Saturday, October 8, 2016

Book review with a giveaway: Mary, Chosen of God by Diana Wallis Taylor

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About the Book

“Blessed are you, Mary, chosen of God.”

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 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 prophecy 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.

My Review

It was a pleasure to read this retelling of the biblical account of Mary, the mother of Jesus.  The author was careful to give well-researched details of how life was lived at the time, which gave the story believability and authenticity.  What I especially appreciated was Mary's deep devotion to and relationship with God, as evidenced by the time she spent in prayer with Him.  In her village, everyone followed the protocol regarding food preparation, observing the Sabbath, and respect for elders.  Her observance and obedience was a natural response to her love for God.  Her relationship with God was real, hence, she was chosen by God.

I recommend this book to those who enjoy biblical fiction.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit.  This review is my honest opinion.

About the Author

Diana Wallis Taylor has written eight biblical novels, including Mary, Chosen of God, Martha, Journey to the Well, Mary Magdalene, Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate, and Ruth, Mother of Kings. Well-known in the Christian book industry for her biblical fiction, her most recent five books have received over 3,000 ratings on Goodreads. Taylor is a former San Diego Christian Writer’s Guild’s “Writer of the Year” and her biblical novels have earned her a variety of awards. Diana lives in San Diego with her husband, Frank. They have six grown children and ten grandchildren.

Blog Stops

October 4: Simple Harvest Reads (spotlight)

October 5: Proverbial Reads

October 5: I Hope You Dance

October 6: Book by Book

October 7: History, Mystery & Faith

October 8: Book Bites, Bee Stings, and Butterfly Kisses

October 9: Chas Ray’s Book Nerd Corner

October 10: A Greater Yes

October 10: Back Porch Reads

October 11: The Power of Words

October 12: Book Babble

October 13: For the Love of Books

October 13: Mary Hake

October 14: Splashes of Joy

October 14: Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations

October 15: Bigreadersite

October 16: Henry Happens

October 17: His Grace is Sufficient


To celebrate her tour, Diana is giving away a gift basket that includes Mary, Ruth, Whitaker House’s study Bible, and The Lord is my Shepherd candle from Abba Anointing Oil! Click here to enter:


  1. Great review! I LOVE Biblical fiction. I'm looking forward to reading this one!

    1. I'm still thinking about the book days later, so you know it's a good one. All that time spent with Jesus was good for me!