Saturday, August 6, 2011

Review: Martha by Diana Wallis Taylor

One of the most interesting Biblical stories that gets used in every women's Bible study ever, is the story of Mary and Martha. Mary eagerly listened at Jesus's feet and Martha worked to make a nice meal and when she asked why Jesus didn't tell Mary to help her, He told her that Mary chose what was better. It's the kind of story that is both wonderful and frustrating, because it's wonderful that Jesus reminds us of what's important but frustrating because you know exactly how Martha feels.

So I was really interested in a reading a fictional account of the life of Martha, a woman who was close to Jesus in many ways and witness firsthand so many important events in his ministry. I also thought exploration of the relationship between Mary and Martha would be interesting as well as how they felt seeing Lazarus be raised from the dead and more.

Martha is actually pretty short and ends up focusing on the life and ministry of Jesus. It's heavily plot focused to I didn't get the kind of character study that I had hoped for. I also felt like the author took the easy way out in regards to thinks like Judas...Martha always felt uneasy around him, etc. It's not that I didn't enjoy the book, it was fine, but I kept wishing it was something else a little deeper.

I did love the portrayal of Jesus. No matter where I go or what happens in my life, the person of Jesus always draws me in. I love him.

Rating: 3/5
Things You Might Want to Know: Christian fiction
Source of Book: Received from publisher for review
Publisher: Revell books


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