Thursday, June 27, 2013

Claudia, Wife of Pontius Pilate - Revell Blog Tour

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In a time of turmoil, one woman will search for love and peace--and find it where she never expected.
Tugged this way and that by fate's indifferent hand, Claudia's life is adrift--until she meets Lucius Pontius Pilate and becomes his wife. When they move to the troublesome territory of Judea, she does what she has always done: makes the best of it. But unrest is brewing and Claudia will soon find herself and her beloved husband embroiled in controversy and rebellion.

Might she find hope in the mysterious Jewish Rabbi everyone seems to be talking about?
Let this epic story whisk you through marbled palaces, dusty marketplaces, and idyllic Italian villas as you follow the unlikely path of a woman who warrants only a passing mention in one of the Gospel accounts, but whose story, as told by Diana Wallis Taylor, is one worthy of legend.
This book is available online on Amazon or Baker Publishing

My Thoughts:
Once again, I am intrigued by a historical/biblical fiction novel. This is my first time to read Diana Wallis, but I like her style of writing. What would it have been like to be married to Pontius Pilate? Or to know your husband authorized the crucifixion of an innocent man? The Bible says little about his wife, as a matter of fact, just a short passage, yet... this author takes her life to new heights and imaginations by using a bit of historical background. A young lady, Caesar's granddaughter, born out of wedlock, and married off to a man not for love, but an arrangement of convenience. I cannot imagine what it would have been like to be in that position. But Claudia, a strong woman, determined to be her husbands helpmate grows to love him. Her grandmother gives her this advice "You are strong and will be a good helpmate for Lucius... He will make mistakes, but he will do his best. Support him in every way you can."  Wow! Isn't that the best advice for a wife old or young? I even need that. I love the aspect of love and respect in this book. Claudia knew her position as Pilate's wife, and worked hard to be supportive and not overstep her boundaries. Respect for authority and position is something we seem to be missing in today's society. You really just have to read this book to see how it all fits in the picture. I really enjoyed the author's note at the end with a bit of history in it. The author even brings up the question as to whether Pilate may have become a believer later in his life? What do you think? Don't miss out on this book. I really enjoyed it.

About the Author:
Diana Wallis Taylor is the author of the novels Journey to the Well, Martha, and Mary Magdalene. She lives with her husband Frank in San Diego, California. Between them they have six grown children and ten grandchildren. She enjoys speaking and sharing her heart with women of all ages.Find out more on her website: www.dianawallistaylor.com

*I received this book from Revell in exchange for my honest opinion. I am not required to give a positive review.*

Available June 2013 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group

1 comment:

  1. Excellent review, Amy! This was my first read by Diana and I really liked it ... both her writing style and the content.

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