About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Up from Dust: Martha's Story (Women of the Way #1) by Heather Kaufman

Up from Dust: Martha's Story

No stranger to adversity, Martha of Bethany is a woman of dust, undone and unseen in her hurt and loss. After her mother's untimely death, the responsibility for raising her siblings—Lazarus and Mary—lies heavily on her shoulders. She finds solace in a new friendship and the beginnings of first love, but her father's disapproval and unforeseen hardship leave Martha broken and guarded.

Twelve years later, when her friend's husband contracts a severe disease, they send for the new rabbi, Jesus of Nazareth. Martha recognizes the miraculous Healer from a story she heard many years ago, and the life-changing encounter reawakens Martha's hardened heart, even as she faces an unknown future.

With impeccable research and a keen eye for detail, Heather Kaufman delivers a moving narrative of Martha's life in this hopeful story of love, loss, and the promise of redemption.


There are times when I find myself searching for words to describe a book, and this is certainly one of them. How can I do it justice? Will I be able to convince others that Up from Dust is a book that they need to read? This captivating and thought-provoking story has given me a whole new perspective on an event mentioned in Luke 10:38-42. I will never again read these four verses and not think about this book. Finally, I understand Martha of Bethany!!

Up from Dust is this author's debut novel and it's obvious that she's been guided by His special hand! Author Heather M. Kaufman fills this book with biblical truths and deep emotions, and she's created a stunning tapestry of fact and fiction. The beautiful prologue and part one lay the perfect groundwork for the second part which is a chronicle of the special relationship between Mary, Martha, Lazarus, and the teacher from Nazareth. Kaufman allows us to feel the sorrow, the hope, and the overpowering love, as she vividly describes their friendship and also the events that led to Jesus's death and resurrection. It has become one of my favorite books ever! I highly recommend Up from Dust and I look forward to reading more of this author's books.

I received a copy from the author and publisher. There was no obligation for a positive review.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars 


Heather’s passion for storytelling started at an early age, from scribbled poetry at age six, to a full-length novel by sixteen. Over the years, her love of writing grew, eventually leading her to earn a BA in English from McKendree University and an MA in English, Writing Studies from the University of Missouri—St. Louis.

Heather is the author of multiple books and devotions and delights in highlighting the goodness of God through storytelling.

She is married to Andrew and together they have three adorable children and one persnickety dog. When not reading, writing, editing, or accumulating mounds of books, Heather can be found exploring new parks with her family, enjoying yet another cup of coffee, or working on a home improvement  project. She and her family make their home in St. Louis, Missouri.

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