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  1. 4 out of 5

    Jules

    In January 2015 I set myself the challenge to read the complete Bible within a year. I discovered that was an unrealistic challenge, and in fact haven't picked up my Bible since June 2015! It became so heavy going and somewhat depressing to read, so I kept putting it off. The good news is that it was just a rather extended temporary avoidance, and as of today I am continuing my challenge to complete reading the Bible. I will do this! However, I've decided not to put a time limit on it this time. I In January 2015 I set myself the challenge to read the complete Bible within a year. I discovered that was an unrealistic challenge, and in fact haven't picked up my Bible since June 2015! It became so heavy going and somewhat depressing to read, so I kept putting it off. The good news is that it was just a rather extended temporary avoidance, and as of today I am continuing my challenge to complete reading the Bible. I will do this! However, I've decided not to put a time limit on it this time. I'll continue to read it regularly for as long as my interest remains, and if I need to take a break then so be it. Esther is where my journey continues, and this was quite an interesting read.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Faye

    I've always loved the books of Esther and Ruth. The book of Esther has a very special place in my heart. I've always loved the books of Esther and Ruth. The book of Esther has a very special place in my heart.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Shantelle

    Esther is actually quite an interesting historical account. I think I enjoyed it even more this time reading it, because of just having finished Esther: Royal Beauty by Angela Hunt! :) But in any case, its a grand tale. God's name isn't mentioned (I think this is the only book of the Bible that it isn't); but you can definitely see evidence of His hand in how the story played out. Obviously, there's a lot I can't understand in Old Testament books. Like the violence! But I know there was a reason f Esther is actually quite an interesting historical account. I think I enjoyed it even more this time reading it, because of just having finished Esther: Royal Beauty by Angela Hunt! :) But in any case, its a grand tale. God's name isn't mentioned (I think this is the only book of the Bible that it isn't); but you can definitely see evidence of His hand in how the story played out. Obviously, there's a lot I can't understand in Old Testament books. Like the violence! But I know there was a reason for all that happened. Read this short story of a common Jewish girl that rose to be queen and save her people! :)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Charlene

    Esther is a beautiful story that demonstrates “If God is for you, who can be against you?”. I love how the hand of the Lord is portrayed through this book. Esther is a book about honour vs dishonour, sacrificing your life for Gods people, pride and deliverance. Definitely one of my favourites :)

  5. 4 out of 5

    Faith

    “For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” ‭‭Esther‬ ‭4:14‬ ‭KJV‬‬ “For if thou altogether holdest thy peace at this time, then shall there enlargement and deliverance arise to the Jews from another place; but thou and thy father's house shall be destroyed: and who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” ‭‭Esther‬ ‭4:14‬ ‭KJV‬‬

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sarita

    I just love the book of Esther. I can never get enough of how God used Esther and Mordecai in this time. Esther 4:13-14 "Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, "Don not think to yourself that in the king's palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" I just love the book of Esther. I can never get enough of how God used Esther and Mordecai in this time. Esther 4:13-14 "Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, "Don not think to yourself that in the king's palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?"

  7. 5 out of 5

    Maida

    Re-read May 10, 2015

  8. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    This is one of my favorite stories in the Old Testament! Esther's courage is always inspiring, and I'm challenged by Mordecai's humility. That said, I wonder if my favorite part isn't when the king asks Haman to give him advice on how to honor a worthy man. Haman assumes that the worthy man is himself, and he lists several things that would particularly satisfy his ego. To his chagrin, he finds out that Mordecai is the man the king wants to honor: and Haman had to lead Mordecai through the stree This is one of my favorite stories in the Old Testament! Esther's courage is always inspiring, and I'm challenged by Mordecai's humility. That said, I wonder if my favorite part isn't when the king asks Haman to give him advice on how to honor a worthy man. Haman assumes that the worthy man is himself, and he lists several things that would particularly satisfy his ego. To his chagrin, he finds out that Mordecai is the man the king wants to honor: and Haman had to lead Mordecai through the streets on the king's horse, calling out, "This is the man who the king delights to honor!" Is there a better illustration of "A haughty spirit [goes] before a fall"?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Christy Ryan

    This is one of two books of the Bible that never mentions God's name. Yet throughout this book, God's hand of providence is seen in every single chapter. His presence is unmistakable. Favorite verse: 4:14 Mordecai boldly challenges Esther, "For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father's family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to this royal position for such a time as this?" God has a purpose and This is one of two books of the Bible that never mentions God's name. Yet throughout this book, God's hand of providence is seen in every single chapter. His presence is unmistakable. Favorite verse: 4:14 Mordecai boldly challenges Esther, "For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father's family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to this royal position for such a time as this?" God has a purpose and a plan in every place he has put us. Where has he placed me in this moment? May I walk in what he has called me to.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Gene

    I've always had trouble with this book, but always seem to learn a little more each time I read it. I still can't completely comprehend the mindset of Mordecai and the relationship he has with Esther. Why is he giving his cousin over to join the king's harem? Why does Mordecai make the scene with Haman that precipitates the conflict? And then there's Haman. What's his issue with the Jewish people and why does he go so far to get rid of them? And the king supports this!? On the other hand, I'm abl I've always had trouble with this book, but always seem to learn a little more each time I read it. I still can't completely comprehend the mindset of Mordecai and the relationship he has with Esther. Why is he giving his cousin over to join the king's harem? Why does Mordecai make the scene with Haman that precipitates the conflict? And then there's Haman. What's his issue with the Jewish people and why does he go so far to get rid of them? And the king supports this!? On the other hand, I'm able to step back with successive readings and see that this is about the conflict against a people in which the sacrifice of a few make a pivotal difference in the lives of many. Maybe the next time I read this one, I'll have to read along with a good commentary that helps me better understand the traditions of the culture at the time. It's a good book to read with a lot of thought provoking concepts.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Andy Zach

    Esther reads like a fairytale or soap opera. A beautiful, but poor, oppressed slave is chosen by the King to be his bride. Meanwhile, the king appoints an evil grand vizier, Haman. He is offended by Esther's wise cousin Mordecai, because he doesn't bow to him. In retaliation, Haman plans to exterminate all Jews. Remember, he's evil. He was a Nazi before there were Nazis. Mordecai dispairs because of everything is against the Jews. They're in captivity, they're at the bottom of the social heap, an Esther reads like a fairytale or soap opera. A beautiful, but poor, oppressed slave is chosen by the King to be his bride. Meanwhile, the king appoints an evil grand vizier, Haman. He is offended by Esther's wise cousin Mordecai, because he doesn't bow to him. In retaliation, Haman plans to exterminate all Jews. Remember, he's evil. He was a Nazi before there were Nazis. Mordecai dispairs because of everything is against the Jews. They're in captivity, they're at the bottom of the social heap, and the king, Esther's husband, just passed a law permitting all who desire may exterminate the Jews on a certain day. The king's law is supreme and may not be repealed. I won't spoil this classic by giving you more, but that's the basic conflict and there are more twists packed into twelve chapters that most modern thrillers. Enjoy!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Karen

    I enjoyed reading the book of Esther. I like how Esther stood up for what she believed in even though she might die. All of the elects in this book are realistic, or at least where at one point in time. I like how the author tells you what month events happened. I would recommend this to anyone who likes uplifting story’s and I challenge anyone who thinks anyone who thinks the Bible isn’t action packed to read this book. It will change your mind. Happy reading!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Kendra

    I am currently reading and studing the book of Esther. I am enjoying the time I am spending in the word of God. The most important thing I have learned is to be beautiful in the sight of the Lord.

  14. 5 out of 5

    John Stanifer

    Esther is one of the most familiar--and most readable--portions of the Old Testament. Most of us who have spent any length of time in church or around church people have heard the phrase, "For such a time as this," for instance. And obviously, for those of Jewish heritage, this one holds particular significance since it explains the roots of the Jewish holiday of Purim. This time around, I happened to be re-reading Esther at the same time I was listening to the audiobook of "The Tattooist of Ausc Esther is one of the most familiar--and most readable--portions of the Old Testament. Most of us who have spent any length of time in church or around church people have heard the phrase, "For such a time as this," for instance. And obviously, for those of Jewish heritage, this one holds particular significance since it explains the roots of the Jewish holiday of Purim. This time around, I happened to be re-reading Esther at the same time I was listening to the audiobook of "The Tattooist of Auschwitz." So as much as it would be nice to say that the threat to the Jewish people has dissipated over the last few thousand years (since the events described in Esther), the sad truth is that this isn't the case. In the last few days, we have been hearing about the fallout from the synagogue shooting in Poway, CA, and there have been other tragedies in all-too-recent memory. No wonder this book is so cathartic--and sad, since history has so rarely given oppressed people groups this kind of "happy" ending. Aside from its emotional and spiritual significance, Esther is an interesting book simply for its exotic trappings. The setting and the characters are reminiscent of The Arabian Nights and The Horse and His Boy (or any other popular story with a Middle Eastern or Mediterranean setting). Plus, it's short. No exhaustive rules telling you what to do if you have a skin rash or mold in the walls of your house. No endless genealogies. Just a story about the Jewish people being saved by God and a well-placed queen who was in the right place at the right time.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Stewart Lindstrom

    The book of Esther, for a so-called "post-Christian" country for which commitment to social justice basically constitutes the new civic religion, should be much more widely read than it is. It is the only book of the Bible that does not mention God. It was totally written for a feminist reading in a post-60s lit classroom. It's all about warped power structures. Patriarchy. And of course anti-semitism. It's one of the most well-constructed narratives in OT literature. It's incredibly timeless. O The book of Esther, for a so-called "post-Christian" country for which commitment to social justice basically constitutes the new civic religion, should be much more widely read than it is. It is the only book of the Bible that does not mention God. It was totally written for a feminist reading in a post-60s lit classroom. It's all about warped power structures. Patriarchy. And of course anti-semitism. It's one of the most well-constructed narratives in OT literature. It's incredibly timeless. Of course my enjoyment of this book stems mainly from seeing the story of God's faithfulness to His chosen people play out, but still, I'm just saying that if Quentin Terentino ever reads this book, Hollywood will have an unparalleled gory revenge-fantasy Bible epic on its hands. I'm not saying I want this to happen. I'm not saying it should happen. I'm just saying that I can see it happening. And I would be interested to see it, for better or for worse.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Marie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was always one of my favorites, it is meant to be religious, but it doesn't mention a lot of religious things in it. This book I think is meant for anyone who wants to stand up for themselves and is bold. It tells about a story where a girl is selected to be queen because the last queen was kicked from the country, she didn't choose to become queen, but in those times, you couldn't say no. Her cousin Mordecai is Jewish, and he forbids her to reveals that esther is also Jewish, for her This book was always one of my favorites, it is meant to be religious, but it doesn't mention a lot of religious things in it. This book I think is meant for anyone who wants to stand up for themselves and is bold. It tells about a story where a girl is selected to be queen because the last queen was kicked from the country, she didn't choose to become queen, but in those times, you couldn't say no. Her cousin Mordecai is Jewish, and he forbids her to reveals that esther is also Jewish, for her own sake. One of the people who dislikes Mordecai sends word to the king to kill all Jews just because he doesn't like Mordecai. Esther is the only one now that can stop Haman. But, if she goes to the king without being invited, the king CAN kill her. She had to be brave and even it means she might die. Just to save her people. "If I perish, I perish."

  17. 4 out of 5

    Robert Munnings

    A fascinating book written from a time when king's ruled with absolute power and had harems of wives in addition to a queen. Women competed with their beauty to attain the king's favour while the king's close officials and associates plotted to gain power and destroy rivals. Mordecai was a Jew from the tribe of Benjamin who showed great love by looking after an orphan. The orphan later became queen. A fascinating book written from a time when king's ruled with absolute power and had harems of wives in addition to a queen. Women competed with their beauty to attain the king's favour while the king's close officials and associates plotted to gain power and destroy rivals. Mordecai was a Jew from the tribe of Benjamin who showed great love by looking after an orphan. The orphan later became queen.

  18. 5 out of 5

    SweetheartSeerBooks

    So far this is my favorite book of the old testament. Esther started off as a woman with no ranking. Badda bing, badda boom, bam, she queen! Right hand of the king plotting against Esther's people, against her cousin Mordecai, and thinking he was the apple of the kings eye. Boy was he in for a rude awakening! Esther was blessed by God and through faith she came into and used her power for the good of Gods people. Short book overall, but man oh man does it pack a whallop! So far this is my favorite book of the old testament. Esther started off as a woman with no ranking. Badda bing, badda boom, bam, she queen! Right hand of the king plotting against Esther's people, against her cousin Mordecai, and thinking he was the apple of the kings eye. Boy was he in for a rude awakening! Esther was blessed by God and through faith she came into and used her power for the good of Gods people. Short book overall, but man oh man does it pack a whallop!

  19. 5 out of 5

    George Cole

    A mystic story, a fable. King Ahesuerus of Persia disowns his wife and takes another, Esther, the Jew. The king's best man Haman solicits to kill all the Jews in the kingdom. Previously, Esther's cousin & guardian, Mordecai, had delivered the message that Ahesuerus was to be assassinated by a pair of chamberlains. Esther requests of the king not to murder the Jews, and to murder Haram who solicited the decree. Mordecai comes to prominence in the kingdom and Haram is hung on the gallows. Meanwhil A mystic story, a fable. King Ahesuerus of Persia disowns his wife and takes another, Esther, the Jew. The king's best man Haman solicits to kill all the Jews in the kingdom. Previously, Esther's cousin & guardian, Mordecai, had delivered the message that Ahesuerus was to be assassinated by a pair of chamberlains. Esther requests of the king not to murder the Jews, and to murder Haram who solicited the decree. Mordecai comes to prominence in the kingdom and Haram is hung on the gallows. Meanwhile, the Jews take revenge on those who were to kill them. In succeeding generations, the day of Purim is set up to celebrate the day the Jews regained the upper hand. Slade

  20. 5 out of 5

    Loraine

    One of my favorite books of the Bible, Esther encourages readers to live faithfully and responsibly. Esther and Mordecai, her uncle, rise to honor and a privileged life in a foreign court as Jews. Little did Mordecai know that, through God's providence, his good deed for a Gentile king would protect his own life as well as the entire Jewish peoples. Neither did Esther know that her position would present her with the opportunity to risk her life to save her people. One of my favorite books of the Bible, Esther encourages readers to live faithfully and responsibly. Esther and Mordecai, her uncle, rise to honor and a privileged life in a foreign court as Jews. Little did Mordecai know that, through God's providence, his good deed for a Gentile king would protect his own life as well as the entire Jewish peoples. Neither did Esther know that her position would present her with the opportunity to risk her life to save her people.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Ejayen

    My namesake book. I love it. Esther is so courageous and powerful. I feel like it just goes to show just how much a woman can do. Especially if she is listening to the advice of her "father", trusting God, and just being a woman. This is one of the greatest anti-modern feminist stories. You know a powerful woman who changes the world for the better, but doesn't act like a boy, ignore advice, etc. I'm so glad to share her name. My namesake book. I love it. Esther is so courageous and powerful. I feel like it just goes to show just how much a woman can do. Especially if she is listening to the advice of her "father", trusting God, and just being a woman. This is one of the greatest anti-modern feminist stories. You know a powerful woman who changes the world for the better, but doesn't act like a boy, ignore advice, etc. I'm so glad to share her name.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kindle

    Wait what happened? I though this book was supposed to be about Esther? These titles are very misleading! good stuff: I liked that they threw the old queen out and Esther got to be queen, that dude that was trying to do Mordacai and the King ended up honoring Mordacai and killing the dude. bad stuff: I did not enjoy the way Esther's family put pressure on her to do things for them (yeah it was to save their lives, so I suppose that was fair) Wait what happened? I though this book was supposed to be about Esther? These titles are very misleading! good stuff: I liked that they threw the old queen out and Esther got to be queen, that dude that was trying to do Mordacai and the King ended up honoring Mordacai and killing the dude. bad stuff: I did not enjoy the way Esther's family put pressure on her to do things for them (yeah it was to save their lives, so I suppose that was fair)

  23. 5 out of 5

    Captmashpea

    I love the Book of Esther so much. It's just got such a cool story that resounds with Jewish folklore. Esther as the protagonist is just fascinating and it is such a Stand Out book of the Bible I think anybody even if they're non-christians would enjoy the Book of Esther simply for the story of the underdog facing up to fear and saving the day. (Audio recording) I love the Book of Esther so much. It's just got such a cool story that resounds with Jewish folklore. Esther as the protagonist is just fascinating and it is such a Stand Out book of the Bible I think anybody even if they're non-christians would enjoy the Book of Esther simply for the story of the underdog facing up to fear and saving the day. (Audio recording)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    The reading of God's Word is so remarkable that there is nothing that I can say to make it any better. Please, if you are a lost soul, turn to God! He can heal you and give you the greatest peace that you will ever know! The reading of God's Word is so remarkable that there is nothing that I can say to make it any better. Please, if you are a lost soul, turn to God! He can heal you and give you the greatest peace that you will ever know!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    As with all Bible books, the author is God, not Anonymous. Esther is an amazing story and always an enjoyable read. This time I read through it with the children. We read NKJV, but I couldn't find that listed here as an individual book. As with all Bible books, the author is God, not Anonymous. Esther is an amazing story and always an enjoyable read. This time I read through it with the children. We read NKJV, but I couldn't find that listed here as an individual book.

  26. 5 out of 5

    nicolette

    a beautiful account of how God works behind the scenes. even when nothing seems to be happening on the surface, we can always be assured that God is still working. He's a promise-keeping God who will cause all things to work out for our good. just as He did for Esther and Mordecai. a beautiful account of how God works behind the scenes. even when nothing seems to be happening on the surface, we can always be assured that God is still working. He's a promise-keeping God who will cause all things to work out for our good. just as He did for Esther and Mordecai.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Benjamin Stahl

    One of my favourite stories in the Bible so far.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Glow

    Another book I read this year to learn about being a godly and strong woman.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Marla Stanton

    Speak up, stand up, fast and pray. King Xerxes went from seeing a woman as an object to Esther as someone to honor. Be a living testimony. Be an Esther and Mordecai.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Steve Marr

    Seemingly unfavorable circumstances place Esther exactly where she needed to be at the right time to save her people.

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