Title: Daughter of Jerusalem
Author: Joan Wolf
Publication: Worthy Publishing
Release Date: April 16, 2013
Length: 320 Pages
Every so often we, the reader, are lucky to come across a book where the words seem to float right off of the pages. It is rare in today’s literary world when we can visualize every scene, see the landscape, and feel the emotions of the characters involved. In the inspirational novel, Daughter of Jerusalem, Joan Wolf accomplishes all of the above.
I have often read the Bible and wondered about people’s backstories; what is their everyday life like and what brought them to become followers of Jesus. Daughter of Jerusalem tells the fictionalized story of Mary of Magdala, better known as Mary Magdalene. We are first introduced to Mary as a young girl who is forced to leave her home (including her younger siblings, Lazarus and Martha) in Bethany because she does not get along with her stepmother.
Through an arranged marriage, Mary finds herself living in the town of Sepphoris. Sepphoris is a far cry from the traditional Jewish town she has known her entire life, and it is in this town that Mary strays away from the Lord. After a series of heartbreaks, death, infidelity, and deceit Mary moves to a city near the water named Capernaum. It is here that Mary hears of a young man that goes by the name of John the Baptist.
Mary is intrigued by this young man that is receiving so much attention and it begins to lead her back to her Jewish roots. When John is murdered, rumors begin about a man that is able to perform miracles and Mary cannot wait to meet him. This man is Jesus and Mary is the only one that believes him when he says he is the Son of God.
Daughter of Jerusalem is a work of fiction with a cast of characters we are all familiar with and their connections could have been possible. Earlier I stated, that every scene in this book could be visualized, none proved my point more than Jesus’ crucifixion. Not since watching “The Passion of the Christ,” have I felt such strong emotions because Joan Wolf writes how Mary Magdalene and (Jesus’ mother) Mary saw this event happening. Daughter of Jerusalem beautifully shows why Mary Magdalene was held in such high regard by Jesus and why she is one of the most famous women in the Bible. Through this work of fiction, Joan Wolf shows us that no matter how far we stray from God’s teachings we can renew our faith, that He will continue to love us even if we have not always followed Him, and that He will continue to show us favor.
Please note: Publisher supplied the book for a review.