we do not. There is no more that I can add to what He did
April Gardner

The scandalous life and ultimate redemption of “the woman at the well” is story familiar to many Christians around the world, but never has it been told in such a way as you’ll find in “Journey to the Well.”
The basic plot is no mystery. “You have had five husbands…and this man that you have now is not your husband,” Jesus said. It’s what’s left to the imagination that prompted Diana W. Taylor to create a novel about rejection, shame, and the hope Christ brings.
Marah, a girl having just come of
I was wondering if anyone had ever written a book about the woman at the well. I was actually considering writing a story about her myself. Diana Wallis Taylor did a superb job on this book. Especially for this being her first novel.
This story was written in a beautiful way. It was easy to understand Marah and what she went through.
I cried a bit and laughed a bit. I'm not very emotional when it comes to books so don't think that this book is insensitive or hard to connect with.
From my limited kn
Fantastic!!! Found a new favorite author!!!
As a storyteller I frequently think about " the rest of the story " not in print about the real people mentioned, often like this woman, not even named.

This novel fleshes out for us the encounter mentioned in the. Bible in John 4. she also connects the Samaritan woman at the well with "The Good Samaritan " . The author has gone to much effort to research customs and traditions of the times. I loved the sweet friendship with the shepherd boy. hated the wicked, selfish aunt. loved her faithful fr
Shirley Conley
Based on the Bible story of the Samaritan woman,who meets Jesus, at the well. I loved this book. It was very slow at the beginning and I had a hard time reading only a few pages at a time. But after about 90 pages of its 326 pages it became a page turner for me. I feel this book is inspired and tells a believable behind the scenes, or story, of this Bible story of only a few paragraphs. It names the women – Marah. It tells of her five husbands –Zibeon, Shimei, zibeon’s brother (the one who divor ...more
Corlene Dorrington
Jan 23, 2014 Corlene Dorrington rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: If you want to learn more about women in Jesus' day by being submerged in the life of one
Shelves: bookclub-books
This book takes you on the (extra)ordinary life journey of Marah, an average girl living in Shechem. Many 'common' things can happen to a person, but it seems that this Samaritan woman gets more than her fair share. Life is like that for some.
Despite that, the story is believable and relatable. It actually gets you so emotionally involved that you don't realize how much you are actually learning - until you get to the end and have many more questions about those times and that culture in (His)to
Gwendolyn Carter
A different take on a well known story

Many times when the story of the woman at the well is read, the woman is judged as having a lack of character from her plural history with men. This book places her as a woman of circumstances rather than judging her by her past. The reader is taken through a life of bad breaks of a woman you can experience her pain, but be brought to joy from her encounter with Jesus. I liked how the author used enough historical details to paint the picture, but not too ma
Candy Shepard
Wow. We don't read anything of intense Biblical reference until well into the story, and them BAM! Scripture everywhere and great perspectives. Great read.
This novel introduced me to historical biblical fiction, and what a great job Diana Walls Taylor does of whetting my appetite for more! The book gives a wonderful possible back story to the Samaritan woman Jesus encounters at the well, as described in John 4.

Never before had I given much thought to the reasons why this woman would have had so many husbands, except that she must have been a repeated adulterer, and possibly a harlot. Marah's story made me see how judgmental my thoughts were, and
Wow! This book gets a high 5 star rating from me! I was swept up in this tale of the Samaritan woman who met Jesus at the well. Having never read a book on this particular story in the bible before, I loved what Diana Taylor has created! From the very first chapters of this book, I was hooked! Turning page after page, I eagerly read about Marah's life before she met the Savior at the well - the story behind why she had 5 husbands, and was currently living with a man she wasn't married to.

The au
Dan Rogers
I, like most people, am familiar with the account in John Chapter 4 of the Savior's meeting and discussion with the Samaritan woman at the well. Although the only thing in this account that could make one wonder about her life is the comment that she has had five husbands and the man she currently has is not her husband, this has always been enough for me to judge her quite harshly. In this novel Diana Wallis Taylor helps the reader see the woman (Marah) in a very different light. You cannot hel ...more
Jae Roth
I'd actually have liked to give this a 4.5 stars. The story is wonderful. John 4 tells of the story of a Samaritan woman that Jesus meets at the Well of Jacob. Jesus reveals that the woman has had five husbands and is currently living with a man who is not her husband. Most jump to the conclusion that the woman is immoral and that she has been divorced or set aside by her husbands for bad behavior or barrenness. This author presents a story that paints the lead character as more of an unlucky or ...more
With this being only my second Biblical fiction, I wasn't sure what to expect, but I loved this book! We know very little about the "woman at the well" that Jesus talked to. We know she had had 5 husbands and at the time of her encounter with Jesus, she was living with a man that she was not married to. Ms. Taylor does a great job of giving this character life. The book starts right before her first marriage. We feel what she feels, pity her, and wish her a happy ending. We see her struggles and ...more
Journey to the Well by Dianne Wells Taylor is a good book. It is the first book that I finished on my kindle! I truly enjoyed both the book and the kindle. The book is a great fictional retelling of the Biblical story of the Samaritan woman at the well. At 13, Marah finds herself given in marriage to a man that she doesn't love, and as the years pass, circumstances force her to take multiple husbands. From before her first marriage, Marah dreamed of a man taking her hand, and the dream always le ...more
Apr 06, 2009 Gracee rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone that enjoys Christian stories.
Recommended to Gracee by: goodreads win!
Shelves: goodreads-win, own
Enjoyed the premise of the book very much. It was interesting to read the spin the author took explaining how the Samaritan woman acquired five husbands, with the most current man she was living with - she wasn't married to. However, what bugged me was once Jesus showed up at Jacob's well - the Samaritan woman instantly believed Jesus was the Messiah. Even though, in the fictional story, up to that point she had barely heard of the traveling rabbi and healer.

I'm uncomfortable with the way the b
A book based on the Bible that was completely accurate. I started reading it not sure if it was going to be actually based on one of the biblical stories, and throughout the novel I had some doubts as to where it was going, but the moment that Jesus came into the picture I said to myself..."BRILLIANT." The way that the characters were laid out and how Marah overcame so much through her life, and to be scorned like that and to come out fighting is inspiring.

The mistakes that the characters made
You can tell this author started with short stories before moving to novels. Each section reads like an entirely different book, but none of which contain any sort of plot or resolution. And the bible story which this whole thing leads up to? Total letdown. It occupies no more than a few pages at the very end of the book. I'm not a huge fan of religious fiction to begin with, but this was written so plainly that I felt like I was reading the script from an infomercial.
I love historical fiction and the Biblical era is one of my favorites. Often times, I find the novels in this genre lacking. The characters are one dimensional or stereotyped. They are either so pure that they seem unreal or so evil that there is no reason to want to read the story because you can predict what will happen.

Not so with this story. The author seems to have done an incredible amount of research about Marah. The character has a real depth--as do many of the characters in this story.
The woman at the well is a familiar Bible story about the grace and forgiveness of God. Even in today's society it would be scandelous to have been married to five men and not married to the one you are living with now. But the woman at the well met Jesus and knew all about her and accepted her.

The author weaves a believable story begining with a childhood sweetheart that she can't marry because her guardian matches her with someone else. Marah is a dutiful woman of her time accepting her circum
This is a sweet book. Not as well written as Gladys Malvern's books but written so a teenage girl could read it quickly. Sometimes I felt the writing was choppy and I would have like a bit more depth to the story.

It is a twist on the woman at the well story and fairly plausible when one understands the culture and the role of women really was that of being submissive. Women were not trusted and generally did not have much choice in their lives. It also shows the woman as one with faith, having b
A fictional account of the woman at the well. This is the author's first novel, and I was impressed with the research of the time period and setting. The writing reflects the author's previous work as a poet, so the lyrical prose is poetic and at times even beautiful, though the style is more distant than most modern novelists.

I enjoyed the book, and read it in one evening. The woman at the well became a real person in my mind, not merely an unnamed Biblical character, and I do recommend it as e
John Grant
Very interesting fictionalized account of the back story about the New Testament tale of the woman at the well.
Although it is fiction the story fits seamlessly with the Biblical account of the Samaritan woman who meets Jesus at Jacob's well.
The author clearly did a lot of research to day to day life in that era an makes it come alive for the reader.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Dec 17, 2014 05:59PM  
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