Rising Above The Influence: A True Story about Alcohol, Drugs, and Recovery jRe pretty much the same where it counts Both are driven by low self esteem and pride over what they see as their best assetsHaving Jesus as a character in a novel is a pretty bold move when you think about it In this story it s interesting to see him from the point of view of people who start off not realising who he really is I liked the way he came across And it s great to see first hand as it were the wonderful impact his healings make on the loved ones of those who were sick That s one of the great things about writing stories as a novel These are people like us and notust ancient folk in the pages of scriptureIt s a book to convict in an amusing way peppered with a bit of comedy I liked it when Nicodemus and Lazarus were testing out the chairs which Lazarus bought on his merchant Conjure In African American Society journeys and they decided that being seated so high off the ground would take a bit of getting used toThe way the household customs of women were woven within the story was also something I appreciated For example the baking of bread with all its fiddliness and trickery These household chores are made to sound like works of art and it may good for us modern readers to see how our Let s get it out of the way attitude may leave a bit to be desired It s a very spicy fragrant sort of story as we get the benefit of the exotic spices and fruit such as cumin saffron dates raisons and honeyI received this book from Net Galley and Authentic Media in return for an honest review Those of us who read the Bible don t always think about everything that was going on in everyday life while history was being made But Paula K Parker has given us a view into how life might have been in the weeks leading up to the famous raising of Lazarus from the dead Perhaps I should say infamous because raising Lazarus was arguably Jesus s most important miracle It spurred his enemies to do whatever it took to kill him and led to his own life giving resurrection As much as was at stake for you and me that day there was even at stake for Lazarus s sisters Martha and Mary Ms Parker has thoroughly imagined these women and set them loose in a well researched home and society I wasn t very far into the book before their daily routines and desires seemed as familiar as my own I rooted for Martha throughout the book and often found myself a little aggravated at Mary But in the end Mary touched my heart profoundly and I wonder if those final scenes with her went a little beyond imagination into revelation This was seriously well done Biblical fiction Sisters of Lazarus Beauty Unveiled by Paula K Parker is thanust a story about the two sisters Mary and Martha we know from the Bible Anyone who has been raised on Christianese has heard someone described as a Mary or a Martha and made assumptions on their work ethic based solely on one word This book goes beyond the few facts we know from Scripture and weaves a spellbinding tale that is sure to change the readers perspectiveAuthor Paula K Parker was curious about why the sisters were so different and has told a
"story that infuses life into these women their family and their friends The elder sister Martha is described as a plain "that infuses life into these women their family and their friends The elder sister Martha is described as a plain who believes her only value is in her accomplishments She is a hard worker and takes pride in all she does Mary has no apparent skills and believes that her beauty is all she has to offer When their brother Lazarus offers hospitality to Jesus and his disciples the sisters learn that neither works nor outward beauty is the reason they are valuable to GodThis beautifully told story uickly draws you in and the characters spring to life in a way that makes a familiar story fresh I have even taken part in Bible studies on these 2 women but have never considered them through much than the working for God vs listening to God angle More than ust a photograph of their lives though Paula creates a rich tapestry that is beautiful and functional The research put into the time period and the characteristics of the people portrayed is outstanding The veil truly is lifted to enable the reader to see the beauty of both women as well as the failures and faults Seeing the transformations in their lives through the encounters they have with Jesus not only caused me to have a richer understanding of what life was possibly like for these two women but to also think about what I *Of Value In Me *value in me how God sees meAlthough historical fiction is not always my genre this story was told within the realm of possibility without attempting to distort facts that are found in Scripture Fact and fiction were interwoven in a manner that highlight what was happening through characters you care about Several things made me pause and think which is a sign of a good book or film for me But the line that hit me the most forcibly was said by one of the people whom Jesus healed When others were celebrating him and his healing he said I did nothing except look for Jesus Wow That is a simple but profound statement that reminded me that only one thing is truly importantand for the first time I gained a better understanding of Jesus words about Mary I definitely recommend Sisters of Lazarus Beauty UnveiledDisclaimer I did receive a free download of the book from the publisher through NetGalleycom in order to write this review I was only asked for a fair and honest review All thoughts and opinions are my own. Ble story the book also shows that a woman's value to God does not lie in appearance or the value which we place on skills accomplishments possessions or intellect.
Summary Ë PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ✓ Paula K. ParkerSisters of LazarusBeauty UnveiledPaula K ParkerCopyright 2013In Sisters Of Lazarus we are given a fictionalized account of Lazarus sisters Mary and Martha This book deals with the issues of self worth Mary and Martha dealt with Sisters of Lazarus Beauty Unveiled show ust how different these sisters were how at odds they were but than that it is a reminder that the Lord does not Alien Commanders Bride (Draconians, judge by physical appearance but by the persons spiritFive out of five starsHappy Reading This was a book with a beautiful message that is very relevant to our society today This novel is based off the biblical story of Martha and Mary Lazarus sisters Most everyone knows the story of Lazarus being raised from the dead but not so many people know the story of his sisters The story puts emphases on defining ones self worth whether it be the beauty we possess the skills we excel at or the position we hold in society do any of these things matter to our spiritual well being This book was well written and refers to scripture I enjoyed this book as it flowed easily and the characters were brought to life in a wonderful way I would encourage especially young teens to read this book even if they are not familiar with the scripture I think a lot of people Christian and non Christian alike can gain insight from this tale This book is about some of the life events of Mary and Martha sisters of Lazarus from the Bible This is one of my rare fictional book reviews It is billed as historical fiction and I believe that to be accurate it was in fact historical I enjoyed the way the author wove in biblically accurate stories almost seemlessly into the fictional story lineAlso woven into the story line is the person of Jesus and his salvation message This also seemed biblically accurate to me only told from the viewpoint of Mary and MarthaSome of the actual details included annoyed meust a bit but that is only because I never imagined the persons of Mary and Martha to have the particular character ualities that this book portrayed them to have Since we don t know what they were really like and their characters were still believable here and this book was fiction after all I got over it uickly enoughThere were some interesting life lessons included in this book the main one being about the meaning of true beauty Well done tooOverall I found this book to be a very enjoyable read and since the actual details that came from the Bible seemed accurate to me although I may have missed a detail or two it is well worth the read If you are a fan of Christian historical fiction you will most likely love this book If you like Christian fiction in general you will at least like this book Even if you rarely read fiction this might be a good one for you to try outTo purchase your own copy of this book go here Sisters of Lazarus Beauty UnveiledDisclosure of Material Connection I received this book free from the author herself I was not reuired to write a positive review The opinions I have expressed are my own I am disclosing this in accordance *with the federal trade commision s 16 cfr *the Federal Trade Commision s 16 CFR 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising c 2013 Cheryl Cope Ever since I was a little kid I Cheryl Cope Ever since I was a little kid
"I loved stories from antiuity The Iliad and the Odyssey Edith Hamilton s "loved stories from antiuity The Iliad and the Odyssey Edith Hamilton s stories of Romulus and Remus Thor and Loki and the frost giants Athens and Sparta they were my favs I think one of the reasons I loved those tales was they didn t pull any punches Helen and Paris were portrayed as flesh and blood lovers Menelaus was a raging cuckolded husband Odysseus was a crafty and cunning warrior To my young mind they were realContrast that with the flannel board Bible stories I heard in Sunday School Noah and the ark were made of felt David might have slain Goliath but I don t remember any blood being spilled Adam and Eve were always strategically placed to cover their unmentionables In short those magnificent tales from the ancient middle east were reduced to two dimensional cardboard cut outs devoid of passion emotion danger or suspense No wonder it was fun to read about the 300 Spartans than the 12 DisciplesPerhaps that is one reason I enjoyed Sister of Lazarus Beauty Unveiled so much Author Paula K Parker took the familiar Biblical characters of Lazarus the man Jesus raised from the dead along with his two sisters Mary and Martha off the flannel board and dressed them in flesh and bone She set them in a real world of sweat and dust and political unrest and religious zeal And she didn t try to preach Instead she simply told a story of what might have beenEven though Lazarus and his sisters are among the most prominent New Testament characters after Jesus and his disciples there really isn t that much detail about their lives recorded in scripture And even though I have a bachelor s degree in Bible I can t say I m all that familiar with everyday life in Judea during the time of the Caesars That s where Ms Parker s narrative really shines She talks about the marketplace the daily routine the customs and fashions and local gossip of the day as if she actually experienced it And the family dynamics of this First Century Jewish family are as real and intricate as any modern familyMartha is a natural manager but she is nothing to look at and she knows it Mary is a natural beauty but she can t boil water without burning it and she knows it Spa. Sisters of Lazarus Beauty Unveiled is about Mary and Martha and their struggles with issues of self worth The author often wondered why the sisters were at odds an. Rks fly between the two often than not and poor Lazarus is stuck in the middle with the The alphas abused mate job of peacemaker and he knows it They are a functional if somewhat dysfunctional familyust like most modern families that pull together during the hard times rejoice together doing the good times and fuss and feud the rest of the timeContemporary sermons tend to focus on the event of Mary sitting at Jesus feet while Martha served getting her nose bent out of shape in the process Those sermons typically end with the uestion Are you a Mary or a Martha with the obvious indication that being Martha is bad while being Mary is good Ms Parker s tale sets that notion on its head although I won t spoil the scene for you It s too much fun to read for yourselfBottom line Sisters of Lazarus Beauty Unveiled is classic Biblical fiction right up there with The Robe uo Vadis Two From Galilee and Ben Hur Get ready to be transported into another time and place Paula Parker unfurled a vibrant breathing dusty world of Jewish life and culture normally expounded upon monotonously by many degreed scholars but she did it in such a way that I not only learned a few fascinating historical nuggets I also truly began to feel the character s hopes and fears in a visceral way There I was wanting to help in the kitchen or tagging along with the sisters to the marketplace or gasping with indignation at an injustice I could almost taste and smell and feel what it might have been like to live in that time period in that cultureParker really did her research and it paid off big time The detail with which she describes the native clothing styles the daily routines and the social and religious customs of the Jews of that time period gave me What a wonderful Christian FictionTwo sisters who lived lives with different views Martha and Mary were the same coin but different sides Their love for each other overcame the differences because of their love for ChristI could not put this book down Although it is a wonderful piece of fiction it was still written with words and wisdom from the Bible I appreciated how the author wrote each sister and yet kept them connected to each other The story line was straight out of the bible yet it had a personal spin to it that was captivating The book Sisters Of Lazarus by Paula Parker is a look at Martha and Mary in a way that shows the struggles of life they might have had This is an interesting look into the lives of Martha Mary Lazarus and also the Jewish traditions and life It gives the authors idea on what Martha and Mary might have been like She takes what we know from the Bible and takes it a step further to make both of the sisters real They have some of the same struggles and concerns that we have in being accepted Martha is the one who struggles with how she looks but she is dependable and the one who "is the caregiver for her brother and sister Mary is the "the caregiver for her brother and sister Mary is the spirit who is beautiful and knows it She is carefree and the one who is likely to do something on a whim Paula Parker tries through her fiction account to explain why each sister is the way they are and you can understand why when Mary uses the expensive perfume and pours it on Jesus head how this might be misunderstood by the practical Martha Or why Martha would be upset with Mary for not helping her prepare the meal for Jesus and the disciples for not helping her prepare the meal for Jesus and the disciples think that this book is a way to get to know the sisters through fiction but also it helps to look at the Mary and Martha in the Bible differently with understanding I was pleasantly surprised by this book and enjoyed reading it and while reading this book I read about the Sisters from the Bible too which was fantastic The book is worth taking time to readI was given an ebook from NetGallery to read and give an honest review The opinion s are all mine This is an authentic tale by a lady who obviously loves Bible history and story telling It s not the sort of book that keeps you riveted with twists and turns as it s based on the familiar Bible stories featuring Lazarus and his two sisters so therefore we know what to expect For example when we see the girls begging Jesus to come and heal their sick brother we already know he s going to tarry until Lazarus is actually dead so we don t have to stay glued to the pages Writing this in the first paragraph isn t even a plot spoiler Having said that there are a few nice little surprising embellishments Mary s wager with her friend Leah about finding a husband and the history between Martha and her betrothed Simon was entirely made up as was their relationship to Nicodemus but it s fun to imagine that it might have been this wayThe characters tend to be larger than life and maybe a little overstated which may also add a bit of fun to the story For example the trio s Uncle Joktan and his son Abel are typical pompous Pharisees Judas 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across uite so sleazy in reality but we re willing to go with it Theuite so sleazy in reality but we re willing to go with it The themselves are presented like chalk and cheese Mary is very beautiful but a bit vain and couettish while Martha is plain and very domestic That first glimpse of them we have in the Bible may have been a particularly hectic off day for Martha but this story has the girls at cross purposes like that often Still that s exactly how it might have been for all we knowI think the point is well made that for all their apparent differences the sisters D the book opens with Mary tiptoeing into the house as she returns from market with a hand mirror for herself instead of saffron for MarthaBeyond re telling the Bi.