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Journey to the Well: A Novel

2 Ratings: 3.5
a book by Diana Wallis Taylor

One of the most well-known and loved stories of Jesus's ministry is the encounter with the Samaritan woman at Jacob's well. Now the creative mind of Diana Wallis Taylor imagines how the Samaritan woman got there in the first place. Marah is just a girl … see full wiki

Author: Diana Wallis Taylor
Genre: Christian Fiction
Publisher: Revell
Date Published: March 2009
1 review about Journey to the Well: A Novel

Biblical fiction gives a fresh look at the Woman at the Well

  • Mar 30, 2009
Rating:
+4
Journey to the Well by Diana Wallis Taylor is biblical fiction looking at the life of the Samaritan woman who met Jesus at the well. Marah is at her aunt Reba's mercy at the tender age of thirteen after the deaths of both of her parents. Reba resents Marah's beauty and having to care for the girl, so she marries her off to the town brute Zibeon instead of the man who has held Marah's heart for years, Jesse a shepherd. Marah makes the best of her life with Zibeon , but tragedy seems to follow her wherever she goes until several years later she goes to the well at midday to avoid the other women of the town of Shechem who give her the evil eye and shoot scathing comments her way. At the well she meets a man who will change not only her life but that of the entire town as well. The story of the woman at the well is a well-known one, and Taylor does a wonderful job of fleshing out the character so that when she meets Jesus the reader knows just where she's been. I appreciated how Taylor didn't make any of the characters cardboard cutouts. Through Marah's compassionate eyes, even the villains gained humanity. Taylor has done a great deal of research of the lives of first century Samaritans making the settings and scenes come to life. I also enjoyed how Taylor wove other stories about Jesus, including a parable, into the tale of Marah . One small complaint: the novel was well written and the dialogue easy to read until Jesus spoke. His speeches were from maybe the King James or Revised Standard Bible and so made the flow of the story jerk to a stop. It would have been better if the author had used a more modern translation of the Bible or paraphrased his words herself. Don't let that one small issue stop you from reading this terrific work of biblical fiction.

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