Good Monday Morning!
How are you today? Did you have a good weekend? Oh, mine was BUSY!! But let me tell you about one of the best things about it: this book.
My friend, Paula K. Parker, and her husband are authors. I've reviewed one of her books before - it was a co-written book with G.P. Taylor. This one is a book that Paula has dreamed of writing for many years - and the story simply shines.
Here, watch the trailer:
That gives you a pretty good synopsis of the book, although the story of the three siblings is detailed much more, leading up to the event of Lazarus's illness and death and resurrection. (Which has always moved me, whether by tears or by goose bumps or by deep joy...)
This is a RICH book. From the beginning, Paula's descriptions and flow draw you into a world you might not be too familiar with - a traditional Biblical Jewish home. I've read many books and studied much of the Jewish history, and Paula's words immediately open the doors of the family home and draw me in. I could see, taste, hear, and feel the environment of this book.
Her characters, also, are rich and full. Empathy, sympathy, fondness, repulsion, irritation, joyfulness - all are emotions I felt toward the characters while reading yesterday.
Yes, that's right. :) I read it all in about three and a half hours. I couldn't put it down. The story of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus is one I'm very familiar with. Paula's words brought them to life, and I couldn't wait to see where they went next. And you will find yourself identifying with these characters, probably all of them - their flaws, their dysfunction, and the love and acceptance they receive from Jesus.
Please, read this book. Get a copy for your girlfriends and your daughters. Don't skip the author's note at the end. Discuss it. Share it. READ IT. :D And allow its underlying message of love to sink in, deeply.