Saturday, March 22, 2014

Esther Queen of Persia, by Jim Baumgardner- A Review

About the book: Jim Baumgardner/ Esther Queen of Persia
ISBN: 978-0988410718| List Price: $16.95 | Format: Softcover & ebook | Page Count: 304

Hadassah, the beautiful, Jewish teenager from the city of Susa in Persia, is taken by force to the palace of King Ahasuerus. His command to find the most beautiful virgins in his kingdom, and bring them to the house of women, has placed Hadassah under the supervision of Hegai, the king's custodian of women. Hegai and his servants, have one year to prepare each virgin for one night with the king. Although Hadassah was taken from her home by force, she refuses to become bitter. She accepts being called Esther, but inside remains always, Hadassah. She continually wonders why she is there, yet remains faithful to her God, and to her identity. It is years before the answer is revealed. Her people face annihilation, and it falls upon her shoulders to stop it. Her first thought is to shirk her duty, but Mordecai, her cousin, will not allow it. His words, '"Who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?"' brings her to her senses.

Unlike many of the novels written about Esther, this book seeks to remain true to the Biblical account, while supplying additional historical information from the time period 486-473 B.C. The book has a five page Introduction, which gives insight into some of the things found in the story. It has a page, listing the months of the Jewish sacred calendar and the corresponding month of our modern calendar. Also in the back of the book is a listing of Scriptures mentioned in each chapter, along with a listing of works consulted in research for Esther Queen of Persia.

My Thoughts: I must start by saying that Esther is one of my very favorite books of the Bible. I love the courage that she possessed and her faith in God. As you can probably imagine, I jumped on this book the minute I discovered it! It did not disappoint. In fact, it made me fall in love with Esther even more. 

This book is written with many details of 5th century Persia that I didn't know about. It transported me into the story. I found myself getting excited and anxious, reminding myself again and again that I already knew the ending. The picture, that Mr. Baumgardner painted with his words, was so captivating that I could not put this book down. I feel challenged to start studying more history around the books of the Bible that I am reading. I gained so much understanding about who Esther was and why her role was so important. 

I encourage you to read this book! I believe that you too, will not be disappointed!

You can get your copy here.

The news was just released that Esther Queen of Persia won a Finalist Award in the Book of the Year Awards for Adult Religious Fiction. It will go on to compete for the title of Book of the Year. You can read the full press release HERE

Disclosure:  I received a free copy of this book/Ebook/Product to review. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC Regulations. I am part of The CWA Review Crew.

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