Friday, August 6, 2010
Chosen: The Lost Diaries of Queen Esther
Author: Ginger Garrett
Publisher: David C. Cook
“Chosen” is a glimpse into the personal thoughts and confessions of Queen Esther. The diary entries start during her simple life full of dreams of what may be and continue through her palace journey, reign as queen and end at her death. The diaries give you a better understanding of this courageous woman of God, for she was living in the time where women were not as free as they are today.
This novel was brilliant. It draws you in, each entry leading you to the next. You feel compelled to read on, excited to learn more, understand her life and be part of her story. The author does an amazing job at making these diaries “real”. Even if you know the story of Esther, you are on the edge of your seat, waiting to know more. The novel is a page turner. It flows so well you actually feel you are hearing her thought or are being told her story from Esther herself.
I absolutely loved this book. I have always had a deep yearning to learn more about Esther. I love her courage, bravery and devotion to God as well as others. She was wise and beautiful but used her gifts to save her people rather than advance herself. This novel goes past the biblical account of Esther to help bring her human side into the picture. The novel represents Esther as a woman, with all the fears, trials and insecurities women have had and will continue to have until the end of time. I was able to view Esther in a completely different light, as a girl and a woman being used by God, faithful to her people and beliefs.
As someone with high expectations for this book and sheer excitement to read it, I have no doubt other readers will not be let down. It is enchanting, insightful and thought provoking. I will recommend this book to everyone I know and cannot wait to read books two and three of the series.
*Reviewed for Reader Views*