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Journey to the Well
by Diana Wallis Taylor
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Revell, 2009 (2009)

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* *   Reviewed by Leslie McKee

Marah, a thirteen-year-old Samaritan girl, lives in Shechem with her Aunt Reba. Reba, who wants to return to her family in Haran, has made an arrangement for Marah to be married.

Unfortunately, it is to a much older man who is feared by many, not the man Marah has known, and cared for, most of her life. Despite wanting to run away, Marah knows she must obey her aunt or face the elders, which could result in her being stoned.

Over the next few years, Marah is faced with a number of painful relationships, filled with broken promises. Her close friends, Hannah and Simon, are her support system through it all, as she is shunned by many people in town.

For years, Marah has had dreams, including an unknown man, that bring her great comfort. She never anticipated meeting this man in person, but she does. How will the encounter impact her life?

Taylor uses rich, descriptive language, which makes this an easy, yet interesting, read. She does a masterful job of bringing the familiar Biblical tale of a Samaritan woman's encounter with Christ at the well to life.

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