Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Martha and Mary-Saving the Sisters of Bethany

Much in the way "The Red Tent" added a females touch to the story of Jacob, so Patty Froese Ntihemuka does with Martha and Mary. We see the details of everyday life, for the sisters and others, as well as the feelings they must have felt along the way. Told from Martha's point of view, you get to walk in her shoes and perhaps, change your perception of her in the process. I like the fact that so much is put into the story before the story. We meet Martha and Mary and share in their lives long before Jesus enters the picture. And for good literary purpose. We are shown why his presence made such an impact in their lives. It is a powerful presentation to a story that gets very little press time in the pulpit.

At 175 pages, you will fly through this book about Lazerus' sisters and treasure the story in the process. You will see the key players, Martha, Mary, Lazerus and Jesus in a new way. You might even see Jesus for the first time as the compassionate person he was. Whether you find yourself engrossed in a beautiful story, or moved to contemplate deeper revelations, you will be glued to Martha and Mary until the last page.