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Sunday, March 08, 2009

My review of Journey to the Well by Diana Wallis Taylor

About the book:

One of the most well-known and loved stories of Jesus's ministry is the encounter with the Samaritan woman at Jacob's well. Now the creative mind of Diana Wallis Taylor imagines how the Samaritan woman got there in the first place. Marah is just a girl of thirteen when her life is set on a path that will eventually lead her to a life-changing encounter with the Messiah. But before that momentous meeting she must traverse through times of love lost and found, cruel and manipulative men, and gossiping women.

My review:

I love Biblical fiction as much, if not more than regular historical fiction. If done well, it can be a powerful and emotionally moving experience and inspire you to read the Scriptures even more. Journey to the Well is one of those types of novels. I read this book from start to finish. No exaggeration. I started it yesterday afternoon, went to sleep last night, got up this morning and started reading again until I reached the end.

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 is so true of all of us. Journey to the Well shows you the history of her life leading up to the meeting when Jesus told her, "What you say is true. You have had five husbands and the man you are with is not your husband."

This is a powerful story from start to finish. It will make your heart crash and soar. Seriously. The entire gamut of emotions is covered in this extraordinary story of redemption. I will be thinking about it for some time. The spiritual impact is powerful.

Journey to the Well was published by Revell and released in March 2009.

1 comment:

Veronica Leigh said...

Can't wait to read it.

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