Recommendations drew me to reconsider this book, which I’d passed on due personal familiarity of Esther’s story through numerous Bible studies and other fictionalized versions of the Biblical account, and what I felt was an unappealing cover.
I am glad I took a second look. Baumgardner’s rendering brought fresh nuances I’d not previously considered. Esther’s spiritual history was given life through her frequent recall of scripture passages and resonated as a true believer’s natural response in a dangerous time. Rich historical and cultural details (other than the Chinese battle techniques which slowed the pace), made the familiar story fresh and intriguing.
The depth of research sent me back to the scriptures time and again. The only thing I missed in this version was that the establishment of Purim—the celebration of deliverance—did not contain scripture’s inclusion of all those who support the Jewish peoples. (I love reading the story and finding that I too was invited!)
Esther Queen of Persia recently 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. I found the reading worthwhile and fulfilling.
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