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Beauty Unveiled Sisters of Lazarus #1Gh I won t spoil the scene for you It s too much fun to read for yourselfBottom ine Sisters of Lazarus Beauty Unveiled is classic Biblical fiction right up there with The Robe uo Vadis Two From Galilee and Ben Hur The book Sisters Of Lazarus by Paula Parker is a ook at Martha and Mary in a way that shows the struggles of That's So '90s Pop!: A Fill-In Activity Book life they might have had This is an interestingook into the The Radiant Child lives of Martha Mary Lazarus and also the Jewish traditions andife It gives the authors idea on what Martha and Mary might have been The Best American Crime Writing 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 the same struggles and concerns that we have in being accepted Martha is the one who struggles with how sheooks but she is dependable and the one who is the caregiver for her brother and sister Mary is the free spirit who is beautiful and knows it She is carefree and the one who is The Internet of Us: Knowing More and Understanding Less in the Age of Big Data likely to do something on a whim Paula Parker tries through her fiction account to explain why each sister is the way they are and you can understand why when Mary uses the expensive perfume and pours it on Jesus head how this might be misunderstood by the practical Martha Or why Martha would be upset with Mary for not helping her prepare the meal for Jesus and the disciples I think that this book is a way to get to know the sisters through fiction but also it helps toook at the Mary and Martha in the Bible differently with understanding I was pleasantly surprised by this book and enjoyed reading it and while reading this book I read about the Sisters from the Bible too which was fantastic The book is worth taking time to readI was given an ebook from NetGallery to read and give an honest review The opinion s are all mine Sisters of LazarusBeauty UnveiledPaula K ParkerCopyright 2013In Sisters Of Lazarus we are given 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 Those of us who read the Bible don t always think about everything that was going on in everyday ife while history was being made But Paula K Parker has given us a view into how ife might have been in the weeks Tempting Eden 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 anded to his own ife giving 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 thoroughly imagined these women and set them oose in 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 Talking to Dragons little aggravated at Mary But in the end Mary touched my heart profoundly and I wonder if those final scenes with her went aittle beyond imagination into revelation This was seriously well done Biblical fiction This book is about some of the Three Times the Love 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 storyineAlso woven into the story The Drowning Man 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 reallyike and their characters were still believable here and this book was fiction after all I got over it uickly enoughThere were some interesting The Bride of Willow Creek lifeessons 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 or two it is well worth the read If you are a fan of Christian historical fiction you most GREAT INVESTMENT, THE likelyove this book If you ike Christian fiction in general you will at east The Lively Art of Writing like this book Even if you rarely read fiction this might be a good one for you to try outTo purchase your own copy of this book go 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 What a wonderful Christian FictionTwo sisters whoived ives with different views Martha and Mary were the same coin but different sides Their ove for each other overcame the differences because of their ove for ChristI could not put this book down Although it is a wonderful piece of fiction it was still written with words and wisdom from the Bible I appreciated how the author wrote each sister and yet kept them connected to each other The story ine wa. Ble story the book also shows that a woman's value to God does not ie in appearance or the value which we place on skills accomplishments possessions or intellect.

E know from the Bible Anyone 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 goes 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 has told a story that infuses ife into these women their family and their friends 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 earn 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 ife 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 istening to God angle More than just a photograph of their The Leadership Gap: What Gets Between You and Your Greatness 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 isifted to enable the reader to see the beauty of both women as well as the failures and faults Seeing the transformations in their The Leadership Gap lives through the encounters they have with Jesus not only caused me to have a richer understanding of whatife was possibly ike 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 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 a good book or film for me But the ine 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 Serenity Role Playing Game 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 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 Ever since I was aittle kid I have Save the Cupcake! loved stories from antiuity The Iliad and the Odyssey Edith Hamilton s Mythology stories of Romulus and Remus Thor and Loki and the frost giants Athens and Sparta they were my favs I think one of the reasons Ioved those tales was they didn t pull any punches Helen and Paris were portrayed as flesh and blood overs Menelaus was a raging cuckolded husband Odysseus was a crafty and cunning warrior To my young mind they were realContrast that with the flannel board Bible stories I heard in Sunday School Noah and the ark were made of felt David might have slain Goliath but I don t remember any blood being spilled Adam and Eve were always strategically placed to cover their unmentionables In short "Those Magnificent Tales From The "magnificent tales from the middle east were reduced to two dimensional cardboard cut outs devoid of passion emotion danger or suspense No wonder it was fun to read about the 300 Spartans than the 12 DisciplesPerhaps that is one reason I enjoyed Sister of Lazarus Beauty Unveiled so much Author Paula K Parker took the familiar Biblical characters of Lazarus the man Jesus raised from the dead along with his two sisters Mary and Martha off the flannel board and dressed them in flesh and bone She set them in a real world of sweat and dust and political unrest and religious zeal She set them in a real world of sweat and dust and political unrest and religious zeal she didn t try to preach Instead she simply told a story of what might have beenEven though 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 ives 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 Tressed to Kill 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 andocal gossip 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 familyMartha is a natural manager but she is nothing to ook 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 ike most modern families that pull together during the hard times rejoice together doing the good 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 getting 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 good Ms Parker s tale sets that notion on its head althou. D the book opens with Mary tiptoeing into the house as she returns from market with a hand mirror for herself instead of saffron for MarthaBeyond re telling the Bi. Get ready to be transported into another time and place Paula Parker unfurled a vibrant breathing dusty world of Jewish The Dancer Who Flew: A Memoir of Rudolf Nureyev life and culture normally expounded upon monotonously by many degreed scholars but she did it in such a way that I not onlyearned a few fascinating historical nuggets I also truly began to feel the character s hopes and fears in a visceral way There I was wanting to help in the kitchen or tagging along with the sisters to the marketplace or gasping with indignation at an injustice I could almost taste and smell and feel what it might have been ike to ive in that time period in that cultureParker really did her research and it paid off big time The detail with which she describes the native clothing styles the daily routines and the social and religious customs of the Jews of that time period gave me a deeper insight into many significant events of Scripture as well as the character and possible motives of each person involved in the story Each foray into a fictional version of a recorded biblical event was not just merely plausible but was completely believable Events I didn t consciously tie together were connected in such a way that they made so much sense in the flow of the narrative than once I found myself saying Wow or talking to and sometimes fussing at the characters right out oudThe cultural concept of beauty and femininity was so different in the days of Jesus than it is now but the struggle to understand true beauty and embrace who God has created you to be is a timeless struggle that transcends the centuries In Sisters of Lazarus each sister must wrestle with the perception of beauty they see in their own ives just as many of us do throughout our modern ives until we are either crushed in spirit or until we find unshakeable peaceI highly recommend this wonderful story as an essential addition to your ibrary and even if you are not a fan of biblical fiction I d wager this book will make you one I had a very hard time putting it down This is an authentic tale by a The Gingerbread Man and the Leprechaun Loose at School lady who obviouslyoves 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 girls begging Jesus to come and heal their sick brother we already know he s going to tarry until Lazarus is actually dead so we don t have to stay glued to the pages Writing this in the first paragraph isn t even a plot spoiler Having said that there are a few nice ittle surprising embellishments Mary s wager with her friend Leah about finding a husband and the history between Martha and her betrothed Simon was entirely made up as was their relationship to Nicodemus but it s fun to imagine that it might have been this wayThe characters tend to be arger than The Gingerbread Man Loose in the School life and maybe aittle overstated which may also add a bit of fun to the story For example the trio s Uncle Joktan and his son Abel are typical pompous Pharisees Judas might not have come across uite so sleazy in reality but we re willing to go with it The sisters themselves are presented ike chalk and cheese Mary is very beautiful but a bit vain and couettish while Martha is plain and very domestic That first glimpse of them we have in the Bible may have been a particularly plain and very domestic That first glimpse of them we have in the Bible may have been a particularly off day for Martha but this story has the girls at cross purposes ike that often Still that s exactly how it might have been for all we knowI think the point is well made that for all their apparent differences the sisters are pretty much the same where it counts Both are driven by ow self esteem and pride over what they see as their best assetsHaving Jesus as a character in a novel is a pretty bold move when you think about it In this story it s interesting to see him from the point of view of people who start off not realising who he really is I iked the way he came across And it s great to see first Hand As It Were as it were wonderful impact his healings make on the oved ones of those who were sick That s one of the great things about writing stories as a novel These are people ike us and not just ancient folk in the pages of scriptureIt s a book to convict in an amusing way peppered with a bit of comedy I iked it when Nicodemus and Lazarus were testing out the chairs which Lazarus bought on his merchant journeys and they decided that being seated so high off the ground would take a bit of getting used toThe way the household customs of women were woven within the story was also something I appreciated For example the baking of bread with all its fiddliness and trickery These household chores are made to sound ike works of art and It May Good For Us Modern Readers To See How may good for us modern readers to see how Let s get it out of the way attitude may eave a bit to be desired It s a very spicy fragrant sort of story as we get the benefit of the exotic spices and fruit such as cumin saffron dates raisons and honeyI received this book from Net Galley and Authentic Media in return for an honest review 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 Sisters of Lazarus Beauty Unveiled by Paula K Parker is than just a story about the two sisters Mary and Martha 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.

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