Memorial: The Mystery of Mary of Bethany Book Blog Tour

Shaun Tabatt —  May 12, 2014
Memorial: The Mystery of Mary of Bethany Book Cover Memorial: The Mystery of Mary of Bethany
Dolores Kimball
EP Books

It seems everyone loves a mystery story, but it’s a rare thing to find a mystery story combined with Bible study. Dolores Kimball brings these together and draws out lessons for life that have a special relevance for women. A close and helpful look at this mysterious woman – a woman of faith, quiet spirit and spiritual understanding – whose committed life testified to God’s power.

Dolores Kimball writes in the 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. Here is a wonderful role model for women today, one whose amazing story deserves to be told and retold, as Jesus said, ‘in memory of her’.

This week, the Cross Focused Reviewers are participating in a book review blog tour for Memorial: The Mystery of Mary of Bethany by Dolores Kimball (EP Books, 2014). Excerpts and links to the reviews will appear below as they are available:

“This book was is well-written and steeped in the Scriptures.”
Reviewer: Heidi Smith (I am in the Fishbowl)
Rating: 4 Stars

“Get this book and read it slowly, and while you are at it take notes!”
Reviewer: Val Belley (Wise Like Solomon)
Rating: 5 Stars

“This book was is well-written and steeped in the Scriptures”
Reviewer: Jalynn Patterson (A Simple Life)
Rating: 5 Stars

“This study on Mary helped me to think more about Jesus”
Reviewer: Jennifer King (Worth A Bowed Read)
Rating: 4 Stars

“Will help help readers rediscover Mary for themselves.”
Reviewer: Ann Beaulieu
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book would made a wonderful group study for women.”
Reviewer: Donna Safford (Book and Such)
Rating: 4 Stars

“This book was a short and easy read yet contains much wisdom which women can apply to their lives in a practical way.”
Reviewer: Joanne Viola (Daysnthoughts)
Rating: 4 Stars

“I recommend this book, and would use this book in a women’s Bible study.”
Reviewer: Maryann Bell (Proverbs 31- Titus 2 Woman)
Rating: 4 Stars

“I recommend this book to any woman who wants a Bible study that digs into the text of the Bible, applying it to our everyday lives as 21st century Christ-followers.”
Reviewer: Cara Duncan
Rating: 4 Stars

Women should read this book and learn about Mary of Bethany.”
Reviewer: Rani Grant (Christ’s Bridge)
Rating: 4 Stars

“I believe the best use of Memorial: The Mystery of Mary of Bethany would be in a women’s bible study, where it can be read and discussed in small portions…”
Reviewer: Amanda Cain (
Rating: 3 Stars

“This book was very good in bringing out the unique and powerful message of Mary in connection to Jesus. With patience and wisdom, Dolores carefully weaves together a portrait of Mary that is full of faith and one who seems to get the message of Jesus when most others didn’t.”
Reviewer: Spencer Cummins (
Rating: 4 Stars

Kimball helps to spell out some of Mary’s actions in a way that made them easy to understand.  She also presents Mary’s point of view in light of the culture in Mary’s day… If you’re looking for a book that provides background to Biblical times, this is a good start.
Reviewer: Diana Gardenhour (
Rating: 3 Stars

“The tidbits that explained Biblical significance in words and actions made it a worthwhile read, and I really do feel like I better understand the passages that previously I would’ve rushed over without giving a second thought.”
Reviewer: Michelle Green (
Rating: 3 Stars

“Dolores Kimball is a gifted writer and teacher! Memorial is a very unique book. It’s meaty, thought-provoking, and saturated in Scripture.”
Reviewer: Kara Haschke (
Rating: 3 Stars

This book brings the story of Mary of Bethany to life and highlights the incredible amount of faith that she had in Jesus Christ while He walked on the earth.  While reading this book, I was edified and convicted at the same time.
Reviewer: Beth Saathoff (
Rating: 3 Stars

What a great example that Mary is for us today. The Lord had commended her has a woman of great faith. That is what is in this study, her example of sitting at the Lord’s feet and ultimately at the foot of the cross.
Reviewer: Jeanie Schwagerman (
Rating: 5 Stars

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