Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Esther: Royal Beauty

By Angela Hunt

I love reading fictional stories based on biblical people and this story of Esther doesn’t disappoint. Based on the Book of Esther, Angela Hunt writes from the point of view of Hadassah (Esther’s Jewish name) and Harbonah the king’s eunuch.

Hadassah is an orphan who has been raised by her cousin Mordecai and his wife Miriam. She is taught well by Mordecai but she dreams of a life of riches and fine things. When King Xerxes puts out a call for beautiful young women, Mordecai tries to protect her but she is forcibly taken to the palace with many others. Because her future is uncertain, Hadassah goes by the name Esther and keeps her Jewish heritage a secret. The young women are given extensive beauty treatments and instruction on royal protocol, dance and singing. One by one each girl called before the King so he can find his new queen. Esther wins the kings heart and learns just what is involved with being queen and living in luxury.

When Queen Esther learns that the King has signed into law permission for all Jews to be exterminated, she cannot stay quiet any longer. After fasting and prayer Esther risks her life to save her people.

~ Dixie

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