Introducing Diana Wallis Taylor, guest blogger this week.
Diana Wallis Taylor is….
A winner of the “Writer of the Year” award by the San Diego Christian Writer’s Guild, Diana Wallis Taylor has been writing since the age of 12 when she sold her first poem to a church newspaper. She has completed four novels of Biblical Fiction for Revell, two novels of Biblical Fiction with a third in production, and a Halloween book, “Harmless Fun or Risky Business” for Whitaker House.
Her fourth book, Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate, was nominated for ACFW’s Carol Award. She won first place in the San Diego Book Awards for her short story “Phipps and the Jay”; First place in Christian Romance for her book Smoke Before the Wind; First place in Christian Fiction for her e-book, House of the Forest; Second place for Martha, First place for her manuscript for A Distant Mountain (now Shadows on the Mountain); all in Reader’s Favorite Book Review and Award Contest. Her collection of poetry, Wings of the Wind came out in 2006. Her writing contributions appear in various compilation books and magazines.
Diana is going to tell us about her recent book –
Mary, Chosen of God
“Blessed are you, Mary, chosen of God.”
Mary is an 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 at 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 anticipation in the middle of her daily life. Walk with Mary as she witnesses Yeshua grow, mature, minister, and even crucified and then raised again, to the kindling of her new faith.
I didn’t plan on writing a book on Mary, the mother of Jesus. There are already countless books on this woman who looms larger than life on history’s stage. What could I say about her that has not already been written?
Then the Lord whispered to my heart to show her humanity. Write a book from Mary’s viewpoint. We read in the Scriptures of events in her life, but how did she react to them?
- How did she contemplate the angel’s visit?
- Was it a vision, a dream?
It was overwhelming to a young woman only around 14 years old, an average age to be betrothed in the small village of Nazareth. She went to Elizabeth, mainly to see if the angel’s words were true, that it was not a dream, and she was truly to be the mother of the Messiah.
Elizabeth did not live in the next village as supposed by many, she lived over 120 miles away in Juttah, the town of priests, past Jerusalem and Hebron. How did Mary get there and how did she persuade her parents, and Joseph, to let her go?
The Bible is full of challenging logistics!
I poured through God’s Word and began to see Mary’s character and her heart. She became more than a figure in the Scriptures, she became real to me. I realize that as I portrayed her humanity, and her family lifestyle (we must remember that she lived in a small village where everyone knew everyone) it would be challenging to some. She gathered water from the well, nursed her son, and subsequent children, cooked meals for her family and according to the Scriptures, was a loving wife to her husband in every sense of the word, blessed by God. They had more children, for the brothers of Jesus are listed in the Scriptures. Letters from two of those brothers are included in the Bible; The Book of James and the Book of Jude.
I realize this would conflict with the teachings of those of another denomination, but as with my other books, it is based on what is written in the Scriptures.
Learning about Mary opened up familiar stories in new ways. When we search for truth, God truly opens our eyes.
Thank you, Diana… I feel the same way about what I discovered writing the Apostle John Series – and have been criticized for saying he was married when ‘everyone knows’ he never married.
I researched that too, of course, and found some unusual suggestions about his possible wife. So, not ‘everyone knows.’