It is quite hard to describe this book...it felt so intimate and yet so vast. Reading it felt like opening a doorway and shining a soft light upon the most secret and sacred part of myself. The part that whispers to me at unexpected times. The part that I hush, as though it has no place in my day to day life.The yearning locked away there was breathed back to life through these beautiful images of love and loyalty and courage and Truth. The power of the teachings of Yeshua, rooted in the Aramaic language and rural landscape of his home is palpable in each scene he inhabits and the perfume of his loving presence lingered long after I read the final page. I didn't want it to end.
by Laura-Jane Clare
In The Mystery of Martha, Eliza Harrison has woven together the 2 stories of Martha of Bethany (as in, the Martha in the Bible), with modern Martha, a middle-aged woman living in Cumbria. Both are stories of the women's struggle to find who they are by discovering how to heal their inner sense of self. They both discover, the former through direct experience, the latter through a modern teacher, how Jesus' gentle guidance on love can change how they see themselves, leading to a deep sense of joy and happiness. This is not a religious book! It's more on a par with Siddhartha, The Shack or Forty Rules of Love. Martha of Bethany's story is shot through with details of what it might have been like to be on the sidelines of such a huge story in our collective history. She gives us the spices, the smells, the day to day details of what life in 1st Century Palestine would have been like. And modern Martha, living in the Lakes and struggling with work and relationships, is all of our story of how to find meaning and happiness in the world today. Gradually, the 2 Marthas' stories start to weave together and time and place concertina down as they each find redemption. I adored it!
by Rachel Lebus
The Mystery of Martha is a beautifully written book - a wonderful story that once you start, you just want to keep reading right until the end. The descriptions take you on a journey spanning 2 lifetimes and you are with the characters at every turn of the page. It is a brilliant achievement, thank you for sharing this book with the world.
by Jo Turner
A beautifully written book that is both intriguing and challenging. Life changing and Life affirming. I would recommend it to anyone who is on a journey with life and love.
by C Cox
Eliza has had a lifelong passion for exploring different spiritual pathways in the East and the West and has been a teacher of meditation all her adult life. Alongside her work as a spiritual mentor and guide, she is a photographer and author and has produced several books on the life and landscape of Northern England, including Hill Shepherd, Life in the Hills, The Light Within and the story of her own search: In Search of Freedom. Now, with her husband David, she runs Sacred Meditation from their home in Cumbria.