Saturday, June 26, 2010

A closer look at Esther

I am a big fan of the biblical heroine, Esther.  Have read a few commentaries on the book, but this was a very unique way of examining her life.  I liked this book, it made Esther and her contemporaries very real and led you to think of her story a little differently.   

Ginger Garrett’s retelling of this classic story gives new perspective
to one of Scripture’s most beloved figures

Based on the historical account of Queen Esther of Persia, Chosen, by Ginger Garrett, is a contemporary account of this beloved and ancient story. Uniquely written in first-person diary format, renderings of Esther’s thoughts and experiences are interspersed with current-time news excerpts, which show how Esther’s tale is woven into our own lives.

Chosen tells the story of Queen Esther, the young woman with the future of her nation in her hands. Wrenched from a simple life for her beauty, Esther finds herself at the mercy of King Xerxes. Leaving behind her only relative, her cousin Mordecai, and her first true love, Cyrus, she is thrown headlong into the unrestrained extravagance of palace living. Quick of mind and strong in spirit, she refuses to suffer the fate of her harem sisters and boldly challenges Xerxes to give of his heart before taking his pleasure, thus sealing her place beside him as queen. While conspiracy spins its diabolical web, Esther’s mind and spirit waver, and she is forced to confront the past in order to save her future—and that of an entire nation.

Here is the video book trailer:

Chosen, by Ginger Garrett from David C. Cook on Vimeo.

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