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Mary Sees All: the Race to Save Jesus from the Cross by Bill Kemp

Mary Sees All: the Race to Save Jesus from the Cross by Bill Kemp

Mary Sees All is a fast paced historical fiction set near Jerusalem during the fateful week that Jesus was crucified. Mary has a unique point of view, a lyrical voice, and a gift for drama. Both outrageous and outcast, she is an unforgettable heroine.

This novel is the first in the seven book series "Bethany's People," that is set in first century Judea/Palestine. Mary Sees All takes place in the two weeks between Jesus's resurrection of Lazarus and his own crucifixion. It really does describe a race to keep Jesus from dying. Each of Jesus’ friends have their own gifts to give and their own adventure live. They each hope to be successful in preventing Jesus’ execution. My retelling of Holy Week reaffirms the courage of otherwise common people. In the final chapters both the reader and these biblical characters are brought to a deeper, more authentic understanding of God’s grace.

Book Two: Martha Finds Rest - picks up the story from her older sister's point of view, starting with the dangerous Saturday following Jesus' death, then resting on Easter Sunday, before forty days of post-resurrection chaos .

Other books in the series will travel back to the rise of Herod the Great, the Ministry of John the Baptist, and the death of Lazarus. Then its on with the final two books which look at Paul from Mark's point of view and recounts the apocalyptic end of the Jewish homeland.

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    The Bethany’s People Historical Fiction Series

    Set in Israel from 42 BCE to 70 AD, Bethany’s people tells the story of the first people to recognize Jesus as the Christ, or prophesied Messiah. This includes his friends from Bethany, Mary, Martha, and Lazarus, who witness his crucifixion and resurrection in the first two books published by NPY. The series isn’t being written and published in chronological order. Coming to market about one per year, the books spiral out from Jesus’ passion. The three prequel books begin the rise of Herod the Great to power, and end with Lazarus’ journey into the underworld where the king is in torment. The last two books of the series deal with the aftermath of Jesus ascending into heaven and leaving his legacy to people just like you and I.

    Volume One - The Lost Generation Begins with Nothing (coming for Lent, 2025) will tell the story of Elizabeth, Benjamin, and Zechariah. Simple peasants who find themselves caught up in the dangerous world of Herod’s court in Jerusalem.

    Volume Two - The Lost Generation Takes Things as Far as they Dare (coming 2026). Herod makes Jerusalem’s temple the eighth wonder of the Roman world, while proclaiming himself to be “King of the Jews”. As a new star arises over Bethlehem, Herod descends into paranoia and death. Lazarus, Mary, and Martha come of age in these chaotic times.

    Book Three - Lazarus Dies First (2027) will tell the Dantesque story of Lazarus’ descent into hell, and how Jesus called his friend back into life. 

    Book Four - Mary Sees All: The Race to save Jesus from the Cross (available now) is the adventurous tale of how Mary Magdalene sought to save Jesus from dying on Good Friday.

    Book Five - Martha Finds Rest: an Easter Story (available now) has this matriarch of Bethany wanting to know why the Lord has appeared to everyone but her. The news that the enemies of Jesus now want to kill her brother Lazarus also calls her to desperate action.

    Book 6 - Mark Goes Everywhere (2028) will tell the story of the first gospel and Mark’s missionary work in Africa.

    Book 7 - Angels of the Apocalypse (2029) takes place in 70 AD, when Roman soldiers utterly destroy Jerusalem and the survivors flee to the Dead Sea fortress of Masada. Martha, however, leads Bethany’s people to safety in Syria, and they speak of her as their Moses.

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