The Tomb: A Novel of Martha

The Tomb: A Novel of Martha Stephanie Landsem
  • Title: The Tomb: A Novel of Martha
  • Author: Stephanie Landsem
  • ISBN: 9781451689129
  • Page: 162
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Tomb: A Novel of Martha Stephanie Landsem The Tomb A Novel of Martha In this captivating retelling of a classic biblical story Jesus shocks the town of Bethany with Lazarus s resurrection from the dead leading Martha a seemingly perfect woman trapped by the secrets o
    In this captivating retelling of a classic biblical story, Jesus shocks the town of Bethany with Lazarus s resurrection from the dead, leading Martha a seemingly perfect woman trapped by the secrets of her past to hope and a new life.Everyone in Bethany admires Martha the perfect Jewish woman She feeds and clothes her loved ones, looks after the family farm, and meticulouIn this captivating retelling of a classic biblical story, Jesus shocks the town of Bethany with Lazarus s resurrection from the dead, leading Martha a seemingly perfect woman trapped by the secrets of her past to hope and a new life.Everyone in Bethany admires Martha the perfect Jewish woman She feeds and clothes her loved ones, looks after the family farm, and meticulously follows every precept of the Pharisees strict laws But Martha is hiding a secret At her sister s marriage feast, she gave her heart and her innocence to a young musician who promised to return and marry her, but instead betrayed her love and abandoned her.Seven years later, only two people in Bethany know of Martha s secret sin her brother, Lazarus, and Simon, the righteous Pharisee to whom Martha is betrothed When Lazarus falls ill, Martha is faced with a choice send for Jesus to save her dying brother risking the wrath of Simon who threatens to betray her or deny Jesus healing power and remain trapped in her tomb of secrecy and lies.Meanwhile, on the shores of Galilee, Isa roams the wilderness, tortured by demons and knowing only that someone is waiting for him When he is healed by Jesus, he finds that seven years have passed since his descent into madness Isa journeys home to Bethany only to find he is too late to win back Martha s love.When Martha risks all to heal Lazarus, will Jesus arrive in time, or will he like Isa come too late
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    About Stephanie Landsem


    1. Stephanie writes historical fiction because she loves adventure in far off times and places In real life, she s backpacked through Germany and Eastern Europe, studied in Salzburg, enjoyed gelato in Italy, rode a camel in Morocco, and floated in the salty Corinthian Sea Her favorite cities are Rome, Berlin and Budapest Her travels kindle her imagination, fuel her love of history and foreign culture, and introduce her to one of a kind characters Stephanie is equally happy at home in Minnesota with her husband of 22 years, four children, three fat cats, and a tortoise named Moe When she s not writing, she s feeding the ravenous horde, volunteering at church and school, battling dandelions, and dreaming about her next adventure whether it be in person or on the page.


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    1. The entire Living Water Series has been excellent What was different about The Tomb is that the main character is a well known biblical name, Martha In the other two books of the series, the main characters were lessor known.It was a delight to read Isa and Martha s story and this one of all three was a romance story set in Biblical Times.I recommend The Tomb and the entire Living Water Series for those that enjoy Biblical Fiction.

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    2. Sigh What a perfectly lovely book, that is not just full of fluff I loved it I absolutely loved it I had not one thing that I didn t like Stephanie Landsem continues to amaze me with her awe inspiring books This is the third book in her fantastic Living Waters Series and the encounters the characters have with Jesus are all superb It s heart moving, really, it is I have cried through all three of these books, so yes, as you can see, The Tomb was no exception.Again, God is so good to have me read [...]

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    3. The Tomb A Novel of Martha is the third book in the Living Water Series by Stephanie Landsem Right away, I realized that I had never really thought about the background of the Biblical figure of Martha Sure, I was familiar with the Biblical account of Mary and Martha Martha worried about many things, while Mary chose the better part Every woman thinks she should be like Mary and less like Martha But why was Martha worried about many things What was in the background making her anxious And how d [...]

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    4. Whoever said that you ll never look at the biblical character of Martha the same way again was spot on I was drawn into this narrative of what Martha s life and spiritual journey might have been like, and it did not disappoint I really related with Martha s character, struggles, and weaknesses I enjoyed seeing parts of the story from Lazarus point of view as well I think Mary s character could have been a bit developed and given attention in the book, but other than that, I really loved all th [...]

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    5. Martha is greatly admired by everyone in Bethany as the perfect Jewish woman She cares for her family, keeps the perfect home and holds herself above reproach when it comes to the law However, she holds a secret in her heart, one that keeps her bound to striving for perfection at all times At her sister s wedding feast, she gave her heart and her body to a young musician He promises to return and marry her, but years pass, and he doesn t return Her brother Lazarus knows her secret, but a powerfu [...]

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    6. Once again, Stephanie Landsem had me hooked from the first page of her new biblical novel It is the story of Martha the sister of Mary and Lazarus We all know how Jesus resurrected Lazarus from the dead, but the Bible doesn t tell much about the life of this family Landsem explores the question what if Jesus was Martha, Mary and Lazarus cousin How would they respond to the hostilities against Jesus and him being the Messiah Martha has a huge secret If the people of Bethany knew what she had done [...]

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    7. The Tomb is unexpected, memorable and touching Stephanie Landsem takes a few risks in the fictional retelling of Martha s life which really pay off Whereas the bible portrays a close friendship between Lazarus and his siblings with Jesus, the author expands this to include a kinship Playing on the familial connection, the author paints the Bethany trio as lifelong companions of Jesus who must wrestle with His true identity as he moves into ministry When readers entertain this connection, the str [...]

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    8. Martha of Bethany has a secret Everyone knows Martha as a righteous young woman the example they want their daughters to follow, the devoted lady they want their son to marry Martha desperately needs to uphold her reputation because if the people of Bethany look too closely, they d realize that all is not as it seems.The family can only withstand so much scandal and the way her sister Mary carries on inviting beggars to eat at the banquets, letting her children run about dirty, neglecting their [...]

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    9. This is the third and last book in the Living Water series by Stephanie Landsem and she does not disappoint In this novel, she brings to life the story of Martha and her struggle to stop worrying, let go and believe This combines some very important Bible stories including the anointing of Jesus by Mary and the casting out of demons Through her storytelling, you feel as though you are living in Bethany and watching all these amazing events unfold.Ms Landsem takes these Bible stories and fleshes [...]

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    10. Landsem, like she did in her two previous books The Well and The Tomb, captures you at her first sentence and holds your attention throughout Her writing makes you feel like you are in the scene with Bible figures you know already seeing, touching, smelling, tasting, hearing and feeling what they might have felt Even though the events are known to readers of the Bible I had a difficult time putting this book down because I wanted to know what would happen next In addition, to making the Bible fi [...]

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    11. When I sat down to begin this book, I had no idea I was opening a door to such a beautiful story of faith, love, and freedom in Christ I was certainly familiar with the Biblical account of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus, but this fictional twist on the tale just burst to life on the page before me I was so blessed by it and I know many readers will be too.While the story mostly follows Martha, we also get to follow in the steps of many Biblical characters we re familiar with As I read, I felt like I [...]

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    12. I have a love hate relationship with fictional books that bring someone from the Bible to life It is difficult for me, when reading my Bible, to immerse myself completely in the other s place and imagine exactly how this person must have lived The author did an incredible job of making me feel what it was like to live during this time in history To smell the smells, taste the food, and hear the gossip by the town s well Martha and her family became real to me along with all of the struggles the [...]

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    13. My Review I have to start this review with saying that I have enjoyed reading all three books of the Living Water Series I will be reading any future books written by Stephanie Landsem as well The Tomb is a well know story about Mary and Martha and Lazarus and their friendship with Jesus, but Stephanie Landsem has put a twist on the story She has her readers see these Biblical characters as real as you and me, which they are but she makes them easily to understand, characters that you want to m [...]

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    14. It s the story of Mary and Martha illuminated in a way you ve never imagined In this conclusion I think to the Living Water series, Stephanie Landsem gives us a rich backstory on why Martha is the way she is a controlling, put upon, neat freak who s never satisfied I d never before considered the kind of heartbreak that might have gone into making a Martha Landsem took my preconceived notions of a picky, spoiled, overly pious Jewish daughter and made her into someone who s been through just as m [...]

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    15. I join the masses in giving Stephanie Landsem s new release The Tomb five fantastic stars She s done it again Delivered an entertaining, well written, imaginative tale that brings to life the famous Biblical family we all know so well At least we know the three siblings Busy, busy Martha, adoring Mary who anointed Jesus feet with the crazy expensive oil, and Lazarus who came forth from his tomb Stephanie weaves a wonderful story that also includes the demoniac possessed by Legion whom Christ del [...]

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    16. The Tomb by Stephanie Landsem brings to life the biblical characters of Martha, Mary and Lazarus These people, whose stories I have heard over and over again in church, have now come to life through this novel Landsem has a skill at taking the far away, alien culture of Bethany and showing the reader how people have the same worries, fears and hopes throughout time Most importantly she shows who Jesus can bring peace to each of us as we need it I cannot highly recommend all of Stephanie Landsem [...]

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    17. The little bit I knew about Martha from the Bible led me to believe she was kind of a bore Landsem s imagining of Martha s story, however, made me want to apologize for misjudging her so terribly Martha suffers so much love and so much loss that it tore at my heart This is a gut wrenching, emotional read, with all the same fine historical details as the rest of the Living Waters series The Well The Thief I would say it s a good Lenten read, but really it s great for any time of the year.

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    18. More like 2 1 2Stephanie writes a different perspective on Martha Overall, I enjoyed the book It was an interesting read, and a quick one I didn t care for some of the liberties she took with the story Implying that Martha, Mary and Lazarus are cousins to Jesus, which is not true Read Matthew 1 1 for Jesus lineage, and even suggesting that Martha was impure Lazarus was my favorite character.

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    19. LOVED LOVED LOVEDStephanie Landsem, once again, skillfully tells a poignant story that had me fully engaged, as Kleenex and goose bumps can attest I couldn t put the book down I highly recommend this inspiring must read story about Martha, sister of Mary and Lazarus She is a woman of noble character, who had one youthful transgression She has a chance at healing, will she choose the better part

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    20. The Tomb is about the story of Martha I loved the author s vision of how Martha lived during the Biblical times I really loved how the miracle of the Lazarus rise from the dead was described I felt like Jesus was right there in there in the room with me The detail of the story was quite vivid and beautifully written I highly recommend this book It is amazing Five stars.

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    21. I ve read a previous book Way too wordy It seems to go on and on This particular story fiction just really over reached to weave a Biblical story on Lazarus, Jesus, Martha with a child out of wedlock Just too much.

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    22. This book was not at all what I expected it to be and I am glad to say I liked it than I thought I would

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    23. In this captivating retelling of a classic biblical story, Jesus shocks the town of Bethany with Lazarus s resurrection from the dead, leading Martha a seemingly perfect woman trapped by the secrets of her past to hope and a new life.Everyone in Bethany admires Martha the perfect Jewish woman She feeds and clothes her loved ones, looks after the family farm, and meticulously follows every precept of the Pharisees strict laws But Martha is hiding a secret Stephanie Landsem, in her historical fict [...]

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    24. If you like biblical fiction, I would highly recommend this book It was very well written and I felt like I was right there with the characters in this book I look forward to reading books by Stephanie Landsem.

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    25. I really enjoyed this book I really like Stephanie Landsem s unique perspective on Biblical events I thought the story was complex, intriguing, and very touching I would definitely recommend this book to a friend.

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    26. I am loving these inspiring stories based on the truth do scripture with the added delight of imagination Beautifully written Looking forward to THE THIEF.

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    27. Well written, thoughtful approach to considering choosing to live with faith Loved how she entwined the stories together Highly recommend.

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    28. I can honestly saw without a doubt that Stephanie Landsem is one of the finest biblical fictional authors I ve read to date Her ability to take the well known Bible stories that are masked in so much unknown and breath such life into them, you d swear that they were a part of the Bible The elements that she utilizes to create the back story for such well loved characters in her previous novels in the Living Waters Series, such as the thief on the cross, the Samaritan woman at the well, and now t [...]

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    29. If you are a reader of Christian fiction you will love this book Stephanie Landsem knows how to bring a bible story to life in a fiction setting that still is true to the actual bible story and if you don t know the bible story you can certainly learn something It gives a good insight into life so far back in time and the hardships faced by women and children and you can easily lose yourself in the story Very very good

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    30. Stephanie Landsem in her new book, The Tomb Book Three in The Living Water series published by Howard Books gives us a story about a family divided in faith A woman imprisoned by shame A Miracle that changes everything.From the back cover In this captivating retelling of a classic biblical story, Jesus shocks the town of Bethany with Lazarus s resurrection from the dead, leading Martha a seemingly perfect woman trapped by the secrets of her past to hope and a new life.Everyone in Bethany admires [...]

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