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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
The Fisherman's Bride: The Untold Story of the Wife of Simon Peter by Catherine Magia is the kind of literature I haven’t read for a long time. Just the idea of writing about the wife of one of the eminent figures in Christian literature, Simon Peter, is appealing. But the execution is what will haunt readers; it’s a very engaging and entertaining story. This woman without a name refused to marry a wealthy man, just to end up with the fisherman of Galilee, Simon Peter, a man who was poor and harbored a disturbing restlessness within. She’s witnessed the domination by the Romans and suffered all sorts of hardships. But the witness of a miracle performed by Jesus, the young carpenter, will change her life forever, setting her on a spiritual path.
Told in the first person, absorbing narrative voice, The Fisherman's Bride: The Untold Story of the Wife of Simon Peter takes readers on a journey that involves tradition, history, a man named Jesus, and a spiritual revolution, silent like the wind. The story is filled with many spiritual lessons and insights. One that I loved the most is: “To soar, we must forsake the self and allow it to die, as He died. I did not come without a struggle. Indeed, few of us do.” And there are many such insights. The setting is vivid and flourishing with biblical and historical references. The biblical references are powerful and the author deftly combines a bubbling imagination with biblical narratives to create a character that readers will embrace lovingly.
Catherine Magia has written a book that Christians will love to read, a story that is as inspiring as it is engaging. I have never read anything like this! The characters are glorious, the writing fascinating, with words flowing like a spell, and a plot that takes readers on a spiritual odyssey into the center of their own hearts.