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What do we know about her? We know that she came from Galilee, that she was married to the carpenter, Joseph, and that when she became pregnant she was very young.
It is also likely that she came from a traditional family, and knowing what we do of the strongly orthodox and highly proscribed Jewish society of the time, it seems incredible that this book has not been written before now! In some ways the feel and mindset can't have been that far away from societies living under severe Sharia law today, where many of the religious laws come from strict interpretation of Mosaic law.
Has no-one else pondered on what life must have been like when the young Mary announced she had been made pregnant through divine intervention?
David Maidment, the author of this book, found himself wondering about it as he read the Christmas story at a carol concert one year. Having heard and seen the often horrific events that can befall young girls in traditional societies through his work with Amnesty International, the Coalition for Street Children and the charity he founded, Railway Children, he started to realise that the new testament accounts of Jesus's birth must have glossed over the terrible times and ordeals that very likely was Mary's fate as she faced her extended family and community with the news of her condition.
He has written an engrossing fictionalised account of Mary's early life, based on extensive research of the `life and times' of that period. The young Mary, is daughter of an absent father who is a rebel hiding in the hills from Herod's men, and a caring, loving, but virtually destitute mother who is forced to rely on the dutiful generosity and charity of her fearsome kinsman, the Pharisee, Eli.
David Maidment's account of the immaculate conception, is beautiful and stunning, taking your imagination to places it has almost certainly not gone before. The build up to it, from the opening chapter, means that by the time it takes place, it is almost believable.
In contrast the severity and violence of domestic and societal punishments meted out, seem unnecessarily harsh until you stop and think about honour killings that take place in the 21st century and are much much worse than that David Maidment describes for Mary.
The book is well written and from David Maidment's descriptions, I found myself able to easily visualise the home, village and surrounding hills that Mary's story played out in. And despite knowing the outcome, the story still had me clinging on to my seat as I got towards the end of the book!
(The author David Maidment, is donating all royalties to the charity for street children, Railway Children and to the Consortium for Street Children.)