Thursday, May 19, 2011

Celebrating A New Historical Retelling Of Christ's Life Through A Mother's Eyes

Today on our Cyber Launch Party Blog, we're celebrating Karen S. Woods' new release, A MOTHER'S EYES, a retelling of Christ's life from Mary's point of view.

Karen S. Woods is a multipublished and award winning author of fiction and nonfiction. She lives quietly in West Central Illinois with her husband of over 30 years, their college aged son, an old beagle dog whose favorite activity is chasing rabbits in his dreams, and a gray tiger cat who likes to curl up in Karen's lap while she's working.


A MOTHER'S EYES by Karen S Woods

This is a historical Christian novel retelling the lives of Mary and Jesus through Mary's eyes.

Think about all the things she saw. Think about a good Jewish girl, for she was hardly more than a girl, being visited by the Archangel Gabriel and being asked if she will become the Mother of God.

Then think about how that one moment, that single "Yes" changed her life.

The first approximately 15,000 words of the 94,000 words of the novel are available to read for free HERE.


WIN - Leave Karen a question today at her Cyber Launch Party and your name goes in the hat for a coupon good for a free download of her new book! Please leave your email address so we can contact you if you are today's winner - Good Luck!


  1. Good morning Karen and super congrats on the new release!

    I love the idea of looking at Christ's life from Mary's point of view. But I can't imagine how hard it must have been for you to write it.

    I'll have to get a copy of this for my mother, she's a minister and being a mother, I'm sure she'd love this book.

    Tell us how you were inspired to write this book and what kind of research you did for it.

    I know the book will be a huge seller for you and I'm glad to be able to help you celebrate it's release.

    Best of luck, thanks for offering up a copy of it to one of our readers and enjoy your special day!

  2. Thanks for the welcome DeNita.

    I've spent more than two years researching all the earliest writings about Mary, all of the traditions about her life, all that is known of 1st century Jewish life and religious practice, all of the extent writings of the early church concerning Mary, the traditions that have been passed down orally through the generations about her and the images that have been created in religious art based on those oral traditions. I’ve worked on my Hebrew, Aramaic, and Koine Greek, so that I could give a sense of time in this novel. All of these have become significant data points in this work, bits of colored stone going together to form the mosaic verbal images that is this novel.

    St Jerome, who translated many works from Greek into Latin to make them more accessible to the Latin speaking Christian world, once said of some of the works he was translating, "But this I say freely, and I think none of the faithful will deny it, that whether these stories be true or inventions…those who believe God performs miracles can read these stories without damaging their faith or imperiling their souls. In short, so far as I can, following the sense rather than the words of the writer, and sometimes walking in the same path, though not in the same footsteps, sometimes digressing a little, but still keeping the same road, I shall in this way keep by the style of the narrative, and shall say nothing that is not either written there, or might, following the same train of thought, have been written.”

    So, I’ve tried to let St. Jerome be my guide. I’ve written nothing in the novel that isn’t in the sources, or might have been in the sources, following the same train of thought.

    I really hope people will enjoy the work.

  3. Hi, Karen.

    You're a new author for me. I have bought but not read several historical Christian works.

    A Mother's Eyes sounds quite interesting. I look forward in reading it and your other works.

    Tracey D
    booklover0226 at gmail dot com

  4. Karen, your new release sounds absolutely intriguing. Christ seen through the Blessed Mother's eyes--what an accomplishment. I think we all have to suspend our belief system in historical documents, but you have done extensive research which I'm sure will invest the book in the reader.

    A question: I looked carefully at the cover and would like some definitive identification.

    Thanks again for your post and I enjoyed your 'Launch' party.

  5. Hi Karen,
    Sounds fascinating. I'm looking forward to reading it. When did you get interested in this period in time? Sounds as if the book has a strong spiritual (as opposed to religious) theme. Do you see yourself as a spiritual person?
    Ann Gimpel

  6. I've been interested in this common era period for many years.

  7. Hello Karen.

    Congratulations on your book. What an interesting concept that I think would be a fantastic movie or mini-series.

    Do you write other inspirational novels? Is that your favorite genre to write in?

  8. I love this and have put the book on my "must have" list.

    I think you have an incredible story there and one that I'm sure will be an emotional read to say the least.

    How did you ever come to think about writing this? I'll bet you've really gotten some notice from your local churches. Has the spiritual community been supportive of your book or have you had to deal with any negative reaction?

    Best to you and God bless. I can't wait to read this!

  9. Sounds really interesting, I'll be checking it out.