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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Daughter of Jerusalem/Giveaway

Joan Wolf ia a New york Times, USA Today, and Washington Post best-selling author of 47 novels including her latest Daughter of Jerusalem.  She taught high-school English and had Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor as a student.  She has lived most of her adult life with her husband in Milford, Connecticut, where she raised two children and an assortment of horses, dogs, and cats. 
She says that Gary Will's book What Jesus Meant propelled her to write this book abut Mary Magdalene.
Author's website can be found at

Her name was Mary Magdalene.
In this fictionalized story of one of the Bible's most compelling women, Joan Wolf beautifully recreates the history, romance, and tradition of Mary's world.  Daughter of Jerusalem follows Mary's life from her first love through her loveless marriage, to the moment she heard of a miracle worker in her town - and ultimately to the moment she saw Him risen from the dead.
As this inspiring chronicle reminds us, Mary was the first to witness history's greatest moment.  She was a woman who sought forgiveness for her sins, and a follower of God who yearned for a deeper faith.  She was Jesus' beloved disciple.  Read Mary Magdalene's story and find yourself in this remarkable woman's journey to discover the Kingdom of God.

My Thoughts:
I have come to appreciate well written Biblical fiction that is historically accurate as well as Biblically accurate.  So, needless to say, I was excited to read a novel about Mary Magdalene.  This was a first for me.  Joan Wolf approaches Mary Magdalene from the understanding that she and Mary of Bethany (the sister of Martha and Lazarus) are one in the same.  There is some debate about these two "Marys" in the Bible being the same person; however, Wolf does a fine job of combining the two figures and telling a story of a follower of Christ.
Wolf beautifully captures this time in Biblical history through her vivid description of the area and her characters.  I really appreciated how she related the ministry of Jesus in the latter part of the book.  While there were quite a few artistic liberties taken by the author, the overarching themes of transformation, forgiveness and salvation offered to those who would come to Christ are clearly presented.

I have TWO copies of Daughter of Jerusalem to give to two of my readers courtesy of Leeanna Case and Worthy Publishing.  

Leave me a comment answering this question and you will be entered to win one of the two copies:
1.  Do you like to read biblical fiction?  Why or why not?
2.  Who is your favorite author of biblical fiction?

Be sure and leave me a way to contact you in case you are a winner!  I'll pick two winners this Friday evening!

Happy Reading,