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“What?” Mary fairly yelled. “No, No, No. Joseph is too old and not at all attractive. How could you expect me to spend the rest of my life with such an old man?”

“Mary, what’s come over you?” Anne asked.

“I don’t want to marry an old man. There are many good-looking young men. What about Jonah, didn’t you consider him?” Mary asked.

“He’s not from the House of David,” Joachim replied.

“I don’t see why that’s important,” Mary countered hotly.

What was life like for Mary of Nazareth during her first fourteen years? How did she feel when she found she was to be betrothed to a man at least twice her age and then she was going to have a son?

My story follows the sequence of events chronicled in the Bible. Because little is known of Mary’s early life, I have combined historical research with the Biblical chronicle of events and added a large serving of “What if…?” to create a unique, appealing story for teens—target audience 12-16 years.

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A Girl Named Mary tells the story of Mary, the Mother of Jesus as a young girl. Though she has a much older sister, she’s raised as an only child. Her cousin, Rebekka, is her closest friend and confidant. Together they grow and learn how to maneuver in a culture that is steeped in tradition. One that looks backward instead of forward for solutions to problems. Mary cares about others, helps the sick and disadvantaged and is a voice, albeit a young voice, for women.

At twelve, Mary was betrothed to an older man who had sons her age. She resisted this arrangement strongly. She argued with her parents against the betrothal with every bit of logic and strength she had but found this tradition beyond her ability to fight. The marriage took place and she was rewarded by the birth of a beautiful baby boy, Jesus.


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