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2014 Audie Award Finalist for Audiobook of the Year Literary Fiction and Solo Narration Female鈥淭贸ib铆n is at his lyrical best in this beautiful and daring work鈥 The New York Times Book Review that portrays Mary as a solitary older woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker PrizeIn the ancient town of Ephesus Mary. Image source hereGentle stoical visceral pain leaches from every page into my fingers till my very blood is charged with it The agony of wounds and guilt yes but the balm of forgiveness too I hope I did not think that the cursed shadow of what had happened would ever lift It pumped darkness It was a heaviness in me that often became a weight which I could not carry The devout may find this too hereticalMilitant atheists may find this too steeped in the New TestamentI read it as neitherI read it as a mother sharing the agonies of another mother grief and pain and guilt of a degree I hope I will never have to faceMary mother of Jesus is looking back at the life and death of her beloved sonShe remembers how her beautiful thoughtful child was transformed and lost to her lost to lifeThe first innocuous loss was at the temple when he was twelve staying behind in his Father s house In later years she lost him to delusions and dodgy friends that turned him into a dangerous demagogueUltimately she lost him to a gruesome and humiliating death that left her vulnerable to shadowy principalities and powersShe examines his faults uestions his miracles and agonises over what she could have done differently how she might have saved the life of the one she gave life to how she might have saved the Saviour of mankindHer greatest pain is that there was nothing Nothing she could have done to save him And now she has nothing but her memories Memories which hurt as much as they healMemories which are milked and warped by protective predators with a new religion to start She looks back for solace to the virginal ancient goddess Artemis even as she looks ahead in answer to the whispered call of deathWhat use a mother who cannot help her child at their time of greatest needI weep for the times when I have failed my own child and humbly seek forgiveness not from God but from the flesh of my flesh my beloved precious childI expect this novel provokes the strongest reactions in those who can tick at least one of the following A parent especially a mother Raised with New Testament stories Lost a loved one prematurely especially a child Burdened with guilt and what if about a situation that ended or looks as if it will end badlyuotes It would not be long before all the life in me the little left would go as a flame goes out on a mild day easily needing only the smallest hint of wind a sudden flicker and then out gone as though it had never been alight Their brother grew easily towards death in the same way as a source for a river hidden under the earth begins flowing and carries water across a plain to the sea They would have done anything to divert the stream make it meander on the plain and dry up under the weight of the sun his last breath when he was fully part of the waves of the sea an invisible aspect of their rhythm Moving as though his spirit was still full with the thunderous novelty of its own great death like a pitcher of sweet water filled to the brim heavy with itself The wildness that was in the very air this great disturbance in the world made its way like creeping mist or dampness into the two or three rooms I inhabit What was to occur weighed on me At times however I forgot about it I let my mind linger over anything at all only to find that what I was moving towards was waiting to spring as a frightened animal will spring And then it came slowly insidiously It entered my consciousness it edged its way into me as something poisonous will crawl along the ground Now that the days are shorter and the nights are cold There is a richness in the light It is as if in becoming scarce it lets loose something intense something that is filled with a shivering clarity And then when it begins to fade it seems to leave raked shadows on everything And during that hour the hour of ambiguous light I feel safe to slip out and breathe the dense air when colours are fading and the sky seems to be pulling them in calling them home Update 1 January 2019I read this book and wrote the review above when I was worried about my 22 year old child It hit hard In the last few months I ve been able to relax a great deal about that My child is happy healthy and beginning to thrive again working productively and enjoyably and planning the future But that joy and relief has coincided with the shock and grief of my father unexpectedly ending his life And then today a loved one said how cathartic they d found this book when they were in a deep depression a few years ago So I turned to this review and now I read it with generations reversedWhat use a child who cannot help their parent at their time of greatest needI weep for the times when I failed my own father and would humbly seek his forgiveness were it not too late Mr. Francis Wife portrays Mary as a solitary older woman still seeking to understand the events that become the narrative of the New Testament and the foundation of Christianity shortlisted for the 2013 Man Booker PrizeIn the ancient town of Ephesus Mary. Image source hereGentle stoical visceral The Shadow People pain leaches from every Demons, Yes--But Thank God for Good Angels pain and guilt of a degree I hope I will never have to faceMary mother of Jesus is looking back at the life and death of her beloved sonShe remembers how her beautiful thoughtful child was transformed and lost to her lost to lifeThe first innocuous loss was at the temple when he was twelve staying behind in his Father s house In later years she lost him to delusions and dodgy friends that turned him into a dangerous demagogueUltimately she lost him to a gruesome and humiliating death that left her vulnerable to shadowy The Pride and Prejudice Movie Cookbook principalities and Vietnam Perkasie powersShe examines his faults uestions his miracles and agonises over what she could have done differently how she might have saved the life of the one she gave life to how she might have saved the Saviour of mankindHer greatest Losing Strength and Dexterity protective Afghanistan predators with a new religion to start She looks back for solace to the virginal ancient goddess Artemis even as she looks ahead in answer to the whispered call of deathWhat use a mother who cannot help her child at their time of greatest needI weep for the times when I have failed my own child and humbly seek forgiveness not from God but from the flesh of my flesh my beloved The Black Sheeps Secret Child precious childI expect this novel The Billionaires Desire provokes the strongest reactions in those who can tick at least one of the following A After the Flood parent especially a mother Raised with New Testament stories Lost a loved one Trust in Tomorrow prematurely especially a child Burdened with guilt and what if about a situation that ended or looks as if it will end badlyuotes It would not be long before all the life in me the little left would go as a flame goes out on a mild day easily needing only the smallest hint of wind a sudden flicker and then out gone as though it had never been alight Their brother grew easily towards death in the same way as a source for a river hidden under the earth begins flowing and carries water across a After the Flood plain and dry up under the weight of the sun his last breath when he was fully Bronxwood part of the waves of the sea an invisible aspect of their rhythm Moving as though his spirit was still full with the thunderous novelty of its own great death like a NAKED ANIME GIRLS 3 pitcher of sweet water filled to the brim heavy with itself The wildness that was in the very air this great disturbance in the world made its way like creeping mist or dampness into the two or three rooms I inhabit What was to occur weighed on me At times however I forgot about it I let my mind linger over anything at all only to find that what I was moving towards was waiting to spring as a frightened animal will spring And then it came slowly insidiously It entered my consciousness it edged its way into me as something Acquiring the Mind of Christ poisonous will crawl along the ground Now that the days are shorter and the nights are cold There is a richness in the light It is as if in becoming scarce it lets loose something intense something that is filled with a shivering clarity And then when it begins to fade it seems to leave raked shadows on everything And during that hour the hour of ambiguous light I feel safe to slip out and breathe the dense air when colours are fading and the sky seems to be The Internal Magic of Activision Dragster pulling them in calling them home Update 1 January 2019I read this book and wrote the review above when I was worried about my 22 year old child It hit hard In the last few months I ve been able to relax a great deal about that My child is happy healthy and beginning to thrive again working The Purple Headed Mountain parent at their time of greatest needI weep for the times when I failed my own father and would humbly seek his forgiveness were it not too late

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The Testament of Mary

He fled to save herself and her judgment of others is eually harsh This woman whom we know from centuries of paintings and scripture as the docile loving silent long suffering obedient worshipful mother of Christ becomes a tragic heroine with the relentless elouence of Electra or Medea or Antigone T贸ib铆n鈥檚 tour de force of imagination and language is a portrait so vivid and convincing that our image of Mary will be forever transform. In this short piece T ib n offers readers an insightful look into the life of Jesus Christ from the perspective of his mother The story becomes a monologue delivered by Mary that weaves throughout the life of her son though she will never use his name Mary offers memories from the evolving life of Jesus adding editorial commentary when it suits her best Choosing to see the disciples as a collection of vagrants and vagabonds Mary cannot always understand why Jesus would associate with these fellows which is further exacerbated by her handling after the crucifixion Perhaps of greatest interest in the piece Mary explores the period of Jesus ministry depicting him as high on himself and trying to flaunt his connection to God as well as a miracle worker who like a carnival barker wants the attention brought towards him T ib n s presentation of Mary during the latter part of the ministry is perhaps the most stunning of all An interesting piece that explores Jesus Christ from the one human being who knew him best T ib n s writing is not one that should be dismissed as blasphemy though surely many will tryWhile not a guilty pleasure stories that surround biblical events hold interest for me though not when I am left with a sense of religious and spiritual inculcation T ib n does not do that in this piece though the reader should be well versed in some of the key events of the life of Jesus Offering a sobering look into the man s life Mary is able to balance the highly laudatory nature of the four Gospels Jesus was a boy a teenager and a man like any other which is sometimes lost on those who have such a reverence for him and the plight he suffered at the hands of the Romans I would venture to say that he was arrogant an ass at times and perhaps so focussed on laying the groundwork for his ministry that those closest to him were left in the dust both figuratively and in a literal sense T ib n does not stray from the first person narrative of Mary but is able to introduce a number of key characters into this story as seen through the eyes of the woman and not the Gospel writers The pace of the narrative was ideal keeping things moving but was not dismissive of events to save time Honest sentiment flowed freely from the piece which kept the entire story grounded and does not leave it as carte blanche acceptance of everything Sunday School and sermons have instilled Perhaps the greatest thing of all about this piece would be that Meryl Streep narrated the audiobook version using her stellar acting background to shade portions of the story in such a way that one could almost see Mary actually uttering these words Brilliant and has left me wondering why I have never read T ib n before nowKudos Mr T ib n on this short story that pushes the boundaries at every turn This is surely a piece that has created much hoopla in pews and around water coolers alikeLikehate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at El agujero del infierno paintings and scripture as the docile loving silent long suffering obedient worshipful mother of Christ becomes a tragic heroine with the relentless elouence of Electra or Medea or Antigone T贸ib铆n鈥檚 tour de force of imagination and language is a The Essential Jim Brickman, Vol. 4 (Piano/Vocal/Chords) portrait so vivid and convincing that our image of Mary will be forever transform. In this short Teddy piece T ib n offers readers an insightful look into the life of Jesus Christ from the Calling Me Home perspective of his mother The story becomes a monologue delivered by Mary that weaves throughout the life of her son though she will never use his name Mary offers memories from the evolving life of Jesus adding editorial commentary when it suits her best Choosing to see the disciples as a collection of vagrants and vagabonds Mary cannot always understand why Jesus would associate with these fellows which is further exacerbated by her handling after the crucifixion Perhaps of greatest interest in the Mr. Francis Wife period of Jesus ministry depicting him as high on himself and trying to flaunt his connection to God as well as a miracle worker who like a carnival barker wants the attention brought towards him T ib n s The Shadow People presentation of Mary during the latter Demons, Yes--But Thank God for Good Angels piece that explores Jesus Christ from the one human being who knew him best T ib n s writing is not one that should be dismissed as blasphemy though surely many will tryWhile not a guilty The Pride and Prejudice Movie Cookbook pleasure stories that surround biblical events hold interest for me though not when I am left with a sense of religious and spiritual inculcation T ib n does not do that in this Vietnam Perkasie piece though the reader should be well versed in some of the key events of the life of Jesus Offering a sobering look into the man s life Mary is able to balance the highly laudatory nature of the four Gospels Jesus was a boy a teenager and a man like any other which is sometimes lost on those who have such a reverence for him and the Losing Strength and Dexterity perhaps so focussed on laying the groundwork for his ministry that those closest to him were left in the dust both figuratively and in a literal sense T ib n does not stray from the first Afghanistan person narrative of Mary but is able to introduce a number of key characters into this story as seen through the eyes of the woman and not the Gospel writers The The Black Sheeps Secret Child pace of the narrative was ideal keeping things moving but was not dismissive of events to save time Honest sentiment flowed freely from the The Billionaires Desire piece which kept the entire story grounded and does not leave it as carte blanche acceptance of everything Sunday School and sermons have instilled Perhaps the greatest thing of all about this After the Flood piece would be that Meryl Streep narrated the audiobook version using her stellar acting background to shade Trust in Tomorrow portions of the story in such a way that one could almost see Mary actually uttering these words Brilliant and has left me wondering why I have never read T ib n before nowKudos Mr T ib n on this short story that After the Flood piece that has created much hoopla in Bronxwood pews and around water coolers alikeLikehate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at

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Lives alone years after her son鈥檚 crucifixion She has no interest in collaborating with the authors of the Gospel who are her keepers She does not agree that her son is the Son of God; nor that his death was 鈥渨orth it鈥; nor that the 鈥済roup of misfits he gathered around him men who could not look a woman in the eye鈥 were holy disciples Mary judges herself ruthlessly she did not stay at the foot of the cross until her son died s. OK I ll start with the jokes A laconic Jewish mother Let me tell you if they would have nailed me to a cross when I was about 30 years old my mom would have had way than 20K words to say about it And this book It s the only part of the New Testament with the exception of Revelation that I ve ever read The Old Testament I ve read that backwards Hebrew and forwards Yinglish complete with footnotes Here we get Mary kvetchy as anything but also ice cold sane I d be kvetchy too if my son were 30 years old and not marriedOK enough blasphemy The Testimony of Mary is as serious as a heart attack Colm Toibin is an apostate but he is in my view a respectful one He imagines what the mother of Jesus would witness and think around the time of Jesus death It s a very plausible view except that the Mary giving testimony here is definitely not a Middle Eastern mother from 2000 years ago In this testament Toibin takes the major leap of giving Mary modern well 19th century attitudes and psychology This approach certainly makes Mary accessible to today s reader But it does take away from any sense of authenticity I would have preferred a book like this to feel like a true biblical text but that is personal preferenceBoth the Disciples and Jesus do not come off well in this telling by Jesus grieving mother If that bothers you don t read this book The Testimony of Mary is both thoughtful and brief It isn t an intellectual tour de force but it is a carefully crafted story


10 thoughts on “The Testament of Mary

  1. says:

    Image source hereGentle stoical visceral pain leaches from every page into my fingers till my very blood is charged with it The agony of wounds and guilt yes but the balm of forgiveness too I hope鈥 I did not think that the cursed shadow of what had happened would ever lift It pumped darkness It was a heaviness

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    My grandfather was a preacherI remember him as a kind man who liked to work in his garden but he was also a 鈥渇ire and brimstone鈥 orator who would deliver Jonathon Edwards like sermons This was rural Tennessee in the mid 70s and I recall standing in the back of the church with him and stoic men in overalls and stiff jackets shaking his hand and thanking him for 鈥渢he message鈥滺e liked to ask me what I knew about the

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    鈥樷橞ecause the world is a place of silence the sky at night when the birds have gone is a vast silent place No words will make the slightest difference to the sky at night鈥欌橝 few years after the events of that nightmarish week Mary is visited by two men who wish to write about everything that happened Mar

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    I read The Testament of Mary before dawn on this Easter Sunday A coincidence but not altogether without significance It is an Easter Sunday direct dialed from heaven every color in the dyed egg basket is reflected in spring鈥檚 delicate light

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    鈥淭he Testament of Mary鈥 is a book I was aware of but had no burning desire to read When it was picked for my book club I read it and I am glad that I did The idea for the story is great Putting aside the faith based aspect of th

  6. says:

    OK I'll start with the jokes A laconic Jewish mother? Let me tell you if they would have nailed me to a cross when I was about 30 years old my mom would have had way than 20K words to say about it And this book? It's the only part of the New Testament with the exception of Revelation that I've ever read The Old Testament? I've read that backwards Hebrew and forwards Yinglish complete with footnotes Here we get Mary kvetchy as anything bu

  7. says:

    35 stars rounded up for the audio version of The Testament of Mary as narrated by Meryl Streep This is Mary's story as she tells it Her thoughts opinions and self doubt all laid bare in a most intimate fashion on the page There are no words wasted in the telling of this narrative which results in a book that is very short but incredibly tightly written Listening to this book is a very powerful experience exactly what one

  8. says:

    This is such a lovely book A very dear friend of mine is a bit obsessed with T贸ib铆n madly in love with his writi

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    In this short piece T贸ib铆n offers readers an insightful look into the life of Jesus Christ from the perspective of his mother The story becomes a monologue delivered by Mary that weaves throughout the life of her son though she will never use his name Mary offers memories from the evolving life of Jesus adding editorial commentary when it suits her best Choosing to see the disciples as a collection of vagrants and vagabonds Mar

  10. says:

    Meryl Streep reads Mary of NazarethMy god this is gorgeous If you read this book you MUST use the audio version It's a mo

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