God chooses cowards to be brave, barren women to give birth to prophets, passionate men to be patient, and a man who stutters to command his people through the desert. Conflicted people..
Such a riveting historical fiction that I would recommend to all historical fiction lovers. I know some are wary of biblical historical fiction but I think those that are would find appreciation in the telling of Esther. A brief summary of the Book of Esther in the Old Testament. What is so striking about the book of Esther is that God’s name is not mentioned once. However, with all that took place, you see God’s hand in saving the Jewish people from another Hitler. Esther was taken to the King’s Harem to be chosen as Queen among many beautiful women. After a year of preparing for the night for the King, she is chosen. Her true identity is not revealed as a Jewish young girl until she confronts the King with a plot from the King’s advisor to kill all the Jewish people in the kingdom.
In this narrative the emphasis was on how Esther was taken from her home to the palace to be chosen as queen for the most powerful man during this time King Xerxes. The relationship that developed between Esther and her captor and once at the palace; her relationship with the other women who desire to be Queen as well. The fight for survival and how would one set herself apart from all other women that the King would be captivated. The assumption of the narrative is that the survival for the Jews was that Esther would find a place in the kings heart. However, she could not do this alone, she must first win the hearts of those who had the most influence with the king. In establishing these relationships is what makes this a compelling read. Esther was a woman of confidence in a world that very insecure.
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