July 27th, 2009


Mary Called Magdalene

Original Year of Publication: 2001
Paperback Page Count: 656
Genre: Biblical Fiction

Summary: Mary Magdalene is one of the Bible's most controversial figures--some argue that she was a prostitute, others the wife of Jesus. Even more wonder if she was the most beloved of his disciples, his best friend and counselor. Margaret George's book follows the life of Mary from when she was a young girl, to her wife and motherhood, and on to her following Jesus. It paints a picture of a young Pharisee woman who, after being driven to the edge of sanity by demons, finds a different calling with a strange prophet...

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Four out of Five Stars: Not Margaret George's best, but certainly far better than Henry VIII and Mary, Queen of Scotland and the Isles. The main problems with this book are its annoying main character--though I have a feeling that it's just me who dislikes her--a slight plotline that is kind of, well, stupid, and a bad beginning. Overall, I would say that it's an interesting read, and casts Jesus very well. It makes Bible stories more exciting, but as an entire book, is nothing amazing. It didn't grab me, but I have a feeling that a lot of historical/biblical fiction fans will like it. As a Christian, I can also add that there is nothing in the book that truly offended me.

Also by this Author: The Memoirs of Cleopatra, The Autobiography of Henry VIII, Mary, Queen of Scotland and the Isles, Helen of Troy.
Similar Books: The Red Tent.
Up Next: No clue.

Electronic Book Readers

I'm eyeing one for my husbands birthday. They seem really cool and it would be great for my husband to be able to take to work to read on his break...or other times :D  Anyway, what are people's thought the e-book readers? Do you prefer Kindle versus the Sony? Other suggestions? Personally, while I think they are awesome and wouldn't mind having one, I don't think they will ever replace a real book in my hands. I love the smell of books, the texture, the way its SOLID. Anyone else agree?

For One More Day - Mitch Albom

I enjoyed it. It was a quick and easy read.

Wouldn't say fun though ... lol

I'd give it four out of five stars.

It's a great message to readers to get everything out and to not take people for granted. Time doesn't wait or lag when you neglect people and before you know it, they could be gone. People don't spend enough time with their families/mothers.

  I've also read Tuesdays With Morrie. I think Albom's stories have wonderful messages but I always think they end too soon.

Any thoughts?

- Natalie

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Looking for end-of-the-world books

So, I have a really weird quirk. I love movies and books that deal with the end of the world (as we know it)/Armageddon/etc. Think of the movies Armageddon, Deep Impact, The Day After Tomorrow, etc. I'm currently reading Plague Year and Plague War by Jeff Carlson, but I want more.

So sock it to me: plague, war, nuclear fallout, put onto a new planet by aliens (a la Anne McCaffrey's Landing series), world shifting on its axis, millenium striking, omg killer asteroid... anything with the best and worst of humanity shining through in the desperate moments.

The only books I'm not looking for are the Left Behind series. Those are already on my list.

Thanks in advance for the recs!

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