(Women of the Way): (A Historical New Testament Biblical Fiction Novel)
Up from Dust by Heather Kaufman is her debut Biblical fiction story centered around Martha, Mary, and Lazarus. I had heard so many good things about this story that I knew I had to give it a try.
I really loved most everything about part one, which is the first half of this story. I don’t want to give away any spoilers, so I’ll just say I was completely invested and loved how Martha’s story was shaping up. Part two of this story centered more around Jesus and His interactions with Mary, Martha, and Lazarus leading up to His crucifixion. I liked how many Biblical truths were in this part of the story. While I did wish something that did eventually happen would’ve happened sooner, and with more of a lead up to it, I still enjoyed the second half, but not quite as much as the first half. How’s that for being cryptic? lol. I’m just really trying to stay away from spoiler territory. I felt the writing in this story was very strong and I would definitely read this author again.
This is the first book in the Women of the Way series. I am curious to see who the next story is about!
*I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. The faith thread is prominent throughout. 4 stars.
Martha of Bethany is no stranger to adversity. After her mother's untimely death, Martha shoulders the responsibility of raising her siblings--quiet and studious Lazarus, and wild and rambunctious Mary. She finds solace in friendship and the beginnings of first love, but just as Martha begins to imagine a new future, hardship strikes again and her dreams crumble into dust.
Ten years later, Martha's friend pleads for the new teacher, Jesus of Nazareth, to come and heal her husband. When Martha discovers that the carpenter-rabbi is connected to her past, she's not sure she can trust him with her future. But as he continues to perform miracles, the invitation to believe becomes harder to resist, renewing Martha's hardened heart, even as she faces an unknown future.