Friday, May 9, 2014
Review: Memorial: The Mystery of Mary of Bethany by:Dolores Kimball
About the Book:
From Dolores Kimball's introduction: I've always been fascinated by the story of Mary of Bethany. For years I've pondered the words of Jesus spoken as Mary anointed him for his burial: 'Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her' (Matt. 26:13; Mark 14:9). What on earth, I've always wondered, could she possibly have done to merit such an extraordinary commendation from the Lord? The more I looked into it, and the more I learned of Mary, the more I came to believe that hers is an honest to goodness, read between the lines mystery story, a mystery that revolves around Jesus' tribute to her, a tribute unique in all of Scripture.
This is a book that will encourage as well as intrigue, as the author challenges popular misconceptions about Mary of Bethany
About the Author:
Dolores Kimball is an experienced editor and writer whose passion is to explain biblical truth in clear, practical ways that will impact and change lives - especially the lives of women. A Bible study teacher and women's retreat speaker, Dolores has worked as writer and editor for several large Christian ministries including Focus on the Family, David C. Cook, and Compassion International. Formerly Managing Editor of Got Questions Ministries, she is now a freelance writer and editor.
The author addresses the fact that Mary of Bethany other than 3 particular stories is virtually a mystery woman to us. I have always wanted to learn more about this woman, because I believe we should strive to be more like her. I didn't realize she was also the woman that poured the very expensive perfumed oil over Jesus related to the symbolism of preparing His body for burial.
Besides that instance, there were two other times she was mentioned in scripture---once during Lazarus' resurrection and again when Jesus visits the family. I will be quite honest there are so many Mary's in the Bible that I get confused. But even so I believe that the author should write more on the investigation into others listed in the Bible, to help those that are just like me.
I enjoyed the commentary, it is totally Bible based and appears to be thoroughly researched which makes me feel alot better reading about this marvelous woman. Looking into the extraordinary life of this individual points us to the fact that she knew what was important in this world and that is something that we all have trouble remembering these days.
**Disclosure** This book was sent to me free of charge for my honest review from Cross Focused Reviews.