(E–pub/E–book) [Beauty Unveiled Sisters of Lazarus #1] author Paula K. Parker
Sisters of Lazarus Beauty Unveiled by Paula K *Parker is than just a story about the two sisters Mary and Martha we know from the Bible *is than just a story about the two sisters Mary and Martha we know from the Bible 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 oes 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 "so different and
told a story that infuses life into these women their family and their a story that infuses life into these women their family and their The elder sister Martha is described as a plain woman 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 just 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 consider of value in me and how God sees meAlthough historical fiction is not always my favorite Who Is Muhammad Ali? 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 aood 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 Don't Worry, Eat Cake: A Coloring Book to Help You Feel a Little Bit Better about Everything 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 Those of us who read the Bible don t always think about everything that wasoing on in everyday life while history was being made But Paula K Parker has iven 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 iving 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 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 irls begging Jesus to come and heal their sick brother we already know he s oing to tarry until Lazarus is actually dead so we don t have to stay A Secret Kept 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 w 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 Itives 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. 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. St and religious zeal And she didn t try to *Instead she simply told a story of what might have beenEven *she simply told a story of what might beenEven 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 ossip 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 # real and intricate as any modern 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 Sparks fly between the two often than not and poor Lazarus is stuck in the middle with the job of peacemaker and he knows it They are a functional if somewhat dysfunctional family just like most modern families that pull together during the hard times rejoice together doing the ood 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 etting 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 ood 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 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 me just 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 ot 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 eneral you will at least like this book Even if you rarely read fiction this might be a Tricycle (HISTOIRE) good one for you to try outTo purchase your own copy of this booko 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 Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising c 2013 Cheryl Cope 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 ain insight from this tale Sisters of LazarusBeauty UnveiledPaula K ParkerCopyright 2013In Sisters Of Lazarus we are iven 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 just how different these sisters were how at odds they were but than that it is a reminder that the Lord does not judge by physical appearance but by the persons spiritFive out of five starsHappy Reading. 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.