Daughter of Jesusalem: a novel

Title: Daughter of Jesusalem: a novelcover20948-medium
Author: Joan Wolf
ISBN: 9781936034673
Publisher: Worthy Publisher
Source: Advance copy from publisher via NetGalley
Release Date: April 16, 2013
Rating: 4 out of 5

Synopsis:

Daughter of Jerusalem is a fictional story of Mary Magdalene  In this novel, Mary Magdalene is portrayed as an ordinary woman who goes through some very unfortunate events in her life which put her in the path of Jesus.

My Review:

Mary Magdalene is perhaps the most famous woman from the Bible and hers is the most fascinating story. Who was she and what was her relationship with Jesus? Daughter of Jerusalem shows her as an unfortunate woman who tries to make the best of her circumstances. She is kind, generous, intelligent and is perhaps ahead of her time. She is sold into an unhappy marriage when she is in love with another man. We read about her experiences in her own words and you instantly relate to this woman.

We see the world through her eyes, travel with her and learn about her experiences and adventures. She eventually meets Jesus of Nazareth and meeting him changes her life.

This is a work of fiction and I don’t know how accurate this is to facts but nevertheless it is a positive portrayal of Mary who is often depicted negatively. It is an interesting read.

Same Kind of Different As Me

…by Ron Hall and Denver Moore. Ron Hall, a self-made millionaire, narrates the story of his life – where he grew up, how he became an art dealer, how he met and married his wife, Deborah. Denver Moore, a man who grew up as a slave in a cotton plantation, tells his tale – how his life was as a slave, how he escaped slavery and stayed homeless for years in Texas. With each of them recounting his life experiences, the story moves on to how they come together and become friends because of Deborah and how the discovery of Deborah’s cancer and her passing away brings Ron and Denver closer.

A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together

…reads the back cover of the book and that was enough to intrigue me to make me buy the book. I started reading it with great expectations – I was looking forward to read a tale of friendship. But I was letdown. While few chapters of the book are insightful to take the reader into the hardships of slavery, the majority of the book left me unsatisfied with its religious nature. And even the emotions of love, friendship, etc were not strongly portrayed – Ron and Denver talk about how they got to know each other, how their friendship developed and such, but all that felt a little forced and unnatural to me. The strong bond that the authors develop and set out tell the story of doesn’t come through as well as they intend it to; the writing, although easy to read, lacks depth. I kept reading the book expecting to get something out of it, but with each chapter, especially the episodes of God / angels appearing and talking to Denver and Deborah, it just got overly religious and preachy for my taste.

Overall, it might be a good read for someone who has strong religious beliefs and wants a tale of faith and friendship, but otherwise this book might be a disappointment.

My rating: 1*.

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