Book Review: “The Tomb” By Stephanie Landsem

April 21, 2015 at 1:19 pm | Posted in Books | 1 Comment
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Stephanie Landsem in her new book, “The Tomb book coverThe 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 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?

Of the three books in this series, so far, I think that this is the best which is saying something as the others are terrific!.  Mary, Martha and Lazarus, a rich family that supports the ministry of Jesus,are the center of the story.  Ms. Landsem also brings in the Madman of the Gadarenes. Yes, this is the Biblical story of Lazarus but told in a manner that we have not heard before. This is a love story that is very special. This is a story of faith that is brought out in a manner that really displays the depth of meaning for Martha. There is a lot going on in this story and Ms. Landsem knows how to take us through each event by letting us in on the lives of the participants.  Ms. Landsem has given us plenty of wonderful characters to fall in love with and lots of adventure and romance. This is great storytelling and I am so looking forward to more from this wonderful storyteller.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Howard Books.  I was not required to write a positive review.   The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”


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  1. Thank you for the lovely review and for sharing The Tomb, A Novel of Martha, with your readers!

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