Mary, Chosen of God
Mary, Chosen of God  -     By: Diana Wallis Taylor
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She was an ordinary girl from Nazareth---daydreaming about Joseph---when suddenly a heavenly visitor appears and her life is changed forever! Experience the life of the Messiah through the eyes of Mary, his mother. You'll gain an amazing new perspective of Jesus' story---from the events surrounding his birth to his ministry, death, and resurrection. 320 pages, softcover from Whitaker.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Whitaker House
Publication Date: 2016
Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 162911748X
ISBN-13: 9781629117485

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Mary is ordinary girl from Nazareth. She helps her mother with household chores, she daydreams about a handsome carpenter’s son named Joseph, and at night she lies on the roof and contemplates at the stars. But one evening, a heavenly visitor comes with unexpected news—and her life is changed forever.
Experience the life of the Messiah from the perspective of His mother, who must place her trust and obedience in Adonai, the Most High, as He fulfills centuries of anticipation in the middle of her daily life. Walk with Mary as she witnesses Yeshua grow, mature, minister, and even be crucified—and then raised again, to the kindling of her new faith.

Author Bio

Diana Wallis Taylor was first published at age twelve, when she sold a poem to a church newsletter. Today, she has an extensive portfolio of published works, including twelve books; an Easter cantata, Glorious, written with a musical collaborator; and contributions to various magazines and compilations.
Her works of biblical fiction include: Lydia Woman of Philippi; Mary, Chosen of God; Journey to the Well, the story of the woman of Samaria; Martha; Mary Magdalene; Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate; and Ruth, Mother of Kings. Diana also wrote a book on Halloween, Harmless Fun or Risky Business.
Diana lives in San Diego with her husband, Frank. They have six grown children and ten grandchildren. Readers can learn more by visiting her website, www.dianawallistaylor.com.

Editorial Reviews

"This portrayal of Mary, mother of the Messiah, takes you inside her head and heart, allowing you to breathe the air of Hebrew family, food, and worship. Her much-repeated prayer, O God who sees me, may well become your own. True to the scriptural account, this story puts flesh on the bones of history. Yeshua lives!"
—Eleanor Gustafson, Author, The Stones

"Diana Wallis Taylor takes the reader into the everyday life of Mary, the mother of Jesus. We experience the wonder, the hardships, and the heartache right along with her. I love how close to Scripture this narrative is! As well as historically accurate. I’ve done a lot of research of the Roman era, and this novel’s depiction of the society, the settings, and the interactions are true to reality, as best we can recreate it. This is truly a book readers will have a hard time putting down."
—Lena Nelson Dooley, ECPA and CBA bestselling and multi-award-winning author, The Gold Digger and A Heart’s Gift

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  1. Elly
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Good book
    August 20, 2017
    Elly
    Quality: 4
    Value: 0
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This book was very good! It brought Mary to life in a way I'd not experienced before. It answered questions I'd not even thought to ask!

    I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and The Book Club Network site. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
  2. Mari
    Illinois
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Beautiful Story of Mary--Mother of Jesus
    June 22, 2017
    Mari
    Illinois
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Mary: Chosen of God by Diana Wallis Taylor is a beautiful rendition of Jesus' mother and her life. I was immersed into the story and felt like I was present with Mary while she was walking the streets of Nazareth, preparing a meal, going to the temple, or traveling to see Elizabeth while viewing the countryside. This novel covers not only Mary's life but the lifespan of her beloved son, Yeshua (Jesus). I appreciated the use of Jewish words to bring the realism of the Biblical account to life. My emotions and mind seeing the scenes were captivated from the start. Each character is well developed and what may have transpired during history with the greatest story ever told. Mary lived an ordinary life with responsibilities of caring for Joseph and her children, but she pondered so much within her heart about her son, Jesus. It is hard to fathom the heartbreak and pain she felt as Yeshua hung on the cross to become the Savior of the world. I enjoyed Biblical fiction when an author incorporates the Word of God and does not stray from the Bible. This is the first book I have read by Diana Wallis Taylor, but it will not be my last one.

    Thank you to Whitaker House for the complimentary copy of this astonishing book. A positive review was not required but I have expressed my honest thoughts of this 5 star book by Diana Wallis Taylor.
  3. 2boyzmommy
    Moorestown, NJ
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Window Into Bible Times
    January 13, 2017
    2boyzmommy
    Moorestown, NJ
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I have a new author to add to my "favorites" list. Her name is Diana Wallis Taylor. I had the pleasure of reading her novel Mary, Chosen of God and enjoyed it very much. I love reading Biblical fiction, especially when it is as well-written as this book was. The characters are very believable and I felt like I had a clear window into the life of Jesus and his family. It definitely helps me understand my Bible better. This book was very well-researched and I highly recommend it. I will definitely be reading more books by Diana Wallis Taylor.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher and The Book Club Network, Inc. All opinions are my own.
  4. Seasons of Grace
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Interesting Take on Mary and Jesus' Life
    December 9, 2016
    Seasons of Grace
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This book, although actually a bit different than I expected, was quite interesting. Diana does a really good job of bringing the time period and characters to life. It was engaging to read about Mary as she heard from the angel, became wed to Joseph, and later on had little Yeshua. As he grows, and his brothers and sisters come along, Mary's life story continues. Her relationship with God was a blessing to me. I enjoyed imagining her feelings and how awed she was to be raising the Messiah and be his mother, as well as, the things that she witnessed happening later in his life. As you read you can feel her love, her struggles, and he emotions she must have felt.

    Although, at times the story may have played out a bit different than what I personally would have imagined, I enjoyed the author's take. It was interesting to read the Jewish names and at time words were included that made the story more personal. I also, originally thought this to be a type of Christmas novel and was suprised to find that after just a few short chapters, that part of the book was over. The book actually spans the lifetime of Jesus. I also enjoyed the author's take on Jesus as a boy and how he was taken with insects, bugs, birds, and had a calming effect on those around him. There was definitely much thought put into the story.

    I would recommend this book. I received a free copy through the Book Club Network and Whitaker House to review. All opinions are my own and I was not required to review it positively.
  5. jacquiR
    Illinois
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Mary Chosen of God
    November 27, 2016
    jacquiR
    Illinois
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Mary Chosen of God by Diana Wallis Taylor is a heart-warming story about Marys deep faith in and relationship with God. From her journey at the time of the angels appearance, announcing Gods plan for her life, to the time of the Lords ascension, the reader experiences what might have been her life and path through the years. The author relates Marys belief that Jesus, Gods Sonand hers, has a special purpose to fulfill, but she does not fully realize the plan until it unfolds before her eyes. The story relates the absolute trust in God and Marys reliance upon Him, even in the worst trial. The author succeeds in creating a likely family for the Messiah and the probable siblings reactions to Jesus and His ministry. Through the story we learn a lot about the culture and the rituals of the Jewish people. Overall, it was an enjoyable fictional account of Marys life and experiences. I received this book through TBCN in exchange for an honest review.
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